Cancun was the #2 most visited city in the world all through the pandemic. Despite the remainder of the world shutting down, not solely has Cancun airport stayed broad open the complete time, however they’ve truly surpassed passenger numbers from 2019, breaking arrival records for incoming tourists. To put it plainly, Cancun airport is a busy gong-show.
While the Cancun airport has among the greatest direct flight connectivity on the earth, there’s a value to pay for such easy accessibility to paradise. Throughout 2022 all vacationers flying to Cancun airport ought to concentrate on delays, crowds, and an inventory of ‘covid-era’ journey necessities. This article breaks down merely what you’ll must learn about arriving on the Cancun International Airport in 2022, irrespective of in the event you’re a first-time customer or a seasoned professional.
No detrimental take a look at or proof of vaccination required
Tourists arriving at Cancun airport by no means have to point out any proof of detrimental exams or vaccination, just because Mexico does not have any entry requirements. Throughout the complete pandemic, Mexico has all the time remained broad open with no testing, no quarantines, and no proof of vaccination necessities.
The solely factor ‘covid related’ is a digital kind, known as the Vuela Seguro form, which must be crammed out by any arriving or departing passenger. Many individuals have stated “Well they don’t even check this!” however as a frequent flier in Mexico I can guarantee you they examine it, and also you don’t need to be put behind a line in the event you don’t have it crammed out.
The on-line kind takes 2 minutes to fill out and produces a QR code that you could be be requested to point out all through your journey, together with: At the departing airport earlier than your flight to Cancun, upon arrival within the customs lineup in Cancun, and once more in your departure dwelling (a brand new one will must be crammed out in your departure).
The stream of arrivals
When you land, you’ll disembark the airplane, undergo the customs lineup, then the bags carousel, then out to the transportation pickup space.
Have your paperwork and passport in hand as you disembark the airplane so you may get into the customs lineup ready. If you don’t have every thing prepared, you’ll need to step apart to fill out papers and the road will replenish very quick forward of you.
Prepare for customs to be swamped
Since Cancun has smashed their arrivals data in 2021, customs is experiencing some severe backups. Depending on what number of flights are touchdown without delay, you is likely to be by means of customs in as little as 10 minutes, however we’ve seen lineups of over 3 hours. Be ready for the worst and hope for the very best.
To expedite your time by means of customs and to make sure you don’t have to go away the road and re-enter, there are two belongings you’re going to need to have ALREADY crammed out by the point you attain the road.
The first is your FMM paper/card, both the paper copy handed out to you on the airplane, or a digital copy you probably did beforehand on the pc and printed out your self.
The second is the Vuela Seguro QR code I discussed above. They could not examine this at customs, but when they resolve to and also you don’t have it, you may get pulled out of line to fill it out and have to start out once more.
Cancun airport has 4 terminals
The Cancun Airport has 4 completely different terminals, however you’ll probably be flying into both 2, 3, or 4. This is useful to know when reserving your airport switch, however lots of the firms will simply ask you in your flight quantity, as they’re professionals at figuring out what terminal to choose you up from.
Terminal 2 companies many home low-cost Mexican airways like VivaAerobus and Volaris, however additionally they have worldwide flights coming in from Latin America on airways like Avianca and Copa and LATAM, together with USA’s Alaska Airlines and Canada’s Swoop and Sunwing.
Terminal 3 is the busiest terminal for welcoming flights from the U.S., as American, Delta, JetBlue, and United all arrive right here. Canada’s Air Canada and Europe’s British Airways and Iberia additionally land at Terminal 3.
Terminal 4 is a mixture of home and worldwide, being the hub for Mexico’s Aeromexico flights together with many from the U.S., Canada, and Europe. From the States, Sun Country, Southwest, and Frontier come into Terminal 4. Canada’s WestJet and Air Transat flights additionally arrive right here, with European carriers like Air France, Eurowings, and Lufthansa.
The terminals that the flights come into aren’t set in stone and may change, so you’ll want to examine your boarding go or your airline’s app to make sure essentially the most up-to-date data.
Please, pre-book your transportation
Regardless if that is your first go to to the Cancun Airport otherwise you’ve come many occasions earlier than, you’re going to need to pre-book your transportation from the airport to the lodge earlier than your arrival.
When you clear customs, you’re going to need to have your driver ready within the pick-up space together with your title on a signboard, belief me on this. After an extended flight and lengthy lineups within the airport, the very last thing you’re going to really feel like doing is negotiating with a cab driver who’s going to try to both quote you an inflated value or goes to try to promote you a timeshare presentation in change for a experience. It’s worrying and can find yourself costing you extra time or cash. Just pre-book a experience.
I personally fly into Cancun airport 2x’s a month and I nonetheless pre-book each single time. The firm I take advantage of is Van Travel and I’m so extremely proud of their service. They have funds and luxurious choices, from non-public shuttle vans to Escalades. 3 passengers in a van prices $55 USD roundtrip, which is a good value for the extent of service and professionalism they supply.
So what in the event you completely forgot to pre-arrange a experience? Well, you CAN get one on the airport however don’t say I didn’t warn you. One million individuals will pounce on you as soon as they understand you haven’t pre-arranged and it may be fairly overwhelming. Get able to barter and don’t decide to any conferences or stops alongside the best way.
The ‘Shark Tank’ or ‘Running the Gauntlet’
Since we’re on the subject of transportation, that is actually key data to know, particularly for first-timers. After you clear customs, and earlier than you’re exterior to satisfy your driver on the pickup location, you’re first going to need to stroll by means of the ‘Shark Tank’ or ‘Gauntlet’ because it’s generally known as.
This is an space with taxi stands and counters, particularly time-share counters below the guise of transportation suppliers, full of individuals in uniforms who will shout, stand in your manner, and try to get your consideration. They will say issues like “Sir! I am your shuttle driver! Please come with me!”, however he’s not your shuttle driver. He doesn’t even know who you might be. He’s simply making an attempt to get you to return over and join a timeshare presentation by which he’ll give you a free or discounted experience.
The smartest thing to do when strolling by means of the Shark Tank is simply to maintain your head ahead and NOT have interaction with anybody who’s yelling, snapping their fingers, or making an attempt to get your consideration. Keep strolling till you see an enormous pink signal on the ceiling that factors to the ‘exit to all ground transportation services and taxis’, which is the place the experience that you simply pre-arranged will likely be ready for you.
Tourists could not mechanically obtain 180 Days on their visa
Nomads and long-stay vacationers must hear up: You may not get the usual 180-day vacationer visa you have been anticipating.
For a few years coming into Mexico and mechanically receiving 180 days on a vacationer visa was extraordinarily customary observe. Before I turned a resident of Mexico, I in all probability got here in additional than 50+ occasions over 20 years and all the time acquired 180 days with out blinking a watch. However, a file variety of experiences have been popping out of Mexico all through 2021 that Mexican Immigration Authorities are no longer handing out 180 days like sweet and they’re cracking down on vacationers abusing longer stays. We’ve seen this first-hand all through our circle of pals, readers, and friends who’ve despatched of their FMM playing cards to us exhibiting as little as 7 days acquired.
The purpose behind this crackdown is Mexico desires long-stay vacationers to correctly apply for short-term residency as an alternative of continually renewing their vacationer visa, and it is sensible for individuals who have been doing border runs for years, however the concern is it’s additionally affecting first-time vacationers. We’ve had first-time European readers fly into Cancun, anticipating to remain 2 months, however solely receiving 21 days on their FMM card.
If you might be coming for a 1 or 2-week trip at an all-inclusive in Cancun, you probably received’t have a problem in any respect – even when they issued you just a few weeks vacationer visa you’ll be again dwelling by the point it expires anyway. However, in the event you’re planning to remain for 2-6 months, you’re going to need to sluggish the agent down on the immigration counter and clarify your journey. Any longer-stay vacationer ought to have proof of trip rental bookings, proof of onward journey as soon as their journey is over, and anything to point out you really want the 180 days with the receipts to again it up.
What you must learn about departing from the Cancun airport
Once your trip is completed and it’s time to return dwelling, here’s what it’s worthwhile to learn about departing the Cancun Airport
Check your terminal
Ensure you already know the place your flight is departing from so your transportation or taxi takes you to the right terminal.
Fill out and pay Visitax
A really new, and fairly frankly odd, strategy of paying a tourism tax is now in impact for all departing vacationers. All worldwide vacationers are supposed to go to the Visitax web site previous to arriving on the airport and pay the 224 pesos tax per particular person on-line. Once paid, it is going to generate a QR code and proof of cost which you’ll present brokers simply earlier than you undergo safety.
Once once more, MANY individuals have stated issues like “They never checked, so I never do it” however we are able to guarantee you they’re stopping individuals and forcing them to do it on the spot earlier than getting into the safety lineup, which may be tremendous worrying in the event you’re already late in your flight. If you need to gamble, be my visitor, however in order for you a easy departure, simply fill it out and pay it on-line earlier than you get to the airport.
Another phrase of warning, there are a lot of rip-off websites on the market pretending to be the government’s official Visitax web site, so please watch out and make sure you’re solely utilizing the right hyperlink. In 2022 airport authorities are working to permit funds to be made in particular person with money, however for now, the location is the one technique.
Fill out Vuela Seguro
You crammed out this well being kind earlier than arriving into Cancun, and also you’ll must do it once more earlier than you allow. Many occasions, there are brokers checking this earlier than you enter the safety lineup.
Give your self further time
Since your airline on the Cancun airport is chargeable for checking your detrimental covid take a look at to return dwelling, the lineups are taking for much longer than regular. If you aren’t flying enterprise class, give your self not less than 3 complete hours out of your flight’s departure time, as even in the event you’re not checking a bag you’ll nonetheless need to lineup within the common check-in line to confirm your take a look at outcomes and/or vaccination standing.
If you’re flying enterprise class you may give your self much less time as a result of you will have a shorter line on the check-in gate to confirm paperwork.
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