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Mark every piece of luggage inside and outside with your last name and first initial only. Do not use a title [Mz.] Do not put your home address or destination address on the luggage unless your destination is a hotel or resort.

Flight Times
To Cancun Airport

m = minutes

New York3 hr 45 m
Chicago3 hr 30 m
Denver4 hr 10 m
Miami1 hr 45 m
Houston2 hr
Toronto4 hr
Vancouver6 hr 20 m
Montreal4 hr 30 m
London10 hr 40 m
Munich11 hr 50 m
Paris11 hr
Madrid10 hr 40 m
Rome12 hr
Mexico City2 hr
Merida45 m
 

 

Buckle Up!

Mexico now has
a seat-belt law.

CANCUN AIRPORT CUSTOMS

While waiting for your luggage on the luggage carrousel you will notice Customs.

Cancun Airport Customs When you have all your possessions, you walk over and stand in one of the lines waiting to go through Custom's check-point.

At the Custom's check-point:

You surrendor you're completed Customs Declaration form.
Then you are asked to press a button that will turn a light green or red. If the light is green you walk through, if it turns red they will inspect your luggage.

NOTE: Even if the Automated Selection System shows a green light, the Customs Authority may issue a verification order to corroborate the declared goods.

You must proceed to the Customs Office before going through Custom's check-point if:

You are bringing:

  • food products
  • plants
  • flowers or fruits
  • chemicals
  • pharmaceutical or biological products of agriculture use
  • hazardous materials
  • substances or residues
  • weapons and/or ammunition
  • professional equipment
  • samples
  • additional goods other than "Luggage and Exemptions", subject to duties
  • Or

    If you are carrying coin, currency, checks, travelers checks or any other monetary instrument that together exceeds the amount of $10,000 USD or its domestic or foreign equivalent.

    The transportation of currency or monetary instruments is legal, however, failure to declare the total amount may lead to the seizure of currency or monetary instruments, and subject you to civil and/or criminal prosecution.



    CUSTOMS DECLARATION FORM

    This form is supposed to be provided to you by the airline during flight. If you were not provided with it you may request one at the Customs information counter.

    Each "family" must complete a form. Persons traveling alone or in a group each fill out a form for themself.

    You can see an older version of this form here: Customs Declaration
    The new form has the exact same questions but has different graphics and layout.



    WHAT YOU CAN BRING INTO MEXICO

    SERVICIO DE ADMINISTRACIÓN TRIBUTARIA

    O F F I C I A L   I N F O R M A T I O N
    From the Mexican Government

     

    What can I bring in duty free?

  • The items allowed in your personal luggage, according to the length of the trip.
  • Up to US$300 per person in permitted goods, or its equivalent in other currencies. Passengers traveling with family members (spouse and children) may combine their personal exemptions only when arriving together. In order to claim this additional exemption passengers must have the corresponding commercial invoices or receipts available.
  • Beer, alcoholic beverages and manufactured tobacco may not be included in this additional exemption.
  • Which items may be included in my personal luggage exempt from duty?

  • Goods for personal use, such as clothing, footwear and personal toiletries and beauty products, as long as they are appropriate for the duration of the trip, including wedding party items.
  • Two photographic cameras or video recorders, 12 rolls of film or videocassettes; photographic material; two cellular telephones or radio phones; a portatil typewriter; an electronic calendar; a portable computer (laptop), notebook, omnibook or similar items; a copier or portable printer; a portable projector, and their accessories.
  • Two sports equipment, four rods, three speedboats with or without sails and their accessories, trophies or recognitions, provided that they can be transported normally and commonly by the passenger, one stair climber and bicycle.
  • A portable radio for the recording or reproduction of sound or mixed tapes; or a digital sound reproducer or portable reproducer of compact discs and a portable reproducer of DVD’s, such as a pair of portable speakers, and their accessories.
  • Five laser disks, 10 DVD disks, 30 compact disks (CD) or magnetic tapes (audiocassettes), for the reproduction of sound and five storage devices or memory cards for any electronic equipments.
  • Books, magazines and printed documents.
  • Five toys, —included those that are collectible— and a video game console and videogames.
  • One device that permits measurement of arterial pressure and one for glucose, as well as medications of personal use; in the case of psychotropics the medical prescription should be shown.
  • One set of binoculars and a telescope.
  • Valises, trunks and suitcases necessary for the movement of goods.
  • Passengers over 18 years of age, may introduce a maximum of up to 20 packs of cigarettes, 25 cigars or 200 grams of tobacco and up to three liters of alcoholic beverages, and six liters of wine; in excess of the above, cannot be imported without complying with applicable regulations and restrictions.
  • Baby travel accesories, such as strollers and baby-walkers.
  • Two musical instruments and its accessories.
  • A camping tent and camping equipment, as well as their accessories.
  • Handicapped or old travelers may introduce items for personal use, useful to have a better performance of their activities, such as walkers, wheelchairs, crutches and canes.
  • A set of tools including its case, it might have a hand drill, wire cutters, wrenches, dices, screwdrivers, current cables, among others.
  • Beddings, that will be able to include a set of matching sheets and pillowcases, a set of towels, a set of bath, a set of table linen and a set of kitchen.

  • Up to two dogs or cats, maybe introduced as well as their accesories, provided that the corresponding zoosanitary import certificate issued by (SAGARPA) is presented to the customs officials.
  • In which cases should I pay taxes?

  • Remember that you are entitled to bring in up to US$300 worth of goods in addition to the goods included in your personal luggage, and that you are allowed to combine this amount with family members.
  • If you exceed this exemption, or if your family’s combined amount exceeds the combined exemption, you must pay duties and taxes. There is a flat 15% rate of duties and taxes, which is applied only to the amount exceeding the exemption (individual or combined). You must fill out a payment form, which is available at the Customs counter.
  • If the value of the goods surpasses one thousand dollars (per family member) after subtracting the US$300 exemption, or if any of the goods is subject to non-tariff regulations or restrictions, you must hire the services of a customs broker. Private brokerage services are always available at the airport.
  • From November 21st, 2005 until January 10th, 2006 you will be able to import goods in the mentioned procedure, as long as its value does not exceed 3,000 dollars.
  • If you bring a desktop computer, you may pay duties and taxes by filling out a payment form as long as the value of the computer and its peripherals and accessories do not exceed US$4,000. If the total value of the computer and its peripherals and accessories exceeds US$4,000 you must hire the services of a customs broker.
  • Which other items must be declared?

  • Animals, agricultural products and medications.
  • If you are carrying more than US$10,000, or its equivalent in other currencies, in cash, checks, money orders or any other monetary instrument, or a combination of them, you must declare the amount exceeding US$10,000. You will not have to pay duties or taxes, but you must declare it on the Customs Declaration form. Failing to declare it is a violation of Mexican Law and such violation is sanctioned with administrative and even criminal penalties.
  • Which goods are restricted?

  • Firearms and ammunition. In order to import firearms and cartridges you must secure an import permit from the Ministry of Economy and from the Ministry of National Defense.
  • For further information please visit the following websites: www.economia.gob.mx and www.sedena.gob.mx.

    Which goods are prohibited?

    In accordance with the Law of the General Taxes of Import and Export, the following products are prohibited for the import and/or export:

  • Alive predator fish, in their states of young fish, youthful and adult
  • Totoaba, fresh or cooled (fish)
  • Frozen Totoaba (fish)
  • Turtle eggs or any class
  • Poppy seeds (Narcotic)
  • Flour of poppy seeds (Narcotic)
  • Seeds and spores of marijuana (Cannabis indica), even though when they are mixed with other seeds
  • Marijuana (Cannabis indica)
  • Juice and extracts of opium, prepared to smoke
  • Extracts and juice derived from marijuana (Cannabis indica)
  • Mucilage and condensed products derived from the marijuana (Cannabis indica)
  • Stamps or printed transfers in colors or in black and white, displayed for their sale in envelopes or packages, even when they include chewing gum, candies or any other type of articles, containing drawings, figures or illustrations that represent childhood in a degrading or ridiculous way, on attitudes of incitement to violence, to self-destruction or in any other form of antisocial behavior, known like Garbage Pail Kids, for example, printed by any company or commercial denomination.
  • Thallium sulfate
  • Insecticide (Isodrin or Aldrin)
  • Insecticide (Heptaclor or Drinox)
  • Insecticide (Endrin or Mendrin or Nendrin or Hexadrin)
  • Insecticide (Leptophos)
  • Heroin, base or hydrochloride of diacetylmorphine
  • Medication prepared with marijuana (Cannabis indica)
  • Medication prepared with acetylmorphine or of its salts or derivatives
  • Skins of turtle or doggerhead turtle
  • Goods that have been declared as archaeological monuments by the Secretariat of Public Education
  • For effects of the Customs Law, the import or export of prohibited merchandises is causal so that the customs authorities come to a precautionary distraint from said merchandises and the means of transport. Likewise, it constitutes an infraction related to the import or export of this type of merchandise and is sanctioned with a fine: Therefore, these merchandises happen to be property of the Federal State, regardless of the penal sanctions establishes by the Penal Code.

    Source: Servicio de Administración Tributaria


    Cancun Airport Bus Zone

    AFTER CUSTOMS

    After you have gone through Immigration, collected your luggage and gone through Customs you are now in Mexico.

    You now proceed through a corridor to the exit and Visitor Pick-Up Zone.

    NOTE: Do NOT stop to talk to any persons in the airport corridor on your way out to the Visitor Pick-Up Zone. These are either time-share sharks, transfer sales reps or somebody trying to sell you something.

    SOMETIMES: There are ladies in traditional Yucatan Mayan dress handing out free Visitor Packages. These packages contain interesting booklets, maps, coupons and such things. These ladies are separate from the sales vultures.



    3-1-1 for carry-ons = 3 ounce bottle or less (by volume) ; 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin.

    One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. 3 oz. container size is a security measure.

    Declare larger liquids. Medications, baby formula and food, and breast milk are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding three ounces and are not required to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint.

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