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If you are still wondering where in Mexico you should travel next, and you’re concerned about excessive airport delays and long lines, you might want to consider good ol’ Cancun as your destination. In this article we will tell you four reasons why the city is the easiest point of entry into Mexicoand why its unwavering popularity remains at an all-time high despite the current travel chaos.
You know what the saying goes… You can’t go wrong with a classic.
Cancun has made it a top priority to improve the airport experience
Mexico as a whole is extremely popular among Americans, with places like Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos in particular taking center stage as the next trendy sunny breaks, but Cancun is still America’s favorite by a wide margin. You might be wondering why this is so, seeing as it’s already been a hot topic for years, but judging by the steps they’ve taken to improve the tourist experience and ensure that Americans feel welcome when they arrive, it’s really not a surprise:
More immigration staff are brought in to reduce the wait
One of the most stressful and anxiety-provoking procedures for travellers, especially those going abroad for the first time, is braving immigration. Besides the usual bureaucracy of carrying all relevant documents, such as a valid passport and hotel reservations, queuing to be stamped in Mexico by a border agent can easily take over an hour during high season.
Lately, the risk of missing onward travel connections or hotel transfers due to airport bottlenecks has increased dramatically, mainly because the industry has been unable to cope with growing demand for travel amid its own labor shortage. Unlike Mexico City, where air traffic congestion has yet to be resolved, Cancun airport is a much safer bet.
Authorities are calling on more immigration staff to meet growing demand, with 130 new hires confirmedbringing the number of available border agents to 329. This will ensure that Americans are screened much faster, whether their final destination is Cancun or they are on a connecting flight elsewhere in Mexico.
Digital kioks for automated passport control
Serving the most popular vacation hotspot in the country, Cancun Airport can get absolutely crowded in high season, which can sometimes make it an extremely unpleasant hub for transit. Nevertheless, the local government has never felt comfortable in its relentless fight to improve security wait times, and now the queues will move much faster with the introduction of new digital kiosks.
Although they are not yet operating without staff due to ongoing changes in Mexico’s border regulations, these kiosks will allow Americans to automatically check in and out of Cancun simply by scanning their passport, as easily as entering their own country of origin. A total of 40 automated terminals are already available in Cancun, double those installed in Los Cabos.
Soon, Thorough immigration checks will be a thing of the past in Cancun.
Transit times are much better now
A few weeks ago, we informed you that transit times between Cancun Airport and the Hotel Zone have increased significantly due to construction on the main highway connecting the two. At the time, even airport authorities were urging visitors to leave as early as 5 a.m. so as not to miss their flight as traffic jams were expected. Now, serious progress has been made in their attempt to smooth traffic.
According to the municipal government, this is the time it takes to transit all roads leading to the city, from the airport:
- Boulevard Colossus – 34 minutes
- Huyacan Ave – 38 minutes
- Boulevard Kukulcan – 62 minutes
These average times correspond to the peak times when the traffic is heaviest, which means that the journey can be much shorter. Notably, the best option for arrivals in Cancun to get to their resort faster remains Colosio Boulevard, just 34 mins. By comparison, those attempting to reach the Hotel Zone via Kukulcan Boulevard face an hour’s drive.
Immigration form removed
Finally, Cancun removed its customs form that passengers had to fill out upon landing, where they had to provide their passport number, date of birth, hotel address, purpose of travel and other information. . Although easy to fill, this document hindered the regular influx of visitors to Mexicoas before the decision, they first had to complete the quiz before proceeding to border control.
From this week, tourists are no longer required to present the FMM form, nor retain any of it for screening purposes once again leaving Cancun, making the city the first major destination in Mexico to remove what many considered a bureaucratic step. After the move, we expect border movements to be much faster in Cancun compared to the rest of the country.
Cancun is the best place to fly to Mexico from abroad
Considering the four metrics listed above, we can safely deduce that Cancun is, without a doubt, the best place to fly in Mexico right now:
- Queues were significantly reduced
- Major infrastructure projects allow visitors to enter and exit Cancun Airport in the shortest possible time
- The airport authorities are keen to drop the bureaucracy and rationalization of border crossings
- More staff deployed to avoid infamous immigration bottlenecks and improve tourist experience
Additionally, Cancun remained at Level 2 travel advisory in the US State Department’s latest review of travel risks to Mexico. In other words, the pearl of the Caribbean is one of the safest destinations south of the border.
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