Oct 17, 2009, 2:05 PM
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Last February (2009) I was on an AeroMexico flight from the U.S. to Mexico. There was a blurb in the AeroMexico in-flight magazine that there would be a change in the point at where immigration would be cleared on all in-bound flights, and that the change would take place in September 2009. Luckily, the AM in-flight magazine is in both English and Spanish and the column I read was in English.
The new immigration clearance point was to be at the first port of entry rather than the final Mexican destination as it had always been. For example, my flight last February was San Diego - Los Cabos - D.F. - Veracruz. I cleared both immigration and customs in Veracruz. With the change that was to take place in Spetember 2009, I would have cleared immigration in Los Cabos, but, if I recall correctly 8 months later, I would still have cleared customes in Veracruz. The article did not state why the change was being made, just that it was. My thought is that it might have something to do with domestic flights being bundled with international flights, but it's only a guess.
My question is, did this change really take place last month and if so, how has it worked out? Are thru passengers still able to make their connections on time, or do passengers need to plan on longer connecting times when making flight plans? Anybody have any information or actual experience with the new process if it truly went into effect?