Update on Airport Customs Situation

by hamish, Saturday, November 12, 2022, 16:47 (24 days ago)

Hi all,
are there any recent experiences with customs at the airport? Previous posts had warned that baggage searches were deliberately intrusive, applied to everyone and designed to extract bogus duties on arriving international passengers.
Is this practice still in force? Should I stick with carry-on only?


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Update on Airport Customs Situation

by Zihuateco @, Saturday, November 12, 2022, 18:33 (24 days ago) @ hamish

Hola, just walked through Customs 1.5 hours ago with no problems.

Everyone in front of us appeared to have no problems.

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Update on Airport Customs Situation

by Timmac @, Steilacoom, WA, Saturday, November 12, 2022, 20:48 (23 days ago) @ hamish

Doubt that it makes a difference if you go carry on only. They can still search your luggage on arrival.

Update on Airport Customs Situation

by wisconsinjuan @, Sunday, November 13, 2022, 08:34 (23 days ago) @ Timmac

Arrived yesterday.Immigration was quick. Helps to be the first one off the plane. Baggage service was quick. But there was still a line from the previous plane waiting for bags to get Xrayed for customs. Didn't seem to be a bag search problem. Asked if I had alcohol or tobacco and finally on my way. They also look for more than one computer. Between my wife and I, we probably go through six times a year. never had a problem. I think in fifteen plus years we got the red light twice.The last time, maybe five years ago, a line started forming behind us with several reds. They realized this and our bags were barely open, and they shut them and said bienvenidos!

Want to make new friends? Turns out if you wear a t-shirt with your Zihua Rob's screen name on it, you might get identified! Hi to Lady Di!

Update on Airport Customs Situation

by Z MadCity @, Wisconsin, USA, Sunday, November 13, 2022, 19:29 (23 days ago) @ wisconsinjuan

Likewise, we breezed through Customs, same lineup as wisconsinjuan. They did look in one bag briefly, asking if we had any agricultural products, nope. And waved us on. Not so — for some ahead of us. Huge line waiting for that single x-ray machine, pretty crazy.

And, yes, a T-shirt with your ZihuaRob screen name may well get your identity busted…Lady Di and spouse here spotted you on the plane, next seat ahead. What a great chat we had! New friend indeed.

Update on Airport Customs Situation

by hamish, Monday, November 14, 2022, 19:15 (22 days ago) @ Z MadCity

Thanks Everyone. This was helpful information. Will not pack anything that isn't clearly used. 1 IPAD only, no computer.Seems like they are back to being reasonable.

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Update on Airport Customs Situation

by Talley Ho @, Playa la Ropa, Monday, November 14, 2022, 20:06 (21 days ago) @ hamish

Just following the rules.....

Update on Airport Customs Situation

by doboinCanada @, Monday, November 14, 2022, 20:14 (21 days ago) @ Talley Ho

We arrived Nov 12. We were the very last to leave the terminal due to a lost bag.
No delay, no opened bags, polite and welcoming. Maybe they wanted to get home!

Update on Airport Customs Situation

by hamish, Monday, November 14, 2022, 20:16 (21 days ago) @ Talley Ho

Unfortunately, Mexican authorities seem to create their own 'rules' to suit themselves. Being charged duties on items that are clearly used and for personal use is extortion and not "following the rules"