Cancun Airport Departures Guide 2024

The Cancun International Airport in the southeast corner of Mexico is a transportation hub with daily flights departing to a huge range of international destinations and domestic flights all over Mexico. The departure areas of the four terminals are designed to give travelers a seamless Cancun Airport departure experience from check-in to take-off.

Navigating Cancun Airport departures: Adios paradise, hola world!

  • Pre-Departure Preparation:
    Before heading to the airport, double-check your flight details, your necessary travel documents (passport, boarding pass, etc.), and pack your bags smartly. Maintain contact with your Cancun Airport transportation provider or your airline for flight statuses and any potential changes. Plan to arrive at the airport 2 hours in advance for domestic flights, 3 hours for international departures. Your transportation company will advise you on the best pick-up time from your hotel location.

    Note: The old FMM tourist visa is a thing of the past and not needed for your Cancun departure process, whoohoo!

  • Arrival and Check-In:
    Upon arriving at the terminal for your Cancun Airport departures, you’ll head to the airline check-in area. Drop off your luggage and complete any required formalities with your airline's service desks in person or use the self-service kiosks for a quicker check-in process. Anyone traveling with carry-on luggage only can check-in online and head directly to security.
  • Paying Visitax for tourists departing Cancun Airport:
    All tourists are required to pay the new Visitax before departure from Cancun. Pay Visitax online to avoid lines and delays at the Cancun Airport Visitax kiosks which only accept cash payments.

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  • Security and Immigration:
    Pass through security checks, which include screenings and scanning of your bags, metal detectors and a check of your ticket and identification. Ensure that you are compliant with the airport's security guidelines to expedite the process.
  • Exploring the Cancun Airport Departures Area:
    Once you've cleared security and immigration, you’ll find a departures area with duty-free shopping and several dining options. Pick up some snacks for the plane or last minute souvenirs at the convenience stores. Grab a delicious Mexican coffee and charge your phone
  • Boarding and Departure:
    Pay attention to the Cancun Airport departure screens that display flight information and gate numbers. As your departure time approaches, proceed to your designated gate. Listen for announcements and follow instructions from airport staff for a smooth boarding process.

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