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#186543 - 01/06/06 09:47 PM First time international traveler...have some questions
jaybug Offline
My husband and I are first time international travelers. We will be visiting at the end of January, and I am wondering what to expect going through customs. First of all, when do we go through customs? We are flying out of Chicago and into Dallas/Fort Worth and then out of DFW and into BZE. When is customs? Second...if anyone has flown American you would be most helpful here...if I check a bag does it go all the way through to BZE or do I have to get it in DFW and then re-check it? I have never had to connect before to another flight, all of my previous flights have been straight through! And lastly I am going to be bringing a camera and a portable dvd player, how do I go about getting them into and out of the country? Is there a form I have to fill out or something? I mean how do they know I brought that stuff into the country when I am leaving? Any and all information in regards to this topic would be most welcome. 13 more days!

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#186544 - 01/06/06 09:57 PM Re: First time international traveler...have some questions
Dan Carey Offline
Hi Jaybug,
you'll go through customs at the end of the flight. Your bags will be checked through all the way to BZE, but on your return you'll have to go through US Custome at DFW. Declare your camera and DVD player on your Belize customs enrty forms and you shouldn't have any trouble at DFW because you can prove that you had them as you exited the US. Bring a pen with you so that you won't have to scrounge one up during the flight.
I'll be tramping around Belize at the same time as you, 1-28-06 through 2-4-06. Maybe our paths will cross.

Dan


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Originally posted by jaybug:
My husband and I are first time international travelers. We will be visiting at the end of January, and I am wondering what to expect going through customs. First of all, when do we go through customs? We are flying out of Chicago and into Dallas/Fort Worth and then out of DFW and into BZE. When is customs? Second...if anyone has flown American you would be most helpful here...if I check a bag does it go all the way through to BZE or do I have to get it in DFW and then re-check it? I have never had to connect before to another flight, all of my previous flights have been straight through! And lastly I am going to be bringing a camera and a portable dvd player, how do I go about getting them into and out of the country? Is there a form I have to fill out or something? I mean how do they know I brought that stuff into the country when I am leaving? Any and all information in regards to this topic would be most welcome. 13 more days!
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#186545 - 01/06/06 10:25 PM Re: First time international traveler...have some questions
jaybug Offline
Dan

Thanks for the info. We will be down the 20th thru the 30th and are staying at Sundiver. You never know we may run into eachother! Another question. When we fly back home and we check our bags in BZE will they go all the way back to Chicago? Or do we have to claim them when we get to DFW and recheck them after customs? I am still not even sure if we are going to check them or not, I am just covering my bases so I can make whatever decision is best for me! Also in your experiance, what can I expect going through customs? Is there alot of paperwork to do? My connection going to BZE is 50 minutes and coming home is 1 1/2 hours. Are these acceptable amounts of time to do what I need to do between flights?

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#186546 - 01/06/06 10:33 PM Re: First time international traveler...have some questions
CHOOCHOO Offline
On your Belize Customs form you do not have to declare personal posessions that will return with you., i.e. your camera and DVD player. On your return you will reclaim your bags in the DFW Immigration and Customs area, go through both and proceed to a nearby counter in the customs area to have your bags forwarded to your next flight. 1 1/2 hours should be plenty of time.

Going from DFW to Bze only requires that you get to the international departure gate. Plenty of time.

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#186547 - 01/06/06 10:41 PM Re: First time international traveler...have some questions
jaybug Offline
ChooChoo

Thanks for the info. I am trying not to stress, and now I see no reason to do so! I cannot wait to get there!

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#186548 - 01/06/06 10:59 PM Re: First time international traveler...have some questions
klcman Offline
and do all the paperwork in-flight. Your flight attendant will pass out forms.....nothing to sweat.
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#186549 - 01/07/06 12:27 AM Re: First time international traveler...have some questions
knowell Offline
We only fly American from DFW to BZE and back. But you will go through customs at DFW (your first stop back). Going down will be no problem. We have had no problems and have been there several times (3 times in 2005). We always keep the departure fees back but have never had to pay them. Bring a pen as suggested above and if about half way through the flight they haven't passed out the forms ask a flight attendant. They have forgotten before. Also as suggested above ask US or BZE when dollars are discussed. Hope this helps.

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#186550 - 01/07/06 01:44 AM Re: First time international traveler...have some questions
Otteralum Offline
jaybug -- relax and have a great time. The advice on the board here is awesome. For 10-days you likely have a lot of stuff. It was recommended to me that I carry-on everything and this turned out great for us as the incoming connection was tight and our bags would not have made it. Nothing to stress over as this is rare, but something to think about if you have little stuff.
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#186551 - 01/07/06 01:45 AM Re: First time international traveler...have some questions
Otteralum Offline
BTW -- I believe American builds the exit tax into their ticket price -- I KNOW Continental does -- call ahead to confirm this -- great if you don't have to worry about it.
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I will have a Belikin -- put it on klcman's tab.

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#186552 - 01/07/06 02:32 AM Re: First time international traveler...have some questions
NYgal Offline
Great thread... Very helpful... What a good read... smile

Thanks smile

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