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Cancun airport officially eliminates customs forms, traffic light system

Cancun, Q.R. — Travel into Cancun has become faster and more simplified with the elimination of both the traffic light baggage check system and custom’s declaration forms.

The removal of the traditional traffic light baggage check system along with customs forms, is part of the modernization of the state’s new Terminal 4 at the Cancun International Airport. Officially inaugurated at the end of October, the new Terminal 4 is fully outfitted with modern technology that allows for the elimination of the old processes.

In their place, passengers will have their luggage scanned, unopened, via a state-of-the-art X-ray machine that will decrease entry time and increase passenger flow into the country. The new mobile x-ray scanning process is in conjunction with the Federal Police.

The new entry system into the Cancun International Airport began November 1 and will eventually be extended to include international travelers arriving at Terminals 2 and 3 on flights originating from the United States, Canada and Europe.

In April, a test model was initiated at the Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City where they eliminated the traffic light baggage check system and custom’s declaration process. Officials had noted that if their tests were successful, the system would eventually expand to the Cancun International Airport.

They are hoping to expand the new system to other high-traffic airports around Mexico including Los Cabos, Guadalajara and Monterrey, who together with Mexico City and Cancun, receive approximately 85 percent of air passengers entering the country.