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Clearing Customs in Bogota

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Clearing Customs in Bogota

I'm planning on arriving in Bogota at 8:45 pm on an Avianca flight from Washignton DC, and need to make a 10:30pm flight from Bogota to Medellin on Viva Colombia. Is this doable? I'd be interested to know if it's possible with and without a checked bag. I'd prefer to check a bag, but if it's a dealbreaker than I will pack light.

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Bogota, Colombia
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1. Re: Clearing Customs in Bogota

without checked luggage, it is doable, provided your first flight arrives on time.

Colombia
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2. Re: Clearing Customs in Bogota

I assume your tickets are not linked, so if you do miss your second flight you will need to buy a new ticket. Pack light is my recommendation, and also purchase the fast checkin line for Viva - the lines can be long.

Cali, Colombia
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3. Re: Clearing Customs in Bogota

Have you already purchased the tickets for that? If not, would it cost you a lot more money, if you purchased a ticket from Washington DC to Medellin on Avianca? If you did that they would check your luggage thru to medellin and if you misconnect they will reroute you. If you purchase separate tickets and something goes wrong, it is not the responsibility of the originating carrier to help you. It is your problem. Enjoy your trip.

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4. Re: Clearing Customs in Bogota

Just an fyi to consider:

On our recent trip 2 weeks ago, we arrived in Bogota on United from Houston at 9:40 pm. It took us about 45 mins to an hour to go through the very long line and the back of the line was longer than when we started b/c several international flights arrived at the same time. We arrived on a Wednesday night.

However, Bogota was our final destination. So if you are merely connecting and won't go through customs until Medellin , then I suppose it should be fine? I don't recall if connecting passengers had to clear customs in Bogota first before catching a domestic connection (like it is in the US).

Cali, Colombia
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5. Re: Clearing Customs in Bogota

OP have you already purchased your ailine tickets from the 2 carriers? If so, you can stop reading this reply.

If not, when I used Google Flights, the first thing that came up was on Jet Blue all the way. DCA to FLL to MDE.

I'm an Avianca passenger and prefer to fly with them, but JetBlue is very good and that would be easier for you and eliminate the possibility of you paying the bills, if your first flight is delayed and you misconnect. I checked for August 18th and they may not have that schedule running every day. The fastest way on that day woud be COPA and United, from DC with a connection in Panama City, but the connection is extremely short (42 minutes) and you might be delayed into Panama and misconnect, but if you did, they would take care of you.

Colombia
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6. Re: Clearing Customs in Bogota

Avianca are a basket case for on time flights and if you have a look at today's paper / news it is about to get a whole lot worse due to the resignation of so many pilots after last year's strike.

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