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Old Aug 30, 22, 8:47 am
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SJO Intl-Intl Transit?

Any recent experiences with international to international transit at SJO? Found a cheap J ticket SJO-CDG on AF, will be arriving UA from US. Separate oneway tickets but plenty of time in between flights - I'll take the risk. Just want to know if there are issues with transit, including fact that I am arriving on oneway ticket (and departing later that day on another). Thanks in advance.
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Old Aug 30, 22, 11:13 pm
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SJO built a transit security post several years ago. Arriving passengers no longer mix with departing passengers. Avianca "de-hubbed" the airport soon after. The post is rarely staffed, and only when Avianca is expecting the few transit passengers that come through. I question how you're going to communicate that you need security personnel to be there when you're on two separate tickets.
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Old Aug 31, 22, 7:54 am
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Originally Posted by SJOGuy View Post
SJO built a transit security post several years ago. Arriving passengers no longer mix with departing passengers. Avianca "de-hubbed" the airport soon after. The post is rarely staffed, and only when Avianca is expecting the few transit passengers that come through. I question how you're going to communicate that you need security personnel to be there when you're on two separate tickets.
Thanks. I guess I could always clear immigration (assuming they are good with proof of onward travel)? I have 6-7 hours so no worries on timing. Anything fun to do nearby?
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Old Oct 5, 22, 1:41 pm
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Originally Posted by SJOGuy View Post
SJO built a transit security post several years ago. Arriving passengers no longer mix with departing passengers. Avianca "de-hubbed" the airport soon after. The post is rarely staffed, and only when Avianca is expecting the few transit passengers that come through. I question how you're going to communicate that you need security personnel to be there when you're on two separate tickets.
I might've gotten lucky but the transit checkpoint was staffed when I arrived, just had to tell them destination and go thru security. Fortunate for me because (around 12pm) immigration was nuts.
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Old Oct 7, 22, 7:51 pm
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Oh, good! I'm happy it worked out for you.
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Old Nov 19, 22, 3:05 pm
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For passengers arriving from the US to SJO, any fast track or VIP service to get through customs and immigration more quickly?
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Old Nov 20, 22, 8:32 pm
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If you're elderly, disabled, or pregnant, there's a dedicated line at passport control. Otherwise, no.

By "elderly," I'd say the qualification is that someone is visibly in need of special accommodation.

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Old Nov 20, 22, 8:47 pm
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I take that back. There is an outfit called Royal Airport Concierge that offers fast-track services for many airports worldwide, SJO included. I can't vouch for them.

Royal Airport Concierge
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Old Nov 21, 22, 4:14 am
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Thanks. I wrote to them a couple of days ago, but no reply as of yet.
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