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  • Can I get out of Airport with C1 Visa to burn layover of 13 hours
    Apr 1, 2016
    2
    I am headed to Costa Rica from Philippines and I have a C1-Visa however I do have a ticket with a 13 hours layover at LAX can I go out the airport?

     

    Yes, once you clear US Immigration and Customs in LAX you will be outside security and can leave the airport as long as you show up for your next flight.

     

    Thank you for the response

     

  • layover thoughts?
    Mar 31, 2016
    1
    I'm traveling from Boston to San Antonio with United. My layover is only 38 minutes in Houston. Is that enough time?

     

    It's enough time if the flight from Boston is on-time.

     

  • 47 minute layover
    Mar 24, 2016
    1
    grr to sjo with 47 minutes layover at iah. carry-on only. enough time? and how do I find out at what terminal I'll be arriving?

     

    You'll arrive in Terminal B and depart from Terminal E. This is barely enough time if everything goes smoothly. The Skyway train connects all terminals inside security.

     

  • LAYOVER HELP
    Mar 21, 2016
    1
    I am a US Citizen traveling from CAbo Mexico to Newark with a layover in Houston, we have 2hours, United-United flight. do we have to do customs, Imiig, TSA security and get our bags?. enough time?

     

    Yes, you have to do all of that in Houston. You should have just about enough time.

     

  • layover time
    Mar 11, 2016
    2
    I'm traviling to mexico and have a layover in Houston of 1h 5min. Is it enough time. Also, in my comeback from mexico I have the same layover but this time is two hours. Help please!

     

    Yes, both layovers are sufficient. There is no US Customs when exiting the US so all you have to do on your way to Mexico is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.

     

    Thank you!

     

  • Transit to US airport
    Mar 8, 2016
    4
    I intend to travel to Cancun Mexico from Asian country. All airlines always get transit in US airports, like IAH, in few hours to change a planes . Do I need to apply C1 visa for this transit , it's just 3-4 hours .

     

    What is your citizenship? If it is a citizenship that requires a visa to visit the US, you need a transit visa to transit the US.

     

    I'm holding Vietnam passport. I just change a plane at IAH and stay inside the airport. Thank you for your advise

     

    Then yes, you will need a US Transit Visa.

     

    Thank you so much

     

  • Coming from Germany, layover in Houston, going to Mexico
    Mar 3, 2016
    1
    Hi, I'm coming back to Mexico from Germany, and I have a layover in Houston for about 7 hours. Can I leave the airport, do some shopping, without problems?

     

    Yes, once you clear US Customs after your flight from Germany you will be in the US and free to go where you want. Note however that anything you purchase must fit in and be legal to bring in your carry-on.

     

  • NZ traveler with 8 hours in transit
    Feb 28, 2016
    1
    Hi there. I'm a NZ citizen flying back from Cancun to Auckland via IAH. I have an 8 hour transit time in Houston. Can I go out of the airport and do some tours or will I need to stay within the airport? If I can go out will I need to claim my luggage and go through immigration and then come back through the whole process of lodging my luggage? Also do any tours pick up from the airport? Thanks

     

    Yes, you can leave the airport. Once you clear US Immigration and Customs in Houston after arrival from Cancun you will be in the US and outside security and free to go where you want. However, there's not a whole lot to see in Houston. It's not a very touristy city.

     

  • SJO-IAH-LHR
    Feb 16, 2016
    2
    I am flying back to London from San Jose, Costa Rica via Hoiston. I have 2hrs 10 mins layover. Is this enough time? Both flights are with United so I'm guessing I don't need to collect bags in Houston. What's the procedure when I arrive at Houston? Is there a specific immigration queue for travellers with a connecting international flight? Thanks

     

    You will go through Immigration, Customs, and security. I believe since you won't need to claim your bags you will be able to use the "one stop" line for passengers with no checked baggage, but you will have to ask about that.

     

    Also you should have enough time.

     

  • Long enough layover?
    Feb 12, 2016
    1
    I will be traveling from Denver to Belize with a 50 minute layover in Houston. If I check my bags, is this enough time for my bags to switch planes?

     

    Yes, you don't have to do anything with your bags in Houston on your way to Belize. You just have to go from your arrival gate in C or E to your departure gate in E. They are connected inside security.

     

  • Flying from Houston to Albuquerque
    Feb 11, 2016
    1
    I was wondering I have a Risky connection flight layover time of 42 min. It says terminal change and plane change but it says we fly into Terminal B and fly out of Terminal B. Will this give us enough time to change?

     

    That is enough time if your first flight is on-time. United Express uses Terminals A, B, and C in Houston. All terminals are connected inside security by the skyway train.

     

  • Time for customs in Houston.
    Feb 11, 2016
    1
    I am flying back from Belize on 2/16 and my flights were purchased for me. I only have 1 hour and 30 minute layover before going to Denver. I will not have checked luggage. Will this be enough time to get through customs and make my flight?

     

    With no checked luggage, yes, I think you can make that connection.

     

  • 50 minute layover
    Feb 10, 2016
    4
    I am looking at a flight on Friday in June from HOB to PLS connecting in IAH. Is 50 minutes enough time and is the flight on Friday consistent? It shows I can book it so I hope it will not cancel.

     

    50 minutes should be enough time if the flight from Hobbs is on-time. All terminals are connected inside security by the Skyway train.

     

    Thank you. Any word on the IAH to PLS flight accuracy? Currently I can book ok a friday or Saturday

     

    I don't know what you mean about "accuracy". If the flight is offered it will almost assuredly operate barring extreme weather.

     

    I know that is not a normal route and kmow of instances where United will completely cancel a flight. I hate to book a flight and it get dropped. Thanks!

     

  • 8 Hour Layover
    Feb 8, 2016
    1
    Incoming flight Air Canada, departing flight United Airlines; will I have access to any of the lounges? My tickets are both economy, and I would like to avoid a hotel. Arrival at 10:30PM, departure at 6:30AM.

     

    The lounges close overnight. You will have to either get a hotel or sleep in the lobby.

     

  • United business class layover?
    Jan 30, 2016
    1
    We will have a 5 hour layover starting at 4 p.m. Is the UA business class lounge the best place to be? Are there alternatives?

     

    The Terminal E or C-South United Club would probably be the best place. IAH has 5 United Clubs.

     

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