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  • Layover China-Costa Rica
    Jun 10, 2016
    I am flying from China to Costa Rica having a 2:15 layover on Houston Airport. I arrive with Air China to Houston at 3:40 pm and leave from Houston to Costa Rica with United Airlines at 5:55 pm. I want to know if there is enough time to do the connection since (as far as I understand) I have to go through security, check-in and migration.


    You have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, go get your United boarding pass if Air China isn't able to issue it, then go through security. You have just enough time if everything goes smoothly.


  • Connecting to Mexico city Flight
    Jun 13, 2016
    Four people arriving IAH Terminal E (Air New Zealand)on Fri 5 Aug at 12.30pm. Is there enough time to connect to the United 2.17pm flight to Mexico City. Flights booked separately so I assume we will have to recheck luggage for the United flight. Which Terminal will the united flight depart from?


    The United flight will depart from Terminal E. This isn't realistically enough time on two separate reservations.


    Thank you for your reply. We will book a later flight.


  • conecting flight
    Jun 9, 2016
    I have 1 hour and ten minutes to clear customs and catch my next flight. I will have carry on luggage. Is this enought time.


    Where are you flying from? Where are you flying to? What airlines are you flying? I can't answer your question without that information.


  • 40 min layover
    Jun 9, 2016
    coming from new orleans connecting in houston to denver have 40 min to board, is this possible?


    Yes, that should be enough time if the first flight is on-time. If you miss your connection United has frequent flights from Houston to Denver.


  • Short Connection
    Jun 9, 2016
    I fly from Veracruz, Mexico to Toronto with a layover at IAH, but both of my flights were changed and I´m now left with 1hr23m layover in Houston... I fly Air Canada all the way, first United Express and second Air Canada Express, but is that even possible to make it? I´ll have to recheck baggage and everything right?


    You may not have to do anything with your bags because you are on an International to International connection - however, you will have to go through US Immigration, customs, and security. This is a very difficult connection.


  • Houston to Miami
    Jun 9, 2016
    Hi, we arrive from Dubai on Emirates flight at 3.45pm. We would like to take a flight on united airlines from Houston to Miami at 7.20pm. My husband will be in a wheelchair and as we will be the last to disembark from our Emirates flight do you think there will be enough time to get through customs , get our luggage and get checked in at the desk for the United flight?


    Yes, I think that would be enough time.


  • International Connection in IAH
    Jun 8, 2016
    I am flying United from Guatemala to Costa Rica via IAH. I have a layover of 1hr 30min. I will only have a carry on. Will I have to go through customs even though I am not remaining in the US?


    Yes, you will have to go through US Immigration, customs, and security. This is a very difficult connection.


  • Connection
    Jun 9, 2016
    I'm fly from Austin Tx to IAH I have 2hrs and 45 min to connect international Houston to Teipei do I have enough time ? Have to pick up and re-check package and go through security , and change terminal .


    That should be just enough time if your flight from Austin is on-time. What airline are you flying to Taipei?


    I'm flying EVA airline


    We flying Eva airline


    Since both United and Eva are in Star Alliance you should be able to show your Eva confirmation to the United bag agent in Austin and have your bags tagged to Taipei. That way all you have to do in Houston is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • US Immigration and connections at IAH
    Jun 8, 2016
    Am arriving from the UK at 3.45pm on a Thursday in August and aiming to transfer that day to a 6.25pm internal flight. I'm reading nightmare things about queues in US Immigration at IAH, am I going to make my connecting flight??


    You should have enough time.


  • Connecting flights from Houston to Rio de Janeiro
    Jun 7, 2016
    I am traveling to Rio de Janeiro this Sunday. I am flying from Phoenix, Az to Houston to connect to my flight to Rio. I was looking at my layover time and I have 45 mins until my flight leaves to Rio. Since this is an international flight, will this be enough time for us to board our plane? We will have multiple luggage with us as well.We will be arriving in Terminal B and our connecting flight is in Terminal E.


    Yes, that should be enough time if the flight from phoenix is on-time. You will arrive in Terminal C and depart from Terminal E. All you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


    Thanks for the rapid response!


  • Auckland to Tampa through IAH.
    Jun 7, 2016
    Is 2 hr 5 min enough time to make my TPA connection? Arriving on Air NZ with a United CodeShare ticket. I am assuming I have to go through customs in Houston (Have Global Access)


    With Global Entry that should be enough time. Yes, you will go through Immigration and Customs in Houston.


    Thanks! At least there's one more flight to TPA afterward if we miss.....


  • Connecting flight to Toronto, Canada
    Jun 6, 2016
    I have a connecting flight to Toronto, Canada from IAH. Is 40 minutes enough to get to my terminal traveling from United Express (Terminal A or B) to United (Terminal C)???


    Most Houston-Toronto flights leave from Terminal B. You should have enough time. If you do have to change terminals, the skyway train connects all terminals inside security.


  • Changing planes - enough time?
    Jun 7, 2016
    I am traveling from MGA (in Nicaragua). Changing planes in IAH. Then going on to TXL (Berlin). I have US visa. I will have just a carry-on. Will I have to go through security to check my carry-on? I hear the lines are very long. Is 1 hour and 40 mins enough time to change planes in IAH when you have a carry-on?


    Yes, you will have to go through US Immigration, customs, and security. You barely have enough time if your flight from Managua is on-time. Since you have carry-on only you can use the Onestop line for immigration.


    Thanks for your reply. I am afraid I wasn't very clear. I will land at IAH with a carry on bag and then need to get on the connecting flight, taking my carry on bag with me. I am NOT going to check my carry on bag. I am going to carry it. I think I expressed myself poorly so I'm asking this again: Do you think I have enough or not enough time to change planes in IAH?


    Yes, I didn't say you had to do anything with your baggage. You still have to go through US Immigration, customs, and security and you still barely have enough time.


    Thanks, for your responses! You say I barely have enough time because I have to go through US immigration,customs, and security. AND my travel agent says I will NOT have to go through US immigration, customs, and security! She says I will just change planes. So she says 1 hour and 40 minutes is enough time to change planes, no problem. I don't know who is correct! So I am waiting before I buy ticket to get some more information / responses. I appreciate all your help, ZAP. But I can't put over 2K on a ticket without being 100% sure!


    I just found this online: https://www.dhs.gov/how-do-i/travel-overseas From this it appears that a minimum of 2 hours is needed to change planes in US because one does go through customs, immigration, and security! Thanks for al your help ZAP! I will not buy the ticket I was planning to buy. Will look for one with longer layover. :)


    Your travel agent should either get an education or quit if she is selling tickets without knowing the procedure to enter or transit the United States.


  • Flying Calgary to Quito with 40 min time between flights
    Jun 16, 2016
    I am flying from Calgary, Canada to Quito Ecuador. We have a layover of about 40 min in Houston. We have to get from terminal A to terminal E. Is that enough time?


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Calgary. The Skyway train connects all terminals inside security. You have enough time if your flight from Calgary is on-time.


    So, I can safely assume the same thing would apply on a flight from YEG (Edmonton) with a 39 minute interval to change from Terminal A to B in IAH to connect to CUN will be sufficient?


    I actually moved my flight to an earlier time just to be safe.


    im from philippines i have a flight to rio de janiero GIG. yet i have two layover in narita airport and in houston airport. do i need to have transit visa? no intentions of leaving the airport cause we only have 4hours lay over time.


  • Connection from SFO to IAH
    Jun 3, 2016
    I am flying from PDX to SFO, and SFO to IAH. From IAH, I am flying to Lima. I have an hour and 35 minutes as a layover - is this enough time as an American citizen? I know there is a terminal change.


    Yes, that is enough time. All you have to do in Houston is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


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