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    Jan 25, 2016
    Hi, I am looking at booking a flight from Austin to Cancun which connects through Houston (United) - connection time 1hr 16min. There is a note that I will have to change terminals, would this be enough time? We are Irish/UK - unsure when I will have to do immigration or customs


    There is no US Immigration or Customs when leaving the US. You just have to go from your arrival gate to your departure gate in Houston. The SkyWay train connects all terminals inside security.


    Also, you have enough time.


    thanks for your help!


  • Tight Connection
    Jan 24, 2016
    United changed our flight time and I have not accepted the change yet. We arrive in April on Skywest from Tucson and depart on Mesa Airlines to Miami with only a 42 minute connection. We are seniors. Will we make the connection? Thank you.


    It is possible. It's likely both gates will be in Terminal B.


  • customs/immigration
    Jan 25, 2016
    Flying from MSP-LIR, I only have 45 mins to transfer flights in IAH. Do I need to go through customs/immigration when departing the USA or just on arriving back in the USA? Will 45 mins be enough time to get to my flight?


    There is no US immigration or customs when leaving the US. All you have to do in Houston on your way to LIR is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


    Is an 1 hour 25 mins enough time to get through on my way back? Or should I just play it safe with the 4 hour and 10 mins flight? Thanks!


  • Connecting Flight Time; Domestic and International
    Jan 24, 2016
    Hello, I have two flights, one from Houston to Baton Rouge, and then on return, one from Houston to Tokyo/Narita, each with about 45min to connect. Do you think I'll be able to conect in time? I have no checked baggage but I know one is domestic and the other international and I'm not sure how far I'll have to go. Thank you for your help!


    I don't understand where your first connection is but on Baton Rouge-Houston-Tokyo you have just enough time. You will arrive in Terminal A or B and depart from Terminal E. The Skyway train connects all terminals inside security and all you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


    I'm sorry for the confusion. I'm travelling from Korea to Baton Rouge. On the way there I go through Houston and have 45min to catch my flight to Baton Rouge. On the way back to Korea I go through Houston and have 45min to catch my flight to Tokyo. Will both of these connections work?


    On the way to Baton Rouge, if your arrival into IAH is an International Flight, no, 45 minutes is not enough. Are you entering the US in Houston or somewhere else?


    On the way to Baton Rouge I'll be coming into Houston through San Francisco. So it's a domestic transfer.


    Then you should have enough time for both of your connections.


    How about on the way out? I go from Baton Rouge, to Houston, to Tokyo. Can I make a 45min Houston to Tokyo transfer?


    Yes, I responded to that in my first reply.


    Thank you for all of your help and I apologize again for the confusion.


    Jan 22, 2016
    Flying Phoenix to Cozumel through IAH with only a 41 minute connection. Is this enough time?? Do they hold planes for connecting passengers?


    That's enough time if your flight from Phoenix is on-time. All you have to do in Houston is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. No, they don't hold planes.


    Thank you! And thank you so much for this helpful site!


  • GIG-IAH-YYC Terminal E Priority Lanes
    Jan 21, 2016
    Hi, we are flying GIG-IAH-YYC, on UA and AC respectively. We have 95 minutes to connect which I know will be very tight considering the number of international flights that arrive between 5:00 and 6:00 AM. I know we need to clear customs, pick up baggage, recheck it and get to Terminal A. We are flying business class on UA into IAH and I was wondering if there are priority lanes through immigration and/or security. Just looking to see if there are any business advantages to help optimize our time transiting. We are both Canadian, with no status on UA or AC, nor do we have Nexus. Just business class seats on both flights. Thanks


    You will get off the plane first but business class passengers don't get priority immigration lines. However, since you are a Canadian citizen you can use the immigration kiosks. You will also have access to priority security lines after clearing customs. Also, since you are on an International to International connection you should not have to claim your bags in Houston, but confirm that with the agents there.


    Awesome. Thanks for the information. Cheers


  • International transfer
    Jan 20, 2016
    Hi, we are traveling from Mexico to Fukuoka, Japan; and the flight connection is at IAH (departing to Tokyo). Will this be a problem if we don't have a visa to enter the United States?


    What country are you a citizen of?


    Jan 19, 2016
    When do I have to go through customs. In EWR or IAH in order to go to Colombia?. Is 50 minutes enough time?. flying on United


    There is no US Immigration or Customs when leaving the US. You will go through Colombian immigration and customs when you get to Bogota. All you have to do in Houston is go from your arrival gate in C or E to your departure gate in E. You should have enough time.


    So, there is no problem to change betwen national and international flight?. DonĀ“t I have to register that I leave the country?.


    The airline records your passport number when you check in and you show your passport to the gate agent when you board your flight to Bogota. The airline reports that to the immigration agency and that's how they know you left the country. All you have to do in Houston is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


    Thank you so much!!!!


  • Is 2 ours enough layover
    Jan 31, 2016
    Im arriving from Aukland into Houston at 1315 and scheduled to depart domestic at 1519 the same day headed to Atlanta. Is 2 hours enough time to clear customs, recheck bags, and checkin at my next gate in time to board>


    That should be enough time. You should be checked in for both flights and issued both boarding passes in Auckland assuming all tickets are on the same reservation.


    They are not on the same reservation. But I am sure I can checkin online poor to departure from Aukland. I would likely only have to pick up my boarding pass at the gate in Houston. Is that correct thinking?


    You will need your boarding pass for your Atlanta flight before you go through security in Houston - so you will need to get it at the ticket counter, or better yet, print it out or get it on your mobile device before leaving Auckland.


    I have the same route but going to Orlando. Will 1.5 hrs be enough time? It departs out of term C


  • EZE - IAH - SFO
    Jan 19, 2016
    Hello I'm traveling with two daughters (9 - 11 years old), we'll be arriving IAH from Buenos Aires, Argentina on United 818 @ 5:15 and leaving to SFO @ 7:15 on United 404. Will we make it without too much stress, or not at all?


    Yes, that should be enough time.


    Great, thanks for your help


  • Connection time in houston
    Jan 19, 2016
    HI We are flying in from Grand Cayman in April at 750pm on United and have a connection on another international flight and different airline Air New Zealand at 1030pm - will we have enough time to connect - can we check our luggage right through from Grand Cayman?


    You should be able to check your bags through if everything is on the same reservation because it is international to International, but you will have to go through US Immigration, customs, and security. You should have enough time.


    Jan 19, 2016
    Hi, I am travelling to Quito but connection in Houston is only 1 hour 4 min in Houston. Do I clear customs in the US? I am worried I'll have to go again through security and won't make it to my Quito flight. Thanks!


    You will preclear US immigration and customs in Ottawa. All you have to do in Houston is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. The skyway train connects all terminals inside security. You have enough time.


    Sorry, you will preclear in Toronto.


    Thank you so much!!!


  • international-domestic connection on different airlines
    Jan 17, 2016
    In April am flying into IAH from Frankfurt (Lufthansa) at 13.50, terminal D, and catching a connection (United Airlines) to Baton Rouge at 17.43, terminal B. I think I have enough time for passport control, costumes, security, etc., but I am unsure about the process of recheking my luggage since I am using different airlines (both Star Alliance though) with different booking numbers. Will I recheck normally?


    Yes, as long as all tickets are on the same reservation then you can recheck your bags at the recheck desk after customs.


    Jan 15, 2016
    Hi, I was wondering about terminal connections times in Houston coming from Toronto and then to Rio de Janeiro. I will clear US Customs in Toronto, but if I have 55mins with only a carry-on, will it be enough time to change from Terminal B to Terminal E? United says it is a Risky Connection. Thanks


    If your first flight is on-time that should be enough time. All you have to do in Houston is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate and the Skyway train connects all terminals inside security.


    Jan 15, 2016
    Hi, my family and I are traveling on Monday morning. We will be arriving from Kansas City in terminal C, and our connecting flight might be in terminal E to Cancun. I just want to know the easiest, quickest way to get from terminal C to E. We have approximately an hour between flights, of course counting on our first flight being on time.


    You can just walk from C to E, just follow the signs, it shouldn't take more than 15-20 minutes.


    Thank you for your help!


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