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  • Visa B1/B2 for transit
    Jul 8, 2015
    I am sorry for posting this here. I couldn't find the information elsewhere. I am Peruvian with visa B1/B2 valid until 2020. I am travelling from Finland to Peru with stop (7h) in JFK. Do I need a permission as ESTA for EU citizens? Or is it my visa enough? Thank you!!


    No, only citizens of Visa Waiver countries can do ESTA. You will transit the USA on your B1/B2 Visa.


  • Not Acceptable for Federal Purposes
    Jul 7, 2015
    I have Maryland driver licence and has Not Acceptable for Federal Purposes on the top pf the licence . Can i still can fly?


    Yes, I believe that just means that it is not a proof of citizenship or permanent residence.


  • Cover 2 Cover
    Jul 6, 2015
    Credit card number stolen from this location of Cover to Cover. Shame on them.


  • Where do I go through customs?
    Jul 5, 2015
    Hi, I am flying from Boston to Paris (CDG) on Air France, and then from Paris to Venice on Easy Jet (also terminal 2b) with a 1.5-hour layover in Paris. Where do I go through customs and immigration and, if at CDG, do I have any issues with time or the fact that my tickets are with two different airlines?


    Yes, in Paris you will have to go through Schengen passport control claim your bags, change terminals check them to EasyJet and go through security. You will have a very difficult time making that connection.


  • Accompanying minor to the gate at SFO
    Jul 3, 2015
    My 11 year old child will be flying internationally with a group of students who will be chaperoned by other adults. Will I be able to go through security and accompany my child to the gate until their flight takes off?


    You should be able to.


  • Visa stopover
    Jun 30, 2015
    Dear all, we are going to Costa Rica in August, with a 3 hours top-over in Miami. As I saw, there are many things to do. Does anyone know if we will Need a visa for These three hours (we won't leave the Airport). Any comment appreciated.


    3 hours isn't enough time to go anywhere. What country are you a citizen of and where are you flying from?


  • TSA waits
    Jun 16, 2015
    We can nearly make it to the front entrance without a mob of people blocking us!!!! Grrrr…😡


  • TSA waits
    Jun 16, 2015
    We can nearly make it to the front entrance without a mob of people blocking us!!!! Grrrr…😡


  • Is 2 hrs enough for connecting flights at IAD for EU citizen?
    Jun 15, 2015
    I am travelling from Frankfurt to Washington (IAD) with a connecting flight to Columbus OH. Is 2 hrs between flight enough to pass through security and immigration check (I have a fiancee visa, not a simple tourist visa which entails more documents to present)?


    Yes, that should be enough time.


  • Can I go through security in Marseille so that I don't have to in CDG
    Jun 13, 2015
    I'm flying from Marseille to Paris (arrive at 15:10) on Air France and will need to catch an American flight to JFK, but the tickets are made separate. Will I have enough time to go security and customs to leave on AA flight at 17:00pm? Can I go through customs at Marseille to avoid it at CDG?


    In CDG you will have to exit the secure area, claim your bags from Air France, take them to Terminal 2A, re-check them, go through Schengen Exit passport control, and security. It will be very difficult if not impossible to do that in the time you have allowed.


    No need to ask the same question twice.


    Sorry, didn't mean to say that, i see that you only posted it once. Still. You will have a very tough time doing that.


  • Do I have to go through customs?
    Jun 24, 2015
    Flying out of SFO to Vancouver BC 6/28 to begin a cruise to Alaska. Do we have to go through customs in SFO and/or just Vancouver BC?


    You will only go through customs in Vancouver. There is no US Customs when leaving the US.




    Will I have to declare my wedding rings, jewelry to be worn at dinner, my small Canon digital camera in Vancouver, Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway or Seward/Anchorage? Sorry for the questions but I have never flown into Vancouver BC then board a ship to cruise Alaska. When I have gone abroad it was to stay for a week or so in the foreign country not turn around and come back to the US.


  • can a visitor go beyond security check till airplane to seaoff lanyway
    Jun 6, 2015
    Can any visitor go till airplane to seaoff someone is yher anyway


    Only if you are accompanying a child that you are the guardian of.


  • Student Visa
    Jun 3, 2015
    I have a student Visa and traveling from amsterdam via LA (LAX) to honolulu. Is there a separate line at the security check for passengers with visa? How much time takes it from the bradley terminal to terminal 5 in july? Thanks in advance. Vera from Holland


    Yes, entering the US on a Visa you will not be able to use the faster line for US/Canadian Citizens and repeat ESTA users. You should leave at least 2 hours between your flights, preferably 3 hours.


  • Clearing Customs without checked bags
    Jun 2, 2015
    I am arriving from Nevis to Miami as final destination without checked bags. what is the process given I do not need to claim bags. What is the estimated time...I arrive at 600pm on Tuesday...where should I be picked up....Thanks


    where you are picked up depends on the airline. You should be out by 7 PM at the latest I think assuming your flight is on-time.


  • Security Check and Baggage Claim
    May 30, 2015
    I am flying to IAH from Lagos, Nigeria with a connecting flight to Newark New Jersey. I have a layover time of 2hrs and 18mins. will I need to clear customs and immigration? If yes, will i need to pick my luggage and re-check in again for my connecting flight?


    Would the 2hrs and 18mins layover time be enough to clear customs and immigration?


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