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  • Short layover from International to Domestic
    Sep 24, 2016
    I'm a US citizen who will be arriving at JFK on a Saturday evening with only a 2 hour layover to get through customs. My airlines are Emirates to JetBlue so I know the terminals are next to each other. Also I will NOT have any checked baggage to claim. Will 2 hours be enough time to make my connection?


    With no checked bags that should be just enough time if everything goes smoothly. Traveling on a Saturday evening will also help.


  • Visiting VIP lounge in terminal 7
    Sep 19, 2016
    We have a 4 hour layover at JFK, our flight arrives at terminal 5 and we want to hang out in one of the vip lounges in terminal 7. Will we need to go thru security at terminal 7 and then back thru on 5, or is there a way to walk to terminal 7 from 5 without going thru security?


    Those terminals are not connected to any other terminals inside security. You won't be able to do it.


  • International connecting flights
    Sep 3, 2016
    I am from Nepal , my question is do I need a visa just for connecting flights in JFK USA , not leaving the airport only there for layover


    Yes, you do need a US Transit visa.


  • 3 HR 20 MIN layover in JFK on JetBlue from Maine to Florida
    Aug 29, 2016
    Do we have time to meet someone just outside of security for any length of time for a quick visit?


    If the flight from Maine arrives on-time, yes, you would have about an hour to spare before you would have to get back in line.


  • 3.10 hrs layover
    Aug 21, 2016
    Im not US citizen will be arriving at JFK from DXB on Emirate airline in Terminal 4 @ 14:15, and will fly to ATL on Delta Airline in Terminal 4 @ 17:20. It is a separate reservations and I believe we will have to go through US immigration, claim our bags and go through customs and recheck them again... my question can we make it in 3.20 hrs?


    That should be just about enough time as long as the flight from Dubai is on-time.


    Thank dear, Is it possible if i check in online to buy myself more time and then drop my luggage at the counter? Is there anything you may suggest that will help to save/buy time? Many thanks in advance.


    Yes, checking in online will save you a little time, but not much as you will still have to go to the Delta check-in counter to check your bags.


  • layover
    Aug 16, 2016
    i will be arriving from jamaica on jetblue 6:30am with a connection on jetblue at 8:00am to bermuda. I will have to recheck my bags. i was just wondering with this is enough time to catch the 8:00am flight?


    That's just enough time if everything goes smoothly.


  • Las Vegas to Manchester with 8 hour JFK layover
    Aug 10, 2016
    Would we need to go through immigration/ collect baggage if we leave the airport during 8 hour layover at JFK from Las Vegas to Manchester? The flights are the same airline and will be on the same itinerary


    There is no US Immigration when leaving the US. You are free to leave the airport if you wish but be aware that JFK is nearly 90 minutes from Manhattan.


  • 2h35 m layover at JFK
    Jul 27, 2016
    Hi everyone, I've got a 2h35m layover between the international flight (Moscow-New York) and the domestic flight (New York-Atlanta). Will I make it to the terminal 4 from terminal 1, pass through immigration, customs and baggage re-check in just 2 and a half hours? Is it enough? Can I ask airport workers for some help in letting me ahead of the line? Thanks!


    That should be enough time. Airport workers can't get you to the front of the line. You have to ask people yourself, but only ask if you are in ACTUAL danger of missing your flight.


  • layover between connecting flights
    Jul 22, 2016
    I have two different tickets Iam traveling from orlando(MCO) to JFK will reach jfk at 12pm then need to do baggage claim and my next flight will be at 3.10(air ndia) to dELHI..is this sufficient time to depart the air india flight


    That's just enough time if everything goes smoothly. What airline are you flying to JFK?


    thanks for your response..its jet blue


  • 8 hour layover in JFK
    Jul 18, 2016
    Hi, I am flying in on Aer Lingus from Dublin arriving 1020, with onward departure on JetBlue to Raleigh Durham departing 1825. If I want to leave the airport, I assume I will have to get my checked suitcase and clear customs? Then re-check in? How far away is the left luggage place from Terminal 5? Would a taxi be best mode of transport into town and back? (3 people)


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Dublin. If both tickets are on the same reservation you don't have to do anything with your bags in JFK. A taxi takes over an hour and costs $50 each way.


  • SIN - JFK - MCO
    Jul 16, 2016
    Hi, I'll be flying into JFK on Singapore Airlines SQ26, arriving 11:10am and am looking for a connecting flight to MCO. I'm looking at Jetblue flight 1089, leaving at 2:09pm. Will there be enough time for the connection? We have checked baggage but if it helps, are flying First class on Singapore Airlines so will get our baggage before everyone else.


    Yes, that should be possible considering you will be flying first class.


  • From Atlanta to JFK and change flight from JFK to PVG in Shanghai, CN
    Jul 15, 2016
    I am flying (Delta) from Atlanta to JFK and change flight (China Eastern) from JFK to PVG in Shanghai, China. My question is do I have to claim my luggage at JFK and recheck in?


    Are both tickets on the same reservation or are they on two separate reservations?


  • do I need a visa to have a connection flight in JFK
    Jul 8, 2016
    I am an Ethiopian citizen do I need a visa to have a connection flight in JFK?


    Yes, you do.


  • JFK layover
    Jul 8, 2016
    Flying Delta (both trips) from Washington DC to JFK having 3hrs layover and then to Barcelona. We are arriving to and departure from terminal 4. Do we have to get our luggage and go through the security again? JFK is always a mess. I'm so nervous.


    No, you don't have to do anything with your bags in JFK or go through Security in JFK on your way to Barcelona. There is no US Customs when leaving the US. You have plenty of time.


  • 3.5 Hour Layover
    Jun 24, 2016
    We are flying in Delta at 1:59 pm on 7/1. We have a 3.5 Hour layover. We've never been to a New York. Is there enough time to leave the airport? Or should we stay? Our flights departs at 5:18 pm for Las Vegas.


    No, that is not enough time to go anywhere.


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