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  • Terminal layover
    May 2, 2016
    Hi I'm flying from punta Cana to JFK and onward to Dublin with delta on the one ticket! I've a 2 hour layover period , do you think that's enough time? Is it the same terminal we fly into or do we have to change terminals! Thank you


    Yes, both flights will be in Terminal 4 and that should be just enough time.


  • Visa
    May 27, 2016
    Hi im flying on India to Miami and next day i have flight Newyork JFK to Spain Barcelona. I have valid C1 Tranist visa and Spain Schengen visa. C1 transit visa how many days can i stay in USA? May i stay in one day at hotel miami aiport near.


    How many days can i stay in USA at C1 US TRANSIT VISA? Once immgriation and customes done.


    30 days usually


  • London - New York - Phoenix
    Apr 28, 2016
    I am reaching JFK at 7 pm on 5th May (Terminal 4) with checked in baggage, and then my departing flight to Phoenix is at 8 am next day morning. Where can i spend night at JFK most comfortably. Will the connecting flight to Phoenix collect my baggage early?


    They will not take your baggage until the morning of your flight to Phoenix. I recommend staying in a hotel. There are numerous ones near JFK.


  • Toronto - JFK - Austin
    Apr 21, 2016
    I am a Canadian traveling to Austin, TX with a 4 hour layover at JFK. If I want to leave to have lunch will I have to go through customs again before boarding the flight to Austin?


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto. Once you land in New York you will be in the United States and free to go where you want. You will just have to go through security again if you leave the airport. I don't think you have enough time to leave though. There's not really much worth seeing near the airport.


    Thank you!


  • Flight from Athens via Istanbul
    Apr 23, 2016
    I will be arriving at JFK on Turkish Airlines from Athens (via Istanbul) at 5:35 pm. My connecting flight on JetBlue bound for Sacramento leaves at 7:40 pm. Is two hours and five minutes enough time to go through customs? I hope to have Global Entry by then. Thank you for your help.


    With Global Entry you'll probably have just enough time.


    Thank you!


  • Use of airport Lounge at T5 - Post Security
    Apr 18, 2016
    Arriving at T4 at 09.00; next flight from T5 at 16.45.I wish to spend the time in AirSpace Lounge which is located Post Security area in T5. Will I be allowed to go through security 7 hours before the departure time?


    Yes, as long as you have a boarding pass departing T5, then you can.


  • KED
    Apr 16, 2016
    We arrive 05:40 and depart at 22:40 on a Saturday. Is this enough time to ride the Staten Island Ferry ?


  • KED
    Apr 18, 2016
    We arrive 05:40 and depart at 22:40 on a Saturday. Is this enough time to ride the Staten Island Ferry ?


    Yes, that is plenty of time. However, don't get your hopes up too much. The Staten Island ferry isn't exactly amazing.


  • 10 hour layover
    Apr 10, 2016
    I have a 10 hour layover in JFK. What is there to do for 10 hours? Am I allowed to leave the airport?


    Yes, you are allowed to leave the airport. What there is to do depends on when your layover is.


  • What to do during a 8 hour wait through the night?
    Apr 8, 2016
    My parents arrive from London at 11.30pm into Termal 4 on Delta. They leave again for St Martin on another Delta filght at 8.30am the following morning (again from T4).. What on earth can they do for the 6 hours of waiting through the early hours (before/after security checks)? They are not confident with finding their way around outside of the airport, so will they be able to a) stay in the airport or b) sleep or c) flind a coffee shop open through the night? They're late 60s and their energy levels will not be the highest! Cheers in advance


    There is a small cafe/coffee shop open 24 hours outside security in Terminal 4. That's where I recommend they spend the night. They will be able to go back through security at about 4:30 AM if they want.


  • 8 hr layover...
    Mar 30, 2016
    I will be arriving at JFK on China Eastern at 10:15 PM and connecting Delta flight is at 6:15 AM. I am traveling alone - is it safe to stay in the airport during layover? If so, where should I go to relax and read, etc? Thank you!


    Yes, airports are very safe places to stay. Terminal 4 is the only terminal with seating outside security (you won't be able to go through security until about 4:30 AM).


    Thank you for responding to my question!


  • St marrten=JFK==birmingham uk
    Mar 21, 2016
    hello, I'm flying american airlines for both legs of my journey on one ticket from st marrten via JFK to Birmingham U.K. The airline has sold me a ticket with a 1hour 25min trasit time? if this enough to go through customs/ immigration and re check in? I won't take any hold luggage to save time.


    With no checked baggage it's possible, but it's awfully difficult.


  • What to do with luggage during 12 hour layover
    Mar 20, 2016
    Can anyone advise how early you can check in your luggage. We arrive from SJU at 11 am and leave international flight with LOT at 1030pm. Can we check in early, off load our baggage and leave airport during the layover period? is there any NY based half day trips or tours direct from JKF that we can use?


    I'm not aware of any half day trips that leave directly from JFK. The LOT counter won't be open until at least mid-afternoon, possibly later.


  • Ideas for 21h layover
    Mar 20, 2016
    We'll be arriving JFK from Jamaica at midnight, and have a flight to Norway at 09:55pm the next day. Any ideas as to how to get the most out of our time in NYC in the 21h? Where should we store our luggage?


    There is a luggage storage business near Penn Station called Schwartz Luggage Storage. You can put your bags there. You might want to sleep though.


  • automatic luggage check-through?
    Feb 27, 2016
    I'm flying from Seattle to Luxembourg via JFK and Heathrow and have a nearly 12 hour layover at JFK and of course wanted to visit Manhattan for 3-4 hours. Now my question is whether my luggage is checked through automatically to London because it was a domestic flght beforehand? Or will I have to go through Immigration again and take care of my luggage myself and check it in before boarding?


    You do not go through US Customs after or a domestic flight or before departing on an international flight. As long as all flights are on the same reservation they will be transferred for you.


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