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  • Dublin to NY to Portland OR
    Jul 4, 2015
    I will be arriving from Dublin on Aer Lingus with a connecting flight to Portland OR on Jet Blue, & my flight times have just been changed to only gave me 70 minutes after arrival to connect with my Portland flight. I understand they are both in Terminal 5, but am concerned as to whether I'm going to need to go through customs in NY. I see a comment about US International Customs in Shannon Airport - does Dublin have the same so that my bag will go straight through from Dublin to Portland? I have 3 hours in Dublin, so that would work well.


    Yes, Dublin also has US Immigration and customs preclearance. If you purchased your tickets on the same reservation then all you have to do in JFK is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • visa waiver passengers
    Jul 2, 2015
    Is there a specific/exclusive line for visa waiver (ESTA) passengers at JFK?


    Repeat ESTA users can use the Automated Kiosk line with US and Canadian citizens. First-time ESTA users have to stand in the regular non-citizen line with people on Visas.


    Thank you ZAO! very clear and useful!


  • Immigration opening hours, terminal 8?
    Jun 25, 2015
    I'm trying to find some information about the office hours of the immigration in terminal 8. Is the immigration office open 24 hours so that it is possible to book and international flight which arrives at around 11 p.m


    Immigration in Terminal 8 is open when there are International arrivals. If you are on an international flight into JFK, you will go through immigration. There's no way you can not.


  • How long to plan for clearing customs
    Jun 24, 2015
    We are arriving at JFK T8 from EU on July 17 - how long should we plan to clear customs?


    I would guess 45-60 minutes.


  • time from international flight through customs to make non-connecting
    Jun 18, 2015
    Approx. how long will it take to go through baggage claim and customs when arriving to U.S. internationally and trying to reach a non-connecting flight.


    If you are purchasing two separate tickets you need a bare minimum of 2 hours and I recommend at least 2.5-3 hours between flights.


  • Meeting people at gate
    Jun 18, 2015
    HI, can you meet people at the arrival gate in JFK (JetBlue Terminal), if not were can you meet people, as I was going to special my husband when he arrives at JKF. (As we come from Australian and you can meet people at the arrival gate here.)


    No, you cannot meet him at the gate. You will have to meet him in the baggage claim or if he is on an international flight, at the exit of customs.


    Thank you for your help.


  • Connection flight
    Jun 17, 2015
    Hey! I'm travelling from LAX to Helsinki. (LAX-JFK-HKI). I have only 1 hour in JFK so I need a plan how to survive there.. So I guess I don't have to go to the custom or what? Or what else I have to do in JFK?


    What airlines are you flying?


  • HELP - CONNER ARTMAN 19 years old must call home!
    Jun 17, 2015
    HELP - looking for CONNER ARTMAN 19 years old arriving from Italy Milano in transit to Pitsburg, his flight was cancelled. His parents need to talk with him urgently! He has given no notice in last 24 hrs!


    You should contact the airport police in JFK and Pittsburgh to report a missing person. However, he is 19 and an adult and legally free to go where he wants.


    We found him! Mobile out of charge, luggage lost, but now it's ok. Thanks


  • JFK to LGA
    Jun 11, 2015
    I have a 3 hour window between landing Friday 1940 at JFK from France and then catching another flight to Denver at 2250 from LGA. From what I hear it is doable if there are no major hiccups. Any advice would be appreciated.


    I also have checked bags.


    Yes, that should be possible. Traffic will be light by that time of the evening and as long as you arrive at LGA by 2150 you should be fine.


  • Is 3 hours enough time
    Jun 9, 2015


    You will arrive in Terminal 4 and depart from Terminal 2 or 4. If you show your second Delta itinerary to the agent in Prague they should be able to tag your bags through to your final destination. Then you can re-check your bags at the re-check desk after clearing customs in JFK instead of having to take them to the check-in counter. You should have enough time, even if you have to go to the check-in counter.


    Jun 8, 2015
    I'm flying from Helsinki to San Francisco on June 12th via JFK. I'll arrive to JFK (Finnair) at 3.50 PM and my flight (American airlines) to SOF will leave at 6 PM. Do I have enough time to transfer? Will my bags be checked all the way to San Francisco?


    Upon arrival in JFK you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, and re-check your bags at the recheck desk immediately after customs, then go up to the departure level, through security and to your departure gate. You should have enough time. FYI the airport code for San Francisco is SFO. SOF is Sofia, Bulgaria.


  • Help!
    Jun 27, 2015
    Hi. Will be arriiving from Vancouver to Toronto on 24Jul Fri @ 7 AM via Cathay and on same day will fly to Toronto via TAM @ 11.10 am. Will I have enough time for transferring to another terminal and I dont have bags for checking in? Pls note. I bought 2 separate tickets by the way. Will I go through immigration and US customs again?


    Yes, in Terminal 7 you will go through US Immigration and Customs, then take the AirTrain to Terminal 8, get your TAM boarding pass if you don't already have it, then go through security and to your departure gate. You should have plenty of time.


    So there wont be US pre clearance in Vancouver? Upon my arrival in JFK, will I go through security checks again?


  • Layover Time Enough?
    Jun 6, 2015
    Arriving in terminal 8 on july 3rd at 7:25pm on airberlin from dusseldorf. Have a connecting flight with jet blue in terminal 5 at 9:36 pm. Is this enough time to transfer terminals and get through immigration?


    If your tickets were bought together that should be enough time as you will be able to re-check your bags in Terminal 8. If you bought two separate tickets it will be difficult unless you plan on not bringing checked baggage.


  • International arrival with pet
    Jun 3, 2015
    Hi I am arriving tomorrow evening with my Pet; I'd like to confirm that I won't need to go to a specific office that might be close at that time?? Thanks!


    Sorry, might be CLOSED. The pet is a dog.


    You need to confirm that with your airline, not on a message board.


  • Luggage Lockers
    Jun 2, 2015
    Are there luggage lockers in Terminal 7 at JFK and if so where are they located? Thanks!


    There are no luggage lockers at JFK


    Thank you for your prompt reply...but I'm sorry to hear that there are no luguage lockers in JFK. We have a long layover. Hopefully, we can check our bags hours early with the airline.


    I learned later today that there ARE lockers at JFK. They're in Terminal 4.


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