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  • Clearing Immigration & Airport Lounge
    Jan 25, 2015
    I'm flying into JFK on a Tuesday Lunchtime with my family. Any ideas as to how busy the immigration & customs halls will be at that time? Also,is there a nice private airside lounge in Terminal 4 that I could book in advance? Thanks in advance.


    There are no "private" lounges. You could buy passes for the Delta SkyClub. Immigration halls will probably be somewhat busy at that time of day as lots of flights from Europe arrive at that time.


    Thanks. Subject to a scheduled landing of 11:45, I've booked our transfer for 13:30. I'm hoping that'll be enough time?


    That should be barely enough time. You won't have any time to spend in a lounge anyway.


  • Time to get thru passport control, customs and baggage claim
    Jan 20, 2015
    I'm arriving on the Tuesday afternoon around 4 and taking a taxi to my hotel. How long should I expect to take for get thru customs, etc after landing? If I tell the taxi a pickup time of 5:30, is this a good estimate? Thanks!


    You'll probably be out a little closer to 4:45 or 5.


    Thanks ZAP!!


  • getting from T1 to T4
    Jan 20, 2015
    Hello! My friend who does not speak English arrives from Moscow (SU0102) at 5.25 p.m. Terminal 1. Then he departures to Toronto (Dl 4242) from Terminal 4 at 8.45 p.m. I need to give him instructions) Please help! 1. How to get from T1 to T4? Does he need to take baggage, and register it again? What about the customs then? 2. Does he have enough time for everything? And moreover he needs to pay for extra luggage to Delta as jis ticket has 0 pc included. Thank you a lot!


    T1 and T4 are connected by the AirTrain. After he arrives in Terminal 1 he will go through US Immigration, claim his bags, and go through US Customs. If he bought his tickets together he can re-check them in Terminal 1 at the transfer desk, otherwise he has to take them to Terminal 4 and pay to check them. Note that he will need a US Transit Visa if he is a Russian citizen.


    Dear ZAP, Thank you! I got lost..can you clarify please again..step by step, please. I need to give detailed instruction to my non-English speaking friend where to go exactly and what to do next. Sorry.. what tickets do you mean? For flight or for luggage? For flight he has different tickets, bought through different agents. 1) He takes his luggage and will go through US Immigration with them, right? in Terminal 1? 2) Next he will go through US Customs. In T1? Right? 3) He takes AirTrain (where is the stop? outside the terminal?) 4) After arriving to T4 he goes to Delta transfer desk and pay for luggage right? He will get boarding passfrom the same person, right? He checks his luggage there as well. Right? 5) He goes to the gate? What if he would check-in with Delta online? and pay for luggage at the same time? Shall he take his luggage to T4 then or he can recheck it in T1? Where exactly) Sorry for so detailed questions. Thank you!!


    Tickets are whether be purchased his flights all at once or if he purchased them in two separate purchases, one from Aeroflot and one from Delta. If he purchased his flights in one purchase he will: Arrive in T1, go through passport control, claim his baggage, go through US Customs, re-check his baggage at the transfer desk, take the AirTrain to T4, and go through security and to his departure gate. If he purchased his flights separately in two separate purchases he will: Arrive in T1, go through Passport control, claim his bags, go through Customs, take his bags with him on the AirTrain to T4, check his bags at the Delta check-in desk (whether he checked in online or not), then go through security and to his departure gate.


    Thank you a lot for thi clarifications! Last question - how to get to AirTrain in Terminal 1, where is the platform? And when does it stop at T4? (i it eay to find Departures from there?) Thank you!!


  • Where to pay for extra luggage?
    Jan 12, 2015
    Hi! I will be travelling from JFK to Toronto with Delta Airlines later this month. My ticket shows 0 pc luggage allowance. Where can I pay for my luggage? I found info about the cost but where and how to pay is the question. Thank you for any reply!


    You can pay when you check in online with Delta. If you are not able to check in online you will pay at the airport. Note that they only accept credit and debit cards.


    Thank you for your answer! Just to clarify - I can pay at the airport while check-in, right> to the same person? I am very tight on time (flight from Moscow). They do not accept cash? Thank you!


    Correct. You can pay at the check in desk with a credit card.


  • time to international terminal
    Dec 10, 2014
    How long will it take for my father to get to terminal 3 from terminal 8


    Terminal 3 at JFK has been closed for over a year. What airline is he flying and where is he flying to?


  • Transit from Terminal 1 to Terminal 8
    Nov 2, 2014
    I am going from morocco to Cancun in Mexico, I have a mexican Visa. I am going to change flight in JFK where I have to go from Terminal 1 to Terminal 8. I don't have a USA visa. What should I do?


    If you are a Moroccan citizen you have to get a US Transit visa. Otherwise you won't be allowed on the plane.


  • Line for Canadians together with US greend cards and citizens at JFK?
    Oct 20, 2014
    hi, I'll be arriving at JFK T1 next Sunday from Paris. I'm a Canadian Citizen and I'm traveling with my friend who has a green card. Will we have to go in separate lines or is there a line for US citizens+green card+ Canadians like at US immigration in Toronto? thank you


    Pretty sure it will be separate lines. Canadian citizens don't get preferential treatment at facilities in the US.


  • Where do you go thru customs if flight is to Toronto from JFK?
    Oct 13, 2014
    Have a flight Sunday from JFK to Toronto- am a Can'd citizen, so do I go thru customs there- or at Toronto, have a connecting flight out later to east coast. Was told I go thru customs upon arrival in Toronto? Since I'll be in a wheelchair for assistance to the plane, can I get a porter in JFK to help with my suitcase?


    On your trip to Toronto you will go through Canadian Immigration and customs when you arrive in Toronto. The wheelchair assistance person will make sure that your luggage is transported with you.


  • Customs & immigration
    Sep 16, 2014
    Hi there! We arrive at JFK at 11.30 on Oct 16 from UK. We need to get to the City Clerks office asap, as we need to get a Marriage Licence, so we can get married on Oct 17. How long will it take us to clear customs at that time of day? Thanks


    30-45 minutes. October is one of the lower months for international traffic in the United States.


    Cool! thanks so much for your response!


  • Inmigration Time?
    Sep 9, 2014
    Hi, I am arriving to JFK from Argentina on Sept 16th at 9am, how long would it take to go through US Immigration and customs? I need to catch a bus to Boston so I might need to calculate time between both transports. Thanks


    It will probably take between 30 and 45 minutes, but may take up to an hour.


  • customs?
    Sep 8, 2014
    my flight gets in at 21.30 oct 16th...i want to arrange a car for pick up..how long will it take to get through customs?


    Probably 30-45 minutes


  • connect flight/baggage
    Jul 26, 2014
    I fly from Dublin to JFK with connecting flight to Miami on Thur 31st July. I know I will have pre-clearance as an Irish citizen. I will request to check my baggage thro' from Dublin to Miami. But, will I have to collect my luggge at JFK and drop it to connecting flight system? Thankyou.


    At JFK you will be considered to be a 'domestic arrival' - you may proceed your journey by going to your connecting gate. Your JFK arrival & departure depends on which airline(s) you are taking. I therefore suggest you open www.ifly.com/jfk, then click on 'Terminal Map' under 'QUICK LINKS', and scroll down to the detailed text.


  • Possible to meet at the gate after international flight?
    Jul 23, 2014
    I'm trying to get my 74-year old father who lives overseas to come for a visit. He hasn't travelled before and does not speak English. Is it possible for me to arrange to meet him at the gate and take him through the immigration and customs? Are there any other options? He won't be able to navigate the airport on his own.


    No, you cannot meet him at the gate. You can however meet him after the immigration queue if you're coming into the same terminal. He doesn't have to do much "navigation" as he will be funneled towards the Immigration queue.


  • 9-hour connection
    Jul 16, 2014
    Hello, I would like to know if I can leave the airport between two flights, since I have a 9-hour connection ? I have a connection in JFK on my way from Chile to France. Thanks


    Yes, you are allowed to leave the airport. You will have to pass through US Immigration on arrival and when you exit customs you will be outside security. However, you won't have a whole lot of time to do anything. It takes quite a while to get from JFK to anything worth seeing.


  • Enough time for connecting flight?
    Jul 2, 2014
    Hi, i will be flying in to JFK via Singapore airlines, arriving at 11am. I have a connecting flight to Boston via jetblue at 1:29pm. I have check-in luggage. Is the connecting time sufficient? Also is there anything else that i should take note? Thank you.


    Were your tickets purchased separately or together? JetBlue and Singapore do have an interline agreement so if your tickets were purchased together you can re-check them after you clear customs and not have to take them to T5 to re-check. You should have enough time if your first flight is on-time.


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