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Hi, my Swissair flight from Zurich will land at 4pm with my connecting flight on the same booking departing on Air Canada at 6.30pm. Is this enough time? What do I need to do to clear customs? Do I need to re-check in my bags?
You will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then go through security and to your departure gate. If you are a Swiss citizen you will need to complete ESTA before your trip. You have enough time.
Thanks! What is the minimum connection time I would need to set aside for this connection? We are travellering under the visa waiver Programme and a valid ESTA. Where is the re-check deak located?
You have enough time. At least 2 hours is fine. The re-check desk is right after you clear Customs.
Two of us will be flying to SFO meeting a group for travel to Japan. The group leader will have our tickets. Am I correct that we will have to claim our bags at Southwest and recheck them before going to international departure gate?
Yes, you will have to claim your bags from Southwest take them to the International Terminal, re-check them, and go through security.
I have a 1 hour connection in SFO at 9pm coming from Calgary en route to Singapore. Will I need to change terminals / recheck bags / clear customs / go through security in SFO? Will this be enough time?
You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Calgary. If both flights are on the same reservation then all you have to do in SFO is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.
many thanks. any chance you know if these will be in the same terminal? On the way back (SIN - SFO - YYC) I have a 1.5 hour layover in SFO. I assume I will have to clear customs in SFO, and potentially change terminals. Does this seem accurate and/or too tight to you?
They should be in the same terminal. On the return you have barely enough time.
How did your connection go? Was it the same terminal? I have the same connection tomorrow.
my trip is YYC-LAX-SFO-TPE, do i get screening checking in LAX, need to take my checked baggage and re-check in? and when I arrived in SFO, i only get 1 hour to connect to TPE flight, Do i need to go through the screening again? and get my baggage check in again? how long does it take? will i have enough time in SFO? I book the entire trip through United Airline. Thanks
You will pre-clear US Immigration and customs in Calgary. since the Calgary-LAX flight is operated by Air Canada. You will arrive in Terminal 2 and depart from Terminal 7/8. You will have to walk to T7 and go through security. You don't have to do anything with your bags. In SFO all you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.
We will be landing with Air Canada from Toronto and grabbing a connecting flight with United to Hawaii. Is 2h24m layover for a week day, August afternoon plenty of time? Do we have to grab our bags and go through security again? Thanks!
You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto. All you have to do in SFO is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have plenty of time.
Hello, we are flying in to SFO with Lufthansa at 19.00 and would like to get a flight to Las Vegas. Latest available ticket departs 22.30. Do you think that this is enough to clear the immigration and re-check the backs? Is there an inside transfer or do we have to go the way if SF is your last destination and then go back to the counter and check in. Thank you
Yes, that should be enough time. Yes, you will have to take your bags outside and re-check them with your airline to Las Vegas and then go through security.