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    Oct 28, 2014
    I am flying into SFO from SIN via Singapore at 1115hrs and I have a connecting flight to PHX via United at 1247hrs. The layover is about 1 hr 37mins. Is there enough time?


    Yes, that should be enough time. Once you arrive in the International Terminal, you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, and re-check your bags at the transfer desk. Then United's Terminal 3 is directly adjacent to the International Terminal.


    Thanks, Zap, for your reply. I apologise for making some errors in the previous question. I am flying into SFO from SIN via Singapore Airlines at 1115hrs. I have a connecting flight to PHX via United at 1247hrs (booked separately). The layover is about 1 hr 32mins. I hope that there is enough time. I accessed United's webpage and note that similar connections all an all-United itinerary eg. ICN-SFO-DEN or ICN-SFO-ORD has layovers as short as 1hr 26 min! These are all International flights into SFO airport with a subsequent domestic connection.


    You need to ask the Singapore Airlines agent in Singapore if they can tag your bag through to PHX by showing your United confirmation. If they do, so, then you can drop your bags at the re-check counter and proceed directly to security if you get your United boarding pass online before leaving Singapore. Otherwise, you will have to take your bags to the United counters in Terminal 3. With having to clear US Immigration and Customs, you may arrive too late to check your bags in that case. If you are not checking a bag, you should be OK, just be sure to check-in online for your United flight before leaving Singapore.


  • ACK to SFO Connecting to PDX
    Oct 27, 2014
    Hi. My husband is flying into SFO from New Zealand at 11:55am and has to go through customs on a green card visa (first entry), his connecting flight to PDX (booked separately) is at 2:00pm with Delta. Is 2 hours enough time to get to the terminal for his to his next flight?


    It will be somewhat difficult. You should also note that Delta does not fly from SFO to Portland. His flight is probably on Alaska Airlines. The walk from the part of the International Terminal where you will exit customs and the Alaska Airlines check-in counter is quite short.


    Hmm, that's what I was worried about. Would 3 hours give him enough time? I know his flight is going from SFO to LAX and then to Portland. Thanks for your feedback.


    Oh, if he's flying to LAX first he is likely on Delta. In that case it's actually a more difficult connection since the Delta check-in counters are further away.


    I'm glad I moved his flight to give him 4 hours to get through everything then! Thanks so much for your help, you're awesome. We'd have been in trouble if I hadn't asked.


  • please help
    Oct 23, 2014
    ZAP r u there? :8


  • services for old people
    Oct 24, 2014
    Is there any people who help the disabled and old? With directions and wheelchairs etc. if there is how far they can go like can they go through immigration and customs all the way to check in?



    If you need wheelchair service you need to contact their airline and request it.


  • flying in from tokyo and going domestic
    Oct 24, 2014
    Hi, This is my first time abroad and have to know what to do after landing at sfo. Is it baggage claim first or customs and immigrations first?, i'm going to saltlake. Don't know what steps to take first. Please help me. God bless


    Is it immigration - baggage - customs - check in. Right? 😄


    Correct, it is Immigration, baggage claim, then customs, then re-check, then security.


  • Flying in from Australia
    Oct 24, 2014
    Hi, flying in Air Newzeland 01/11/14 landing at 11.45am. I have a Southwest airlines flight to Houston aleaving at 2.30pm. Do u think I will make the Southwest flight? Please explain the procedure re customs and baggage collection & how to get to the Southwest airlines area?


    You will arrive in the International Termina, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, and go through US Customs. Then you have to follow the signs to the airtrain to Terminal 1 and then exit and check your bags with Southwest. If you want a good boarding number, check in with Southwest online before you leave Australia. Also, be aware that Southwest does not fly nonstop from SFO to Houston. So your flight likely stops somewhere else first. Be aware of that.


    Thanks for that - do you think 2 hrs or so is enough time to make the Southwest Airlines flight


    It's probably enough time. Personally I'd want a little more though. Baggage check lines at Southwest can be pretty long sometimes.


  • 1hour and 30min layover time
    Oct 20, 2014
    Hi - I am flying from Hong Kong - Las Vegas. I am wondering if 1hour and 30min is enough time taking the whole recheck-in in consideration? FYI it is UNITED both ways. On the way to Vegas I'll be in SFO from 8.30am-10am and return flight from 11.55am-13.25pm. Will I have enough time? Thanks


    Yes, that should be enough time. On your way to Las Vegas, in SFO you will go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, then re-check your bags with United, then go through security and to your departure gate. On you way back to Hong Kong, all you have to do in SFO is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. There is a walkway connecting Terminal 3 where you will likely arrive and the G concourse of the International Terminal where you will depart.


    Thank you so much, this is super helpful. Have a great day!


  • Terminal 1 to Terminal International
    Oct 19, 2014
    Hi there, Coming in on a flight from MSP next month and into Terminal 1. My flight to PSP leaves from the International Terminal. I only have an hour in between. Flights all booked via Alaska Air, but MSP to SFO flight is on Delta, and SFO to PSP flight is Alaska Air. Fastest way from T1 to TI...walk or train? And, do I have to go thru Security again ? Thanks very much.


    It's probably slightly faster to take the train. Yes, you will have to go through security again in the International Terminal.


    Thanks for your response!


  • 1hr 35mins transit time sufficient?
    Oct 18, 2014
    Hi there, i am planning to fly in to San Francisco from Seoul on Asiana and will be touching down at 1220 but my next connecting domestic flight with United Airline will be taking off at 1355 which means i have only a 1hr 35mins transit time. I would like to hear from frequent travellers if it will be even possible to go thru all the procedures and make it to the flight. I am travelling with my wife and 2 kids aged 3 and 4 years old respectively. Luggage count will be 8 checked-in in total. Both me and my wife will be holding A2 visa, will that help to expedite the process? If i have no choice but to stick to this plan, can anyone advise me what can i do to speed up the whole process? Eg will informing San Fran staff for help be useful?


    You should have enough time. There is nothing you can do to speed up the process other than to sit as far towards the front of the plane as possible and moving as quickly as you can.


  • United connection between Intl and Terminal 3
    Oct 15, 2014
    Is 50 mins enough time to get from the INTL terminal( on a domestic flight) and Terminal 3, Concourse F? How long will it take to walk (run) and do I have to go thru security again?


    There is a walkway between the International Terminal and Terminal 3 inside security. You should have plenty of time if your first flight is on-time.


  • term 3 united flight connections domestic
    Oct 15, 2014
    Is 37 minutes enough time to change from one United domestic flight to another in Terminal 3? If my plane is 10 minutes late, is 27 minutes enough?


    Yes, both of those should be enough time.


  • Connecting flight on UA to Seoul
    Oct 9, 2014
    Flying in to SFO from Boston on United, I only have 1 hour 10 minutes to connect flight at SFO to S Korea (also on United). Do I have to clear security again? Do I have enough time to connect flight? Thanks much,


    No, you will not have to go through security. The United Terminal and their gates in the International Terminal are connected inside security by a walkway. You should have enough time.


  • MAN-SFO (Air France), SFO-YVR (United)... is 3 hours enough?
    Oct 8, 2014
    Hi, I plan to fly into SFO from the UK on Air France, arriving at 1pm, and want to take a United flight to YVR 3 hours later. I'm booking these as two completely separate flights so will have to collect my luggage, I assume I'll also have to clear customs and check my luggage in for the second flight at the main check-in desks? Is 3 hours is enough time for this or I should take a later flight to be sure? Thanks!


    Yes, you have it correct. Yes, 3 hours should be enough time. It's a fairly easy walk from where you will exit customs to the United Check-In counters.


  • International connection
    Oct 8, 2014
    Arriving from YLW to SFO with United, connecting to ZRH with Swiss - Do I really have to go through customs even though I am not entering the USA? - 2h connection time, does this sound doable with 2 kids?


    Yes, you do have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, and go through US Customs, then re-check your bags at the transfer desk. 2 Hours should be enough time. Everything will be in the same terminal.


  • Transfer from United to ANA, security? is 1:20 enough time?
    Oct 6, 2014
    Flying United domestic flight to SFO to connect to an ANA flight to Tokyo. We have 1:20 layover. Do we have to change terminals? Do we have to go through security? Thanks.


    You may have to change terminals, but there is a walkway inside security between United's Terminal and the International terminal, so you should have enough time and you won't have to go through security.


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