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  • Juneau to Calgary via Seattle, 48-minute layover is enough?
    Mar 30, 2016
    2
    Hello!, I am flying from Juneau to Calgary via Seattle with Delta Air Lines. Is 48-minute layover in Seattle airport is enough for transit? taken into account that I am not Canadian/US citizen? Thank you!

     

    Yes, that is enough time. Your citizenship doesn't matter. All you have to do in Seattle is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. There is no US Immigration and customs when leaving the US. You just have to show your passport when boarding the flight to Calgary. You go through Canadian immigration and customs when you get to Calgary.

     

    Thank you very much for your prompt reply! An

     

  • dubai - seattle-edmonton
    Mar 22, 2016
    1
    some info about traveling dubai to seattle and then edmonton. will i clear immigration in seattle or just change the gate for next flight?

     

    Yes, in Seattle you will have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, go through security, and to your departure gate. You need at least 2 hours to do this assuming everything is on the same reservation.

     

  • 10 hours layover
    Mar 22, 2016
    4
    I'm flying from Singapore to Edmonton with a 10 hour layover in SEA via Delta. I'm holding a Philippine passport with a valid US visa, can I go outside the airport for a short day trip?

     

    Yes, you can leave the airport since you have a US Visa.

     

    hi zap! i dont have a valid us visa.. but i also have a layover in SEA via Delta. Is that mean that i cant go outside? thanks

     

    Thanks Zap! I have a connecting flight, do i have to collect my luggage?

     

    Alice, you need a US Visa to transit the US if you are of a nationality that requires a US Visa to visit the US. ***, I can't answer your question unless I know where you're flying from and to and on what airline.

     

  • Clearing Customs
    Mar 3, 2016
    1
    I am flying from Vancouver to dallas and change planes in Seattle with a 1 1/2 hr layover. Will I have to go through customs in Seattle and if so do I have enough time and do I have to get my bags and recheck?

     

    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver. All you have to do in Seattle is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.

     

  • Layover in Sea to catch a flight to AMS
    Feb 27, 2016
    1
    I'm traveling to AMS from SMF with 1 stop at SEA The layover time is 1hr40m. Do I have to go through customs & immigration in SEA. Do I have sufficient time to do so?

     

    Yes, in Seattle 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. You barely have enough time if everything goes smoothly.

     

  • Leaving Seatac to explore Seattle?
    Feb 16, 2016
    1
    Hello, I will be taking a flight from Vancouver BC to San Jose and the connecting stop is at Seatac. Can I leave the airport during the layover and have lunch in the city? Or must I stay inside Seatac due to customs clearance? Thanks.

     

    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver. Once you arrive in Seattle you will be free to go where you want. However, note that the airport is not close to the city.

     

  • Connecting Flight at Seattle Airport
    Feb 11, 2016
    3
    My flight will be Delta Airline from Seoul Korea to Seattle and connect to Edmonton Canada with Alaska Airline. The time between connection is 1 hr and 50 min. Do I need to get my check baggage and pass the security and immigration in Seattle airport? Or will the baggage go through directly to Edmonton? Is 1 hr and 50 min enough for connecting time? Thank you

     

    In Seattle 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 take the underground train to your departure gate. You have just enough time if everything goes smoothly.

     

    Do I need to fill customs form and re-check the baggage? Since the Delta and Alaska airlines have codeshare, will the baggage go through directly to Edmonton? Thank you so much.

     

    Yes, you will have to claim and re-check your baggage and hand in a customs form.

     

  • From San Jose to Edmonton via SEA
    Jan 5, 2016
    1
    I am flying from San Jose Airport (SJC) to Edmonton (YEG), Canada and will stop at SEA in transit. Is 45 min enough for the transit?

     

    That should be enough time if the first flight is on-time.

     

  • Is there a train from Gate C to Gate S
    Dec 23, 2015
    1
    Hi, I am arriving at a C Gate and I have a connecting flight at S Gate. Is there a train connecting from C to S Gate in the secure area? If not, could you provide a route?

     

    You walk to A or B and then take the train to S.

     

  • Transfer to another flight without a boarding pass
    Dec 20, 2015
    6
    Where can I collect the connecting flight boarding pass when I arrive at Seattle. Do I need to leave the secured area and re-check in? Is there a transfer desk in the secured area?

     

    Forgot to mention. Flight is from Vancouver to Seattle to London. They are two different airlines.

     

    How much time to do you have? Have you ever flown internationally on the airline you are flying to London? If so you may be able to get it online. Otherwise you can probably get it at the departure gate. This assumes you don't have checked baggage.

     

    I have about 1 hr 50 min. I have never flown internationally on the airline I am flying to London. I might not be able to access internet and printer to print the boarding pass which can only be done within 24 hours from the flight time. The thing is my online ticket does not even show the departure gate which is normally stated on the boarding pass. I was wondering if there is British Airway desk or some sort of transfer desk in the secured area where I can issue a boarding pass.

     

    Your British Airways flight will depart from a gate in the S Satellite.

     

    Okay. So, I can find my flight in the S Satellite and they should be able to issue a boarding pass at the gate, is this correct?

     

    Yes, they should be able to as long as you don't have checked bags.

     

  • Layover transit time
    Dec 15, 2015
    1
    I am travelling from SFO to SEA and then SEA to YYJ (Victoria, Canada). I have a 45 min layover between my two flights and I am flying with Alaska Airlines for both. Will 45 min be enough time to make my connection flight?

     

    Yes, that should be enough time if your flight from SFO is on-time. All you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. All gates at SEA are connected inside security.

     

  • YEG-SEA-DXB-DAC
    Dec 10, 2015
    6
    HI, I am flying from Edmonton, CA to Dhaka, Bangladesh. My route is YEG-SEA-DXB-DAC. I got PR (Permanent Residency Permit) in Canada and I am Bangladeshi Citizen. I purchased return (DAC-DXB-SEA-YEG) ticket under same reservation of Emirates. I have 1hr 45min layover in Seattle. I got departure through terminal 3 from Seattle to Dubai. I was just wondering- • Should I need to get US Transit Visa for the layover if I got PR? • Should I go through all Immigration formalities as a Transit traveller? • Should I need to collect my Check-in Luggage and need to do Re Check-in? • If I need to go through all the immigration formalities, is 1hr 45 min layover is enough for me to get everything done?

     

    Please also let me know which one is my arrival terminal (YEG-SEA with Alaska Airlines)? should I need to get train to go to terminal 3 for my departure from SEA-DXB?

     

    Seattle doesn't have a "Terminal 3" in fact it only has one terminal. You will arrive in the C, D, or N concourse and depart from the S concourse. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Edmonton. All you have to do in Seattle is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have plenty of time. You do need to apply for a US Transit Visa, even with Canadian permanent residency. http://zentravels.com/do-canadian-landed-immigrants-need-a-transit-visa-to-travel-through-the-us/

     

    Thanks for the reply. Just to reconfirm- As I will get pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Edmonton, that means, I don't have to collect my check-in luggage, right?? should I need to get train/bus to go to S concourse from S??? or walking is fine? I am worrying too much as I have my kid travelling with me.

     

    sorry for the typo. I was trying to write- Should I need to get bus/train to go to S concourse from N concourse??

     

    Yes, you won't have to do anything with your baggage in Seattle. Yes, there is an underground train from N to C and D and then another underground train from A and B to S. These are all inside security.

     

    Thanks a lot.

     

  • Alaska airline layover
    Dec 5, 2015
    1
    Hi, I am flying Alaska from EUG with a layover in SEA of 45 minutes to catch another Alaska flight down to San Fran. Is 45 minutes enough time to catch the second flight? Thanks in advance!

     

    Yes, that should be enough time as long as your flight from Eugene is on-time. All you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.

     

  • Lay over
    Oct 27, 2015
    3
    Is one hour enough for a lay over in SEA going to Houston Texas. Passenger is a k1 visa holder. Is there an Immigrant Section at SEA to accommodate those under the said visa? How long is the procedure? How about the passenger's check in luggages? Thank you!

     

    No, 1 hour is not enough time for an international to domestic connection at Seattle. You will need closer to 2 hours. K1 visa holders are processed the same as all other visa-holders entering the US (tourist, student visas, etc.)

     

    Thanks very much. Not I, tho. I will rely your answer to her. However, what possible solution can she do, coz she already got the ticket :-(

     

    I can't see my correction lol. Relay, I meant.

     

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