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  • Enough time for connection?
    Mar 13, 2017
    Hello, I will be flying in from Narita to IAD at 1620 and would have a 1h10 min layover before the connecting flight departs to MCO at 1730. The flights are all in one booking. Would I have enough time to clear immigration and security assuming I have a checked bag? I am not a US citizen.


    That is less than the recommended minimum International to Domestic connection time, especially with checked bags (90 minutes). That will be very difficult.


    May I know what the minimum connection time is without checked bags?


  • Layover time
    Dec 15, 2016
    Hello, I am flying from Philly airport (PHL) to Dulles then to Beijing but my flight from Philly will land at IAD at 11:00 then my flight to Beijing is at 12:25, is my layover time enough? Do I have to recheck my luggage at IAD? Where do I go through immigration? PHL or IAD?


    There is no US Immigration when leaving the US. You will go through Chinese immigration in China. If both flights are on United then all you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate and you have enough time.


  • International to Domestic Flights
    Dec 6, 2016
    I will arrive to IAD on an international flight at 3pm. I then have a domestic flight at 5:45pm. Will the above be sufficient time taking into consideration that I have to pass by the passport control (being a foreigner), claim my baggage, and then check in for the domestic flight?


    Yes, that should be enough time.


  • Flight change
    Oct 10, 2016
    Am arriving in from New Orleans Unite fight at 3.50pm to make a connection to Dublin Air Lingus flight leaving at 5.30pm. Is there enough time. thank you


    If both flights are on the same reservation that is enough time. You just have to go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


    They are separate reservations


    Then with checked bags that will be very difficult, bordering on impossible. It's possible without checked bags.


  • FRA to IAD to ATL
    Sep 25, 2016
    Flying in on Delta from FRA arrive IAD 355pm. Trying to connect to ATL (also on Delta, but a separate reservation) at 5pm. I will have NO checked baggage. Do you think this 65 minute connection time is doable?


    Delta does not fly from FRA to IAD. Please double check your reservation.


    Soory- FRA through AMS to IAD.


    OK, then that is still impossible. Even without checked bags you need at least 90 minutes, preferably a little more.


    Unfortunately, you should plan on at least 2 hours. I went through IAD yesterday from LHR, with a 90+ minute connection to DEN. Even with Gobal Entry (which cut my customs wait to zero) it took 75 minutes to clear security and get out the basement that TSA uses to accommodate their massive queues. Our better yet, avoid IAD for connection.


  • United to Lufthansa
    Sep 16, 2016
    Do I have to go thru security to pick up luggage from a united flight to carry to Lufthansa departures/ticketing. I have just under two hours...


    After your United flight you will exit security and claim your bags. Then after you check in for your Lufthansa flight you will go through security.


  • customs wait
    Sep 12, 2016
    Is 1.5 hours long enough between flights to make it through customs and get luggage and back thru security?


  • customs wait
    Sep 16, 2016
    Is 1.5 hours long enough between flights to make it through customs and get luggage and back thru security?


    Where are you coming from and where are you going? Also on what airlines.


    Tokyo to Indy on United.


  • Orlando to London Heathrow
    Sep 12, 2016
    I booked flights (one booking) and my return is via Dulles from Orlando and have 1hr window - is this enough, I think Dulles has a 45 min minumium?!?!


    Yes, that should be enough time if the flight from Orlando is on-time.


  • Connecting fligth
    Aug 25, 2016
    arriving with DELTA 2:20 PM in IAD and departure with Austrian Airlines to Vienna, Austria 5:20 PM, do we have enough time?


    Yes, that should be enough time, even if you have to transfer checked bags between airlines yourself.


  • Luggage Stress!!!
    Aug 23, 2016
    Hi! I'm flying out of the States, from Detroit to Washington, then out to South Africa. All my flights/planes are South African Airways; the one between Detroit and Washington is operated by Mesa Airlines United Express. My question is: since I'm only flying with South African Airways, do I need to recheck my luggage when I get get to Washington, or can I just simply send my bags straight to destination? Since I'm leaving the States.


    In Detroit you will check in with United, you won't find a South African check in desk in Detroit. At IAD all you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate on the Aerotrain or mobile lounge. You don't have to do anything with your bags. There is no US Customs when leaving the US.


    I have 1h28min to get to that departure gate in Washington, will I make it?


    And also, can I then just send my bags straight to the destination and not stress about it?


    Yes, if both tickets are on the same reservation then you won't have to do anything with your bags in Washington on your way to South Africa. Yes, you have enough time.


  • YOW(Ottawa)-IAD-Narita
    Aug 23, 2016
    I will have to transit at IAD departing from Ottawa, Canada. Do I need to re-check my luggage? If I have only 59 minutes for transit at IAD with Thailand passport, is it possible for me to make it?


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Ottawa. All you have to do at IAD is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have enough time.


    If I arrive to IAD from Montreal (YUL), do i have to retreive my luggage and re-cehck it? My layover time is an hour and 5 minutes.


    No, you don't have to do anything with your bags in Dulles if both flights are on the same reservation. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Montreal.


  • Ground stop?
    Jul 24, 2016
    Flying from BUF to IAD. UA just announced a possible ground stop at IAD. Weather Doppler is clear. Anyone know what's going on?


    It appeared your flight departed on-time.


  • Cancun to JOhannesburg via IAD, no check-in luggage
    Jul 13, 2016
    Hi there. I will be connecting via IAD, landing on United from Cancun at 16:20 and departing on South African Airways (SAA) at 17:40 (thus 80 minutes layover). I will have no checked-in luggage, only my carry-on. Will I still need to go through customs and passport control, or can I do an international connection and proceed to my SAA gate directly? Both tickets are separate, but I will have my boarding pass already printed from online for the SAA flight. Thanks.


    Yes, you will still have to go through US Immigration and Customs and Security. This is a difficult connection.


  • Is 5 hours 15 min enough to catch a separaiite flight (not connecting)
    Jul 11, 2016
    My flight with United airlines is departing from London heathrow airport and is arriving at IAD on October 25, 2016 at 11:05 a.m. I need to catch a separate flight at IAD with Southwest Airlines to Atlanta and it departs at 4:20 pm on the same day (October 25, 2016). This is NOT a connecting flight that was bought along with my flight from London. I bought the flight to Atlanta separately. I think I will have to go through customs and get my luggage after I land at IAD. Then, I will have to re-enter IAD, re-check my bags and go through TSA for my flight to Atlanta. I have 5 hours and 15 minutes between the time the flight from London (United) lands and the flight to Atlanta (Southwest) departs. This is without accounting for possible delays. Since these two flights are completely separate, do you think 5 hours and 15 min is enough time for me to leave the international terminal and re-enter the domestic terminal to catch my flight to Atlanta? What are some tips you have that can help me make this process more efficient? Thank you!


    Yes, that should be plenty of time. IAD is not a delay prone airport.


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