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  • Customs and Immigrations for International Passengers
    Apr 20, 2017
    Does anyone know how long customs and immigration typically take sfor international passengers (coming from Amsterdam or Munich) typically take at Dulles with Washington as final destination? Will be arriving at 15:35 or 15:55 on a Tuesday.


    30-60 minutes.


    Thanks. Is there usually a long que for taxis that time of day? Would you recommend something else like Uber or Lyft? Time is of the essence here so if it's some dollars extra it's not the most important thing.


  • Transit Time
    Apr 3, 2017
    Planning to arrive on UA at 325 pm and will leave on a domestic plane to MSP on UA at 5.10 PM. Will there be enough time to clear the immigration, get the bag and recheck the bag? There are 3 of u and we are US citizens.


    Where are you arriving from?




    That is just enough time if everything goes smoothly.


  • Baggage Assistance
    Mar 30, 2017
    Hello, can you tell me if there is assistance offered to lift baggage off the conveyor belt if you have restricted lifting abilities.


    It depends on the baggage claim, you could just ask someone for help.


    Thank you, I guess I was looking for a guarantee that airport workers would help if a kind member of the public wont.


    There's no guarantee. This also isn't the airport's official website.


  • Enough time for connection?
    Mar 30, 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?


    90 minutes is still officially the minimum, but it may be doable in under 90 without checked bags if everything goes perfectly.


  • 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.


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