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Hi, I am flying through SFO from Calgary to Singapore. Will I have to go back through customs in SFO if I leave the airport to go explore the city for a few hours? Will I have to pick up my bags and keep them or can I recheck them before leaving the airport? Is this worth it or too much of a hassle?
You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Calgary. There is no US Customs when leaving the US. You won't have to claim your bags in SFO if all flights are on the same reservation. You are free to leave and will just have to go through security when you return.
I am looking at a flight from Incheon Airport in South Korea to Kansas City with a 1hr 25min layover in SFO San Francisco. Will I have enough time to make the layover from the International Terminal to the domestic terminal to Kansas City?
Also sorry I am also an American citizen.
That is barely enough time if everything goes perfectly.
I am going to fly PVG-SFO-ATL. However United changed the time of the second flight. So I only have 2hr15min connection time. I am a Chinese citizen. Is it enough for me to go through the custom, take my baggage and get on the next flight?
Hi, my international flight arriving at SFO has been rescheduled to land at 10:10. I have a separately booked domestic departure at 12:55 from SFO to IAD. Will I still be able to make it for the domestic departure or had I better change to a later flight to IAD?
You could still make it if things go smoothly when you arrive, especially if you don't have checked bags.
Hi, I will be arriving at SFO from SIN on an SQ flight at 9:15 am, and will take a separately booked United flight to IAD from SFO. Will I be able to make a 11:15 am flight out of SFO? Or had I better book a 12:55pm?
is 40 mins layover enough? travelling from vancouver to sfo to honolul
That is just enough time if everything goes smoothly and all tickets are on the same reservation. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver. All you have to do in SFO is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. Obviously it leaves no time to spare if there's delays.