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PipoA380
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Transiting Flight In The USA

Sun Feb 08, 2009 5:01 pm

Hi there,

I'm planning a trip to the USA this summer and I'll be flying GVA-EWR-LAS or GVA-LHR-ORD-LAS.

From what I understood, you have to get through customs in the first port of entry to the USA, correct (=EWR or ORD in my examples)? And it also means I have to check out and check back in in these airports, no direct transit like here? Is this the case in every US airport?

I have flown a few times these last 3 years to the US but the entry point was also the final destination... so I didn't really get how it works.

Thanks for explanation! Take care

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RE: Transiting Flight In The USA

Sun Feb 08, 2009 5:11 pm

You would have to collect your baggage at any airport of first entry into the USA. At all airports you collect your bags, proceed through security/customs and re-check the bags at a central baggage carousel.

This process can take anything from 30 minutes to two hours, so make sure you have enough time.

My suggestion for you would be to enter at EWR.
 
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RE: Transiting Flight In The USA

Sun Feb 08, 2009 5:31 pm

How about suggesting you look at United's new GVA-IAD service with a connection to LAS?

At IAD, there are two customs facilities, one for transit passengers only. I've found IAD quite easy to connect while transiting UA. The customs exit comes out right in the middle of the UA concourse often putting you only a few feet from your connecting gate. I'd take IAD over EWR any day.

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RE: Transiting Flight In The USA

Sun Feb 08, 2009 7:31 pm

Okay two different advices as to which airport to take  Wink

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 2):
How about suggesting you look at United's new GVA-IAD service with a connection to LAS?

Thought about it, but too expensive in fact. I also considered GVA-YYZ with one stop in YUL on AC and then to LAS but it takes forever to get there... Quite a mess to get to LAS from GVA with only one stop Sad
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RE: Transiting Flight In The USA

Sun Feb 08, 2009 7:42 pm

Well you can fly GVA-LGW with Easyjet and then LGW-LAS with VS non stop.
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RE: Transiting Flight In The USA

Sun Feb 08, 2009 8:24 pm



Quoting B747forever (Reply 4):

I'm not flying non-corresponding flights, specially not with U2  Wink
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RE: Transiting Flight In The USA

Sun Feb 08, 2009 8:38 pm

you have to go through security again in Customs but thats it, you also don't have to go into a holding room or anything like in Europe.
 
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RE: Transiting Flight In The USA

Sun Feb 08, 2009 10:01 pm



Quoting PipoA380 (Reply 3):
Okay two different advices as to which airport to take

Well in reality while I am not fan of EWR, I'd probably take that option over double connecting in LHR and ORD.

If you want to double connect how about something via ZRH? Seemingly it should have many more options across the pond then GVA.

Safe travels, and hope you win a few francs in LAS!
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RE: Transiting Flight In The USA

Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:00 pm



Quoting PipoA380 (Reply 5):
Quoting B747forever (Reply 4):


I'm not flying non-corresponding flights, specially not with U2

GVA-LGW isn't much more than an hour. Doing that, plus a VS nonstop LGW-LAS would be worth it to me to avoid the customs/immigration hassles and often long lines at the major east coast US gateways. With very few international flights, I would expect clearing customs and immigration at LAS is relatively fast. And I would much prefer VS longhaul service all the way to LAS, even in Y class, than 4 of 5 hours of US domestic service.
 
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RE: Transiting Flight In The USA

Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:11 pm

Hey i am flying to DCA from DUB in 2 weeks via PHL and PIT. WHat will the procedure be for me?

My details are, DUB-PHL-PIT-DCA

From what is said above, i will need to clear imigration at PHL, and then re check my bags in for through check in to DCA?

for the return i am flying DCA-LGA-PHL-LHR-DUB, will i get through checked for this (i.e. departing the USA) or will i need to clear imigration at PHL after collecting my bags from my LGA connection?

This sounds more complicate than i had bargained for!
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RE: Transiting Flight In The USA

Mon Feb 09, 2009 2:14 am



Quoting Ammunition (Reply 9):
for the return i am flying DCA-LGA-PHL-LHR-DUB, will i get through checked for this (i.e. departing the USA) or will i need to clear imigration at PHL after collecting my bags from my LGA connection?

No. If you are doing it all on one ticket, you should never need to collect your bags, and there's no outbound immigration in the US.
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