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How long do I need to clear customs for a connecting flight at JFK?

Asked by eadinad (1265 points ) June 9th, 2009

I’ll be flying into JFK on a monday afternoon from Europe. I get in at 2:30 and the flight I want to take next leaves at 3:50. Is this enough time? What if I didn’t check luggage? What happens if I miss my connector? I’m a US citizen, by the way.

Thanks.

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EmpressPixie's avatar

Woof! I’d be nervous about that timing. Both of my re-entries have not gone quickly enough that 1:20 was a good amount of time. It’s taken over an hour each time to clear customs. However, I have not come in through JFK that I recall.

Les's avatar

I’d give myself 1.5 to 2 hours regardless of checked baggage. But then again, I always like to err on the side of too much time. I’d rather have to sit at the gate for 45 minutes than be running like a crazy lady through the airport.

eadinad's avatar

The problem is if I don’t take this flight I basically have to wait til the next day OR do a crazy several-stop-seven-hour-trek just to get from JFK to home, which is normally a two hour flight. So I really want it to work… why aren’t there more flight options? Grr.

robmandu's avatar

Well, you could book it as planned.

If you’re delayed and unable to make it, you can try to go standby via another route. Usually that doesn’t involve additional charge. Sounds like you’d be no worse off than the alternative anyway.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

That’s cutting it close. You can make it but everything has to go right.
I recommend a plan B.

YARNLADY's avatar

Have you tried calling your travel agent and asking them for an expedited customs due to the timing of the flights?

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