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Customs & time needed

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Customs & time needed

One of our group is coming back early to Texas -- from Christchurch to Auckland to LAX to San Antonio -- all on one ticket. If she checks her bags in in Christchurch, does she have to do anything with them in Auckland? What would be the minimum time she should allow herself between her arrival in Auckland and her departure from there to LAX? Thank you

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1. Re: Customs & time needed

Your question is confusing because customs and immigration will be done when your friend arrives at LAX not while she is still in New Zealand. She will need at least 2hrs. in LAX for this and IF she has to change terminals there then she will really need about 3hrs.

Tell folks what airline she is using from Auckland to LAX and then from LAX to San Antonio.

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2. Re: Customs & time needed

There are no Customs formalities when leaving a country. The luggage will be checked through to San Antonio, but she will have to claim it at LAX, take it through US Customs, and drop it at a counter as she gets out of baggage claim area.

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3. Re: Customs & time needed

I'm confused, too. She is flying Air New Zealand from Auckland to LAX and from LAX to San Antonio on United. Someone from Air New Zealand had said she needed 2 - 2.5 hours at the airport in Auckland before her flight.

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4. Re: Customs & time needed

Many countries have an outbound immigration check where they stamp your passport showing you left. But not customs. That's only inbound. Not sure what NZ has. Many airports require a terminal change or security line to go from a domestic to international flight. Overall leaving 2.5 hrs for a connection to a trans pacific flight seems pretty reasonable.

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5. Re: Customs & time needed

What time of the year - I'd try for about 3 hours - if its foggy out of Chc or the plane is late because of fog elsewhere - she may have a problem otherwise. Yes AirNZ will put he ron the next available flight if she missed the connection - but that won't be until the next day - at the very earliest. It's not an unpleasent connection in Akl - you can walk between terminals if you wish and there are some OK food outltets and even free wifi I think.

If the bags are tagged through the US she shouldn't have to see the bags in Akl.

All of htis is assuming AirNZ to Akl - if she's flying Jetstar - all bets are off

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6. Re: Customs & time needed

Since it's all on one ticket and it's all Star Allliance, the bags will be checked through. 1.5 to 2 hours are more than adequate at AKL. You can't plan for the weather. The traveler should allow at least 3 hours at LAX for immigration, baggage claim, customs, and going to the domestic gate though.

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7. Re: Customs & time needed

Thank you all very much. I wii past it along and remember it for our own return trip which is on American/Quantas.

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