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Flying from St.Thomas-San Juan-NYC JFK: where's Immigration

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Flying from St.Thomas-San Juan-NYC JFK: where's Immigration

I am planing to fly from St.Thomas to New York JFK, with a layover in San Juan of only 30 minutes.

I am on a work Visa, and Immigration usually takes a little bit longer.

Does anybody know where I will go through immigration (St.Thomas, St.Juan or JFK?). Just to know that it will be not San Juan, otherwise I might miss my flight.

I called American Airlines and after waiting for more than 30 minutes a "specialist" was thinking for another 10 minutes before she said that immigration will be JFK (but she did not sound that sure to me).

Anybody knows for sure?

Thanks

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1. Re: Flying from St.Thomas-San Juan-NYC JFK: where's Immigration

No immigration, all these cities are part of the USA! just bring your ID or whatever documentation you have for the checking process at the airport and ID to go through security!

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3. Re: Flying from St.Thomas-San Juan-NYC JFK: where's Immigration

You will definitely go through Customs and Immigration in leaving St Thomas on that route. [the previous poster is not correct.]

Edited: 01 March 2013, 03:55
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4. Re: Flying from St.Thomas-San Juan-NYC JFK: where's Immigration

Local Sailor is correct, you will clear C&I in STT which is a pre-clearance airport. Although they are all part of the US the reason you go through Customs is because the USVI is outside the Customs Territory of the United States (which I believe includes the US States, DC and Puerto Rico).

Post 1&2 is incorrect - make sure you leave enough time to go through security and clear in STT - at least 2 hours.

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5. Re: Flying from St.Thomas-San Juan-NYC JFK: where's Immigration

Thanks to all for your replies. I will follow the advice of saffie11 and local sailors and include enough time for check in at STT. Its sad that American Airlines does not know that better though.

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6. Re: Flying from St.Thomas-San Juan-NYC JFK: where's Immigration

Susana d - as localsailor has stated we DO have Immigration that you will clear in St Thomas along with Customs.

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7. Re: Flying from St.Thomas-San Juan-NYC JFK: where's Immigration

30 mins is not long enough in SJU on most days. The process of unloading and claiming carryon luggage from the ATR takes about 15 mins by itself. Then you have to get to the other gate, which isn't that far but it still takes 5 or 10 mins which would put you at departure time. Be prepared to take a later flight to JFK.

MIke in Tulsa

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