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how long to clear customs at JFK

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how long to clear customs at JFK

Arriving JFK on Delta midday Sunday July 6 (note July 4th weekend). How long to clear customs and make Delta connection to Atlanta?

Thanks for replies.

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1. Re: how long to clear customs at JFK

It's very difficult to predict. Just this week on the forum one person wrote that they took 30 mins to clear immigration & customs, and another wrote that it took 2 hours. There are too many variables, including delayed flights. Even if yours is on time, other international flights arriving at an unplanned time can lead to long lines.

You may have to switch terminals to get your flight to Atlanta. Delta utilizes two terminals at JFK.

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2. Re: how long to clear customs at JFK

Hey alahal:-) All depends.. can take as little as 20-30 min to go through formalities.. on up to 2+ hours! Lots of variables.. how many planes in at same time, etc.. If you're looking for a time spread, I'd personally not book a connecting flight (if not on a through ticket) for any less than approx. 4 hours or so.. thereabouts;-) Better to cover a bit in case of incoming delay.. immigration, now with the new passport scanner before you reach an officer, etc., than cut it short;-) Happy New Year.. and EnJOY!

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