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Stopover in USA

Portsmouth uk
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Stopover in USA

Planning holiday to Honduras soon and all flights from the UK have a long transit time (10+ hours) at one or other airport in USA. As this transit time is overnight, are we able to leave the airport and book into a hotel for the night or is there facility at the airport to sleep? Do we have to claim our baggage and the re book in for onward flight? Would we nee an esta certificate for this time?

Thanks L.

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1. Re: Stopover in USA

All travel through the USA requires an esta or a visa.It matters not whether your stopover is 10 hours or 10 minutes,you will need to clear immigration.pick up your luggage and clear customs,then recheck your bags and clear security.

For an overnight stay you can go to a hotel.There are no transit hotels in the USA because you cannot transit airside.If you do not wish to pay for a hotel,some airports will allow you to sleep on the floor.

Personally,I would rather pay for a hotel.

Hanau, Germany
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2. Re: Stopover in USA

Any time you connect in the US you need an ESTA, even if you only have a 3 hour layover, so yes you are able to leave the airport unless you're rejected at immigration, then they send you back home on the next flight, that is why I try to avoid connectiong in the US.

After arriving you go through immigration and customs for that you have to pick up your luggage, if your luggage is checked through (ask the airline about that) you drop it off right after customs and go to your next gate, since you're thinking about going to a hotel it might be nice to take the luggage and recheck it the next day, or put some over night cloth in your hand luggage and travel light, but for that you have to confirm that your luggage is checked through.

Limerick, Ireland
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3. Re: Stopover in USA

To avoid the U.S. fly via Madrid

there are direct flights to South America

good luck.

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Edited: 8:43 am, September 28, 2013
Fredericia, Denmark
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for Bentota, Beruwala, Sri Lanka
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4. Re: Stopover in USA

Honduras is in Central America;-)

Limerick, Ireland
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5. Re: Stopover in USA

Ignore the post above

try this Air France.co.uk /

LHR -CDG - MEX - San Pedro = 23 hrs flight time

quoting £2300 return

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6. Re: Stopover in USA

Would we need an esta certificate for this time?


Well that was a lucky escape, as it seems you dint realise you needed one even if you never stepped off the airport terminals !

So, since you'll have an ESTA, then yes you can go into a hotel, and the upside of that is given the sometimes very long waiting times at US airports, possibly to be made even worse what with the current shenanigans in Washington, a 10 hour layover wouldn't be a bad thing. Go here https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/ for the ESTA , dont be fooled by google hits that direct you to a website that looks like the official one but charges a large extra sum on top for nothing at all.

Fortaleza, CE
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7. Re: Stopover in USA

Contact the airline to confirm whether or not your bags can be checked straight through. Our experience is that they would not be with an overnight stop, but I've read of experiences where others could.

Expedia shows a few options on Delta for TGU-LHR that involve connection times of 2-6 hours at ATL.

You won't be allowed to board your flight at TGU if you don't have a visa or ESTA. What airport are you transiting? Some airports, such as DTW, DFW and IAH, have hotels built into the airport terminal complexes (though, as noted, you have to exit security to enter them), though there may also be nearby hotels, and some of those may cost less. See www.sleepingairports.com for info on sleeping in specific airports.

Edited: 3:39 pm, September 28, 2013
Fortaleza, CE
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8. Re: Stopover in USA

p.s. Expedia also shows options with American Airlines that require a connection, but no overnight, at JFK, plus the aforementioned options with Iberia (eg., stops in San Jose and Madrid).

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