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How long for formalities at HNL?

Adelaide, Australia
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How long for formalities at HNL?

Arriving at HNL on a flight from MEL at 7am.

About how long does it typically take to collect bags clear immigration etc?

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1. Re: How long for formalities at HNL?


HNL in the AM is the busy time as all the Japan/Asia arrivals come in at that general time frame.. and a decent percentage are non-US/Permanent Residents; so will use the non-Citizen lines for clearance..

.. but for you, with a 0700 arrival, pretty much you're on the earlier end of the rush.. DL & UA both have their daily NRT-HNL planned arrival right around that time.. as does China Airlines from TPE and Korean from ICN, but the bulk of the international arrivals, come in a bit later, not a whole lot later, but later none the less..

I'd say that about :60 should be about right.. but again, a big part of that is exactly how many international arrival have blocked in before you and are still in the FIS process... the issue with arrival from Asia into HNL is that they *tend* to be earlier than plan, rather than later than plan to due to the natural wind patterns encountered from Asia to the Hawai'ian Islands.

Travel Safe,

Edited: 4:14 am, January 21, 2013
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2. Re: How long for formalities at HNL?

Who you flying with? Be prepared for a long walk if QF...unless the gates have been changed

Adelaide, Australia
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3. Re: How long for formalities at HNL?

Ok - thanks GOPBI. 60 mins should be good. Have booked a USS Arizona visit at 10.30 - but have to pick up tickets at around 9.30am. Was starting to think I might have been a bit ambitious.

Flying JQ.

Edited: 4:29 am, January 21, 2013
4. Re: How long for formalities at HNL?

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