I'm sorry if these questions have been asked over and over. I would usually do a really thorough search but I'm at work and posting between jobs (it's taken me 4ish hours to type this post so far!)
In a few weeks I'm heading, with my boyf, to New York. We'll have ESTA visa waivers, so not problems with this leg of the trip. However, after a week in NYC (with a day trip, by air, to Niagara Falls- not anticipating problems as crossing by land into Canada), we are flying to the Dominican Republic for 1 week, then back to NYC for our flights home.
So my questions are as follows:
1. We'll have ESTA's, doesn't look like we'll need to get any futher visa to cross into/back out of Canada and we understand that we just purchase a travel/tourist card into the Dominican (no visa required). Now I'm a bit confused about what we do on our return trip to the US. The flight is an AA flight from Puerta Plata (POP) to JFK via Miami (where we change planes). We will be international passengers on a domestic flight when we arrive at JFK, so do we go throught the usual international travellers lines for customs/immigration etc?? As an additional, will we go through international immigration on our domestic flights between Buffalo and JFK due to being UK passport holders? (I've never flown domestically anywhere!)
2. I've only ever flown direct before, so apologies if this is a silly question. We have a 1 hour window to change flights in Miami on the way to/from POP. Am i likely to be right in assuming that our baggage will be transfered and we'll just go through a "connecting flights" queue at immigration/customs and then clear customs at JFK? My concern is that it's only a one hour change over, so I imagine it would be near impossible to clear imm/customs, collect bags, re check bags, clear security and board in such a short space of time. (Am I being too neurotic here? My boyf says so and that we should just ask on the flight...he doesn't factor for things not going smoothly, whereas I presume they never will)
Sorry for the long Q's, I'm an OCD traveller and like to have everything planned as I don't enjoy flying and like to avoid any unnecessary panic.
Thanks in advance for your help, it's really appreciated!