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customs back in usa

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customs back in usa

recently booked a trip to aruba with a layover in charlotte sc...upon return i know you have to go back through customs and immigration..my layover is about an hour before my connecting flight to akron canton ohio...will this be enough time? Does anyone know if there is a way to alert my flight attendant upon arrival so i dont miss my connecting flight (this happened to me coming back from jamaica).. any info would be appreciated...I land in charlotte around 7pm

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1. Re: customs back in usa

You clear customs in Aruba, no worries. Make sure you get to the airport 3 hours early to go thru the entire process, you probably wont need the 3 hours, my last trip it took about 40 min.

Edited: 21 January 2016, 01:16
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2. Re: customs back in usa

U.S. Customs is handled at the Aruba Airport. So once you land in Charlotte the only thing you need to do is go to your gate for your connecting flight. Just make sure you get to the Aruba Airport 2-3 hours (depends on day of week and month you're traveling) before your departure when you leave Aruba. The process (Aruba immigration, U.S. Customs, security, etc) can take a while.

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Interesting...i always had to go through customs when you land in the united states...although in this case i am glad i don't have to since my time is limited once i land...thanks for the info!

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Returning from Aruba? They've had US Customs and Immigrations preclearance there since 2000 when the new terminals opened. Prior to that you cleared US Immigrations on the island and US Customs back in the US.

The US offer preclearance from several countries now.












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5. Re: customs back in usa

Yes it makes it very easy, they treat your flight as a domestic flight!!!

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6. Re: customs back in usa

you clear customs when you leave Aruba in Aruba. Nothing more to do when you get on your plane back to the states.

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We made it through the entire process in 40 minutes yesterday.

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2.5 hours yesterday. Saturdays are bad due to all the Sat to Sat timeshares. Very slow, long lines, go through Aruba customs, security, US CBP and then another security checkpoint. Don't cut it short or you will miss your flight to the US.

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