Connecting flight via JFK airport

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1. Posted by nicky_87 (Budding Member 2 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hello everyone,

I was wondering if you could help me, I am flying to Mexico via JFK airport around Christmas Time. However when I reach JFK airport I will not have my boarding pass for my onward flight to Mexico as I am meeting a friend at the airport and he has the boarding passes all sorted out for me as he works for an airline. I was just wondering if immigration ask for proof that you have a connecting flight or will I need my friend to send me my boarding pass to use it as proof that I am going to Mexico?

Thanks for your help!


2. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2007 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Unless you have a US visa, you will not even be allowed past immigration to meet your friend in New York. Either get a US visa for the minimum amount of time possible (which I think is 30 days) or else have your friend mail you the boarding passes.

At this point, I'd say have the boarding passes mailed, since it is going to be a big hassle to get a visa. However, this means you won't be able to meet your friend during your layover in New York City.

3. Posted by nicky_87 (Budding Member 2 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I have a British Passport which means I can enter as part of the "visa waiver" program, but I'm just a bit worried that US immigration will ask me for proof that I have a connecting flight to mexico, i'm pretty sure they will so I think the best option is to mail the boarding passes

4. Posted by don_kam (Full Member 115 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


i think that you should be able to tell them that you are collecting the boarding pass when you exit. You just have to show that you have a return ticket back to UK and you have a couple of credit cards as proof that you have some money.

Other than that, you should be fine since UK has already been pre-screen and hence you have visa waived for a number of days.. which means anyone with UK passport will generally deemed to be of a less threat.

I am from Singapore, also visa waived, and I did not have to show anything each time i enter the US... just a smile.


5. Posted by TOBY TYKE (Budding Member 86 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Nicky, yes i think what Don says is correct, you don't need a visa to enter the USA, as Brits you will fill out a couple of forms on the flight over to the US,make sure you fill them in correct!! as the so go friendly immigration officers might send you to the back if they are not filled in to there liking, and Nick when they ask you on one of the forms on the plane,have you ever been a terrorist i hope you are going to give them the right answer !!!!,hope you have better luck than my wife and i who flew into JFK in April this year took us just over two hours to get through immigration as Don says big smile cheers toby tyke ps love the us just a shame its so hard to get in,i am sure its putting a lot of Brits going over there!