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"Immigration/customs at O'Hare for connections" Top 5 Page for this destination O'Hare International Airport Tip by Dabs

O'Hare International Airport, Chicago: 68 reviews and 61 photos

A common question for travelers coming into O'Hare from overseas when transferring through Chicago is how long immigration and customs takes. I personally wouldn't contemplate a layover with anything less than 2 hours especially if you are coming in on a visa or ESTA and after the line I saw on September 8, 2013, I probably wouldn't do it with under 3 hours!

For US residents and Canadian citizens ONLY transferring at O'Hare, there are new automated terminals that cut the wait time down immensely, Chicago is the 1st airport to have them. I have now used them three times and have been out of immigration in under 15 minutes twice and my bags were already on the conveyor. The 3rd time was not so pleasant, perhaps a function of multiple planes landing at the same time, that was over a 1/2 hour in line.

All passengers must claim their luggage at the 1st point of entry into the US, if you are coming into Terminal 5 which is the international terminal, you need to claim your luggage and recheck it. If you are flying from Canada or Dublin (not all flights), which have preclearance before you fly, you may fly into a different terminal and may not need to recheck your luggage but be sure to ask

After handing your form to customs, head out and find the airport transit if you are flying from Terminals 1-3, you will then need to go back through security. If you are flying from Terminal 5 then you need to just go back through security.

Directions: Northwest of Downtown; 45-60 minute ride on CTA blue line
Mode: TO
Type: Airplane

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 22, 2013
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