[NEW YORK] JOHN F. KENNEDY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Updated: 2024/1/30

Arrival

Arrival flow

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Immigration

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Baggage Claim

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Customs

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Flights operated by JAL will arrive at Terminal 8.

Terminal 8

Arrival regulations

Quarantine

Quarantine inspections are conducted at the same time as customs inspections.

Immigration

Documents required for entry
Required documents Description
VISA

Japan is an eligible country under the United States Visa Waiver Program (VWP).
Japanese passport holders are permitted to enter the country without a visa provided that the duration of stay is up to 90 days, and the purpose of travel is tourism or business. (However, an ESTA application must be made beforehand.)

opens in new windowESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization)

Depending on the purpose of visit (study, work, etc.), a visa or additional documentation may be required. Please contact the US Embassy for further information.
(Example: A visa and supplementary documentation (I-20) are required if the purpose of the visit is study.)
US permanent residents and conditional permanent residents must show their permanent resident or conditional permanent resident cards (Green Card/I-551).

  • *Please note: If you are traveling after April 1, 2016 with ESTA on the Visa Waiver Program, it is essential that you are in possession of an IC passport. If you do not have an IC passport, you will need to apply for a visa.
Passport

A machine-readable passport (MRP) or an IC passport (IC chipped) valid until the date of return to your home country.

Immigration card
Not required
Customs declaration form Not required.
A return airline ticket or e-ticket Please bring it.

Customs

Inspection process for Customs will be conducted at Immigration by CBP officer. If you have any items to declare, please declare them to an official.

Pets

Prior reservation is necessary if you wish to bring your pet, as the transportation environment within the aircraft needs to be prepared. Please contact JAL International Reservations - Inquiries in advance.
Please also be sure to check with the embassy or quarantine station at your destination for animal quarantine information such as import restrictions and required documentation.

opens in new windowInquiriy - JAL International Reservation and Information

Departure

Departure flow

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Check-in

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Security check

Layout

Flights operated by JAL will depart from Terminal 8.

Terminal 8

Departure regulations

Japan Airlines departs from Terminal 8 at the John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Check-in

JL003:From 3hours 35minutes before departure time
JL005:From 3hours before departure time
Japan Airlines check-in counters are located at the departure floor of Terminal 8 to check in. 
Check the location of the check-in counter on the airport monitor.
For passengers arriving from connecting flights, passengers without checked baggage holding home print boarding passengers or QR codes may see an agent at the applicable lounge or departure gate.

Security check

Your carry-on baggage will be examined, and there will be a check for liquids in your possession.

opens in new windowRestrictions on liquids, gels and aerosols as carry-on baggage

Immigration

You do not have to go through Immigration when departing the United States.

Customs

There is no customs inspection when departing from the United States.
However, passengers who hold over 10,000 USD must declare to Customs and Boarder Protection before departing the United States.

Lounge

The Soho Lounge, The Greenwich Lounge and Admirals Club Lounge are available in the John F. Kennedy International Airport. 
More details can be found at the link below.

Lounge services

Rules (eligibility) on using the Japan Airlines Lounge.

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