Where to clear customs (JFK -> MAN -> CDG)?

Old Mar 12, 19, 6:47 pm
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Where to clear customs (JFK -> MAN -> CDG)?

Have a quick question. I have a 2 hr layover in Manchester via Virgin Atlantic and was wondering if I am going to clear customs in Manchester or final destination in Paris via Air France? US citizen here.
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Old Mar 12, 19, 7:42 pm
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You’ll clear customs in CDG.
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Old Mar 13, 19, 3:45 am
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You clear customs at the point where your luggage is returned to you. That means CDG if you are travelling on one ticket, at both MAN and CDG if you are travelling on separate tickets.

Your hand luggage may be inspected at MAN, though.

In case you mean immigration/passport checks, then you can probably expect to have to show your passport in Manchester while moving from one flight to the other.
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Old Mar 13, 19, 8:13 am
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Originally Posted by irishguy28 View Post
You clear customs at the point where your luggage is returned to you. That means CDG if you are travelling on one ticket, at both MAN and CDG if you are travelling on separate tickets.
Your hand luggage may be inspected at MAN, though.
In case you mean immigration/passport checks, then you can probably expect to have to show your passport in Manchester while moving from one flight to the other.
This will be a T2 to T3 connection at MAN. Airside transit should be possible, but it's not necessarily seamless (there are a few threads about it, eg Manchester Connection Question - it may improve once the ongoing developments are completed at MAN). You'll need to pass security whether you connect airside or landside.
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Old Mar 13, 19, 12:19 pm
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Thank you! I'm trying to see how long it'll take for me to clear customs, grab luggage and get into Paris city center by metro (republic stop) to check into my airbnb. I only have till 3pm to check in (host is only available from 1-3pm) and my flight lands at 12pm. Doable?
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Old Mar 13, 19, 3:55 pm
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Originally Posted by HKQT View Post
Thank you! I'm trying to see how long it'll take for me to clear customs, grab luggage and get into Paris city center by metro (republic stop) to check into my airbnb. I only have till 3pm to check in (host is only available from 1-3pm) and my flight lands at 12pm. Doable?
then you are obviously confusing between customs and immigration which are 2 different things. When you will arrive in Paris, you will first clear immigration. This where your passport is checked. This can take anything between 5 min to 1.5 hrs. Then you will claim your bag and you will go through customs. This last step is usually unnoticed, unless you are stopped for a search in your bags.
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You are right. Stupid mistake. I actually meant immigration. Hopefully it won't be too bad since im arriving on a weekday.
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