Non-U.S. citizens need a visa to enter the United States to visit, work, live and connect (international transit).
For more information on entry and visa requirements, please visit the U.S. Department of State
Passengers traveling into IAH on international flights will arrive at gates in either Terminal D or Terminal E. They will disembark and make their way through secure corridors and across the sky bridges to the adjoining Federal Inspection Services (FIS). Here they will clear Immigration and Passport Control, go downstairs, claim baggage and clear customs.
International in-transit passengers will turn right upon exiting customs, and proceed to the recheck counters which will help speed them and their baggage on to their final destination. Airline locations can be found on our airlines page. All international in-transit passengers will are subject to screening at the TSA security checkpoint before proceeding into the secure area of their departing terminal.
For additional information, visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) site.
International arriving and in-transit passengers with carry-on bags only (no checked luggage or United Airlines ITI) may use the OneStop shortcut exit in the immigration and passport control processing area.
There is no membership or registration required to participate in OneStop.
IAH offers sales tax rebate services for qualifying departing international passengers in Terminals D and E, pre-security. Please see TaxFree Shopping for more information.
|Terminal||Process||Avg. Wait||Min. Wait||Max. Wait|
|Immigration & Customs||Less than 10 minutes||Less than 10 minutes||Less than 10 minutes*||
International passengers who arrive at both Terminals D and E will proceed through Customs & Immigration to the Terminal E international arrivals hall.
|* Does not include secondary processing by CBP.|
|TSA Security Recheck||Less than 10 minutes||Less than 10 minutes||Less than 10 minutes||All connecting international passengers must go through TSA Security Recheck before proceeding to their onward flight (after processing through Immigration & Customs and collecting and rechecking baggage).|