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I am planning a trip to Bangkok, Thailand (BKK) departing from Lima, Peru (LIM) and I'm a Peruvian citizen.

I am making my own itinerary since I found cheaper prices when booking flights separately.

Here's what I am planning to book:

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But the following questions came up:

1. Is there a problem to cross the US border through LAX just to take another flight? (Holding a B1/B2 visa and 2 times, one on my way to BKK and another when going back to LIM)

I mean, I know immigration normally stamps your passport with the maximum time that you are allowed to stay but, since I will enter the country and then leave in some hours, I don't know if this will be a problem or not (when re-entering the country) or if I'm ignoring something like a rule that maybe I should know.

2. If there's no problem with the 1st question then I'd like to know if the times between each flight that I am planning to book are fair enough.

So, I know the times to go through immigration/taking your bags/customs vary from airport to airport but maybe someone knows better about LAX. Apart from that, on each flight I am considering the 3h needed before each international departure and some extra time in case of a possible delay. However, I am especially doubting if the time before taking the flight from LAX to LIM is enough.

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    I do #1 quite regularly (without a visa, just VWP). The worst that happened is once I received a one day entry stamp instead of 90 days. – Calchas May 17 '17 at 21:43
  • Technically, transit is category C while category B is for temporary visits. But it's well established that a category B visa may also be used for transit. – phoog Jun 6 at 18:33
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  1. Is there a problem to cross the US border through LAX (holding a B1/B2 visa and 2 times, one on my way to BKK and another when going back to LIM) just to take another flight?

All things being equal you should be fine

  1. If there's no problem with the first question then I would like to know if the times between each flight that I am planning to book are enough.

More than enough time, even factoring in a couple hours of delay and crossing security and changing terminals. You have minimum 6+ hours. The link provides a walk-through changing terminals in LAX.

  • @OscarJara We answered a similar question here just a couple of days ago. I hope you understand that if for some crazy reason you're not allowed into the USA on your first leg from Lima, it's going to cost you a lot of money to cancel and rebook your tickets. – user 56513 May 17 '17 at 20:42
  • Well, it's not my first time traveling to the US and yeah, I hope that crazy scenario doesn't happen. – Oscar May 17 '17 at 20:44
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    @OscarJara Great then, because you save about $700 or more doing it this way. – user 56513 May 17 '17 at 20:45
  • @Oscar How did it go? I believe it went smoothly. Been two years. – user 56513 Jun 6 at 19:12
  • All went fine, I really enjoyed the trip and no one asked a thing about my plans when crossing the US border. – Oscar Jun 11 at 0:18

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