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I've been going with Norwegian from Stockholm to Oakland a couple of times. It seems to take between 30 minutes and an hour to process all passengers from a Dreamliner. The immigration area has been completely empty when I arrive (as one of the first passengers leaving the airplane) so the waiting time is very dependent on your seating in the airplane. As a ...


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You can look up historical immigration wait times for any U.S. airport at the CBP web site. From a quick look, it appears that average wait times at OAK vary dramatically, from as little as a few minutes to over an hour, with no obvious (to me) pattern. But it appears that most international arrivals at OAK are much later in the evening, so you may get ...


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https://www.bart.gov/guide/airport/oak For travelers landing at OAK, there is no need to purchase a BART ticket or Clipper card until after you arrive at the Coliseum BART station Platform 3, where you can buy a BART ticket or regional Clipper card from vending machines. The BART line between Oakland Airport and Coliseum Station is a people-mover "...


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If your trip is at least 10 days away, then order a clipper card online (or by phone) and get it by postal mail (in the United States). It's also the cheapest way to get a card because it's free if you opt-in for autoloading money on it (you can always opt-out after you receive it). Otherwise, a card is $3. https://www.clippercard.com/ClipperWeb/...


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is it possible to do the check-in and drop my luggage in the morning? (= what is the expected check-in time for a flight to Europe?) Possibly, but I wouldn't count on it, either by policy, or just because the check-in counters are closed. For example, if you're flying Norwegian, I believe they only operate a 1-2 flights most days, and their check-in ...


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This news report says that "The routes being cut where Spirit is the only operator are flights from Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago O’Hare to Oakland." So it appears that Spirit is withdrawing the route.


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I have come into OAK on the Norwegian Air flight from Oslo (not the one from Stockholm) and we were in line (i.e., queue) over 35 minutes. US Citizens. About one-third the way back the cabin. The experience had us thinking very strongly of paying for Global Entry. The examination at itself took two minutes, only because we still had a European apple to ...


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FWIW: When I arrived at OAK on Feb 1st 2016 on the Norwegian flight from Stockholm my seat was about 2/3 the way back. There was a single combined queue for all passengers except those with Global Entry. Only 2 of the 5 CBP booths were staffed. It took 55 minutes to get through and there were still probably 150 people behind me.


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You always collect your baggage before Customs, but after Immigration in the US (most other locations too). Customs, Agriculture, and possibly other Federal or State Agencies may chose to inspect all your belongings, include your checked baggage. Depending how CPB chooses to staff and enforce, the distinction may be very subtle with "Customs" being handing ...


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According to the Oakland International Airport's FAQ: May I remain overnight in the terminals? Connecting passengers with an overnight layover may remain overnight in the terminals pre-security only. Since we are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, law enforcement officers are always on site and you may be asked to show your identification and proof ...


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The experience was comically BAD for a single plane to be processed. It appears that they are not prepared to handle a full Norwegian Dreamliner. There is poor signage to divide US citizens vs other, the roped lanes led us away from the automated kiosks so someone had to re-rope the lanes. One of the customs agents was having a bad day and began yelling at ...


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OAK, Norwegian out of Gatwick. Row 35. US citizens. It's been 40 minutes so far, probably another 10 to go. They've got APC kiosks going but it doesn't look like they save any time at all. There IS a bathroom back of the room. Posting while waiting in line, after googling for info on the kiosks.


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We went through Oakland Airport in the autumn of 2014 on the Norwegian airlines flight from Oslo. Clearly they were not setup for international travel - I hope things have improved now. We were near the back of the plane (787) and there was just one long queue. We were American citizens and it took almost 2 hours to get through the line!! This was around 6 ...


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There are Clipper machines at "virtual OAK station" Board the BART-OAK cable car*. There will be a conspicuous lack of fare-gates or entry controls. You will fear this is a proof-of-payment system. It's not. Don't worry about it. Exit at Coliseum Platform 3. There is nowhere to go except through fare-gates or back to OAK! Buy your Clipper card(s) ...


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The Oakland Museum of California is at the Lake Merritt BART (subway) stop, and is the closest major tourist attraction to OAK. Probably because it is in Oakland, it’s underrated. Note it opens at 11:00. San Francisco museums near BART include SFMOMA and the Asian Art Museum. They are about 15 minutes further each way. I think some detail about your ...


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