As soon as your flight lands in USA, the feeling you will go through is something that cannot be described with mere words.

If this is going to be your first trip, then you will be in cloud 9.

After long years of preparation, dreaming, and hard work, you have finally reached the land of opportunity.  For some, it will be your trip for attending college and for others it can be a short trip as tourist or for business.

Put a check on the emotions that you will be going through at the port of entry and get ready to do the following important things:

  1. Gather all your items and carry on bag from the flight.
  2. Make sure you have all the legal documents handy.
  3. First Stop : Clear immigration.
  4. Then : Proceed to baggage claim area and pickup your suitcases.
  5. Clear customs.
  6. If you have a connecting flight, proceed to check-in you bags again
    • If it’s the final destination, wait for your pickup.
  7. Greet the person with smile who comes to pick you from airport. (sorry if you have to take a cab!)
  8. Help them to load suitcase in the car.
  9. Enjoy the fresh air and smell of this new place.
  10. Let them take you to your place of stay and then inquire how can you call back home.

Steps 1 to 6 is explained in detail this article – From Port of Entry to Connecting Flight in USA

Now that you have reached your university (if you are a student), you can sit back and relax.

Don’t sleep in the middle of the day. Else Jet Lag will follow you for several more days.

See Also :  5 Tips to Book Cheap International Flights for First Time Flyers


  1. Nis Daniel on October 24, 2017 at 5:46 AM

    Hi Andrie, as your name spoken, am I right that you came from Indonesia? Apa kabar then, I have some question for you, regarding how to live as Indonesian in USA, mind dropping me message, and later we can chit chat

  2. kittu on July 3, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    hii…I Know this is a childish question….Shall we pay the cab for the ride to Apartment??
    I think yes …but just wanted ask the HSB??

  3. SS on July 9, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    Landing in the US…now that I look back…was a terrifying experience for me actually. I was only 20 at the time. In retrospect…I think I should be proud. There was no senior to pick me up…I got my own taxi…I had found an apartment through craigslist. The next morning I woke up and walked to the university, asking random people for directions. Man…that first month…I was scared out of my wits. The first thing I bought in the US was a $1.10 mini bottle of Coca Cola… it was so hot and I was walking back after having found the university…which turned out to be a good 3 miles from my apt…. Yes this meant walking 6 miles a day for the first one month. And I didn't know a single soul in the whole city.

    I am a stubborn ass 🙂

    The experience made me a new person. I didnt call home for a whole month after I reached (only emailed). I was incredibly lonely. But…I managed to become infatuated with the one person I met… a 60+ Indian American lady. It was an unconventional choice but I pursued my first "love interest" ardently. Like most Indian geeks, I had not known love before I came here. In retrospect again, it was sheer madness…

    Five years later, things have improved a lot. I got my phd… I have been all over the world now and now I am never scared to find my way in foreign countries… it all comes naturally to me now. I can now chat up people of any nationality and speak a whole bunch of languages…

    But man oh man! I was scared shitless the first day. Its embarrassing to admit in retrospect…but walking back the first day in the heat, I saw "made in India" on one of those gutter lids on the pavement and actually began to cry.

  4. Andrie Tanusetiawan on February 20, 2010 at 6:49 AM

    Hi everyone,

    Just make sure that you don't forget any of your belongings, especially the important ones such as your passports, etc. Welcome to the US!

    Jesus bless you,
    Andrie Tanusetiawan
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