IAD (Washington-Dulles International Airport

It was a pleasant start of my US tour last Dec20, 2014. Flying Saudia from Riyadh to Washington DC direct. Our plane landed in Dulles at noon time were no other flights landed made immigration clearance quicker and smoother. CBP officer was nice and welcoming. As a first timer in the states and reading all those negative experiences arriving in the US airports from other blogs, the CBP officer really made me feel I am welcome in the USA. The CBP asked me the following:

– what is the purpose of your visit?

– which city did you came from?

– where are you going to stay and how long?

– do you have family or friends here?

– how much cash are you bringing in today?


I even asked him if I need to declare the dates (dried) I brought from KSA as gift for my friends as I’m aware that some food items are not allowed and may cause delay at customs. After the CBP stamped my passport with entry clearance, next is to wait for my luggage. In Riyadh it is mandatory to wrap US-bound baggage (I don’t know the real reason why) and you need to pay SR20 per bag. So claiming your bags from the carrousel when you arrive in the US is quite tricky as every bag looks the same, it is hard to identify your bag instantly. But the whole process took me less than 20mins from deplaning to exiting the airport. I had the best Christmas holiday in the US for 26 days and visited Maryland, DC, Virginia and New York. JFK was my airport of departure.   


About hunterpm

I'm an Overseas Filipino Worker based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia since January 2007. I love travelling and plan to go around the world before I reach the age of 40. I don't prefer staying at hostel for privacy concern, I'd rather stay at a cheap hotel as long as it has its own toilet and bath. I'm a Top Contributor of TripAdvisor and included in the Top 10 contributor in Riyadh, I don't get any benefit from it, just personal satisfaction. I used to work in Kapuso network GMA7 in Manila for 6 years. Missing my busy showbiz career as a segment producer but kinda loving my current work now, enjoying a relax working environment with a good employer and decent salary. I have this blog for me to share my experiences in traveling and working in a foreign country and how I manage to get my head up out of hardships, struggles and challenges in life. Hope you enjoy reading my blog... Thanks everyone!!! πŸ˜„πŸ˜˜πŸ˜œ
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