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Recommendations after arriving at JFK airport
Carry on luggage
Don't forget your aircraft belongings.
In case you expect a connecting flight and arrive in the early hours, the airport has 24-hour cafe options. If your are coming from another country and the connecting flight is domestic, you must to collect your checked baggage (in case you have checked baggage) and do migrations. Other wise if your final destination is outside the United States, you don't need to do so.
If JFK airport is your final destination and you have checked luggage, go to the baggage claim area and look for the carousel that corresponds to your flight. In some cases there may be two flights sharing the same carousel. If your luggage is missing, go to your airline counter or ask for help to the airport staff.
Follow the signals to pass migration control. If you are a foreigner, depending on your nationality, you will need to present a passport and visa (as applicable) and hotel reservation or address and phone number and name of the person where you will stay: Get ready for some questions that may be asked (they do not always ask) and just refuse to answer what they ask without giving additional explanations that may compromise you.
When you get to the public area, if a private driver is waiting for you, it will surely be with some sign and your name. If you want to search for a taxi, just look for the authorized ones and not the ones that some stranger can offer you.
For other inquiries, review the answers to the Frequently Asked Questions made by passengers.