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Recommendations after arriving at Dulles airport (IAD)
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 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 Washington Dulles 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 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.
Inside the Terminal
Dulles International provides a waiting area immediately outside the International Arrivals Building, next to Baggage Claim 15. Passengers who go through U.S. Customs at the flight's country of origin will arrive through doors located between Baggage Claims 4 and 12, the same exit point as domestic flights.
Drivers and passengers should agree on meeting at a specific Arrival Door, numbered 1-7, on the Arrivals Level. Drivers approaching the Terminal should follow the airport signs for Arrivals on the roadway. The Arrivals Level is for active loading and unloading of passengers only; waiting is not permitted. A Cell Phone Lot is available for drivers to temporarily wait until they receive confirmation that the passenger has arrived and is waiting at the agreed-upon Arrival Door.
For other inquiries, review the answers to the Frequently Asked Questions made by passengers.