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  • Layover in Toronto
    Dec 5, 2016
    Arriving in Toronto from Winnipeg. 1.24 hours layover. connecting flight to London, England. do you think its sufficient layover time? do I need to change terminal in Toronto? Do I need to collect my luggage and give it back again at international terminal


    Yes, that is enough time. Toronto does not have an "International Terminal". If both flights are on the same airline you just have to walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate in Toronto.


  • ?
    Nov 14, 2016
    A friend is coming in from Schipol Netherlands with a 6 hour layover in Toronto. Does she have to claim baggage or will it go straight through?


  • 8 hour layover
    Nov 9, 2016
    We are on our way to the Bahamas and have a 8 hour layover in Toronto, is there any place we can leave our bags, so we can go and do something in the area.


  • Transit Visa
    Nov 2, 2016
    Hello. I hold a Lebanese passport. i am traveling from Costa Rica - Sjo to Frankfurt - Germany through Canada (Air Canada) on December 2016. I am not eligible for etA. Do i need a transit visa? thanks


    Yes, you need a transit visa.


  • 2.5 Hour Layover in Toronto
    Sep 26, 2016
    My neice who is an American Citizen is flying back from Switzerland and has a stop over at YYZ - Toronto Pearson. Would she be able to visit with us in the airport prior to her connecting flight back to the US?


    No, she will be directed straight to US Immigration and Customs preclearance after she arrives in Toronto.


  • Overnight with no hotel
    Sep 10, 2016
    I have an overnight layover traveling from Moncton then to Hinduras. I arrive at 8:30pm and depart at 6:20am. I do not wish to get a hotel as this is a very budget missions trip. I have a few questions I hope you can help with: 1. Can I use the Pearson airport lounge that is open until 1:30am even though they refer to it as the international/domestic lounge and I am traveling domestic/international? 2. Will I collect my bags then recheck them in? All flights are with the same carrier. 3. Will there be any issues staying overnight at the airport? I am not to concerned with comfort. I figured between 1:30 pm when the lounge closes and 5:00am when I would head to my gate won't be too bad. 4. Is there any spot you would recommend I spend those hours that would offer a place to relax? Thanks in advance for your help.


  • 13 hours layover in YYZ, can i come out of the airport?
    Sep 7, 2016
    I am travelling from Vancouver to Newyork via YYZ (Toronto); At YYZ i have a layover of 13 hours and during which i want to come out of the airport and collect my luggage from relatives and get back in, is this possible?


    Yes, you can do that.


    sorry, I read that backwards. Is your layover overnight or during the day? Are both flights on the same reservation? What airlines are you flying?


  • Dublin to Vegas, 9 hour layover in Toronto
    Sep 5, 2016
    Hi there, flying dublin to vegas in Dececmber and have a 9 hour layover in Toronto. Can I leave the airport? Want to explore some of Toronto while so near!! Thanks :)


    If both tickets are on the same reservation, then your bags will go straight to US Immigration and Customs Preclearance in Toronto, after you go through preclearance you will not be able to leave.


    Aw that's a pity! Thanks so much though


    Sep 4, 2016
    British person flying from MEX to LGW I have 1hr 56 in IAD and 2hr 39 in YYZ All sold through united but operated: United - MESA - WestJet Upon entering the states will I have to re-check bags after immigration? Will I have to got through immigration and re-check bags when entering Canada also? Do I have enough time to achieve all of this? Cheers


  • connection from dublin to montreal
    Aug 20, 2016
    Hi, I'm flying from dublin to st johns then i have 2 hours layover- i have flight to toronto and from toronto to Montreal. I have to obtain my study permit in St Johns, will 2 hours be enough to get it? And do i have to pick up my baggage in St Johns and Toronto? I've made one reservation for flights with westjet.


    You should have enough time. St. Johns is not a busy airport. You will pick up your baggage in St. Johns but don't have to do anything with it in Toronto.


  • Layover at YYZ en route to Cuba
    Aug 8, 2016
    My friend and family are traveling from Calgary to YYZ with a layover for 3.5 hours and then travel to Cuba. Is it possible for them to have breakfast with me before leaving to Cuba. Flights are on Westjet. Tx What about Customs/Security?


    There is no Canadian Immigration when leaving Canada. They just have to leave the secure area to meet you, then go back through security before their flight to Cuba.


  • 7 hour layover flying Air Canada, London to Cuba via Toronto
    Jul 13, 2016
    Hi, grateful for advice. I have about a 7 and a half hour layover in Toronto Pearson airport and am flying Air Canada. I would dearly love to meet a non-travelling friend who's based in Toronto for a coffee at the airport. Do you know if I will be able to leave the transit area to do this? Will I have to go out through security and check back in etc? Kind thanks Lisa


    Yes, you will have to exit security and then go back through when you're done, but you can do this. You will go through Canadian Immigration when you arrive in Toronto.


  • Pick up baggage to connecting flight to Victoria from YYZ?
    Jul 3, 2016
    We have a flight from US to Victoria and will be arriving in Toronto. But we have a 6 hr layover before our flight to Victoria. We would like to meet some friends in the airport outside of security. Would we have to pick up our luggage and then recheck it again?


    I believe Canada is no longer requiring passengers coming from the US to pick up their baggage when entering Canada.


  • Transit passenger
    Jun 22, 2016
    Hi! Am travelling from St. john (NB) going to MAnila (MNL) via Air Canada. We are connecting flights in Toronto and change to Cathay Pacific. There is a 4hr lay over. Is it possible for me to meet my sister at the airport or passenger waiting area or we are not allowed? Thank you!


    Yes, you can exit the secure area in Toronto to meet your sister. She cannot go through security to meet you.


  • luggage
    Jun 13, 2016
    I will be flying from Santa Barbara to North Bay Ontario with 1 checked bag. Once I pass through security at Toronto from United States, I do not want to stay in Security until my flight leaves for North Bay as I will have a 3 1/2 hr wait between flights. Do I have to pick up my checked luggage in Toronto to go outside, or will my checked luggage be loaded on for my next flight to North Bay? Thanks. First time flying from Toronto to North Bay on a return flight.


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