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  • Cuba to Toronto to Ottawa
    Sep 29, 2016
    Our family is arriving in Terminal 3 from Cuba at 11:15 p.m. My son has to head to Ottawa and flight leaves from Terminal 1 at 12:30 a.m. Is 1.25 hours enough time to clear customs and get to Terminal 1. He will just have carry on, no checked baggage.


    With carry-ons only and the late evening arrival, it should be barely enough time. It is complicated by the fact that it is unlikely he will be unable to check in online for his flight to Ottawa when in Cuba. Maybe he can check in online from the plane with his phone when you are taxiing to the gate in Toronto.


  • Connection Time
    Sep 29, 2016
    Flying from Ottawa to Toronto (WestJet), then Toronto to Amsterdam to Delhi (Jet Airways). Is 90 minutes enough time for connection in Toronto?


    Are both tickets on the same reservation or is it two different reservations?


  • YYC -> via YYZ -> MCO
    Sep 28, 2016
    coming from Calgary and have 8 hours at YYZ and would like to go out to see Niagara Falls, do I have to clear Canadian immigration? We do not have check-in bags. Do we have enough time for that?


    In Toronto you will be expected to go right to US Immigration and customs Preclearance. However, without checked bags you could leave the airport, go to the falls, and then come back and go to regular US Immigration and Customs Preclearance. Be aware that there is a lot of traffic on the segment of road between YYZ and Niagara falls.


  • StJohn's to Toronto, then to Minnespolis
    Sep 27, 2016
    St. John's to Toronto, and 100 mins later I fly to Minneapolis, Will I need to get baggage? Also is 100 mins lots of time? Maybe someone could tell me first place I have to go?


  • Manila to Ottawa
    Sep 28, 2016
    Flying in from Manila via Philippine Airlines with stop over in Vancouver to Toronto and a WestJet connecting flight to Ottawa. (1) do we clear immigration in Toronto and check in bags again for westjet? (2) lay over is just 1 hour and 35 minutes, will that be enough to get to connecting flight?


    I believe all Canadian immigration is taken care of in Vancouver, so all you have to do in Toronto is claim your bags and re-check them with Westjet and go through security. Meaning you'd have just enough time.


  • Long layover logistics-exit to Toronto?
    Sep 26, 2016
    Hi, I will be traveling from Chicago ORD to Venice VCE with a somewhat long layover at YYZ (5h15m). I would like to exit the airport and see some of Toronto, but am worried about logistics. If I check a bag all the way through, do I need to pick it up and re-check it if I am leaving the airport? I assume I will have to go through Canadian passport control/customs to get out to Toronto and back through airport security on my way back into YYZ? How much time realistically do I have outside the airport? (The Pearson video says to go through Canadian customs and straight to connecting gate without picking up luggage but I think that assumes you have a short connection.)


    Addendum: I am a U.S. citizen and will be flying Air Canada for both flights, booked on the same reservation.


    You don't have to do anything with your bags in Toronto. You will go through Canadian passport control when you arrive in Toronto. You will have to go through security when you return, but realistically, YYZ is pretty far from anything worth seeing and I would recommend just staying at the airport.


  • From Mumbai to Nashville via YYZ - 2 hours connection
    Sep 22, 2016
    I will be traveling from BOM to BNA via Istanbul and Toronto (YYZ). IST to YYZ Turkish and YYZ to BNA Air Canada and I think both leaves from Terminal 1. Will be traveling on H1 visa (non US citizen), do you think 2 hours connection time is enough to go through US immigration?


    Yes, that should be enough time.


    Sep 20, 2016
    Flying in on a red-eye from MEX connecting through YYZ to DCA. (5:55 ARR-7:30DEP) When we were in YYZ recently on a YYZ-DCA direct flight it took us 90 minutes to get through US CBP checkpoint alone. On a connection will I avoid the debacle that is the main CBP checkpoint? Is there a separate checkpoint for connecting passengers, or will I end up in the same awful line I was in on the direct flight. Thanks for help!


    If you are in Terminal 1, yes, there is a separate checkpoint for connecting passengers.




  • 11 hour layover
    Sep 19, 2016
    Hi, I have an 11 hour layover at Toronto, I would be arriving at 9am from Mexico City and my flight to US is until 8pm. I would like to go out and explore the city. I've read that for connecting flights to US you don't have to go through Canadian customs and instead go directly to US customs but I'm guessing that since I want to leave the airport i have to go through Canadian customs. So should I go through Canadian customs and leave the airport and once I come back go to US customs? Is that possible?


    If you have checked bags and your bags are checked through to the US, you have to go to US Immigration and Customs preclearance.


  • enough time for connecting flight
    Sep 16, 2016
    Travelling WestJet from YVR to MCO( Orlando international), via YYZ (terminal 3) We have 1hr 15min to make connecting flight to MCO, also terminal 3. Flight arrives at YYZ at 6am. Is this enough time?


    Yes, that should be enough time, especially considering the early morning arrival.


    Thank you!


  • Terminal 3 transfer
    Sep 15, 2016
    i booked a ticket from VRA-YYZ on westjet, plan to book another AA flight to US with only 1hour 7 min gap, if the first flight is on time, will 67 mins be enough to do the transfer within terminal 3? Thanks


    No, that's not enough time. You will have to go through Canadian immigration, claim your bags, go through Canadian customs, go back out to the AA Check-in Desk, check your bags for your US flight, then go through US Immigration and Customs preclearance, which may find out that you were in Cuba and question you about that.


    Thanks, so even I don't have luggage, I have to go out and checkin again?


    Yes, They will not have you on their list of transfers at transfer pre-clearance, so you will have to go through Canadian entry procedures, then check in and then go through regular pre-clearance. Also you likely will not be able to check in online for your AA flight while in Cuba.




  • How long to clear customs as a US citizen
    Sep 14, 2016
    How long will it take for me to clear customs; arriving on an Air Canada flight from NYC. Thanks


    It shouldn't take more than 15-20 minutes.


    Really?! That seems so fast! Thank you


  • 1 hour 10 minutes between flights
    Sep 13, 2016
    Flying Air Canada from Quebec to Toronto; Toronto to Seattle...will the 1 hour 10 minutes be enough time to make connection?


    Yes, that should be enough time.


  • Connecting flight with a 12 hr layover
    Sep 11, 2016
    My Daughter has a flight from Vancouver to England but has a 12 hrs layover in Toronto. Just wondering if she is able to leave the airport during her layover.


    Yes, she can.


    Ok that's great I was worried I would not get to see her before she leaves for England.


  • Checking Baggage
    Sep 9, 2016
    I am flying from Vancouver to Pittsburgh via Toronto. I have 1hr 15 layover. Will I have to check my bags and go through customs. I ma British by the way. Is 1 hr 15 enough. I will be flying Air Canada on whole trip. Thanks


    Yes, that should be enough time if everything goes smoothly.


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