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  • Which departure area?
    Apr 18, 2017
    Hi, We are flying from Vancouver to Aruba, transiting in Toronto. Do we go through the International or Canada Departure areas? As a rule of thumb, does one use the end destination or transit point to check in at Vancouver airport?


    You go to the Canada departure area.


  • Transit visa for 2 hours
    Apr 4, 2017
    Hi, I am a Chinese citizen with a valid US F1 visa. I will fly to China from US and transit for 2 hours in YVR. I will take United Airlines to YVR and take Air China to China. Do I have to apply for a transit visa? How long will it take? If the time is not enough to get a transit visa, are there other solutions? Thanks a lot for your help!!


    Since you are not arriving on an approved carrier, you are ineligible for the China Transit Program. Your options are to try to go anyway and hope they let you transit Canada. Or call United and ask if they can change your ticket to a nonstop to China or a connection in the US (I don't know where you're flying from in the US).


    Thank you for your help


  • Going through customs
    Jan 4, 2017
    I am flying from Orlando to Vancouver in March, with a 3 hour layover in Toronto. Will I need to go through Customs after landing in Toronto before boarding flight to Vancouver? And if I do go through Customs in Toronto, does that mean I will not need to once I arrive in Vancouver?


    Yes, in Toronto you will go through Canadian Immigration and Customs. Right, in Vancouver, all you have to do is claim your bags (if you have checked bags) and leave the airport.


  • How long for passport control?
    Nov 6, 2016
    Hi, I have a friend coming from Miami next Friday November 11th. Her flight from Dallas is expected to land in Vancouver at 11:42am. She's Spanish and she got her ETA. I would like to pick her up at the airport, but I work for few hours in the morning. I would like to know how long will take to her to go through passport control, customs, etc. so I can plan the time I should be at the airport. Maybe an hour for the whole process? Thanks, Nerea


    Yes, it will likely take less than an hour, but if her flight is on-time and you show up at 12:40, she probably won't have been waiting too long.


  • Delays
    Oct 13, 2016
    Are you expecting any delays due to the storm coming through this Saturday?


    The current prediction is just a very rainy day. Vancouver handles lots of rain.


  • Check in time for early flight to Calgary
    Sep 16, 2016
    I am flying YVR to Calgary YYC on Tuesday departing at 6.15am. How early do I need to be at the airport - staying downtown.


  • taxes
    Jul 26, 2016
    Do you have to pay any fee or taxes at the airport if you are a tourist?


  • Do I need to recheck luggage...
    May 23, 2016
    I'm flying from LAX to YVR with Air Canada and then to China with Air China. It's under one reservation. Do I need to pick up my luggage and recheck at YVR? What would be the process like? Thanks!


  • YYJ - YVR - Frankfurt
    May 12, 2016
    Hi, I will be flying from YYJ via YVR to Frankfurt. with Air canada Jazz arrival time 15.16 and with Lufthansa departure time 16.20. Do I have enough time for my connection flight? Do I need to claim my baggage and recheck it ? Both are booked under the same reservation. Thanks.


    All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have plenty of time.


  • meeting up with people on different flight
    May 10, 2016
    My flight DFW/Seattle/YVR Meeting up with someone ... Houston/Calgary/YVR Where would be the best location to meet up with these people?


    Forgot to add...we are renting car at airport.


    Meet at the rental car counter.


  • PVG-YVR-LAX 7 hour layover in YVR, what is customs procedure?
    Apr 14, 2016
    US Citizen, inbound from PVG-YVR-LAX. I have such a long layover and would like to travel to downtown, but I don't know the procedure with US customs pre-clearance. Do I go first through pre-clearance, then re-check my bag, then go through Canadian customs/passport in order to go into the city? What about when I return to the airport? I am on Air Canada the entire route. Any guidance is greatly appreciated!


    Yes, with the preclearance procedure that will be difficult as your bags will be sent straight to preclearance and you will be sent straight there after you arrive (not to Canadian passport control). So I don't think going into the city is feasible.


    Thanks for your reply. That's too bad. 6.5 hours in the airport is not much fun, especially with the beauty of Vancouver right outside! I had read elsewhere that bags are now checked through, but I guess that can't be the case because they have to go through US customs in YVR.


  • US citizen Yvr to Texas
    Apr 6, 2016
    Early flight leaves on Thursday at 6:50am. Staying downtown. US citizen going from YVR to Texas. Question is if I can catch the train which leaves downtown around 4:50am which I believe will get me there around 5:20am or do I need to take a taxi and get there before 5am. The train is a lot cheaper. I know I need to go thru customs. Thanks for the help and advice.


    Arriving at 5:20 should be early enough.


  • Connecting to Air France from Alaska with separate reservation
    Mar 19, 2016
    We will be arriving at YVR from SEA in September and connecting to an Air France flight to CDG with separate reservations. How much time should we allow to make sure we make our connecting flight?


    Considering you will have to go through Canadian immigration, claim your bags, go through customs, re-check your bags with Air France, and go through security, I'd want at least 3 hours.


  • Arriving on a domestic flight to meet international arrivals
    Jan 4, 2016
    I am meeting friends flying from Amsterdam to Vancouver (on KLM). I am flying from Edmonton to Vancouver and will arrive at a similar time. What would be the best meeting point in the airport that connects the international arrivals and the domestic arrivals? Thanks


    On the lower level at the exit of customs


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