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  • customs
    May 19, 2016
    I'm flying from San Fran to Seoul with a layover in Osaka and Vancouver. My layover is only 1 hour and 13 minutes in Vancouver. Do I have to go though customs in Vancouver?


    Which direction are you talking about? On the way to Osaka you will go through Canadian passport control, on the way back to San Francisco you will go through US Immigration and Customs preclearance in Vancouver.


  • Transit for 11hrs
    May 19, 2016
    Hello , I am an Australian Citizen transiting via YVR on my way to LAX, with a lay over of almost 11hrs on my return journey. Can I make use of the time to do quick tour of the city ?. While my luggage is interlined.


    Yes, Australians can visit Canada without a visa.


    Thanks Zap, do I need to collect my luggage if I am to leave the airport or would it be interlined directly to my connecting flight ?. best regards Mayuran


    Your bags will be interlined directly.


  • YYJ Via YVR to Frankfurt
    May 17, 2016
    Hi, I am rebooking my flight and just want to find out, my flight from YYJ via YVR is with Air Canada Jazz and from YVR to Frankfurt is with Lufthansa. Do I need to pick up my luggage and recheck it. I have only 1 hr 5 mins to the connection flight. Will I be able to make it?


    If both tickets are on the same reservation you don't have to do anything with your bags in Vancouver - just go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. you should have enough time.


  • 8 hour layover from US to UK
    May 6, 2016
    We are flying to the US on West Jet with layovers in Vancouver on both trips. Our longest is 8 hours. Will we be able to leave the airport so we can see Vancouver, and if so, do we need a Visa as we are travelling UK to US and then back to UK?


    On your way back to the UK it will be easier as on your way to the US you will be expected to go straight to US Immigration preclearance when you arrive in Vancouver, not Canadian immigration. UK Citizens never need a visa to visit Canada or the US.


  • Do I need canadian passport?
    Apr 18, 2016
    Hi, I am indonesian and now currently studying in Japan. I am planning to go to Chicago, my itinerary will be Kansai-Vancouver-Chicago, I have B1/B2 US visa. All the flights will be with Delta Airlines).In Vancouver will layover around 4 hours. Do I need Canadian Visa?


    Since you are an Indonesian with a valid US Visa you are eligible for Canadian Transit Without Visa: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/twov/travellers.asp


    Thank you so much Zap :) *(I was incorrect, I wrote Delta but it supposed to be Air Canada)


  • Can I go out while I am waiting for next flight?
    Apr 6, 2016
    There is 11 hours lay over at YVR. I'm arriving from US and transfer at YVR to Asia. SInce 11 hours is a long time to wait and seat in the airport only, I am planning to downtown Vancouver and come back for my flight. I would like to figure out whether I will be allowed to go out and come back.


    What is your citizenship?


    South Korea


    South Koreans don't need a visa to visit Canada - you can go where you want on your layover.


    Thank a lot Zap!


  • Please help
    Feb 8, 2016
    My mom just got her Canadian PR and will be coming from Asia. The flight I booked only has 2 hours lay over in Vancouver before a connecting flight to Regina. Considering she has to go thru all the questioning in Customs & Immigration as first time Immigrant, do you think 2 hours will be enough? Won't she missed her next flight? Thanks a lot


    It should be enough time.


  • Meeting a friend
    Dec 7, 2014
    I have a friend from Calgary that is going to Vietnam. She has a layover in Vancouver on the way back (where I live) and I was wondering if I will be able to hang out with her in the airport during her layover as she waits for her flight to Calgary? So her flight will be international, Vietnam to Vancouver and then Domestic, Vancouver to Calgary


    Once your friend arrives at YVR, she will need to pass the International Arrivals procedure and stay in the secured area. You can only see her there by getting a pass issued. Also note that Domestic & International terminals are only connected on level 2 at their unsecured areas. Airport contact: 604-207-7077 or e-mail http://www.yvr.ca/en/contact.asp.


  • toronto to sydney flight
    Sep 11, 2014
    I am flying direct from toronto to sydney with a stop in vancouver. Are you allowed to disembark the plane on this 1 hr and 40 min stop


    Yes, as long as the flight is on-time you will likely be allowed to disembark.


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