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  • Time for lunch with a friend?
    Mar 15, 2017
    I have a 3 hour layover on a flight from Kamloops before a flight to Toronto. Is it a challenge to exit security to meet a friend for lunch and passing back in before my second flight? Canadian citizen flying on one ticket so no baggage issues.


    It's enough time if you can eat lunch in an hour.


  • Is one hour enough to connect flight?
    Feb 5, 2017
    Hello, I am flying from PDX and connecting a flight to PEK. The lay over time is 1 hour. Since I am not Canadian or US citizen, do I need to clear the custom? Should I do the security check again?


  • 5 hour intl layover- stay in airport or go to Olympic village?
    Jan 12, 2017
    Hi, We're arriving from San Francisco and heading to Tokyo Saturday AM. We have a 5 hour layover and were hoping to visit our fave Chinese restaurant in town. a) Is 5 hours enough time to exit, visit W Broadway street and re-enter the airport? (assume we take the skytrain and need to check-in 2 hours before departure) b) How long does the customs and immigration (exit and re-enter airport) process take? c) If we decide to stay at the airport during our layover, do we still need to cross customs from arrival to departure? (arriving and departing flights are Air Canada) Thanks in advance!


  • 18 hours layover
    Dec 7, 2016
    hi, I'm a Filipino citizen but a US green card holder. I'll be flying in from Shanghai to Denver and have an 18-hour layover in Vancouver. Do i need a Canadian visa to transit at YVR? Will i be allowed to go out of the airport? thank a lot for any info.


    US Permanent residents do not need a visa to visit or transit Canada, however, you do have to complete eTA.


    thank you very much


  • Connecting flight
    Oct 18, 2016
    Hello. Im flying to Whitehorse to Vancouver and then to China. Ill land at 9.45am in Vancouver and catch the next flight to China at 12.20pm. Do you think Ill be able to make it on time? Im not a resident or Canadian citizen. Do I go through immigration while leaving the country? Will it be enough time to get my bags and clear security on time?


    There is no Canadian immigration when leaving the country. You should have enough time if the flight from Whitehorse is on-time.


  • Luggage send to end destination using different airline
    Oct 9, 2016
    I am flying from Kelowna to Hong Kong via Vancouver(different airline), do I need to claim my luggage in Vancouver airport?


    What airlines? Are your flights on the same reservation or two separate reservations?


  • Travelling From Sydney
    Sep 16, 2016
    I am planning to Travel from Sydney to Toronto via Vancouver International by AC34, Connect in airport only allowed only 1.30hrs. Is this time enough for me to transfer ? (also both Sydney to YVR and YVR to YYZ both says AC34.)


    Yes, that is enough time.


  • Want to see Vancouver during layover
    Sep 6, 2016
    landing from Toronto at 10 am YVR time. Flight to Hawaii at 545 pm. Do I have to go through Us customs immediately upon landing as bags get automatically sent through?


    You'll have to ask the agent in your origin city.


  • Can I leave the airport on a layover?
    Jul 27, 2016
    I'm travelling from San Fran to London on Westjet with an 8 hour layover in Vancouver. Can I leave the airport? Do I need a visa? Does it make a difference whether my luggage is transferred? I'm expecting the luggage to transfer between the two flights without me picking it up in Vancouver. Thanks for any assistance you can give.


    What is your citizenship?




    Then you are free to exit the airport if you want. Brits don't need a visa to visit Canada.


    Thanks for your help


  • From LHR to Vancouver and Vancouver to Kelowna baggage check in
    Jul 16, 2016
    I will b travelling from London to Vancouver on air Canada flight I have layover of 7 hrs before I catch my next flight for Kelowna on west jet air. Both the bookings are made on different reservation. Will the allow me to check my baggage all the way till Kelowna. If not do I have to pay any baggage fees.


    No, you will have to claim your bags in Vancouver and then take them to the Westjet counter to re-check them and pay a baggage fee.


    Thanks a lot for ur reply! Just wondering as I have 7 hrs of layover is it wise to go out of the airport or are there enough things to do within airport terminal?


  • Comox to Vancouver to LAX?!
    Jun 23, 2016
    I'm a minor but I don't have any unaccompanied services so I'm all alone here AND it's my first time. I have a flight from Comox to Vancouver which I'm not scared about. I then have a flight from Vancouver to LAX. I only have approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes. Do I have to get my checked baggage? Do I have to go through security? This is my first time (in like 5 years so I can't remember anything) so I don't know what to expect when I land in Vancouver. Thanks so much.


    In Vancouver, assuming everything is on the same reservation, you will proceed to US Immigration and customs preclearance. There, your bags will be waiting for you and you will go through US Immigration and customs, and re-check your bags.


  • Layover suggestions?
    Jun 17, 2016
    I'll have an 11 hour layover at YVR. Any suggestions for what to see/do and how to go about finding transportation for whatever i decide to do?


    You can go see beautiful downtown by taking the Sky train station at the airport. Will have your lugge or not? You can take a water taxi. You can visit the marine time museum. If you like history you can visit the Vancouver museum which right next to the marine time museum pretty much. If you like to watch planes take off and land the best place to do that is at Flight Path Park. You can take a taxi, rent a car, or take the Sky Train (your best). If you like golf you can play it with the cities golf courses. Just make sure your back at the airport 2hr before your next flight to go through security. Enjoy the greenest city of the world!


  • Going out of Airport during layover
    Jun 13, 2016
    My daughter has 5 hrs layover at YVR. next flight is to Incheon South Korea. Is it ok to go outside airport and see downtoown?Would she have enough time? Thanks


    I don't think that's enough time to be worthwhile. YVR is a very nice airport.


  • 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.


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