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  • Travelling From Sydney
    Sep 16, 2016
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    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
    1
    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
    4
    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?

     

    British

     

    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
    2
    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
    1
    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
    1
    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
    1
    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
    1
    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
    3
    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
    1
    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
    1
    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
    2
    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
    4
    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
    1
    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
    1
    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.

     

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