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  • Enough Time?
    Nov 22, 2015
    I am travelling from Seattle to Hong Kong via Vancouver on November 29. Will arrive Vancouver at 11:00am. My connecting flight to Hk is leaving at 12:10 pm with Air Canada. Do I have enough time ?


    That should be barely enough time assuming all tickets are on the same reservation booked through Air Canada.


    Yes. All flights are air canada. I think I need to go thru custom and not sure how long is going to take. Plus I know is a long walk to the gate.


    The gates should be close together. I believe you will have to go through Canadian passport control.


    Thanks for your response. Hope I can make it.


  • Changing airlines
    Nov 15, 2015
    I am traveling on 11/16 from CLT to Vancouver on United then on Air Canada to Kamloops. What is best process for entering Canadian Customs then getting my boarding pass for the AC portion of the trip? My travel agent has only 1 hour in between landing and departure which makes me nervous.


    Yeah, your travel agent did not leave you enough time. You'll probably have to change your flight to Kamloops, unless all tickets are on the same reservation in which case United should be able to issue your Air Canada boarding pass in Charlotte and you will just really have to hurry. In Vancouver you will have to go through Canadian immigration, claim your bags, canadian customs, bag re-check, and security.


    Thank you much for the information. Good news is AC portion is on the UA reservation so the board pass should be done there and I only have a briefcase carryon. Bad news is I'm in row 30. Travel agent and I've had this conversation before; she asserts the computers wouldn't permit the reservation if there wasn't enough time. Not so true in real time. Will look for plan B flights. TY


    With no checked bags I think you have a good chance of making it then.


    You've been very helpful and I appreciate your time.


  • Vancouver Airport connection
    Nov 4, 2015
    I arrive on Cathay Pacific 11.55, terminal M. I need to clear customs and check in for a flight on Air Canada at 14:00, terminal M. Will I have enough time to clear customs and check in for the flight? I was thinking of doing web check in but i still need to drop off the luggage...


    That should be just about enough time if everything goes smoothly.


  • Travelling from Toronto to Vancouver then to Phoenix
    Jan 8, 2015
    I'm travelling from Toronto to Vancouver and then to Phoenix there is only 1hr and 5 min to connect, same carrier Air Canada and me and my buddy will have checked luggage. Can I make this connect?


    Yes, that should be doable. You just have to follow signs for US departures, you will pre-clear US Immigration in Vancouver.


  • necessary to recover checked baggage for customs?
    Dec 25, 2014
    Will land at YVR tomorrow morning from Hawaïï. will then transit to Toronto and Québec as final destination. Do we need to recover checked baggage at YVR to pass canadian customs?


    Yes, you do.


  • Domestic flight to International
    Sep 7, 2014
    If I'm flying into Vancouver via Kelowna and then flying Internationally with a 4 hour wait, do I need to claim my baggage before going to the international side?


  • Enough transfer time?
    Jul 29, 2014
    Hi I'm flying into Vancouver at 12:35 and my connecting flight to Toronto is at 2:15, is a 1 hour and 40 minute layover enough time to go through customs, immigration and claim luggage?


    Yes, that should be enough time.


  • International Studen going to Toronto through vancouver
    Jun 19, 2014
    Hi, I'm flying AirCanada from Hong Kong to Toronto via Vancouver. Do I deal with immigration at vancouver or Toronto? I only have about 1hr 40min layover time, will that be enough?


  • Newbie
    May 26, 2014
    Hi im flying from the philippines to toronto with stopover on vancouver. Do i have to do immigration on vancouver? And do i have to claim my baggage and re check it again? Thank you


    Yes on both counts.


  • Transfer time international arrival to domestic Victoria ?
    Mar 31, 2014
    Arriving from Switzerland at 6.50 pm, going through immigration, claiming baggage and then flying to Victoria at 8.oo pm. Will we have enough time or should we fly at 9 pm ? Thanks for experienced advice


    You could probably make the 8 PM but I would book the 9 PM just to be safe.


  • Flying From NWT to YVR then SFO...do I pick up my baggage???
    Mar 23, 2014
    Hi, I'm flying from NT tomorrow with a stop in Calgary and a stop in YVR then on to San Francisco.. What I need to know...do I pick up my bags in YVR before going to US departures? I only have 1 Hour and 30 min before US plane leaves so I don't know if that's enough time???


    Your bags will be there to claim once you clear US immigration in the US departures pre-clearance area. You should have enough time.


  • Flying to Ireland from YVR via Chicago
    Feb 26, 2014
    Do I need to collect my luggage in Chicago and recheck it in again to Dublin or will my luggage be directly booked from YVR to Dublin?


    If you bought both flights on one ticket, bags will automatically be transferred. Use U.S. customs clearance at YVR; and on your return at Dublin (they also have US customs clearance.)


    Actually, if you are on the Aer Lingus Dublin-Chicago flight, you will not go through Pre-clearance in Dublin as that flight does not use it. On your return you will have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, and re-check in Terminal 5, then take the ATS train to Terminal 1 for your flight to Vancouver. Also, on your way out you will have to take the ATS train from Terminal 1 to Terminal 5 and go through security, although your bags will be checked through.


  • China to US connecting in YVR, Air Canada and United
    Dec 23, 2013
    I'm flying from China back to US via YVR. First leg is Air Canada and second is United. Does anyone know if I will get my bags checked all the way to my final destination when I check in in China? Thank you!


    Yes, since Air Canada and United are in Star Alliance you should be able to have your bags checked through to the US.


    Thank you! That's really helpful!


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