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  • customs
    Mar 22, 2017
    Do I have to go through Canadian customs if travel is with same airlines and same day?


    Where are you flying from and to?


  • Chicago to Shanghai, transfer in YVR
    Mar 16, 2017
    I am a Chinese citizen and I am flying from Chicago to Shanghai via Air Canada. Get a connecting flight at YVR. I have my Chinese passport with valid US visa. Do I need a transition visa in Canada? Also is 1.5 hour enough in between my flights?


    No, since you have a valid US Visa you do not need a Canadian transit visa - http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/ctp/eligibility.asp


  • Toronto to Hawaii
    Mar 13, 2017
    I'm travelling from Toronto to Hawaii and will be in transit in Vancouver from 16:05 hrs to 18:10. 1) will I have to go through US pre-customs in Vancouver? 2) do I have to claim my baggage to go through US customers? 3) is there enough time to board my flight from Vancouver to Hawaii?


    Yes, you will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver. Usually you do not have to claim your bags, but follow the instructions of the US Border Patrol personnel in preclearance.


    Also, you should have plenty of time.


  • connection time and baggage claim
    Mar 22, 2017
    I am flying on AC from Kelowna to YVR to Toronto to Orlando. I have only a 40 min connection time at YVR now (was originally 60 min). Will this be enough time to make my connection at YVR and will I have to claim bags at YVR or will they be checked through to Toronto where I have to claim them?


    In Vancouver all you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate, nothing with your bags.


    Thanks! And with it all being AC, the gates should be relatively close. So I should be okay making that connection? Normally I don't like connections under an hour.


    Hi we are flying into Vancouver at 4:35 and transferring planes to fly to Japan at 6:15. Will there be enough time to make this connection? Also, do we have to pick up our bags when we arrive in Vancouver or will they be transferred for us? We have nexus passes so I am not sure if that will help. We are coming from Calgary. Thank you!


  • Westjet Winnipeg to Maui
    Mar 12, 2017
    We are travelling on Westjet Winnipeg to Maui with a two hour window to make the connecting flight. Do we have lots of time or is it a race? We cannot run for a flight. Both flights have been booked together.


    You should have plenty of time.


  • Where should I go?
    Mar 6, 2017
    I have a flight to Brazil with connection in Toronto. When I'm in YVR, should I check-in in the domestic or international area?


    In Vancouver you can probably check in in either area, but you will depart from a domestic gate.


  • Connections
    Mar 1, 2017
    I am flying from Victoria to Vancouver, have a two hour layover and then I'm flying to Europe. I am meeting someone at the Vancouver airport will I be on the other side of security or do I have to walk over to international after collecting my bags?


    You will stay in the secure area in Vancouver unless you purchased two separate reservations (in which case you don't really have time to spare to see someone).


  • Do I go through security again after Customs when coming from US?
    Feb 27, 2017
    Hi, In June I come in from Denver on United, landing at 9:15 pm. My Air Canada connecting flight to Edmonton is at 10:45 pm. Do I have to go through Security after going through Customs? Last time I did that, I missed my connecting flight, but I was told YVR was going to change so we would NOT have to brave the Security line again Has this happened yet?. The answer to this question will tell me whether I can check a suitcase (hence needing to wait for it in the Customs area) or need to keep to carried-on luggage in the interests of time..


    The flights are all on one booking.


  • Separate booking to get from Toronto to Alaska
    Feb 27, 2017
    My flight from Toronto arrives in Vancouver at 8:47am via Westjet. From Vancouver I then take a flight to Anchorage via Seattle with Delta Airlines. Delta departs at 11:20am from Vancouver. Upon arriving in YVR, I understand I have to claim my baggage, check-in at the Delta counter then go through US Customs. Is this process correct? Will there be enough time to do all these and catch my 11:20am flight to Anchorage via Seattle?


    Yes, that process is correct. You should have enough time.


  • transfer from domestic to international
    Feb 25, 2017
    I have one hour between my domestic arrival to international departure is that enough to make the connection do I go through security again


    What airlines are you flying? Where are you flying to?


  • Security
    Feb 23, 2017
    We are flying from Fort St John to Vancouver on Air Canada tomorrow morning at 6:30am then have an hour layover at YVR until we fly out to Palm Springs (same reservation). I know we have to go through customs when we get to YVR but will we have to go through security again as well?


    It's all one process. You should have enough time considering the early morning arrival.


  • Ending trip in Vancouver, will I get my bags?
    Feb 23, 2017
    Given the ridiculous costs of domestic flights in Canada I've had to improvise. I'm flying from Halifax with the hopes of ending my trip in Vancouver. Unfortunately flights are upwards of $600 from Halifax to YVR, however, Halifax to Bellingham is only $397. Oddly, the flight path for the Bellingham destination is Halifax - YVR - Seattle - Bellingham. There is a 3 hour layover in YVR, at which point I would like to collect my bags and end my trip. Given that this connection goes on to an international flight (YVR - Seattle) will we be required to pick up our bags anyways? If that's the case, I'm home free! Can anyone give me confirmation on this?? Thanks!


    Your bags will go to US Immigration and Customs preclearance in Vancouver. If you want to bring checked bags, you can't try to game the system this way.


  • Connection and baggage
    Feb 21, 2017
    I initially booked to fly from Maui to Vancouver and Vancouver to Regina but I am now staying in Vancouver and not taking the second part of the trip. Will I get my luggage in Vancouver to go through customs or will it go straight through to Regina even if I am not on the second half of the booking?


    My understanding of the current situation is that it will go straight through to Regina, so don't check any bags if you want to stay in Vancouver.


  • connection times
    Feb 18, 2017
    Hi, I am flying in from los angeles at 1pm and need to book a connectiong flight to kelowna or penticton. how much time should i allow for this - 4 or 5 hrs to be on the safe side. also on the way home i fly from vancouver at 2.30pm to los angeles. i need to get back first from kelowna or penticton how early should i leave


  • transit time
    Feb 19, 2017
    i will be arriving vancouver airport from brisbane and got a 2 hours waiting time before my connecting flight to calgary. will 2 hours enough? do i have to collect my luggage? or i have to collect and check in again?


    Are both flights on the same reservation?


    yes, cause there is no direct flight to calgary, so i must stop and transfer from vancouver.


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