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  • Meet friends?
    Mar 27, 2017
    I'm an American citizen flying from Seattle to London Through YVR. I know I have more than ample time to make my connection both going and coming back if I just hang out behind security--I'm just wondering if I will have time to meet a friend outside security or even leave the airport and go back through security. I've got 3 hours 56 minutes on my way to London, and 4 hours 30 minutes on my way home. As I'm typing this, I'm realizing that I should have planty of time if we stay in the airport--is there enough outside security to be worth it if I don't have time to go anywhere else? Both times, I'll be at YVR mid- to late afternoon, into early evening.


  • connecting and customs
    Mar 28, 2017
    My daughter & her friend are flying from YWG to Beijing onto Bangkok via YVR. They are both Canadian. Can they check their bags all the way thru to Bangkok or do they have to claim them in YVR (and Beijing) and go thru customs? I'm trying to prepare them as much as possible since they're traveling alone for the 1st time.


    and the airlines are Air Canada to Air China...if that matters/helps


    If everything is on the same reservation their bags will be checked through to Bangkok and all they have to do in Vancouver is walk from their arrival gate to their departure gate.


  • Do I need a visa to connect flights
    Mar 27, 2017
    I want to find out. Do I need a visa for connecting flights in Canada? I want to book a flight from Taipei to Los Angeles. The flights that I want to book through Air Canada are: Taipei to Vancouver and connect from Vancouver to Calgary and Calgary to LA. I will only transfer to the flights and my last stop will be LA. Do I need a visa? I don't want to enter Canada. Attached is the flight I want to book. I am a South African citizen working in Taiwan.


    South Africans are not eligible for any of the Canadian Transit Without Visa programs, therefore you will need a Canadian Transit Visa. I suggest just booking a nonstop from Taipei to LA or stopping just in San Francisco.


    How about from the philiipines? Am i qualified for the twov? My flight is -hkg-vancouver-new york via air canada


    The Philippines TWOV program is for Filipino citizens. I assume you are still South African. However, if you also have a Fillipino passport, yes, you could do that, but your US Visa would need to be in your Filipino passport, not your South African one.


  • 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.


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