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  • Domestic to international transfers
    Jul 29, 2015
    I will be flying from Nanaimo (YCD) to YVR and then onto London - I have 125 mins before my flight to london - do i have to go through security in nanaimo and vancouver or just once ?


    If both tickets are on the same reservation then you will only have to go through security in Nanaimo.


  • enough time for connection ?
    Jul 27, 2015
    Hello, My son will be arriving Vancouver from Paris at 16.40 ,pick up his bag,clear custom and check in for his connecting flight (different airline)to Smithers that leaves at 18.00 .Is 1 hrs 20 mn enough time to do all that ? Thanks


    It will be close. It depends on his flight from Paris arriving on-time. If he's flying Hawkair to Smithers I expect they'll be a little more lenient on the check-in deadline than Air Canada Express will.


    Thanks,better play safe and overnight in Vancouver.Unfortunately Hawkair has pulled out from smithers .


  • Domentic or international terminal? YVR to YUL to VCE
    Jul 20, 2015
    I have a flight via Air Canada from YVR, connecting at Montreal (YUL), then fly to Venice, Italy (VCE). The luggage need to be checked-in to VCE directly. Should I check-in at YVR's domestic terminal or international terminal?


    Vancouver only has one terminal.


  • passport, customs and connectons
    Jul 16, 2015
    arriving YVR Lufthansa connecting to united to SFO , all one tickets How much time should we allow for passport and customs controls,? We have heard horror stories , please help Do we collect our luggage first or is it auto transferred to connecting flight? How far away is the connecting United gate? Thank you for helping two 80 year old mobile travelers


    90 minutes should be enough time. Vancouver is not a large or complex airport.


    Jul 13, 2015
    does our checked luggage at Nanaimo automatically get transferred to our UK flight (both AC)? on the return from UK to Nanaimo via YVR does our luggage automatically get transferred to our Nanaimo flight, and if so where do we go through customs? thank you


    Yes, your bags will be automatically transferred in Vancouver on your way to the UK. On your return to Nanaimo, in Vancouver, you will go through Canadian Immigration, claim your bags, go through customs, then re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then go through security and to your departure gate for your flight to Nanaimo.


  • Customs
    Jul 9, 2015
    I am flying from Montreal to Vancouver, then Vancouver to Seattle. Do you know where I will go through U.S. Customs/Immigration? I am traveling with students, and our connection in Vancouver is only 1:17. I am concerned that will not be enough time to go through Customs/Immigration if it is in Vancouver.


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver. That should be enough time if your flight from Montreal is on-time.


  • Connecting HKG - YVR - Denver
    Jul 8, 2015
    Hi, Flying with Cathay to YVR and then with United to Denver. Had to buy 2 separate tickets - the prices is almost 50% cheaper ... dunno why. Can I connect to my Denver flight without exiting to Canada? Does my airline need to give me a special 'pass' to enter the US Border control area? Can I just check in online for the Denver flight and print out the boarding pass? Thank you so much


    No, Cathay will not join a United flight to your reservation because they are not partners. If you don't have checked bags you can check in online and go straight to the US Border Control area with your printed out or mobile boarding pass. If you have to check bags you will have to go through Canadian Immigration and Customs, claim your bags, and then bring them to the United counter to check. Then go to US border control.


  • London Gatwick to YVR and on to SFO
    Jun 23, 2015
    Hi there, I'm flying from London Gatwick to YVR and then immediately flying out to San Francisco (SFO). Two separate bookings though, so I will need to clear Canadian passport control, collect my bag, clear US immigration, check in for the connecting flight, security etc. I had left 4 hours to do this, but they've moved my entry flight forward by two hours. LGW flight lands at 12 noon, connecting flight to SFO departs at 14.15. Is this doable?! I'm thinking probably not. Thanks in advance for any advice.


    No, that's not really possible. Ask for a later flight to SFO or demand a refund and book a flight that works.


  • Air Canada YXJ to LHR - Through
    Jun 22, 2015
    I am a Canadian Citizen flying from Fort St John, BC (YXJ) to London Heathrow (LHR) but will be connecting through Vancouver (YVR) .. Will I check in for my entire flight in YXJ or will be I grab my luggage at YVR and check in for my international flight there?


    Assuming all tickets were purchased on the same reservation you will check in for both flights in Fort St. John. You will just have to go from your arrival gate to your departure gate in Vancouver.


  • Connection in Vancouver
    Jun 6, 2015
    If I fly from Portland, OR on Jazz and have a 1:20 hr layover in Vancouver, will it be enough time to catch a flight to Toronto?


    Yes, that should be enough time.


  • Do I need a visa
    May 28, 2015
    Hi, I'm a Russia sitzen and I've a layover in Vancouver (flying from Honolulu to Amsterdam through Vancouver). Do I need a visa to make this layover?


    Yes, you will go through Canadian Immigration and therefore need a Canadian transit visa.


  • baggage at Vancouver flight connection
    Apr 10, 2015
    Will I have to collect my baggage in Vancouver YVR from WJ1865 from Honolulu HNL connecting to WJ706 to Toronto YYZ or is the baggage passed through for final collection in Toronto?


    You will have to claim your bags to go through Canadian customs.


  • baggage at Vancouver flight connection
    Apr 10, 2015
    Will I have to collect my baggage in Vancouver YVR from WJ1865 from Honolulu HNL connecting to WJ706 to Toronto YYZ or is the baggage passed through for final collection in Toronto?


  • connecting at Vancouver west jet
    Apr 30, 2015
    Leaving Honolulu this Sunday April 12th at 10:30 PM HST on flight WJ1865 and connecting in Vancouver to WJ706 this weekend. Can you give me the directions from landing terminal to the departure terminal? Also do we have to pass through US Customs at Honolulu, and Canada Customs at Vancouver?


    Vancouver only has one terminal. You will not go through US Customs as there is no such thing as US Exit customs. You will go through Canadian Immigration and Customs in Vancouver.


    Will I have to get my baggage and go through Canada customs or is baggage passed right on to flight to Toronto?


    You will need to claim your bags upon arrival in Vancouver, as it is your first port of arrival in Canada. Upon clearing Customs/Immigration, you will have to leave the US/International Terminal, and proceed to Domestic Departures, up one floor and on the other end of the terminal building. You will then check your bags for your onward flight to Toronto, and retrieve your boarding pass for that flight (if for some reason you don't already have it.)


  • From PDX to YVR than HKG
    Apr 8, 2015
    Traveling from Portland, OR to Hong Kong, 75 minutes layover than connect flight AC #007 to HK. Do I have to go through custom and enough time make the AC flight?


    I believe YVR has a walkway from US arrivals to International departures that doesn't require you to go through Canadian immigration. However, you won't be able to use this if you purchased two separate tickets. In that case I suggest you get an earlier flight to Vancouver.


    Thank you!


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