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  • 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 28, 2015
    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.


    Hi, I am flying to Calgary with my family on July 2015 and our entry is thru vancouver. We have a lot of checked in luggages 8nos and we have only 3 hrs to the next flight towards Calgary via air canada. Do we have sufficient time for clearing at the immigration?please advise us


  • 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!


  • Transfer from Domestic to International
    Dec 1, 2013
    We are flying in from Victoria airport on Air Canada flight due to land at 11:24. Our International flight to London has changed from 15:00 take off to 13:25. Is this enough time to disembark, collect luggage and get to international check in at Air Transat before the desk closes an hour before take off?


    First of all, you have plenty of time for transfer. The two International & Domestic terminals are connected at their level 2; Domestic T has gates C25-52; Int'l T has gated D50-78 & E67-99. ACanna uses the C, D & E gates; Air Transat uses D gates. If you purchased both flights on one ticket your bags will be automatically transferred, if not, contact Transat to find out if you need to claim bags on arrival and re-check them in at their counter. If yu have to transfer between terminals, follow signs: international signs are marked with a globe, domestic ones with a Canada flag.


    Thanks sanov13. According to the Air Canada details we will be coming into terminal M. As the flights were booked separately we will need to collect our baggage ourselves and then check in at Air Transat. Its been suggested that we change our flight for an earlier one though!


    YVR has no Terminal M - The M could stand for 'Main Terminal' - as both International & Domestic terminals are connected on their second level.


  • 70 minutes connection time at YVR enough?
    Nov 11, 2013
    I fly in from Sydney on Air Canada flight, arrive to YVR at 7:30AM. Do I have enough time to make my connection to LAX flight, depart at 8:40AM at YVR? The YVR-LAX flight is on Air Canada as well. I am a 82yr lady wth wheelchair assistance.


    You should be OK with the wheelchair assistance. YVR is pretty compact.


    Thanks ZAP, I figure flying in at gate D51, fly out at gate E81, the walking time should be around 12 minutes. My only concern is the waiting time at US Border Inspection line. Would the line be long around 7:30am? I do have the option to take the 5pm flight, but waiting counld be dreafull.


  • transfer @YVR to Chicago
    Nov 10, 2013
    I fly from China to YVR on Air China at 10:30 am on Saturday. I need to make the connection with United Airlines leaving at 12:36 pm from YVR to Chicago. I have a check-in bag. I hold Chinese passport and a U.S. green card. I have about two hours to transfer the flights. Do I have enough time to make the transfer. Thank you!


    Yes you have enough time for transfer. You will arrive at Terminal 5 & departfrom Terminal 1. 1. Air China & United are both members of the Star Alliance; therefore your bag will automatically be transferred. 2. On arrival at Terminal 5, you will have go through passport check, retrieve checked bag, go through customs clearance - then re-check-in bag where indicated. 3. Thereafter, proceed up one level to the Airport Transit System (ATS) station and take the ATS train, which runs every few minutes, to your connecting Terminal 1, where you need to go through security check. Terminal 1 has Concourses B (gates B1-22 & Concourse C (gates C1-32). Concourse C is a separate building, connected to Concourse B gates by walkway. Follow signs.


    Disregard SUNOV, his instructions are for a connection at ORD. He does not know how to read. At YVR you will go through Canadian immigration, claim your baggage, re-check your baggage at the re-check desk. Then go upstairs, get your United boarding pass if you don't already have it, go to the US departures area, go through US immigration, claim your bag AGAIN, go through US customs, then re-check your bag again, then go to your gate.


  • china southern from CAN to air canada to YOW
    Sep 18, 2013
    i am flying in from china southern to YVR at 10:40 and need to catch an Air Canada flight at 12:45 to YOW. is that possible?


    Yes, that should be enough time.


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