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  • from YUL to PEK
    Jul 14, 2016
    We are flying with AirChina and will be departing YUL (Montreal) and heading to Beijing (PEK) but our connecting flight will be at YVR (Vancouver). Our connecting time is only 50 mins. Do we need to go throught security checkpoint again? And do we have enough time to make our connecting flight to Beijing? Thank you.


    If both tickets are on the same reservation then no you do not have to go through security again in Vancouver. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


    Thank you so much. You've been very helpful.


  • From HKG to YVR to LAX Question
    Jul 13, 2016
    I will be go home from HKG connecting in YVR on Air Canada flight arriving at 4:30pm and connecting to Air Canada flight to LAX. Will I have to go through Canada Immigration and Customs prior to US Pre-Clearance? Thanks!


    No, you can proceed directly to preclearance after arrival.


    Thanks for the reply. The only thing is that I have to make sure that I get the eTA. I spoke to an officer at YVR today and he said that it's up to the airline personnel at the gate whether to let someone board without an eTA even though the grace period is till Sept 29th 2016. Another question, is the area where I will be "stuck in " after US pre-clearance ok to spend a 7 hr layover? I was hoping that I would be able to explore YVR but seems that I will be stuck in the US area. Thanks again


    The US Precleared "lounge" isn't great at any of the Canadian airports, but YVR's is probably the least bad.


  • ANC-YVR connection
    Jul 8, 2016
    Arriving YVR from ANC on Alaska at 12:00p. Is this enough time to make a 2:05 AA flight out of YVR to LAX?


    That will be pretty difficult, but it's not impossible.


  • from PDX to China Southern in terminal transit
    Jul 1, 2016
    from PDX on Alaska with checked bags will have to clear customs and recheck bags with China Southern Is 2:20 between flights enough time? Thanks for any answer.


    That is just enough time if everything goes smoothly.


    Yeah, I was afraid of that. Too much travel anxiety for me! I don't hear much about Murphy's Law anymore, but I don't think it's been repealed. I DON'T want to miss that connection! Think I'll plan an overnight. Thanks


  • Connection flight from PVG - YVR - YYZ under One reservation
    Jul 3, 2016
    Not Canadian. Will transfer at YVR during a trip from PVG to YYZ under one single reservation with Air Canada. Only have 105 minutes in between. Do I have to go through immigration at YVR and re-check in my baggage? Thank you!


    Yes, you will go through Canadian immigration, claim your bags, go through customs, re-check your bags, and go through security. You should have enough time.


    Thank you for answering. Actually this flight is delayed for about 30 minutes to 1 hour on average constantly. How long do I need at least to complete immigration (at ard 1pm), wait for luggage and re-check in the luggage and walk to the domestic boarding gate? Thanks in advance.


    I have same question, From Taipei to Vancouver with Eva Airway then connection flight to YOW. My question after Customs, then re-check-in our bags with Air Canada. Do we have to carry all the bags all the way to Air Canada counter to re-check-in?


  • Connection Questions
    Jun 28, 2016
    My family (with a 2 year old) will fly from San Jose to Vancouver, then to Calgary. The flights are under two reservations. The connection time at Vancouver is 1h25m. Do we need to claim and re-check the baggage at Vancouver? Is 1h25m connection time enough?


    What airlines are you flying?


    Air Canada 8569 from San Jose to Vancouver. WestJet 566 from Vancouver to Calgary.


    This is a difficult connection. You will have to go through Canadian immigration, claim your bags, and go through customs, then take your bags to the Wesjet check-in counter and then go through security.


  • YVR airport and baggage claim.
    Jun 25, 2016
    Will be flying from Comox(YQQ) to Los Angeles(LAX) with a connecting flight from Vancouver(YVR). I land in Vancoucer at 5pm. Will be flying with Air Canada and everything is on the same reservation. Will I need to get my checked baggage and re check them? Or will they go straight to LAX? I only have 1 hour and 15 minutes once I touch down in Vancouver. What will I be expecting once I get to Vancouver? Thank you so much.


    Yes, you will have to claim your bags in US Immigration and Customs Preclearance in Vancouver. Yes, you have enough time.


  • Connection Beijing->Vancouver->Portland, OR
    Jun 25, 2016
    my dad is coming from USA on Air Canada flight. He will fly from Beijing to YVR, then take Air Canada Express to Portland, OR USA. He has check-in luggage. Does he needs to go through US custom at YVR? Does he need to claim his luggage at YVR, then check it In again?


    He will go straight to US Immigration and Customs Preclearance in Vancouver where he will go through US Immigration, claim his bags, go through US Customs, re-check his bags at the re-check desk, and go through security.


  • Returning to the US with 2 connections in Canada
    Jun 21, 2016
    A friend and I are traveling to Australia and will be returning BNE-YVR. I am flying to Seattle (BNE-YVR-SEA), so I assume I will proceed directly to US customs in YVR. I have a 1h35m layover. My friend is flying to Pittsburgh with another stop in Toronto (BNE-YVR-YYZ-PIT). He has a 2h15m layover. What will the customs/immigration procedure in YVR and/or YYZ be for him?


    In YVR he will go through Canadian Immigration and Customs. In YYZ he will proceed to US Immigration and Customs Preclearance where his bags will be waiting for him.


  • Connection advice needed
    Jun 21, 2016
    I am flying AC34 Syd-YYR which stops in YVR. At YYR I connect to AC 722 to LGA. Will I make an international to Canada connection in YVR, or is it international to USA in YVR? Do I collect my bags at any point or are they checked through to LGA? Thank you


    You will go through Canadian Immigration and customs in Vancouver and US Immigration and Customs Preclearance in Toronto (YYZ, not YYR). You will claim your bags in Toronto.


  • Connection HKG-YVR-JFK
    May 30, 2016
    Hello, I am connecting in YVR. I will be arriving from Hong Kong on an Air Canada flight. My connecting flight is Cathay Pacific flight CX888 to New York JFK. This is all booked on 1 ticket. During the 6 hour layover, I will leave the airport and go into Vancouver. CX888 is not subject to preclearance but Customs is done on arrival at JFK. My question is does my luggage have to be picked up if I leave the airport or will it be automatically transferred to JFK?


  • Unaccompanied minor transferring through YVR to YYZ
    May 27, 2016
    We have a grandson age 16 transferring from PDX through YVR to join us at YYZ on the way to Italy. It looks like he will have to go through Canadian C&I in Vancouver before the domestic leg to YVR - is that correct? Is there anything we should advise him about to prep him for navigating this on his own (documents, baggage, terminals, etc)? Thanks for any help and tips.


    Sorry! That should read ."... before the domestic leg to YYZ ..."


  • Missing my connecting flight
    May 26, 2016
    I am travelling from Montreal to Vancouver, but the cheapest ticket was from Montreal to Seattle with layover in Vancouver. Therefore, I am planning to intentionally miss my connection flight to Seattle. One thing I'm worried about is the checked in baggage. Would I be able to pick up my checked in baggage in Vancouver? Thanks.


  • enough time to clear customs?
    May 25, 2016
    I am flying from Portland, OR to YVR with a 1 hour 26 minute layover until boarding a flight to YYZ. Is that enough time to go through customs with 2 little kids in tow? TIA


  • Recheck luggage needed?
    May 23, 2016
    I'm flying from LAX to YVR with Air Canada and then to China with Air China. It's under one reservation. Do I need to pick up my luggage and recheck at YVR? What would be the process like? Thanks!


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