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  • How much time will I need to connect with flight to japan?
    Sep 18, 2016
    I am connecting on a flight from Nanaimo to Tokyo and only have 2 hours. Is that enough time to get through customs?


    There is no Canadian customs when leaving Canada. If both flights are on the same reservation all you have to do in Vancouver is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


  • Connections between domestic and international flights
    Sep 16, 2016
    I am flying from Victoria YYJ on Air Canada to Vancouver YVR. I need to connect to a United Airlines flight heading to Denver (DEN). Can I get from the domestic terminal to the international terminal without going out of the secured area? I am concerned about how long it will take.


    Vancouver only has one Terminal. When you arrive in Vancouver you proceed directly to US Immigration and Customs preclearance.


  • International connection
    Sep 15, 2016
    I am a US citizen flying from San Francisco on United and connecting to Air France flight to Paris. How long should I allow? Is an hour enough? I will not have checked bags, just carry-on.Thanks


    An hour would be difficult, even without checked bags since there's a good chance you'll have to get your Air France boarding pass at the gate in Vancouver after you go through Canadian passport control.


  • Possible to leave the international area and return?
    Sep 14, 2016
    My daughter will be flying from Portland (USA) to Brisbane, Australia. She has a four-hour layover in Vancouver, where my son lives. Is it possible for her to leave the international secure area to see my son, and then return without massive customs/security issues? Any advice appreciated.


    She will go through Canadian passport control when she arrives. After that she can leave the airport, but she will have to go through security again when she returns. I personally don't think a layover that short is worth it.


    Sep 13, 2016
    Aloha, Im travelling as a non US citizen or UK citizen from Maui to London UK via Vancouver on 1 ticket(booking) with westjet and I have an approx 9-12 hour layover in van.. Do I need to go through canadaian customs even thou im just transitting to another country, or can I just go through to my gate..? I wont be checking in any luggage either.. if i do have to go through customs can I leave the airport..? whats the point of going through customs if you cant leave the airport if so..? thanks in advance, appreciate the feedback..


    Yes, you have to go through Canadian passport control upon arrival. Yes, after you do that you can leave the airport.


    thank you..


  • Air Canada International to Domestic Transfer
    Sep 5, 2016
    Help, I'm getting different information about connecting flights in Vancouver. I'm arriving on AC34 from Sydney and connecting to AC206 to Calgary. Do I need to collect my bags from the baggage carousel and recheck them at the transfer desk, or do they go straight through to Calgary. I've been told that both can happen so am just a bit confused. Given the short connection time, I don't want to be waiting for my luggage only to find its gone straight through. Thanks for any help.


    Recent reports is that passengers entering Canada at Vancouver no longer have to claim their bags to go through customs if they are connecting onwards


  • Transfer
    Sep 2, 2016
    Flying from YYZ to ICN , 2.5 hrs layover in YVR, do I have time to go out of secured area to visit someone who will be at airport in general departures area, then catch our flight to ICN


    Yes, that would be just enough time. You could spend maybe half an hour meeting with them if you want.


  • Sydney AUS to Havana Cuba
    Sep 1, 2016
    Hi, I am flying from Sydney AUS to Havana Cuba through Vancouver and then Toronto. I have been told I need to clear immigration and customs in Vancouver but not pick up my luggage. I only collect my luggage in Toronto, is that correct? Thanks


    Are all tickets on the same reservation?


    Yes they are. I just checked in and Air Canada check in have said you dont need to pick them up in Toronto that they will go all the way to Cuba


  • Transit from vancouver to montreal
    Aug 31, 2016
    Im flying from hong kong to vancouver and a transit going to montreal,do i need to go to immigration and get my luggage for customs?or my baggage will directly go to montreal?thank you


    In Vancouver you will go through Immigration and Customs. Recent reports are that you no longer have to claim or identify bags in Vancouver, but it doesn't hurt to double check when you get there.


  • Do I need a Canadian visa on my round trip flight CAN-YVR-PDX?
    Aug 29, 2016
    Do I have to have some sorts of Canadian VISA to have my connecting flight in YVR? I am holding a Chinese passport.


    If you hold a valid visa to enter the USA, yes, you can as in Vancouver you will proceed directly to US Immigration and Customs Preclearance and technically never even enter Canada. http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/ctp/authorities.asp


  • Luggage
    Aug 19, 2016
    Flew BNE YVR YYZ. Single PNR Didn't identify or claim baggage in YVR. Everyone said we don't need to its checked to YYZ. Clears immigration passport control. No one said do you have bags. No en route to YYZ. Will the bags get there


    Well..... Bags made it to YYZ from being checked in at MEL connecting through BNE and YVR. Never saw them from MEL until YYZ. Never had to even mention we had baggage ...... Everything I've read said they had to be either claimed or identified in YVR


  • 2hours and 15 minutes
    Aug 18, 2016
    Hi All. I need help. First time to travel in Winnipeg. I'll be travelling alone. Connecting flight in Vancouver. What is the step by step process for immigration? Is 2hrs and 15minutes enough for me to catch my connecting flt? I had no idea. Thanks!


    Are you flying from Winnipeg to Vancouver and then to somewhere else? Where else? What exactly is your route?


    hi. Flight from MNL to Winnipeg.. Connecting flight in NRT 2hrs and YVR 2hrs and 15minutes. Thanks for your help.


    In Vancouver, you will go through Canadian Immigration, claim your bags, go through Canadian customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, and go through security and to your departure gate.


    Hi Zap. Thank you. I guess 2hrs and 15mins is okay.


  • SYD-YVR-YUL Customs/Security/Baggage Points
    Aug 14, 2016
    Flying AC34 with a connecting flight from YVR to Montreal all with Air Canada. Total layover time at YVR is 1.5hrs. At which airports will I need to clear immigration, customs or claim/re-check my baggage? Also, will I have enough time at YVR to go through all compulsory processes. Non-Canadian/US citizen/resident. Thank you in advance.


    In Vancouver, you will go through Canadian Immigration, identify your baggage, then go through Customs and security.


  • Montreal - VAncouver - Honolulu
    Aug 11, 2016
    Going to Honolulu with a plane change in Vancouver. Only have 1h10 for connection. Is that enough and do I have to get my luggage to pass through customs?


    Yes, that should be enough time if your flight from Montreal is on-time.


  • Is 55 minutes enough time to transfer flights with no checked bags?
    Aug 8, 2016
    I am departing a cruise ship early in Victoria BC as I need to get back to LA before the cruise ends. I should be off the cruise ship between 5:30-5:45pm. The issue is the last flight out that doesn't have a 6-11 hour layover (hence spending the night at the airport) leaves from Vancover at 8:20pm. If I miss the 8:20pm flight I have to wait until 6:30am for the next flight to LA. I've tried every airport option to get to LA but there is nothing better. I have two options to get to the airport in Vancover and I wanted to know if either option sounds feasible to make the 8:20pm departure to LA. Please let me know if either option is feasible or if I need to spend the night at a hotel. Please note I will not be checking bags and I have a US passport so I need to go through immigration in Vancover. OPTION ONE I catch the seaplane from Victoria Harbor at 6:35pm (seaplane is on other side of harbor about ten minutes away so I have plenty of time to make this flight.). Seaplane lands at Vancover airport at 7:05pm. I will have to take a shuttle which is about 10-15 minutes to main terminal and then go through security and pre-clearance. If I arrive at 7:15pm will I have any chance of making the LAX flight that departs at 8:20pm? OR OPTION TWO I take the train from Victoria harbor to Victoria international. I was told the train is about 25-30 minutes so I should be at the airport by 6pm. Since it's such a small airport they said it should be fine to arrive an hour early for my flight. I would take the 7:00pm flight that lands in Vancover at 7:25pm. Since I will already be in the Vancover airport and it is only one terminal and I will not have any checked bags do I have any chance of catching the 8:20pm departure to LAX? Canadian Airlines won't let me book this as one ticket as they said I need 70minutes between flights as I have to get my bag and go through pre-clearance customs. I'm not checking a bag so I could try and make this work by booking it as two tickets. Thank you! Please let me know if there are any other options.


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