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  • Connecting flight and luggage
    Jun 4, 2016
    I have never had to take a connecting flight before and I am wondering if I need to collect my luggage and recheck it. I am connecting through Vancouver from Toronto to Honolulu on West Jet. Will I need to clear my luggage with US customs or will it be sent ahead since both flights are with the same airline?


    I am flying Toronto to Vancouver on West Jet (Air Miles) and then Air New Zealand to Auckland. My layover is a couple of hours (if the plane is on time). I understand I have to clear Canadian customs. They tell me that I also have to pick up my bags. Can someone explain the process, please, and tell me if timing will be a problem. Thanks.


  • Luggage collection when connecting flights
    May 18, 2016
    I have never had to make a connecting flight before. I am travelling West Jet to Hawaii, connecting through Vancouver from Toronto. Do I need to collect my luggage and then clear US customs and recheck my bags or will they be forwarded since it is the same airline?


    Your bags will be waiting for you in US Immigration and customs preclearance.


  • SYD -YVR-LAX Connetiocn times
    May 18, 2016
    Hi I will be arriving in YVR on my way to LAX with 1.25HR Layover, Would I need to clear any customs/Immigration at YVR airport before we board the connecting flight o LAX. Will my Bags be Interlined Woudl 1.25Hrs connection enough for us to get to the departure gate. Appreciate your response. I am an Australian Citizen.


    You will proceed directly to US Immigration and Customs preclearance when you arrive in Vancouver. Your bags will be waiting for you there. You should have just enough time.


  • 2 hours enough to make international connection?
    May 19, 2016
    US citizens flying AlaskaAir from SEA to YVR 04/02/2017, arriving at 11:59PM, then flying CathayPacific to HKG at 02:05AM. Planning only carry-ons but could check luggage through if necessary. Is this connection time OK or too short?


    Yes, that should be enough time.


    Many thanks, ZAP.


  • Connection time - domestic flight to international
    May 18, 2016
    I'm due to fly into Vancouver from Castlegar which gets me in 2 hours before my flight from Vancouver to London, UK.The flights are on different airlines (Air canada & West Jet). Is this enough time to get to the gate? Any advice appreciated!


    Without checked bags this should be no problem. With checked bags it'ls a bit more difficult but possible.


  • Baggage pick up during transfer in YVR?
    May 18, 2016
    My mother is flying from SEA (Seattle) to YVR and then from YVR to Shanghai PVG. Does she need to pick up her luggage during transfer and go through the custom?


    If all tickets are on the same reservation she just has to go through Canadian passport control and to her departure gate.


  • Is 1 hour and 15 minutes enough to connect a flight to Hong Kong
    May 11, 2016
    Hi, my parents will fly to Hong Kong from Toronto with a connection flight in Vancouver. Both flights are with Air Canada. My understanding is that there is no custom to go through. Does anyone know if 1 hour and 15 minutes enough? Does the baggage need to be picked up and checked in again in Vancouver?


    All they have to do in Vancouver is walk from their arrival gate to their departure gate. They have enough time.


  • Do I needa clear custom?
    May 10, 2016
    I'm travelling from Hong Kong to Toronto(Air Canada), transiting in YVR. Do I needa clear custom and pick up my bags in Vancouver or I can go directly to the Gate? Thanks.


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


  • PDX-YVR-LHR baggage recheck?
    May 9, 2016
    Flying PDX-YVR on AS, 8 hour layover in YVR, then YVR-LHR on BA. All on one ticket so interlining should be ok, but it appears from discussion with AS reservations that we will need to clear CA C&I and then recheck baggage in baggage claim area. Can anyone confirm or refute? Don't want to miss baggage but also don't want to hang around baggage hall if not needed :)


    You won't have to do anything with your bags, you will just go through a Canadian passport check and then to the international departure gate area. when you arrive in Vancouver follow the signs for International Departures.


  • Connection and Customs in YVR
    May 7, 2016
    Hello! I'm flying through Vancouver from Edm. My Vancouver connection is to Tokyo and I have 60 minutes (same ticket and airline-AC). Do I need to clear customs in Vancouver or can I head directly to my gate? Thank you!


    There is no Canadian customs when leaving Canada. You can go straight to your departure gate.


  • Connection Help
    May 5, 2016
    We're flying from London UK to Las Vegas, with a connecting flight in Vancouver. What do we do once we land in Vancouver? Do we need to reclaim our baggage (they flight bookings are linked and are both with West Jet) or will that automatically go to our connecting flight? Do we need to go to customs? Or do we just land and go straight to the departure terminal?


    Your bags will go to US Immigration and Customs Preclearance where you will also go, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, and re-check your bags. When you get to Las Vegas all you will have to do is collect your bags and leave the airport.


  • Vancouver connection
    May 4, 2016
    Will be arriving from Toronto (Air Canada) with a connection to Air New Zealand. I have a 1 hr. 10 min to catch my connection. Where do I go once I depart the plane. Straight to gate or do I have to go through customs. All on same ticket. So I have enough time?


    There is no Canadian customs when leaving Canada. All you have to do is go to your departure gate.


  • Brisbane to Vancouver to Victoria Island
    May 3, 2016
    Hi. We're booked to fly to Victoria Island after landing in Vancouver from Australia. Do we need to collect our luggage for customs inspection in Vancouver and then rebook it through to Victoria or will it go directly to Victoria Island to inspection there?


    If both tickets are on the same reservation then your bags will be tagged to Victoria but you will have to claim them to go through customs in Vancouver. If you purchased two separate reservations you will have to claim them, go through customs, then take them to the check in desk of the airline you are flying to Victoria to re-check them.


    Thank you so much. That's really helpful. Didn't want to waste time fiddling around at Vancouver looking for luggage that might or might not be on the carousel.


  • Connecting through YVR
    May 2, 2016
    Plse provide approx. time we should allow on a flight from Brisbane, thru Vanc, then on to Toronto. Plse confirm if we have to pick up our luggage to clear customs, then recheck in to our ongoing flight - even though on the same airline? Doing booking soon so want to make sure we have enough connection time


    I'd want at least 90 minutes, maybe more because there have been recent reports of long waits at immigration in Vancouver. Canada is changing their policies sporadically regarding claiming bags to go through customs. I believe you will but I'm jot 100% sure.


  • Hong Kong Immigration
    May 2, 2016
    I'm travelling from Winnipeg to Vancouver with a 2 hour layover before my flight to Hong Kong. The first flight is Air Canada and second is Cathay Pacific. Will I have to go through customs and immigration before leaving Canada or upon arrival in Hong Kong?


    There is no Canadian Immigration or Customs when departing Canada. If your bags are checked through to Hong Kong then all you have to do in Vancouver is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


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