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Hi, Im coming in to vancouver from the UK and flying on to LAX with handluggage only, have two seperate tickets. Do i need to exit fully and re-enter for the flight to LAX at vancouver? or can i just walk through from arrivals to the gates to US departures? is that allowed in Vancouver, is it close enough in the same terminal? I will be pre checking in online in the uk before i leave to Vancouver.
In Vancouver you will go directly to US departures/Preclearance IF you already have your boarding pass for your flight to LAX. Otherwise you will have to go through Canadian Immigration and Customs, check in for your flight to LAX, and go through preclearance. Vancouver only has one terminal.
I'm booked on Westjet Calgary to London (UK) via Vancouver return

Will i have to collect my luggage and re-check on my outbound and return legs of the trip

Where will i have Canadian customs on my return Calgary or Vancouver

I have 2 hours layover is this enough
On your return you will go through Canadian Immigration and Customs in Vancouver. You have enough time.
Traveling from Calgary to Beijing connecting via Vancouver. Connecting time at Vancouver departing for Beijing is only 1 hour 50 minutes, is this time enough? Also, do I have to collect my baggage at Vancouver then check them in again for departure to Beijing? Thanks
You have enough time if both flights are on the same reservation. There is no Canadian customs when leaving Canada.
I'm flying from Dulles Washington DC to Sydney Australia (IAD-YYZ-Vancouver). Is 90 minutes layover time enough in Vancouver to Sydney?I will have to go through customs, however, I have two check-in baggages
In Vancouver all you have to do is go through Canadian Passport Control and to your departure gate. You have enough time if the first flight is on-time.
Forgot to mentioned, Actually I am taking Air Canada flight number 33 from Toronto to Vancouver and the same flight number (Air Canada 33) is from Vancouver to Sydney. Does it means, The same plane goes to Sydney from Vancouver? No need to change plane? Appreciate your advise on it... BTW I am flying with US passport
Yes, it's the same plane the whole way, but I believe you still get off in Vancouver. As you will clear US Immigration and customs in Toronto, All you do in Vancouver is get in the plane, wait for them to clean it, and get back on.
Hi there! I have a flight going from Toronto-Vancouver-Narita-Seoul. After going through customs in Toronto and landing in Vancouver, do I need to go through customs again? I have about 2.5hrs from landing to catching the next flight. Also, do I need to go through customs again in Narita? This is my first time using connecting flights and any help to calm my nerves would be much appreciated.
I forgot to add that I will have 2 pieces of checked baggage..do I need to pick them up between each flight?
You will not go through customs in Toronto or Vancouver. You will go through security in Toronto. in Vancouver and Narita all you have to do is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have plenty of time.
I have a flight starting in toronto YYZ, connecting in vancouver and then on to Anchorage Alaska, where will I clear customs, in toronto or vancouver
You will go through US Immigration and customs preclearance in Vancouver. There is no Canadian customs when leaving Canada.
Hello,

I am looking to book a flight on a Sunday morning in November on Alaska Airlines from Seattle to YVR (arrives in YVR at 10:56am) and then connecting to an Air Canada flight to Hong Kong at 12:10pm. The flights are on separate itineraries and I will not have any checked bags to pick up or recheck. Will 1 hour and 14 minutes be sufficient to make the international connection to Hong Kong? Thank you
That will be really difficult if you for some reason aren't able to check in online for your Hong Kong flight. I recommend an earlier flight to Vancouver if you are insistent on this routing.
Will be arriving at YVR from Beijing on China Eastern at 9:04am, departing for SEA on Alaska Airlines at 11:58, with a US passport. The flights are not connecting, so I'm concerned about having enough time to pick up a checked bag, clear Canadian immigration/customs, check in and re-check my bag with Alaska, then get through US Customs and Immigration preclearance and the security checkpoint in a little under three hours. Trying to decide if I should check luggage or make do with a carry on, or if that would even make much difference in the whole process.
Yes, that should be just enough time if everything goes smoothly. Yes, not checking a bag will save you time.
Thanks for your help!
Hi,

I am connecting through YVR on separate tickets in early December, from American arriving 11:12 am, to Cathay Pacific departing 1:15pm). I may have a bag to check, but can skip it if saves time (how much?). Is this definitely enough time if the flights are on time? If so, how much margin would I have on average?

thanks a lot
With no checked bags that should be enough time. It may be a bit difficult with checked bags.
Will I need to check through customs in YVR or Taipei when travelling from YYC through YVR to Taipei?
There is no Canadian customs when leaving Canada.