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  • Hfx - Mtl - Vanc - Shanghai
    Apr 20, 2016
    How do I find out if I fly into the same terminal from which I will depart in Vanc.? I only have 1 hour to find gate.


    Vancouver only has one terminal.




  • Minimum connection time YVR
    Apr 22, 2016
    We have a through ticket MEL/LAX/YVR but need to buy an AC ticket from YVR to YYJ. Arrival into YVR with Compass Airlines at 1230, would the AC flight at 1425 to YYJ meet minimum connection time?


    That would be pretty difficult. I won't say it's impossible though.


    Thanks Zap


    Don't count on it. The queue at immigration in vancouver can be pretty long depending on when you arrive. We took 3 hours to clear it when we arrived in June at around the same time of the day. Luckily we had no flight to catch but there were others who were frantic. But people were nice and let them through ahead. But who needs that uncertainty.


  • Flying in from Tokyo to Seattle via Vancouver Airport
    Apr 18, 2016
    I am travelling from Tokyo to Seattle with a connecting flight from Vancouver. I will be taking ANA to Vancouver, then Alaska Airlines to Seattle. Do you know if I need to go thru Canada Customs? Or will my luggage go straight to my Alaska Airlines connection? Please advice


    Are your tickets purchased on one reservation or two separate reservations. If one reservation then you will just go directly to US Immigration and Customs preclearance.


    My tickets are under one reservation


    Will my baggage go directly to my connecting flight to Seattle?


    Yes, it will.


    Apr 14, 2016
    Hi! I have a flight from SEA via YVR to YWG on Delta on 1 ticket with a transit time of 1hr 18 mins. Would it be enough? Will the immigration happen in YVR or in YWG? And also would my bags be through checked into YWG. Thanks in advance


    In Vancouver you will go through Canadian immigration, claim your bags, go through customs, re-check your bags, and go through security. You should have just enough time. Also note that your flight to Winnipeg will be operated by Westjet.


  • Minimum time arriving from US to fly to Victoria Island
    Apr 13, 2016
    I arrive at YVR from LAX at 2.31pm and would like to fly at 5.25pm to Victoria Island - is this enough time to arrive, clear customs collect baggage and re-check in with Pacific Coastal?


    Yes, that should be enough time.


  • YVR transfer
    Apr 13, 2016
    Hi there, I am arriving from AKL at 2.10 with air New Zealand and have a connection to Victoria at 4.00. I am wondering if I have enough time to clear customs, border patrol and get to domestic for Air Canada flight to Vic? My tickets will be booked through from AKL to Vic but luggage will need to be re checked...


    Yes, that should be enough time.


  • icn-yvr-lax
    Apr 11, 2016
    hi! i have booked a ticket departing on aug 10th from icn and via yvr to lax. the problem is i would arrive at yvr at 11;50 and my next plane for lax will leave at 13;10 . is it enought time to transfer? both of the plane is air canada. and do i need to find my bags at yvr?


    Your bags will be waiting for you at US Immigration and Customs preclearance. You should have just enough time as long as your flight from Seoul is on-time.


    i have one more question. sorry~ if i can't make the plane to lax... do the airline book me the next plane without fee? or do i need to purchase another ticket at the gate from yvr?


    Yes, since everything is on Air Canada they will rebook you on their next available flight to LAX.


  • Connection & baggage info
    Apr 12, 2016
    I will be flying from Winnipeg to Vancouver on Westjet with an approx 6 hour layover in Vancouver before taking a China Air flight from Vancouver to Taiwan (and on to Penang, Malaysia which is also a China Air flight). Wondering if I will need to claim my checked baggage in Vancouver during the layover and re-check it with China Air and what security/international travel requirements/procedures are & will I go through security again in Vancouver?


    If your tickets are on two separate reservations you will have to claim your bags, check them with China Airlines and go through security. If they are all on the same reservation all you have to do is walk to your departure gate (and possibly have your boarding pass reissued by China Airlines once the gate desk opens). Either way you have plenty of time.


    Thanks for the prompt reply. All flights are booked under one reservation. However, it occurred to me that on the way home I stop in Vancouver again but this time for a 15 hour layover during the night and I am getting a hotel so I do want to be able to retrieve my baggage at that time for the stay in a hotel. Is this possible? Do I need to inform someone at check-in at some point of my wishes?


  • US-Canada-Japan
    Apr 11, 2016
    Hi if I'm leaving from Seattle and then going to the Vancouver airport as a layover before flying to Tokyo (Narita), will I need to go through customs or security when I arrive in Vancouver? Couldn't I just stay in the international terminal. I am flying air canada for both flights. I am wondering how much time I will need in between my flights as a layover?


    You will go through Canadian passport control and to the International departures area of the terminal. I recommend at least 60-75 minutes for your transfer. You follow signs for International Departures after you arrive.


  • LHR >> YVR >> PDX
    Apr 11, 2016
    Heathrow to Vancouver, then Portland, OR. One reservation, all on AC. 1h 40m layover - is that enough? And would I claim bags?


    Yes, that should be enough time. Yes, you will have to claim your bags at US Immigration and Customs preclearance then immediately re-check them after clearing customs. After arrival you will go straight to US Immigration and Customs preclearance, you won't have to go through Canadian immigration.


  • kelowna to vancouver to dallas - customs
    Apr 9, 2016
    arriving into Van 6:53am on Air Canada, leaving 8:00am to Dallas on American Airlines. If I online check-in for AA and only have a carry on bag, is this enough time to get through customs and get to my flight? Or do i go through customs in Dallas, sorry, not familar with Van - thanks in advance


    With no checked bags and online check in you have just enough time. Yes, you will have to go through US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver.


    thank you very much!!!


  • Immigration and customs?
    Apr 9, 2016
    Flying from San Francisco to Beijing through Vancouver on Air Canada with only an hour and 50 min layover. It's still not clear to me whether we have to go through customs and immigration at the Vancouver airport or if we are staying in the international terminal and just going from gate to gate.


    You will just go through Canadian passport control and to your departure gate. You have just enough time.


    Thanks for your reply! What is the Canadian passport control? Is that where they check visas and stamp passports? or is it like customs?


    Yes, they look at your passport and scan it. They probably won't stamp it since you're just transiting.


  • Yyz yvr akl
    Apr 7, 2016
    I'm planning trip to akl via yvr and connection in yvr is 1h5m. Is that enough connection time for akl?


    Yes, all you have to do in Vancouver on your way to Auckland is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate if all tickets are on the same reservation.


  • Flying from Hong Kong on May 2 to Toronto via Vancouver by Air Canada
    Apr 4, 2016
    The plane from Hong Kong to Vancouver wlll arrive at 4:20 pm and the flight from Vancouver to Toronto will depart at 6:15pm. The flights were given by Air Canada on same reservation. The layover time is only 1:55 hours. Will I have enough time for the connection llight to Toronto? Do I hae to take the the baggage at Vancouver and go through the custtom at Vancouver?


    Yes, that should be enough time. Yes, you will claim your bags to go through Canadian customs in Vancouver.


    Thank you so much for your prompt reply. That clears my worry. Have a nice day


  • Flying to Boston via Vancouver then Toronto
    Apr 3, 2016
    Hi there. Flying AC from YXJ to YVR then onto Toronto Pearson then Boston Logan. I'm concerned about my connection times and wonder at what point will I clear customs into the US? Thanks.


    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto.


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