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  • 1:15 to land and catch connector
    Apr 25, 2016
    Tomorrow I land at Vancouver from Calgary 2:50 then depart at 4 pm to SFO. Will I have to reclaim my bag and go through customs before jumping on my connector? And will one hour and 15 min be enough time. Thanks!!


    You will have to ask the agents in Calgary and Vancouver if you have to claim your bag, but you will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver. You should have enough time.


  • Time needed to get a flight
    May 9, 2016
    Need some advice, I am landing at vancouver at 4pm and have found a flight at 7:30pm to fly to kelowna. Is 3:30hr long enough to land, go through customs etc, claim baggage, get to departure hall, check in, security and then get to the flight? Is it likely to be any faster as its a domestic flight?


    Most certainly! Three and a half hours means you'll have time to look around once you're airside, most importantly, you'll make it to your flight!


  • Connection question
    Apr 24, 2016
    I'm traveling from Tokyo on AC arriving into YVR at 9:35 and hoping to depart on a Delta flight to Minneapolis at 12:45. Will I have enough time to transit considering it is two separate reservations?


    Yes, that should be enough time.


    Thanks so much!


  • Landing in Vancouver, need to get to kelowna
    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello, I have a flight booked that lands in Vancouver at 4pm with Virgin Atlantic (operated by delta). I want to book a flight onwards from Vancouver to Kelowna which departs at 7:30pm. Is 3:30hr enough time to land, go through customs and get baggage, then go to departures and check in, go through security etc? Is it quicker as its a domestic flight. I have a British Passport. I was told by travel agent I need 4hrs?


    I assume your Delta flight is from somehwere in the US, correct? What airline are you flying to Kelowna? You should have enough time.


    Yes it's from Seattle. Well the options are: 1) Air Canada, departing at 18:45 or 2) Westjet, departing 19:30 My flight lands at 4pm


    Either should be possible, but I'd book the Westjet flight to give yourself more wiggle room.


    Ok Thanks so much. Will it likely be quicker as its a domestic flight?


    Yes, as long as you have your bag checked by 18:30 you should be OK.


  • Need to get a flight from Vancouver to Kelowna
    Apr 24, 2016
    I have a flight booked from London Heathrow to Vancouver via Seattle. All on one reservation so that should all be fine with a 1:30hr stop over. However once I land in Vancouver at 4pm I need to get a connecting flight to Kelowna, BC. I have found a flight at 7:30pm. Is 3:30hr long enough to leave the plane, pass through customs, collect my checked baggage and then re enter through departures and go back through security etc? Any help would be great.


    Yes, that should be enough time. I'd be much more worried about your connection in Seattle.


    I've never got on a connecting flight before but I was assuming that because I booked the flight from Heathrow to Vancouver and it added the connection in at Seattle automatically that the change would not be a problem. Won't be luggage be automatically transferred onto the flight?


    In Seattle you will have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, go through security and to your departure gate. You have just enough time.


    Definitely just about enough time or do you think I should try change the stopover?


    It's technically legal so they won't let you change it without paying a fee.


  • Nanaimo/yvr/hnl
    Apr 23, 2016
    Checking bags in Nanaimo to HNL. Do I have to retrieve them in YVR


    You'll have to ask the agents in Nanaimo and Vancouver. It seems to change frequently. You will go through US Immigration and Customs preclearance in Vancouver.


  • 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.


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