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  • Time for Security Preboarding and Baggage
    Mar 24, 2016
    Debating about flight time. Would like to catch 1245pm Southwest flight from Seattle. We are first flying out of Vancouver. First, how much time should be allotted as US citizen to go through Canadian customs on a Sunday morning? Second, is it correct that if checked in from Vancouver that we would not need to go through Customs in Seattle? Third, how much time would you think is needed to pickup luggage in Seattle, possibly with American Airlines, and then check-in with South West? Not same reservation. Thank you for your time and input.


    Yes, if you fly from Vancouver to Seattle you go through US Immigration in Vancouver, not Seattle. You will want at least 2.5 hours for your connection in seattle though since you will have to claim your bags, re-check them, and go through security. You will have to get to YVR about 2 hours before your flight to Seattle.


    Also, American Airlines does not fly from Vancouver to Seattle. That flight is likely operated by Alaska Airlines.


  • changing airlines
    Apr 12, 2016
    I am traveling from Portland to YVR on American Airlines with a connection on Airtransat to London and a 3 hour layover in YVR with checked luggage. what is the process to get my luggage, go through customs and check into the other airline. Is three hours enough time/


    American Airlines does not fly from Portland to Vancouver. Is it on Alaska Airlines? When you arrive in Vancouver you will go through Canadian Immigration, claim your bags, and go through customs, then take your bags to Air Transat, check them, and go through security. You should have just enough time.


    thanks for the help...once i go through immigration and customs, pick up my bags, are there signs or guides that easily identify how to get back to security and the gates for Air Transat? Also, you may be right Alsaka in cooperation with American Airlines. The travel is on Saturday afternoon is there less volume of people traveling through YVR.


  • Flight from Calgary to LA through Vancouver
    Mar 19, 2016
    hi, i am flying from Calgary reaching to Vancouver on March 20 at 7:38am and will depart to LA at 8:50am (all flights are from Air Canada) am i going to us immigration here in Calgary or if not do i have enough time to catch my flight to LA from Vancouver, thanks (its one reservation with one checked baggage)


    You will go through US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver. You should have just enough time.


  • connecting at YVR
    Mar 16, 2016
    I arrive at 1455 on ANA from Japan. I need to catch AS flight to SEA/ONT leaving at 1655. Is this too close. I have Global Entry. Not sure if that helps at YVR


    On two separate reservations that is way too short.


  • Connection from international to domestic
    Mar 14, 2016
    Can someone tell me please the kind of distance between terminals and time involved to catch a connection from an international arrival in Vancouver to a domestic flight on to Toronto. We have about a 2.5 hour layover. Thank you :)


    Vancouver only has one terminal. You should have plenty of time.


    Thank you very much :)


  • Ottawa to Toronto to Vancouver to Seattle
    Mar 3, 2016
    I am traveling from Ottawa to Toronto then from Toronto to Vancouver and then Vancouver to Seattle. Do I need to pick up my checked baggage and check it in again in Vancouver for customs? Or will it go right to the final destination?


    Your bags will be waiting for you in Vancouver at US Immigration and Customs preclearance, assuming everything is on the same reservation.


  • Comox to Vancouver to Seattle
    Feb 29, 2016
    We will be arriving YVR on Air Canada Express from Comox in July at 9:35 AM. We would like to book a Delta flight that leaves at 11:55 AM to Seattle. If we use Global Entry kiosks will we have sufficient time to clear immigration, retrieve & recheck luggage and get through security to make the flight?


    I think that would probably be enough time.


  • flight conections
    Feb 25, 2016
    We have a Delta flight from Seattle arriving in YVR at 8:43am May 29th and want to book a Westjet flight to YXE at 9:55am that is direct. We will have checked luggage. Will we have time or do we have to book the 10:25am flight which has a layover in YEG


    With checked bags on two separate tickets I really don't think that's enough time, considering you will have to go through Canadian immigration and customs when you arrive in Vancouver.


  • Short transit time
    Feb 24, 2016
    I will arrive at YVR at 14:00 from YYJ with WestJet, but then catching KLM at 15:10 to Amsterdam. Will I have enough time? Thank you for your help!


    Are your tickets on the same reservation or two separate reservations? Do you have checked bags?


    On the same reservation (booking), and yes, I will have checked bags.


    Then yes, that should be enough time. If Westjet is unable to print your boarding pass in Victoria you will have to get it from the KLM gate in Vancouver.


  • Arriving from Victoria, leaving for LHR
    Feb 23, 2016
    Hi, I arrive YVR from YYJ (Victoria) on March 30. Arrival at YVR is 17:24 Flight to LHR leaves YVR at 18:30. Both Air Canada flights. Will one hour be enough time to get from one terminal to the next one, do you think?


    That's enough time. Vancouver only has one terminal. You just have to walk to your departure gate.


  • where to stamp entry
    Feb 23, 2016
    Hello, I will be visiting Winnipeg from middle east but I have transit 2 hours in toronto. Where will the customs and border officer stamp my passport for entry? in Toronto or Winnipeg?


    It will be stamped in Toronto. All you will do in Winnipeg is claim your baggage and walk out of the airport.


  • Connecting Flight
    Mar 21, 2016
    I am arriving at YVR on WestJet on May 17 at 4:30PM. My connecting flight is at 5:50PM also on WestJet and traveling to London. We will not have any checked luggage. Does that give me enough time to make it to my connecting flight?


    If your Westjet flight is domestic that should be plenty of time.


    Actually I'm flying in from Las Vegas. Does that make it much more difficult?


    Yes. that makes it harder because you will have to go through Canadian passport control in Vancouver, but you should have enough time.


    Great. Thank you so much for the quick reply!


    I'll be travelling from Winnipeg to Phillipines, I have a 24hr layover in Toronto, is it ok to go out? Do i need to check out my luggages? I have multiple visa. Thank you.


  • transfer time
    Feb 21, 2016
    I am arriving at Vancouver at 20:00 on a Hawk Air flight, then there is a British Airways flight to Heathrow at 21:00, only one hour later. If I only take hand luggage, do I have a chance of making this connecting flight? Am i right in thinking it would not be possible if I also had checked luggage?


    Correct, this is totally impossible with checked baggage. Even without checked baggage it will be difficult if you aren't able to check in for your British Airways flight online.


    Thank you for the quick response. I should be able to check in online for the BA flight, so fingers crossed!


  • flight connections
    Feb 16, 2016
    My international flight arrives in YVR at 12:30pm. Will I have enough time to go through immigration if my next flight YVR-YEG leaves at 3:15? I will have a 3 and 5 year old with me. Thanks!


    Yes, that should be plenty of time.


  • Montreal-Vancouver- Honolulu
    Feb 11, 2016
    Montreal to Vancouver connecting to Honolulu. All on Air Canada with about one hour for connection. Is there time for US customs and immigration?


    That should be enough time as long as your flight from Montreal arrives on-time.


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