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  • 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.


  • customs
    Apr 3, 2016
    Will be flying from Vancouver to Orlando . Is security all I will go thru before flight ? US citizen .


    If you are flying nonstop to Orlando, then in Vancouver you will go through US Immigration and Customs preclearance and security.


  • US Customs
    Apr 3, 2016
    I am flying from Victoria, BC to Cincinnati. Do I go thru customs at Vancouver or Toronto? Thinking about paying for the AC club if I have enough time. Have two hours layover in Vancouver and 2 1/2 at Toronto. This is a late night flight.


    You will go through US Immigration and Customs preclearance in Toronto.


  • Connecting Flight: Manila >> Narita >> Vancouver >> Edmonton
    Mar 29, 2016
    Hi There, We are migrating to Canada next month and we will do our immigration landing process at the Vancouver International Airport. My question is, do we need to collect our baggage in Vancouver and check-in once again for our flight going to Edmonton? We are flying All Nippon Airways from Manila to Narita and then Air Canada from Narita to Edmonton. Thanks in advance to whoever answers my query.


    Yes, in Vancouver you will claim your bags to go through Canadian customs and then re-check them immediately after and go through security and to your domestic departure gate.


    Thanks a lot for the information Zap! Have a great day!


  • Customs, Connection Flight and Baggage
    Mar 26, 2016
    I am arriving from Porland, OR on Air Canada Express to YVR, Sunday afternoon at 12pm. 1.5 hr layover before I take Air Canada to Seoul Korea. I realize that I have to go through Canadian Customs, but do I still need to pick up my checked bags and check them in again on Air Canada? It is the same airlines but not sure if the process would be different? Lastly Is 1.5 hours enough time? Thank you in advance for your response!


    No, you won't have to claim your bags, passengers on one reservation coming from the US just have to go through Canadian passport control and to their departure gate.


    ZAP, many thanks for the clarification!


  • Connections
    Mar 25, 2016
    I'm flying from Edmonton to London uk with a connection in Vancouver. Will I have to collect my bags incancouver?


    What airlines are you flying? If both tickets are on the same reservation then you won't have to claim your bags in Vancouver.


  • 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.


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