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    Dec 10, 2016
    Hi , my plane from seattle arrives in vancover at 5.07pm. My international flight to new zealand departs at 6.40pm. will 1 hour 40mins be enough time for transition.


    Yes, that should be enough time.


  • transfer time and visa rules
    Dec 10, 2016
    Hi, I am arriving at YVR from Beijing by AC030 at 1155 and will be catching a flight to las Vegas on AC1898 at 1325. I have a 1 hr and 30 minute layover in YVR to collect my bags and clear customs. Is this enough time? Do I need a visa from the Canada embassy?


    What is your citizenship? In Vancouver you will proceed directly to US Immmigration and Customs preclearance.


    Thanks for your response, I am a Chinese citizen.


    It is enough time if I have 1 hr and 30 minute?


    Yes, that should be enough time. Assuming you have a valid US Visa you can transit Vancouver without a Canadian transit visa.


  • Possiblity of flight connection via Air New Zealand & Air Canada?
    Oct 22, 2016
    We arrive in Vancouver via Air New Zealand at 1210 hrs. We were hoping to get to Kamloops via AC departing Vancouver at 1255. Is that at all possible?


    No, that's not possible at all.


  • YYJ to YVR to LHR to LIS
    Oct 17, 2016
    Flying from Victoria AirCanada to Portugal. Very tight connection time at YVR (1 hour), can my checked bag be booked through at YYJ to my destination? How far do I have to go to my gate? I am a senior, can't run. ;-)


    I see by the map it is a 20 minute walk. Time enough for walking. But I'm not clear if I have to claim bag and go through security. Thanks for any tips.


    For others with this same question, I'm in the waiting area at YVR, my bag is checked right through to Lisbon and I have boarding passes for all sections. Easy.


  • Duty free purchases
    Oct 11, 2016
    Flying from Gatwick to YVR to YYJ. If I buy duty free in London, do I have to go through another security clearance at YVR to connect to Victoria? If so, I should not buy duty free at Gatwick.


  • YYC->YVR->HKG Security info
    Sep 21, 2016
    Hello, I'm flying Westjet from YYC->YVR and then onto HKG with Cathay Pacific. This was all booked under one ticket with Cathay Pacific. Do I need to go through security again at YVR? Thanks for your help!


    No, you do not have to go through security again in Vancouver. Just go from your arrival gate to your departure gate.


    Thank you


  • Tokyo-Seattle via Vancouver
    Sep 21, 2016
    Hi! I will be flying Japan Airlines in Nov to Seattle with 1.5 hours transit in Vancouver. I'm not US citizen. Do i need visa for the layover in Vancouver and enough time to catch the connecting flight (Alaska Air) . I booked the flight all through from Japan Air, wondering if I will need to recheck my luggage in Vancouver. Thank you!


    What country are you a citizen of? What is your final destination?


    Indonesian. Final destination is Kansas city and i have valid US visa. Thank you!!


    Since you are flying JAL, it is not an approved Transfer Without Visa (TWOV) airline and therefore you need a Canadian transit visa. If you were flying another Air Canada you could do this without a transit visa - http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/twov/travellers.asp


    Do i will need to take out my luggage and check them all in again for the connection flight to Seattle? I'm afraid I don't have enough time to do all that and pass through canadian customs and check in again. Is 1.5 hour enough? Many thanks!


    Also, do I have to pass through canadian customs and pre US custom? I'm very worried about the tight time i have.. fyi. i booked my flight from jakarta-kansas city under one booking reference. Thanks again!


    I believe you will still be able to go straight to US Immigration and Customs preclearance in Vancouver, just JAL won't let you on the plane in Tokyo without a Canadian transit visa.


    Do you know usually that process will take me how long? Wondering if 1.5 hour is enough. Thanks so much you've been great help!!


  • Transfer
    Sep 21, 2016
    Hi im a first time traveler to Korea INC..do i have to get a new boarding pass from vancouver to INC? And do i have to get my luggage and check it in again? Coz ill be changing planes..westjet-korean air..thanks for help!


    You will likely have to get a new boarding pass from the Korean gate. It's possible that Westjet will be able to issue your Korean boarding pass if everything is on the same reservation, but unlikely.


    Thanks! But do u have any idea if im going to check my luggage again? Or it will automatically transfered from westjet to korean air? Thank u!


    If everything is on the same reservation you won't have to claim your bags.


    Thank u!🤗


  • Customs in YVR
    Aug 29, 2016
    I have organized for my Mum to fly over from SYD to PDX (Portland, OR) and she only has a 1hr 30min layover. Does she need to clear customs with her baggage, and will that be enough time to get her flight to PDX?


    In Vancouver she will proceed directly to US Immigration and Customs Preclearance. She should have enough time.


  • Meeting friends in terminal
    Aug 19, 2016
    My wife and I are from Sydney, flying from Toronto to Anchorage via Vancouver with a 2.5 hour layover. We have friends who live in Vancouver, would they be allowed to come into the terminal with us? (I know some airports are different) or how much time should we allow for security/customs if we have to go through it. Will we need to clear customs if we are domestically flying before our international?


    No, they would not. You will go through US Immigration and Customs preclearance in Vancouver. You have plenty of time for your connection but not to meet your friends.


  • Unaccompanied Minor
    Aug 13, 2016
    I am landing AC domestic in YVR. My underage nephew is travelling as an unaccompanied minor and landing AC domestic 2 hours later from another city to meet me. Am I able to retrieve my luggage and go back to arrivals to pick him up? Or would I have to leave security to retrieve my luggage? If so where would I pick up my nephew? Secondly if I change his flight to arrive at the same time as mine, and say my flight is late, where would they take an unaccompanied minor to wait? Thanks!


    If you are the designated person to meet him you can get a gate pass to meet him but you wouldn't be able to bring your checked bags with you. You are best just meeting him at the exit of security.


  • Tokyo - Vancouver - San Francisco
    Jul 13, 2016
    Will I have to go through customs in Vancouver on my way to San Francisco? Don't really want to have to go through customs in Canada and the US if I don't have to!


    When you arrive in Vancouver you will proceed directly to US Immigration and customs preclearance. Your arrival into San Francisco will be like a domestic flight.


    Oh perfect! Thanks so much for your help


    Jul 11, 2016
    US Citizen, flying WestJet connecting in YYZ with 1 hour 37 min layover. Will my checked bag go directly to ATL or will I have to retrieve it and go thru security again in YYZ? Either way, will I have enough time for the connection? Thank you for your help :)


    Currently, you have to claim it at US Immigration and Customs preclearance in Toronto to go through US Customs. You should have enough time.


  • Where to clear customs/immigration
    Jun 17, 2016
    I'll be traveling from Osaka to YVR and then on to ORD. Do I need to collect my baggage and go through customs/immigration in YVR or will they be checked through to ORD?


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


  • Vancouver to Koh Samui via Hong Kong
    May 16, 2016
    Leaving Vancouver to Koh Samui, Thailand. Will be having a 3 hr layover in Hong Kong. Will I be clearing customs in Hong Kong or just an Airport Transfer then Clearing in Koh Samui?


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