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  • YYC->YVR->HKG Security info
    Sep 21, 2016
    2
    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
    7
    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
    4
    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
    1
    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
    1
    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
    1
    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
    2
    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

     

  • YVR- YYZ- ATL
    Jul 11, 2016
    1
    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
    1
    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
    0
    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?

     

  • London Gatwick -> YVR -> Toronto Pearson
    May 16, 2016
    0
    Flying from London Gatwick to Toronto with a layover in Vancouver for 8 hours. Will I need to claim my check-in bags during my 8 hours layover? And if I do does that mean I have to lug them around with me for 8 hours before the check-in desk re-opens for my 2nd leg?

     

  • DEN - YYC - YVR
    Apr 19, 2016
    1
    We are flying from Denver to Calgary to Vancouver. Where will we go through customs (US citizens)? How much time will we need? Our flight to Vancouver is to get in at 1:10pm, and we need to be at our cruise line before 3pm. Will this be enough time?

     

    You will go through Canadian Immigration and Customs in Calgary. As long as your flight from Calgary is on-time you should be OK with your cruise.

     

  • International or Domestic?
    Apr 10, 2016
    1
    We are flying from YVR to Heathrow, UK. Do we fly International or Domestic? Also, from Heathrow we then fly to Copenhagen. Do we claim our baggage in Heathrow or does it go right thru to Copenhagen?

     

    You go to the International side of the terminal. If both tickets are on the same reservation then you don't have to claim your bags in London.

     

  • Where will I clear customs?
    Apr 10, 2016
    1
    I'm traveling from Europe to Vancouver via Montreal. Where will I clear customs? Only have 1h 15 min layover in Montreal.

     

    In Montreal you will go through Canadian immigration, claim your bags, go through customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, and go through security. You should have just enough time if your flight from Europe is on-time.

     

  • Short connection time
    Apr 5, 2016
    1
    Flying Victoria to Vancouver and Vancouver to San Fransico on AC. They are only allowing 30 minutes to connect in the Main terminal of YVR. Do we go through customs in San Francisco? Is this enough time to connect? Are the boarding areas close?

     

    That's too short. You will have to pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver. Contact whoever booked that ticket and have them change it.

     

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