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  • 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?


  • London Gatwick -> YVR -> Toronto Pearson
    May 16, 2016
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.


  • checking in
    Feb 27, 2016
    I will be arriving from the philippines 8:50 pm, and my connecting flight going to Montreal will be at 1:50 pm the next day. Will i be bringing my liggage with me if i get out of the airport?


    Yes, due to the length of your connection you will have to take your bags and re-check them the next day.


  • Pets in Transit
    Jan 12, 2016
    I am transferring between two international flights (from Seoul and to Seattle) in Vancouver and traveling with my cat. Will I need to go through quarantine/customs with her in Vancouver, or just go directly to my flight to the US? Thank you!


    You will go directly to US Immigration/Customs Preclearance.


  • Arrival time at YVR for 6 am flt to US?
    Jan 2, 2015
    We're leaving YVR for a 6:05 am flight to LAX on the first Monday morning of the new year. How much time should we allow to get through all checkpoints and to the gate? We're a family of 4 US citizens. Thanks.


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