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Arriving Passengers - at YUL Airport: [see also "International Arrivals"]

The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) is responsible for the pre-boarding screening of passengers and their luggage. There are three checkpoints at Montr�al�Trudeau (A, B and C). All passengers must go through the checkpoint assigned to them before proceeding to their departure gate (domestic, transborder or international area).

Departing passengers - United States - Required documentation: A valid passport or a NEXUS card.

General Information:

Aeroports de Montr�al recommends that passengers departing for the United-States arrive at the airport at least 3 hours prior to the scheduled departure time (please check with your airline). We urge you to be particularly punctual at busy times of the day (6 to 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 7 p.m.) and during busy travel seasons (Christmas, school holidays, etc.).

Arriving at Montr�al�Trudeau, go to the departures area immediately (from the passenger drop-off area on that level, use the entrance nearest your airline). Should you require assistance, do not hesitate to call on a customer service representative at one of the A�roports de Montr�al information counters.

Tax refund
The GST Visitors� Rebate Program is now officially eliminated. The Canada Border Services Agency�s information counter located near door #6 completely on the west side of the departures level is closed permanently. All requests pertaining to the CBSA should be presented at the information counter (Y38) on the international arrivals level, which is open 24 hours a day.

There are a variety of options available for completing the check-in formalities, including Web or mobile check-in, but the choices available vary from one airline to another. Click here to find out more about he options offered by your carrier.
(a) Traditional counter check-in
If you want to check-in at the traditional service counter, you need first to locate your sector (United States) and airline. This information is available on the large display panels located near the entrances.
(b) Self-service kiosks
Using the self-service kiosks allows you to check in at the airport easily and quickly and to avoid the traditional airline counter lineup. The kiosks are user-friendly: simply follow the on-screen instructions. If necessary, you can ask an attendant at one of the assistance stations for help.
The kiosk will prompt you to identify yourself with either a credit or loyalty card, a passport or even a bar code using the appropriate reader. You also have the option of manually entering information such as your reservation number.
You can also use the kiosk to check in the people travelling with you and all your checked luggage, choose your seats and print your boarding cards for each segment of your flight.

Self-tagging of luggage
All self-service kiosks are equipped with a luggage-tag printer so that you can tag your own checked luggage. Montr�al�Trudeau is the first airport in the world to offer this feature in a shared-user environment. If this option is not yet offered by your airline, you should proceed to the airline check-in counter to have your luggage tagged.

Duty-free purchases
The duty-free shop for passengers on transborder flights is located immediately after the check-in counters. Remember to place any liquids, gels and aerosols that you have purchased in your checked luggage.

U.S. pre-customs clearance
All passengers travelling to the United States must go through U.S. Customs before taking their flight. As a result, they will not have to submit to any other formalities when they arrive in the United States.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency requires that all travellers fill in and present Declaration Form 6059B. You must also have all required documentation with you. Also note that you cannot bring certain products such as fruit from countries other than the United States.

Luggage check
If you checked in using a self-service kiosk or the Internet, you must deposit your checked luggage at the counter indicated by your airline for that purpose.

Pre-boarding screening
The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) urges you to go to your check-point (C or depending on your boarding pass) as soon as possible after you have checked in. Lineups are generally longer at busy times of the day (early in the morning, noon and late in the day).
You can help make the pre-boarding screening process go as smoothly as possible by ensuring that you do not have any non-permitted items, as determined by CATSA, on your person or in your carry-on luggage. You will also save time if you are not wearing any metallic objects and if you do not have any in your carry-on luggage before getting in line.

DO NOT make any remarks or jokes regarding bombs, firearms or other weapons while you are in the check-point area. In some cases, this is an offense under the Criminal Code of Canada.

Once you have arrived in the restricted area, you are free to take advantage of the commercial services available or to relax in the waiting room next to your departure gate. Wait for the boarding announcement for your flight. A final screening will be conducted by your airline during the boarding process. Please have your boarding pass and ID available. Upon the request of U.S. authorities, passengers flying to Washington�Reagan must submit to a second search before boarding the plane.