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I am flying Halifax to Fort Lauderdale with a layover in Toronto, will I have to pick up my luggage to go through customs in Toronto?
I'm a US citizen flying from SFO to BOM with a 5-hr layover in YYZ.
1. Do I have to collect my bags and re-check them at YYZ?
2. Is there enough time for me to visit downtown Toronto for a couple of hours to meet a friend ?
3. If downtown is not feasible and I just go to some place near the airport for the meeting, what is the latest I should be back at YYZ for my 8:35pm flight (I am assuming I only have to go through security with my carry-on at that point)?

thanks in advance.

Forgot to mention - my flights are all Air Canada
Flying from Ottawa to Dubai with a layover in Toronto for one and a half hours. Just wondering if that's enough? Travelling via air Canada then Emirates both are Terminal 1 flights.
I'm coming from Havana 10.30 and my plane to Frankfurt leaves at 18.05. Do I even have a slight change to quick visit in Toronto city center in that time?
And both of my flights are Air Canada's flights!
If you use the UP Express it costs $12 and takes 25 minutes from Terminal 1 to downtown one-way. Pay attention to the time that you exit the customs at the airport. You will not need to re check bags in Toronto. Make sure you return to go back through E Gates security by at least 1600 and you should be fine.
Flying from BC to NS and have a 3 hr layover in TO. Hoping to meet some friends in TO on the layover. Can I leave the secured area and meet them in the main airport? If yes, how much time should I allot myself to get back through security again?
As long as you have both boarding passes you will be allowed to exit and re-enter using the NS boarding pass. Your friends can meet you at Domestic Arrivals. WestJet will be Terminal 3 and Air Canada Terminal 1. When you go back in Terminal 1 it will be D Gates for Canada and Terminal 3 B/C Gates for WestJet.
Layover. Is that enough time to meet a Canadian friend in the airport? Or will all that time be used going through customs and going back through security again? I am an American citizen. Can I use my global entry there? I am flying United Airlines, so where would I meet this person? Thank you!
You can at your own risk. The customs process is much faster if you do not leave the secure area, however if you want to risk this you can try. Normally you would just proceed to F Gates and go straight to Security and US Customs. If you want to leave the secure zone you will have to go to Canada Customs first. Your friend could meet you at Terminal 1 international arrivals. You will have to go inside within about 90 minutes of your next flight as the F Gates security and US Customs lines are longer from the public zone than from within the secure zone. Also Americans may use the automated border kiosks for Canada and US Customs and Toronto. If you are planning to do this you will require both declaration forms.
We have a 10-hour layover in Toronto (landing at 8am and leaving around 6pm). Realistically, I'm guessing that leaves us between 9am and 3pm to leave the airport. Thought we would head into the city for lunch and a quick look around. Suggestions?
Hi all, I'm flying from Calgary to Atlanta with an 18 hour stopover in Toronto. I'm flying in on Westjet and flying out on Delta (codeshare partners). Does anyone know if I will have to collect my baggage when I land and keep it with me for those 18 hours? or will they take care of it and I'll meet my luggage in Atlanta? Thank you in advance for your help!!
we have a 90 min lay over on a Westjet flight from NY to Belize, all with WEstjet on the same booking. Will i have to pick up the checked bag and recheck or does it go straight through?
Your bags should go straight through. You will just have to go through Canadian passport control in Toronto.
My Friend is travelling from Boston to Paris via YYZ. He arrives at YYZ at 4:05 pm and leaves at 7:35. Would he be able to come out of the secure area to meet me for a coffee and would he have time? I know he has to transit through customs--would grabbing a coffee complicate things?
It is possible. He will go through Canadian immigration when he arrives, at that point he could leave security and then come back before his flight.