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User currently offlineKohflot From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 2 months 17 hours ago) and read 1447 times:

Dear Canadian friends..

I did a search, but can't find a clear answer..  white 

Are there any implications or formalities in transiting from the US, through Canada, to another country on a different airline? If one were to fly DL SLC-YVR and transfer to CX YVR-HKG, what's in store at YVR? Is it as simple as going through Canadian customs, then out to the CX counter to check-in?

 scratchchin  <--- added for effect

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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7779 posts, RR: 33
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 13 hours ago) and read 1406 times:

I've only flown either from YVR to the US or internationaly, and not from the US through YVR to another international destination. I'm assuming that you still have to go through Canada Customs, pick up your luggage and go to the CX counter to check in for your continuing flight. I'm not 100% sure on that, but that would be my guess. I know that if you fly from an international point, transit through YVR and continue to the US, this is the procedure that one must unfortunatly follow.

A Grumpy German Is A Sauerkraut
User currently offlineLongHauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 5712 posts, RR: 43
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 10 hours ago) and read 1362 times:

ACDC8 (this is a cool nickname!) is absolutely correct.

Your two flights would be handled separately. You arrive in YVR and clear Canadian Customs, then you go to the CX counter and start again. You will clear security procedures in YVR to enter the international "in-bond" area.

The big difference is that if DL checks your bags through to HKG, you DO NOT claim them in YVR. They will be transferred for you, then you clear them through Customs in HKG.

Be warned though, the reverse is not true. When flying into the US, you must claim your bags in YVR to clear them through US Customs in YVR as the flight would be pre-cleared.

Just because I stopped arguing, doesn't mean I think you are right. It just means I gave up!
User currently offlineIMatAMS From Netherlands, joined Feb 2005, 321 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 9 hours ago) and read 1299 times:

Longhauler are you sure? I've never flown to/from the US from YVR, but on the way to customs on international arrivals i've noticed there is a 'turnoff' to US connections. doesn't that take you straight to US immigration pre-clearance, bypassing Canadian customs as you're not entering Canada? And if so isn't that the same the other way round. That's how it looked to me, I might be wrong....


Edit: spoke to soon... looked it up on YVR.ca From international to US you DO bypass Canadian customs, but not the other way round...

[Edited 2005-09-28 17:12:19]

User currently offlineLongHauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 5712 posts, RR: 43
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 8 hours ago) and read 1272 times:

Yes, I am sure you are right, I was thinking more about baggage, when you have to claim it, vs, when you don't in YVR. I am always open to correction, but it seems you do not claim your baggage in YVR when flying US-YVR-International, but the reverse you do, to preclear US Customs/Immigration in YVR, when going back to the United States.

As far as the "in person" part of the transfer, I would assume, the signage would guide you through the process.

Just because I stopped arguing, doesn't mean I think you are right. It just means I gave up!
User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7779 posts, RR: 33
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 3 hours ago) and read 1199 times:

Man, why do Governments have to be so confusing?

If one is transiting from an international country via YVR to the US, you have 2 options, which is based upon the airline you are travelling on...

If one is transiting from the US via YVR to an international destination then you do not have to claim your luggage, but you still have to clear Canada Customs. After that, you may be directed to go back up to the International Departure gate area are will be directed to go through the exit, upstairs and through security again...

A note on Canada Customs, depending on the time of year and time of day you are travelling, it can take anywhere between 15 minutes to an hour, so be prepared.

A Grumpy German Is A Sauerkraut
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