ZBBYLW From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 2019 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3882 times:
Not really. The customs office is right beside the South terminal. If you are coming in - you usually pull up right in front of customs and clear there (usually on the phone), from there you can taxi to what ever FBO you are using.
As for the traditional customs, where you walk off an airplane down the jet bridge and get to the customs line up - it does not have. But if you are flying in you would have no problem clearing customs on the field.
YVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2855 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3817 times:
There are no transborder flights into the south terminal, so no need.
Any charters by NTA or San Juan Airlines etc dont use the south terminal, but an FBO, so will clear like the bizjets as ZBBYLW mentioned. Recently, the customs building is not generally manned (a personal observation biz traffic has decreased hugely from 2-3 years ago so I suspect this is why), so when they do sometimes actually want to see the pax and look over the aircraft, they send over a couple of officers in their minivan from the main terminal.
BTW, there is a 'new' customs building, a semi temporary looking portacabin actually in the eastern end of the south terminal parking lot right next to the old building and was active in time for the Olympics. Just in the last few weeks it has now received a proper mail address of its own. Rumor is the old customs building will be knocked down at some point and the portacabin will remain until the replacement is ready. There has been quite a bit of talk on redeveloping the south side, but who knows what is true or not. I suppopse it already started with the demolition of the BCIT campus and the new LAS hangar.
The south terminal parking lot is my favorite spot, and this new building is a pig. It sticks out into the apron and blocks the view down towards Millionair and the approach to 26L. It has also forced the DHL 767 and related Handlex equipment to park further towards the south terminal, so it all rather gets in the way of photography. As an aside, Im not sure why DHL is back over there, theres still space on the Cargojet apron where they moved for the Olympics. YVRAA are not too happy with the arrangement either.