US Border Preclearance from Canada: I am planning a flight from Vancouver to New York, transferring in Toronto.

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George

Member since 17 Nov 2011

Total posts 17

US Border Preclearance from Canada:

I am planning a flight from Vancouver to New York, transferring in Toronto. I assume the US Immigration preclearance will occur in Toronto, rather than Vancouver - is this correct? If so, is it necessary to collect baggage at Toronto and re-check it to fulfil US Immigration requirements?

I’m a bit worried about my proposed connection time of 1 hour 30min.

There is also the option of transferring via Dallas Fort-Worth, but about 2 hours longer journey time. Does anyone prefer Dallas over Toronto for connections?

PeterLoh

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 25 May 2012

Total posts 356

Unless the flight number remains the same, the preclearance will occur in Toronto.

Its best to confirm with your airline(s) what their minimum connection times are for domestic to international at whichever Toronto airport you're connecting.

Air Canada recommends 1hr 10min as per their website.

Guy Betsy

American Airlines - AAdvantage

Member since 04 Jul 2012

Total posts 1

You you tag your bag to New York and the bag will be checked through to the US preclearance in Toronto which means you do not collect it at the usual baggage carousel but inside the US preclearance hall.

George

Member since 17 Nov 2011

Total posts 17

Thanks Peter and Guy!

Ian_from_HKG

CX

Member since 05 Jun 2012

Total posts 56

I can't do a direct comparison of DFW over Toronto, but given the experience I had last year - which has been confirmed by other contributors to Business Traveller magazine (the UK publication) - I would advise you to avoid DFW if at all possible.  One of said BT fellow-contributors missed his connecting flight at DFW despite a 2.5-hour layover.  When I went through, the queue to recheck luggage went back from the immigration hall, through to the other side of the baggage hall, and halfway down the side.  I also had a 2.5-hour layover, and had to run to get the connecting flight and barely made it.  It is one of the main AA hubs, so there is a huge amount of connecting traffic there, and so many people trying to recheck baggage that the queues can be horrendous.  Avoid.

George

Member since 17 Nov 2011

Total posts 17

It sounds like Toronto may be the lesser of two evils in this case. Thanks for letting me know your experiences with DFW, very helpful.

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