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YVR’s top 10 holiday travel tips

‘Twas the eve before vacation, and all through the night, The YVR traveller was sleeping, with a happy reunion in sight, And while they had made their travel plans with care, YVR offered helpful holiday tips so they could fully prepare!

As British Columbians and visitors prepare for travel over the holiday season, we’re reminding travellers to be prepared for their journey through the airport.
At YVR, we know the journey is as important as the destination, and we’ve got you covered with a handy list of the top 10 holiday travel tips as you plan your next trip through YVR.

  1. Know before you go: Check the current status of your flight through your airline’s website or before coming to the airport. Consider online check-in: Most airlines offer online check-in, meaning you can have your boarding pass emailed to your mobile device and/or printed before coming to the airport.
  2. Book your spot for security screening in advance: Consider using YVR EXPRESS to reserve your spot in security screening. YVR EXPRESS is available for those flying within Canada or to the U.S. and allows you to pre-book your spot up to 72 hours before your flight.
  3. Pack smart: Be sure to follow all Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) baggage requirements. Remember: liquids, gels and aerosols need to be in containers that are less than 100 milliliters and be packaged into one transparent, closed, and resealable plastic bag that is under one litre. Avoid wrapping holiday gifts - contents may need to be inspected during the screening progress for both carry-on and checked baggage!
  4. Arrive early to enjoy your YVR experience: We strongly encourage travellers to arrive at least 2 hours in advance of domestic flights, and 3 hours in advance of U.S. and international flights. Be sure to build in extra time on your way to the airport in case you run into inclement weather, traffic, or any other issues which could delay you.
  5. Plan your route to the airport: Consider taking the Canada Line to YVR - it can get you from downtown to the terminal door in 30 minutes or less! Driving to YVR? Be sure to pre-book your parking.
  6. Use your smartphone to speed up your time in line: Travellers heading to the U.S. can submit passport and customs declaration information through the secure Mobile Passport Control app in advance of their trip. Those returning from the U.S. or an international destination can use ArriveCAN to submit customs information and follow signs for Advance CBSA Declaration (ACD) Express Lanes to move through the customs process more quickly.
  7. Try our tasty food options: There’s something for everyone to savour when you journey through YVR! A full list of dining options, including new local brands such as Dirty Apron, can be found on You can also order your meals in advance with YVR Order Now.
  8. Find those last-minute holiday gifts: Forgot someone on your holiday giving list? YVR’s retail shops offer an extensive array of gift options! A complete list of shops and services can be found on Did you know that you can also reserve products from the duty-free shop from home and collect them before boarding your flight? Secure that last-minute gift by visiting
  9. Picking up someone from the airport? Be sure to use our Cellphone Waiting Area to avoid circling the terminals while you wait for your party to arrive. The Cellphone Waiting Area is a complimentary 30-minute parking lot, with free WiFi!
  10. Have questions? Keep an eye out for our YVR Guest Experience team members or Green Coat volunteers. They are stationed at Information Counters and throughout the terminal and are ready to answer any questions you may have.

Don’t forget! We are also offering several festive activities throughout the terminal. Travellers can expect live entertainment, visits from Santa and his team of elves as well as a few other surprise holiday guests, pop-up activations featuring festive food and wine offerings, and a host of other seasonal activities.

For the latest travel information, visit or follow us on social media: @YVRairport or @YVRaeroport on Twitter.

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