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Departing from YVR

Is your passport valid? Do you have the right travel documentation for your destination? These are important questions to ask as you prepare for travel.

Be sure that you:

  • Understand the travel requirements of where you’re going and what you’ll need upon your return.
  • Ensure your passport is current.
  • Ensure you have your proof of vaccination if your destination requires it.
  • Ensure you have any other required documents (for example, travel visas).

Be sure to reference the latest information from Transport Canada, your airline, and your destination to be ready to fly:

  • Transport Canada, which provides the latest information on where Canadians can safely travel safely and with confidence.
  • The travel advice and directives from your destination.
  • Your airline, to be doubly sure about testing and quarantine requirements as well as how to prepare for check-in and what to expect onboard.

Depending on your destination, you may still be required to present proof of a negative COVID test, proof of vaccination status, or other entry requirements. More information about requirements for the U.S. and international travel is available here or through your airline.

Travel Tips from 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 our YVR Order Now app.
  8. 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!
  9. Got 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.


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