Vancouver Airport

Traveling to and from Vancouver

On this page, you will find the information you need to easily make your way through Vancouver International Airport and to your destination.

Guide to Vancouver International Airport

Arrival and departure terminal maps and other information for navigating Vancouver airport.

Before Traveling to Canada

What you need to know about special requirements for travelers entering Canada.

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) Application for Entry into Canada

All visa-exempt foreign nationals traveling to Canada must obtain Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). This applies to those visiting Canada and those entering an airport in Canada for transit to other countries. You must have the eTA when checking in for any flight to Canada.

Customers Who Require an eTA

Non-Canadian or U.S. citizens who do not require a visa to enter Canada must obtain an eTA number before entering the country by air.

  • Travelers entering Canada by land or sea do not require an eTA.

Permanent residents of Canada do not need an eTA when entering Canada by air, but you must carry your Canadian permanent residency (PR) card or your permanent resident travel document (PRTD) with you. Failure to have it could result in being barred from your flight bound for Canada.

Permanent residents of the United States are required to have an eTA to enter Canada by air and to carry your Green Card with you.

  • You will not need an eTA if you enter Canada by land or sea.

International Students/Temporary Workers from countries where an eTA is required must apply for an eTA if they are planning to travel by air from and return to Canada by air.

How to Apply

Complete the application for an eTA here: eTA Application Site

  • There is a $7 CAD fee.
  • You will be notified by email if you have been approved.

Although it is possible to apply for an eTA immediately before traveling to Canada, the Canadian government recommends completing the application when you begin making your travel plans.


  • The eTA is valid for five years.
    • If your passport is due to expire within five years, your eTA will remain valid until the expiration date on your passport.
    • You may re-enter Canada as many times as you wish within the period of validity of your eTA.

Primary Inspection Kiosks

The Vancouver Airport is equipped with primary inspection kiosks to save you time going through Customs and Immigration. You can save even more time by completing your declaration in advance using the eDeclaration mobile app. For more on this, visit Canada Border Services Agency.

Paperwork may be required for travelers under 18 entering Canada, whether traveling with others or unaccompanied. For details, see the Official Website of Canada Embassy.

Enhanced Baggage Inspections

The Canada Transportation Security Administration may open some checked bags for a physical inspection if there is something suspicious detected in the bag.

  • Locked bags may be opened forcibly by security inspectors without the owner or the operating airline being informed.
  • ANA will not be liable for any damage (including damaged locks).
  • High-value items should be packed in carry-on baggage.
  • Be aware that the enhanced security equipment could damage undeveloped film. You should store film in your carry-on bag.
  • Please do not pack camera film in checked baggage, as the enhanced security equipment being used for security might damage them. They should be brought into the cabin as carry-on baggage.