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Just curious we fly from Phila pa to Toronto Ca, there is a 1 hour lay over then we get out flight to Vancouver ca to board a princess cruise, when do we go thru customs? In toronto or Van couver?

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1. Re: customs

Toronto. Do you have a single ticket for all your flights? or have you bought separate tix? If you are on a single ticket and bought from the airline, not a 3rd party booking agency, it will be considered a legal ticket. An hour seems a risk though.

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The 1 hour in Toronto is a nightmare. I have done it 2 times with carryon and still only made connection once. Daughter did it twice and didn't connect either time. If your plane is delayed put of PA at all you could have a real problem. You need to clear customs, pick up luggage and recheck luggage. If mot on one ticket as Mufti has noted then problem can be worse. I'd suggest you look at changing your ticket. FWIW I know from personal experience that in the past Air Canada has said

"No problem with one hour" ..well they are wrong. Even if the airline i sists you'll be fine insist right back that you want a change...unless you have lots of time before your cruise. The only good thing is thete are lots of flights between Toronto and Vancouver

You might ask why our family did this more than once? Sometimes limited choices...flying on points to get to school etc..if you can avoid this, do!

Edited: 08 June 2014, 19:49
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3. Re: customs

Hi Debbie;

You will clear Customs at your first port of entry into Canada, Toronto in your case. Toronto to Vancouver will be a domestic flight.

I too believe that 1 hour for an inbound international flight is too short.

Best Regards

Edited: 08 June 2014, 23:50
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If you have purchased a ticket from a travel agency which is a third party, if there is a problem, the airline will still look after you, it is their responsibility to look after you. Not really sure what the poster above meant by a "legal ticket." Since you going on a cruise, if you could arrive the day before you would be much better off. There are a multitude of problems that can arise flying in on the day of departure, delayed flight from your city, delayed flight from Toronto, misconnections. Same day arrival is not a good idea.

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5. Re: customs

Mufti is absolutey right about a "legal" ticket. It's either a legal connection (enough time given to make your connection). An illegal connection is when you are not given enough time to make the connection....based on service standards.

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