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Old Mar 13, 12, 5:28 pm   #1
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Do I need a Canadian Transit Visa at YYZ?

I'm flying AC in June from LAX-YYZ-SCL, and LIM-YYZ-LAX in August. I'm a citizen of Thailand, so I basically need a Canadian visa. However, as I'm flying AC into their home airport with the US border preclearance facilities (I have a valid US visa as well), someone told me that I might not have to apply for the Canadian transit visa. So do I really need it during the transfer at YYZ?

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Old Mar 13, 12, 6:20 pm   #2
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On the outbound you will hang a left before the escalators heading to the main customs hall. Here there will be a cursory document check by Canadian immigration. You should be permitted through since you will be in a sterile area of the airport (and won't even have to go through security either). However, I would call AC to confirm that no transit visa will be required. (If I remember next week when I return from FRA, I will stop by the agents who do this check and ask about your case.) It shouldn't be given the internal routing you take at the airport.

On the return there should be no issue as long as your US visa is valid since you won't even see Canadian officials and be directed, as you note, to US pre clearance.
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Old Mar 13, 12, 6:26 pm   #3
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This is for outbound:

National Thailand (TH) /Transit Canada (CA)
Destination Chile (CL)

Canada (CA)

TWOV (Transit Without Visa):

Visa required, except for Nationals of Thailand holding

confirmed onward tickets transiting For details, click here on the same
calendar day, (SEE NOTE 43594) (SEE NOTE 43595) provided:
- travelling to/from the USA; and
- holding a valid US visa. (SEE NOTE 39687)
NOTE 43594: Facility available if transiting through

Pearson International Airport (YYZ) AND arriving on

aircraft operated by Air Canada or Jazz Air (insertion of

SSR TWOV in PNR is required). Note: codeshare flight
numbers of these carriers operated by another carrier are
not included.

{reference to YVR deleted}

The YYZ ITPCF, which handles international passengers

travelling to USA, is open from 04:30-21:00 hours; the YYZ
facility that processes passengers arriving from USA and
continuing internationally, is open 24 hours.

Additional Information:

- Visitors are required to hold proof of sufficient funds to
cover their stay and documents required for their next

- Visitors not holding return/onward ticket could be refused

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Old Mar 13, 12, 9:09 pm   #4
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Timatic is correct, but this may be a little more readable:
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Old Mar 13, 12, 10:53 pm   #5
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Thank you so much! I just realized that they just allowed TWOV for Thai citizens in YYZ and YVR last year! I used to think that I need a transit visa, and plan to get one in LA in a few weeks. At least I won't have to waste my time in LA!
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