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Old Jul 14, 08, 4:58 pm
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Originally Posted by YVR Cockroach View Post
No sterile transit. You'll need to preclear U.S. entry even though you're arriving from the U.S. even if you don't need to clear Canadian entry.
Got it. I didn't know that airports weren't considered "sterile".

I'm glad I checked with all of you and that I tried to check-in on-line; otherwise, I would have gone to the airport tonight and been SOL.

What would happen if you just didn't have a passport and you thought you were going from HNL to ANC without realizing that you're entering Canada?

I guess you wouldn't be allowed to board in HNL?

Oh, a few more questions. What about check-in luggage?

And can I shop at the duty-free shop prior to "leaving" Canada for the U.S.?

And do I have to go through customs and immigration in ANC?

I guess the lesson is go to HNL-ANC via SEA.
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