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75 minute connection at Toronto on Boston - Tokyo flight; customs?

75 minute connection at Toronto on Boston - Tokyo flight; customs?

Old Feb 5, 20, 9:53 am
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Originally Posted by Totoro View Post
Does anyone know the reason for the passport check? International-international connecting passengers don't enter Canada, and NRT, HKG, etc don't scan passports for connecting passengers.
Because the traveler is entering a foreign country? Its a secure part of an airport, but it it sovereign Canadian land. The passport check is limited, and most of the hard thinking is done upfront with the eTa process (or blanket allowances for US citizens), but travelers are in Canada.

NRT or HKG not caring about their sovereignty doesn't mean Canada doesn't.
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Old Feb 5, 20, 9:55 am
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Originally Posted by Totoro View Post
Does anyone know the reason for the passport check? International-international connecting passengers don't enter Canada, and NRT, HKG, etc don't scan passports for connecting passengers.
NRT and HKG are in different countries. Every country sets its own immigration policies, and Canada decided they wanted that check on people who are coming through the country - and regardless of sterile international transit or not, those people are physically in Canada during their layover. I don't know that the government has actually publicized a rationale for that decision, but wouldn't be surprised if they hadn't. If you really want to know the why, the general Canada forum may have more info.

Edit: second time this morning RangerNS has beaten me to the punch while I was typing 😂
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