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clearing customs at ATL arriving from YVR BC

Old Nov 16, 18, 7:29 am
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Question 11 pm Delta Flight YVR -ATL ???

Good Day Everyone,
Has anyone taken the 11 pm flight on Delta from YVR- ATL ? This would be Our first time and I am trying to get some information . What time is customs open until ? Is there an airport lounge in that section of
the airport that is accessible to passengers taking this flight ? How early do you need to be there in order to make the flight with no hassles ? Any and all information and suggestions will be appreciated.
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Old Nov 16, 18, 7:45 am
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US CBP at YVR is open until 10:30PM -- US Customs and Border Protection YVR
There's a Plaza Premium lounge in the US pre-clearance area that takes Priority Pass -- https://www.prioritypass.com/lounges...usa-departures
Don't know how busy it is at that time, but I'd probably get there 2 - 2.5 hours prior to flight (depending on whether you are checking luggage) if you want to avoid any hassles.

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Just need to be there early enough to make bag dropoff and be in preclearance hall before 1030pm. Normally security/US CBP is a breeze at that hour. However I would personally not get there less then an hour before flight. Sometimes they close the security lanes over by US departures and force you to use the main security. You then have to make your way through the connection halls to get to US CBP. This isn't normal, but has happened a number of times recently due to construction.

Lounge will be closed by time you arrive at airport. However, if you arrive really early, you can use the normal security lanes, enter the domestic/international portion of airport and use lounge their. However need to leave time to then follow connections over to and clear US CBP.

ETA - Went by above poster's posted time for closing. It's actually listed as 2030 (which is 830pm, not 1030pm) they close. Thus flight will be handled as a normal international flight. Clearing will be done at ATL. Access to lounges will be normall international lounges. Thus if paid J or STE+ can use Skyteam lounge.

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Old Nov 16, 18, 8:20 am
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Originally Posted by LBJ View Post
US CBP at YVR is open until 10:30PM -- US Customs and Border Protection YVR
There's a Plaza Premium lounge in the US pre-clearance area that takes Priority Pass -- https://www.prioritypass.com/lounges...usa-departures
Don't know how busy it is at that time, but I'd probably get there 2 - 2.5 hours prior to flight (depending on whether you are checking luggage) if you want to avoid any hassles.
The YVR website says they close at 8:30 PM. Is it out of date or, alternatively, maybe the flight isn't a pre-clearance flight and OP will clear in ATL? I assume Delta doesn't expect all pax to get to the airport 3+ hours early.
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Originally Posted by ethernal View Post
The YVR website says they close at 8:30 PM. Is it out of date or, alternatively, maybe the flight isn't a pre-clearance flight and OP will clear in ATL? I assume Delta doesn't expect all pax to get to the airport 3+ hours early.
Called Vancouver Preclearance. They confirmed the 11pm is not preclearance flight. OP will clear in ATL.

If OP is in J or is STE+ they can use the Skyteam lounge.
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Old Nov 16, 18, 11:29 am
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Thanks everyone for the informative responses. I really appreciate it.
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Old Nov 26, 18, 2:26 pm
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Question clearing customs at ATL arriving from YVR BC

Anyone done the 11:10 pm Delta flight YVR - ATL that can tell me about clearing customs in ATL during a plane change ?
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Old Nov 26, 18, 2:28 pm
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You'll clear customs in ATL. There was a thread about this a few days ago.. will try to find it.

Ahh nevermind I see you were the original poster for that thread.

You'll clear customs in Atlanta just like any other US customs clearing. You'll need to re-clear security after clearing customs. The minimum connection time is 85 minutes I believe. Very early in the morning the place is dead - you'll be in and out quickly.
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Originally Posted by horseymike View Post
Anyone done the 11:10 pm Delta flight YVR - ATL that can tell me about clearing customs in ATL during a plane change ?
you will clear customs @YVR if you get there early enough...


US Customs and Border Protection | YVR

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Old Nov 26, 18, 2:59 pm
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All customs/immigration is done at YVR as a pre-clearance airport. You will arrive at ATL and enter the main terminal with no additional processing just as though you were on a domestic flight.
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Originally Posted by LBJ View Post
All customs/immigration is done at YVR as a pre-clearance airport. You will arrive at ATL and enter the main terminal with no additional processing just as though you were on a domestic flight.
This is true for most flights out of YVR but not all. Pre-clearance closes at 8 PM at YVR. The YVR red-eye to ATL operates as a regular international inbound flight. OP will clear customs in Atlanta.
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Originally Posted by longing4piedmont View Post


you will clear customs @YVR if you get there early enough...


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Originally Posted by LBJ View Post
All customs/immigration is done at YVR as a pre-clearance airport. You will arrive at ATL and enter the main terminal with no additional processing just as though you were on a domestic flight.

If you read the thread @ethernal posted above, the 11:10pm YVR-ATL flight does NOT preclear at YVR but clears at Atlanta. It's an exception to the rule (similar to the CX YVR-JFK flight).

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Normally, YVR is a preclearance airport, but due to the late timing of the YVR-ATL redeye, and the fact that US CBP at YVR closes at 8 PM, YVR will leave from the normal international area at YVR, not the US preclearance area. Thus, when the OP arrives in ATL, they'll have to go through customs & immigration at ATL. It doesn't matter if they show up before US CBP closes at YVR; DL isn't going to segregate the arriving plane into people who precleared at YVR and people who didn't.

Back to the original question...IME, at 6 AM, it doesn't take long to get through customs & immigration at ATL. What you'll do is get off the plane, follow the signs for connecting flights, and an immigration officer will check your passport to make sure you're eligible to enter the US. Once through that, you'll have to pick up your checked bag (if you checked one) and go through the customs area. Then you'll drop off that bag at a special belt (again, if applicable) and clear standard US-style security to enter ATL terminal E or F. From there, take the plane train to the concourse of where your second flight leaves from.
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Originally Posted by wrp96 View Post
If you read the thread @ethernal posted above, the 11:10pm YVR-ATL flight does NOT preclear at YVR but clears at immigration. It's an exception to the rule (similar to the CX YVR-JFK flight).
yep...you are correct.
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I have merged the OP's two threads on the same topic.

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