Departing from Vancouver International Airport
Tips for Travelers with U.S.-bound Flights
If you’re flying into the U.S. from Vancouver, you’ll clear U.S. Customs and Immigration at Vancouver Airport.
That means that you will miss your flight if you do not allow time for customs and immigration inspection in addition to the time needed for check in and security clearance.
I allow at least two hours for all of this. This might not be enough time if inspectors are on extra alert or if you happen to arrive just after several large tour groups.
In my experience, more U.S.-bound passengers depart in the morning. Late afternoons especially are less busy.
When you check in, be sure to ask for a customs declaration form, and fill this out before approaching U.S. Immigration. Estimate values in U.S. dollars and be ready to show receipts.
Once through Immigration and security, you’ll find a variety of snack bars, newsstands, etc., as well as comfortable seating areas.
Also, see Timing your trip to Whistler, if you’re coming into the airport from Whistler by car or bus.