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Connecting in Ottawa/Canada

Frankfurt, Germany
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Connecting in Ottawa/Canada

I'm on a United Express flight from the U.S. to Ottawa connecting to an Air Canada flight to Europe.

Is there a transit area at Ottawa airport? Or will I have to clear Canadian immigration and possibly even collect my bags to clear customs?

Edited: 12:32 pm, April 23, 2013
Newmarket, Canada
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1. Re: Connecting in Ottawa/Canada

At YOW you will have to collect bags to clear customs and immigration and then recheck your bags before going back through security.

Frankfurt, Germany
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2. Re: Connecting in Ottawa/Canada

Thanks for the info.

Do I have to expect long immigration lines like in the US? And what do you reckon is the average time to clear immigration and customs? Never been to Canada, so I have no idea.

Will I have to complete a landing card / customs form on the plane as a transfer passenger?

Frankfurt, Germany
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3. Re: Connecting in Ottawa/Canada


Vancouver, Canada
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4. Re: Connecting in Ottawa/Canada

This Ottawa airport question could be asked on the Ottawa Forum as well. If you don't get a response here.


Yes, you will have to fill out a declaration card on the plane for entering Canada.

Frankfurt, Germany
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5. Re: Connecting in Ottawa/Canada

Thanks for the advise.

I reposted the question on the Ottawa forum.

Ottawa, Canada
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6. Re: Connecting in Ottawa/Canada

Normally the immigration lines are quite short and fast, especiallyon a flight arriving from the US, as these planes tend to be smaller planes (e.g. CRJ) . I have never had to wait more than 10 minutes.

More information can also be found on the ottawa airport wesite:


7. Re: Connecting in Ottawa/Canada

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