Check-in and Boarding Times

Travelling from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) to the U.S. or an international destination?

If you have an international flight, please arrive at the airport at least 3 hours prior to your flight departure time as processing times are longer due to COVID-19.

Before arriving at the airport:
Ensure you have submitted any pre-departure forms and complete a COVID-19 PCR test, if required. You are responsible for ensuring you meet the entry requirements of your destination.

Additionally, to reduce congestion at security and customs, the check-in and baggage drop-off deadline will be 90 minutes for all flights from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) to a U.S. or international destination.

At the airport:
Additionally for Toronto Pearson flights departing to the U.S. before 12:00pm, to optimize the flow of customers, we’ve introduced a new queue system for security and customs. After you check-in, look for the signage to determine which queue you should enter for your flight.

We apologize in advance for any additional wait times as we work to make your experience at Toronto Pearson as seamless as possible.

It’s important to arrive at the airport well in advance of your flight, so you have plenty of time to check in, drop off your bags and go through security screening.

  • Check-in deadlines
    To avoid delays at the airport, we encourage you to check in from 24 hours prior to departure using your Air Canada App or online. If you prefer to check in at the airport, please arrive well before the check-in deadlines indicated below.
  • Baggage drop-off
    Make sure to arrive well before the baggage drop-off counter closes, as you cannot check bags once the deadlines below have passed. Overweight baggage can take longer to check. Use our checked baggage calculator to determine your free baggage allowance and any fees.

Check-in and boarding gate deadlines
As processing times at the airport are longer than normal due to COVID-19, it’s important to respect the following deadlines for your itinerary. Failure to respect them may result in the reassignment of any reserved seats, the cancellation of reservations, and/or ineligibility for denied boarding compensation.

Itinerary When to arrive at the airport Check-in & baggage drop off deadline Boarding gate deadline** Boarding gate closes***
Within Canada 90 minutes 45 minutes 30 minutes 15 minutes
To/from the U.S. 120 minutes

From Toronto (YYZ) & Montréal (YUL):
180 minutes
(3 hours)*
60 minutes 30 minutes 15 minutes
From Toronto (YYZ) 90 minutes
International (including Mexico and the Caribbean) 180 minutes

From international airports:
240 minutes
(4 hours)
60 minutes 45 minutes 30 minutes
From Toronto (YYZ) 90 minutes

* If you are travelling to the U.S., you must clear U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) prior to departure in Canada. Note that for morning departures, pre-board security screening at YYZ opens at 4:30 am; YUL opens at 6:15 am.
** This is the latest you should be at the departure gate, ready for boarding.
*** Arriving after this time may result in reassignment of any reserved seats, the cancellation of reservations, and/or ineligibility for denied boarding compensation.

How early can I check in?

You can check in for your flight as early as:

When can I drop off my bags?

You may check your bags at the baggage drop-off counter at the earliest:

  • 4 hours prior to departure for flights from Canada or the U.S.
  • 3 hours prior to departure for flights from all other locations.

I have a connecting flight. What should I know about minimum connection times?

For a smooth connection between flights, it's important to give yourself adequate time between your first flight's arrival and your next flight's departure, in order to allow for security checks and any necessary terminal changes. Learn more about minimum connection times.

What else do I need to know?

Check-in/baggage drop-off and boarding gate deadlines are important. Failure to respect these deadlines may result in the reassignment of any reserved seats, the cancellation of reservations, and/or ineligibility for denied boarding compensation.

Codeshare flights: If you are travelling on a codeshare flight, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with the other airline’s policies on check-in times and procedures.