Check-in and Boarding Times

Flying internationally from Toronto Pearson Int. Airport (YYZ)?

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
  • Complete a COVID-19 PCR test, if required

You are responsible for ensuring you meet the entry requirements of your destination

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.

The deadlines on this page are important. 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 Check-in deadline When to arrive at the airport Baggage drop off deadline Boarding gate closes
Within Canada 45 minutes 90 minutes 45 minutes 30 minutes
To/From the U.S. 60 minutes 120 minutes 60 minutes 30 minutes
To the U.S. From Toronto Pearson For departures before 10 am, wait times are longer than usual at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Canadian Air Transport Security Association (CATSA) pre-board screening. You should arrive at the airport three (3) hours before your flight's scheduled departure time. Pre-board security screening for departures to the U.S. opens at 4:00 AM.
International (including Mexico and the Caribbean) 60 minutes 180 minutes

Cairo Airport (CAI)
- 240 minutes*
60 minutes

Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ)
– 180 minutes**
30 minutes

* Arrive at least 4 hours prior to departure to ensure a timely departure.
** Arrive at the airport at least 3 hours prior to departure as processing times are longer due to COVID-19.

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.