Check-in and Boarding Times

Flying Internationally from Toronto?

If you are travelling from Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ) please arrive at the airport no later than 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. Learn more

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

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.

Itinerary Check-in deadline
To avoid delays at the airport you are strongly encouraged to check in using the Air Canada Mobile App or on aircanada.com 24 hours prior to departure.

Please arrive well before in-person check in closes as passengers cannot check in after the times noted below have passed.
When to arrive at the airport Baggage drop off deadline
Please arrive well before baggage closes as you cannot check baggage after the times noted below has passed.

Overweight baggage can cause delays.

Use our checked baggage calculator to determine your free checked baggage allowance, and any additional fees should you exceed it.
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 60 minutes

Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ) – 90 minutes*
30 minutes

* Arrive no later 90 minutes prior to boarding in order to ensure a timely departure.

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.