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Air Canada Clearing Customs in Dublin or Toronto to U.S.?

Old Jul 12th, 2021, 10:10 AM
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Air Canada Clearing Customs in Dublin or Toronto to U.S.?

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I'm am currently looking at travel from Los Angeles to Dublin in October. Air Canada has a very good flight from Los Angeles to Dublin with a layover in Toronto. I've done the LAX to DUB via Aer Lingus and it was great because I was able to clear customs in Dublin on my direct return flight back to Los Angeles. As for my return flight, do I clear customs in Dublin back to Los Angeles? I question this because the Air Canada flight (Dublin to LAX) has a layover in Toronto. Would I need to clear customs twice - - once in Dublin and then Toronto? Anyone taken this route in the past? Can you shed some light on the subject? Thank you,
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Old Jul 12th, 2021, 10:33 AM
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Old Jul 12th, 2021, 01:07 PM
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Your flight from Dubin to Toronto is not a US bound flight so you won't clear US Customs and Border control in Dublin....
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Old Jul 18th, 2021, 08:06 AM
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I’m not sure I understand the question, but if by “layover” in Toronto you mean you’re just changing planes and not leaving the airport, you don’t go through customs at that point. Only on return to a U.S. airport do you go through customs.
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Old Jul 18th, 2021, 10:11 AM
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In Toronto you will clear US border control and customs before your board your flight. Hence your flight from Toronto to LA will arrive at LA just like any other domestic flight. That's the benefit of US pre clearance at Canadian airports...
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Dublin is part of the US Customs and Border Protection pre-clearance scheme. Read about it here:

https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/spotlig...972.1626974810

US-bound travellers go through US entry procedures, including immigration and customs, in Dublin prior to flying across the Atlantic.

Toronto Pearson airport is part of the scheme. On a Dublin-Toronto-US city itinerary, the pre-clearance is in Dublin. At Pearson airport those travellers go to a special arrivals area to transfer to their US-bound flight.

Pearson arrivals can be thronged (in normal times) so US-bound travellers should be sure to follow the signs to their area rather than following the crowd to Canadian admissions. Usually a number of efficient airport attendants are available to point the way.

A 'layover' that leaves the airport must go through Canadian immigration processes. The pre-clearance in Dublin would be useless. When subsequently travelling to the US from Toronto the US officials at Pearson will provide pre-clearance.

None of this has anything to do with the airlines.

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