• Connecting Guide

    Here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re connecting through Toronto Pearson, and a few things to help you fill the time between your flights.

  • Customs & Immigration

     

    When you're connecting from the U.S. to a domestic or international flight, you will be required to go through the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). Refer to the table below for specific details.

     

    Connection Customs Required
    Domestic* flight to Domestic flight No Customs required
    Domestic flight to U.S. flight U.S. Customs and Border Protection
    Domestic flight to International flight No Customs required
    U.S. flight to Domestic flight Canada Border Services Agency**
    U.S. flight to International flight Canada Border Services Agency
    International flight to Domestic flight Canada Border Services Agency
    International flight to U.S. flight Canada Border Services Agency*** & U.S. Customs and Border Protection
    International flight to International flight Canada Border Services Agency

     

    * Domestic flights are flights within Canada.
    ** Canada Border Services Agency combines the processes of Canada Customs, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and Canada Food Inspection Services.
    *** Some International to U.S. connecting flights at Terminal 1 do not require passengers to clear CBSA before clearing U.S. CBP inspection.
    NEXUS is a partnership program between CBSA and U.S. CBP that allows members to clear the border faster in both countries when travelling between the United States and Canada.
    CANPASS is a CBSA program that allows members to clear the border faster when travelling into Canadian airports.
    For more information about the Customs process, review the CBSA website  

     

    Baggage and Process

     
    Connecting to a Domestic flight within Terminals 1 & 3
    Toronto Pearson is your first point of entry into Canada. Therefore, even if your baggage is tagged through to your final destination, you are required to pick them up for Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) processing. Once you have been processed by CBSA, drop off your bags at the Connecting Baggage Belt. Follow the or connections signs to your connecting gate. Flights departing from gates are located in Terminal 3. Flights departing from gates are located in Terminal 1. Please note you will be required to undergo security screening prior to entering the departure gate area.

    If your baggage is not tagged through to your final destination, please follow the Baggage Claim signs to retrieve your baggage for CBSA processing. Then proceed to your departing airline's counter for check in. Please note you will be required to undergo security screening prior to entering the departure gate area.

    For further information please refer to one of the various Connections Centres and flight information screens throughout the terminal.
    Connecting to the United States – Departing from Terminal 1
    Follow the connections signage to the U.S. connections area. Upon entry, scan your boarding card at the kiosks. Look at the flight status displays. Once your name appears on the screen, proceed to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for processing, followed by security screening.
     
    For further information please refer to one of the various Connections Centres and flight information screens throughout the terminal.
    Connecting to a Terminal 1 U.S. Flight from Terminal 3
    Toronto Pearson is your first point of entry into Canada. Therefore, even if your baggage is tagged through to your final destination, you are required to pick it up from Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).
    Once you have been processed by CBSA, re-check your bags in the Connections Centre at Terminal 3 and follow the connections signage to Aisle 7. Proceed down Aisle 7 and enter the U.S. connections area.
    Upon entry, scan your boarding card at the kiosks. Look at the flight status displays. Once your name appears on the screen, proceed to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for processing, followed by security screening.
     
    For further information please refer to one of the various Connections Centres and flight information screens throughout the terminal.
    Connecting to the United States – Departing from Terminal 3
    Toronto Pearson is your first point of entry into Canada. Therefore, even if your baggage is tagged through to your final destination, you are required to pick them up for Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) processing. Once you have been processed by CBSA, drop off your bags at the Connecting Baggage Belt. You will then follow the connections signage. Please be sure to collect your baggage once again at the U.S. Connection belt located on the departures level of Terminal 3 prior to entering the U.S. Customs and Border Protection area for processing. Please note you will be required to undergo security screening prior to entering the departure gate area.

    If your baggage is not tagged through to your final destination please follow the Baggage Claim signs to retrieve your baggage for CBSA processing. Then proceed to your departing airline’s counter for check in. Please note you will be required to undergo security screening prior to entering the departure gate area.

    For further information please refer to one of the various Connections Centres and flight information screens throughout the terminal.
    Connecting to Another International Destination – Within Terminal 1
    If your baggage is tagged to your connecting flight follow the signs to your connecting gate. You will then be processed through Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) at their Satellite Primary Inspection Line, dedicated for connecting passengers.

    If your baggage is not tagged through to your final destination, please follow the Baggage Claim signs to retrieve your baggage for CBSA processing. Then proceed to your departing airline’s counter for check in. Please note you will be required to undergo security screening prior to entering the departure gate area.

    For further information please refer to one of the various Connections Centres and flight information screens throughout the terminal.
    Connecting to Another International Destination – Within Terminal 3
    Toronto Pearson is your first point of entry into Canada. Therefore, even if your baggage is tagged through to your final destination, you are required to pick them up for Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) processing. Follow the or signs to your corresponding connecting gate. Once you have been processed by CBSA, drop off your bags at the Connecting Baggage Belt. Please note you will be required to undergo security screening prior to entering the departure gate area.

    If your baggage is not tagged through to your final destination, please follow the Baggage Claim signs to retrieve your baggage for CBSA processing. Then proceed to your departing airline’s counter for check in.

    For further information please refer to one of the various Connections Centres and flight information screens throughout the terminal.
     

    Connecting Between Terminals

     

    The fastest way to get around is using the Terminal LINK bus. It’s free, wheelchair accessible and connects you to Terminals 1 & 3 in minutes.

     

    Things To Do Between Flights

     

    If you have a little time to spend at Toronto Pearson between flights, check out some of the great shops, handy services and top-notch restaurants. Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll find it here.

    Longer Layovers

    For guests with longer layovers, there are a number of hotels just a short distance away.

     

    Additional Information

     

    For more information on Connecting through Toronto Pearson, please call:

    • Terminal 1: 416-AIRPORT (416-247-7678) or 1-866-207-1690