Before you fly out of Toronto Pearson, find out everything you need to know to make things easy and stress-free. Bon voyage!
For the majority of U.S. flights, passengers leaving Toronto will go through U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Toronto. This means you arrive in the United States as a domestic passenger.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Hours of Operation: 3:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
New entry measures are now in place for the United States. Please contact U.S. Customs and Border Protection or your airline before you fly.
Wait times are longer than usual at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Canadian Air Transport Security Association (CATSA) pre-board screening for flights before 10:00 a.m. Please arrive at the airport 3 hours before your flight's scheduled departure time when departing before 10:00 a.m. For flights departing after 10:00 a.m., please arrive at the airport 2 hours before your flight’s departure time.
Please check in at least 3 hours prior to departure for flights before 10 a.m.
Please check in at least 2 hours prior to departure for flights after 10 a.m.
Check in from home as early as 24 hours before your flight. Find out if your airline offers online check-in.
Not sure where to go to get your boarding pass? Find check-in on our terminal maps.
A valid passport is required for all flights to U.S. destinations. Please note that for select destinations, passports must be valid for a minimum of six months from your departure date. Learn more about additional identification requirements.
During peak travel hours, processes are in place to alleviate wait times and keep security lines moving. NEXUS cardholders and airline passengers with priority access may enter the U.S. CBP hall directly by showing their boarding pass and a valid Nexus card or U.S. CBP Declaration form or card.
Passengers with a valid B1/B2 Visa, ESTA, Legal Permanent Resident Card, Border Crossing Card, American Passport and Canadian passport holders without a Visa or work permit can use the Automated Passport Control kiosks to enter the U.S. These kiosks make it easier and faster to move through US CBP processing by automating the traditional paper declaration form.
We apologize for any inconvenience experienced by U.S.-bound guests as a result of longer than usual wait times when accessing U.S. CBP.
Processes are in place to alleviate wait times during peak travel hours, and the airport is working with its government partners on long-term solutions to reduce the delays.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
All passengers with questions regarding customs at the country of their destination are advised to please contact the appropriate government department or embassy. More information may be found at the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada website.
Further inquiries can also be made by contacting:
NEXUS is a partnership program between Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (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.
Learn what you can bring on Transport Canada’s website.
All passengers departing on flights from Toronto Pearson must proceed through pre-board security screening provided by the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA). Follow these tips to keep this process running smoothly:
For information on reserving tickets, baggage handling or special needs traveller assistance, please contact your air carrier or your travel agent, or watch the Canadian Transportation Agency videos below.