I'm traveling from the UK to the Bahamas with my wife and 2 kids our flight has 17 hrs connection. We have a transit visa.

Can we get out of the airport to some hotel or do we have to stay inside the departure area with our two kids?

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    What is the nationality of you/your wife/your kids?
    – Gnusper
    Nov 10 '17 at 13:16

With a Canadian transit visa there are no restrictions keeping you in the Airport. You are allowed to do things such as

  • Leave the airport to visit hotels or tourist attractions
  • Leave the airport sterile areas to check in with other airlines
  • Take domestic flights (i.e. Your itinerary is foreign country A -> Canadian city 1 -> Canadian city 2 -> foreign country B)
  • Leave your arriving airport to travel to a different Canadian airport to board a different outbound flight
  • Do you have a source for this?
    – phoog
    Aug 18 '17 at 7:25
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    I do. Open cic.gc.ca/english/visit/… this and pick Transit through Canada. Observe how "by car, bus, train, cruise ship or boat" takes you to the temporary resident visa page while "by air for up to 48 hours between two international flights" takes you to the transit visa page. It makes zero sense to keep people holed up airside for 48 hours.
    – chx
    Nov 9 '17 at 17:01
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    @chx Just because something doesn't make sense it doesn't mean you can do otherwise. Nov 9 '17 at 21:08
  • Sorry for the -1, but I don't find your answer particularly useful without any reference. In fact, I have doubts that it is correct. cic.gc.ca/english/visit/… says that "You need a transit visa if you are from a visa-required country and: your international flight stops at a Canadian airport on its way to another country, [or] you will be connecting between two international flights at a Canadian airport" (formatting adapted). This doesn't necessarily mean that your other options are incorrect, but it's weird that none of those are Nov 10 '17 at 5:44
  • mentioned at the official page. Now, I know that your answer is from August, and the visa policy might have changed since then; but given that you marked another question on the same topic as a duplicate of this one just today, I assume you would have checked whether your answer needs an update. Nov 10 '17 at 5:45

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