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Time limit


Get to your flight on time and improve your experience

We suggest check-in times before all flight’s scheduled departure times to get you and your bag checked in before the flight takes off.

Time limit for checking in

45 minutes before your flight

Time limit for boarding

20 minutes before your flight

In some airports in the Iberia network, security necessitates more time before flying.

Check-in time

Flight check-in times end for all customers 45 minutes before the scheduled departure (in some airports in the Iberia network, before that for security reasons).

T4 building air shuttle Short- and medium-haul Long haul
20 mins. 45 mins.* 45 mins.* Santiago de Chile
120 mins. Caracas
90 mins. Dakar, Lagos, Luanda, San Jose
60 mins. Other long-haul destinations **

* Unless your flight departs from Madrid Airport Terminal T4S, where the time is 55 minutes or Casablanca where the time is 60 minutes.

** Algiers, New York (JFK), Boston, Quito, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo, Los Angeles (LAX), Chicago (O'Hare), Tel Aviv, Buenos Aires (Ezeiza), Guatemala City, Panama City, Miami, Lima, Guayaquil, Bogota and Mexico City. For these destinations we recommend you check in 3 hours beforehand.

Early boarding pass

If your destination is domestic, European Union or Schengen treaty countries and you are not carrying baggage, you should go at the Iberia contact points at the terminal half an hour beforehand.

Automatic check-in

There is an automated check-in system in main Spanish airport terminals to cut times and improve your flying experience.

Remember that

Aircraft cannot leave behind schedule because of passengers arriving late and the airline could even apply the rules regarding cancellation and no show to late passengers, with the corresponding penalty fees.

You should always carry updated travel documentation: National identification card and/or passport for EU and Schengen origins and destinations; Passport and visas for other destination and origin countries.

Check which part of your baggage is free and is included in your contracted baggage allowance .

The Iberia contact points at your terminal are: Boarding gate, check-in counter and Iberia Information Points. Business Class and Business Plus passengers also have the VIP lounges.

Departure times are calculated so that the carrier meets all the previous requirements before the aircraft departs.

If the time limit is exceeded and the passenger has not complied with the required formalities, he/she will not be accepted aboard the flight. The carrier will not be held responsibility for non-acceptance.

And remember

  • Check in early.
  • If you do not arrive within the time limit you may be forced to cancel your ticket.
  • Always have your documentation on hand.
  • If you are flying with two minors please remember to bring an authorised car seat.
  • There are boarding and check-in systems that cut down on time.

More information

Security controls on flights to Tel Aviv
Security in international airports

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