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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 limit tables

For security reasons, you are advised to report for check-in 3 hours before the scheduled departure of your flight.

Departures from Madrid Standard time Exceptions
Short and Medium Haul Flights (T4, main building)

45 minutes

Air Shuttle

15 minutes

20 min. (no finger)
Long Haul Flights and Africa and Tel Aviv (T4, satellite building)

55 minutes

Departures from all other airports Standard time Exceptions
Short and Medium Haul Flights

45 minutes

Air Shuttle

15 minutes

20 min. (no finger)

Long Haul Flights

60 minutes
120 min. in Caracas
40 min. in Guatemala


60 minutes
45 min. in Oran

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

We ask all passengers to respect the check-in time limits in order to guarantee that flights depart on time. Any passengers who do not complete the check-in formalities within the time limit indicated will not be accepted for the flight, and the carrier will have no liability for their non-acceptance.

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.

More information

Security controls on flights to Tel Aviv
Security in international airports

And remember

  • Check in early.
  • Make sure you arrive at the airport in good time to go through all the security controls.
  • If you do not arrive within the time limit you may be forced to cancel your ticket.
  • Always have your documentation on hand.
  • There are boarding and check-in systems that cut down on time.

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