Time limit


Reach your flight on time and improve your experience

A time limit prior to your flight’s scheduled departure time is always established so that you can formalise your trip and check the baggage you wish to take.

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, there are longer time limits for security reasons

Table of check-in time limits

Flight check-in times end for all customers 45 minutes before the scheduled departure (in some airports in the Iberia network, there are longer time limits 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.

** 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 present 3 hours before .

Early boarding pass

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

Automatic check-in

There is an automated check-in system at the terminals of the main Spanish airports in order 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 presentation to late passengers, which involve certain expenses calculated on your fare.

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 rooms.

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

If the time limit is reached 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

  • Formalise your flight and check-in.
  • If you do not arrive within the time limit you may be forced to cancel your ticket.
  • Always have your documentation ready to present.
  • 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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