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.
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.
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.
- 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.
In response to a request from the Israeli authorities, additional security controls are being carried out at the boarding gates of flights leaving any Spanish airport bound for Israel. Given this circumstance out of Iberia’s control and to avoid any inconvenience caused by possible delays in this extra, mandatory control, if you are flying to Tel Aviv, please come to Madrid airport earlier than usual and be ready at your flight's boarding gate at least 90 minutes prior to departure.
For security reasons, passengers are asked to present for check-in 3 hours before their flight is scheduled to depart for Lima, Guayaquil, Bogota or Mexico City.
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