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.
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).
|Air shuttle||Short- and medium-haul||Long haul|
|20 mins.||45 mins.*||120 mins. from Caracas|
|30 mins. from Guatemala|
|90 mins. Dakar, Lagos, Luanda|
|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 Paulo, 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.
There is an automated check-in system in main Spanish airport terminals 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 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.
In response to a request from the Israeli authorities, additional security controls are being carried out at the boarding gates of flights leaving Spanish airports bound for Israel. Given this circumstance which 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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