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Time limit

Get to your flight on time and improve your experience

Time limit

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.

check-in time limit
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  
 
check-in time limit
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
Africa 60 minutes  

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

New entry requirements to the USA from 24 April 2018

The American authorities have introduced additional security controls for all passengers travelling to the United States. This process will increase check-in and boarding times. Iberia therefore requests that you report to the check-in desk at least four hours before departure if you are travelling from Madrid, or that you proceed to the boarding gate as early as possible if you are in transit. Additional security controls will also be carried out when boarding flights to the United States from any other Spanish airport. 

Controles de seguridad en vuelos a Tel Aviv

Atendiendo a la solicitud de las Autoridades de Israel se están llevando a cabo controles de seguridad adicionales en la puerta de embarque de los vuelos que parten de un aeropuerto español con destino a Israel. Ante esta circunstancia ajena a Iberia y para evitar cualquier inconveniente derivado de la posible demora en este trámite complementario y obligatorio, si vas volar a Tel Aviv deberás acudir al aeropuerto de Madrid con mayor antelación a la habitual y presentarte en la puerta de embarque del vuelo, al menos una hora y media antes de la salida.

Seguridad en aeropuertos internacionales

Por motivos de seguridad se recomienda a los pasajeros que se presenten a facturación 3 horas antes de la hora programada de salida de su vuelo en Lima, Guayaquil, Bogotá, Ciudad de México y Estados Unidos

Time limit for LEVEL flights (IB26XX)

Arrival at the airport:

Remember, you need to arrive at the airport at least three hours before the departure of your flight.

For flights to the United States of America, please make sure you arrive at the airport check-in desk at least four hours before departure, and please proceed to the boarding gate 90 minutes before your flight to carry out all the security procedures.

Check-in time limit:

  • From and to Barcelona

    Check-in at the airport opens four hours before the flight and closes 60 minutes before the scheduled departure.

  • From and to Paris Orly

    At most airports check-in opens four hours before the flight and closes 90 minutes before the scheduled departure.

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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VIP Lounges

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Hand baggage

It should fall within the maximum standard measurements of 56x45x25cm. so you can carry it with you in the cabin during the flight.

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Check-in baggage

It should meet the standard maximum weight and size of 23 kg. and 158 cm. for length, depth and height including handles, compartments and wheels.

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