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Check-in at the airport

The process of check-in indicates to the airline that passengers have made the last step for their flight. Usually, is made in person in the airport but many companies recommend to do the online check-in in advance to avoid queues at the airport.

Check-in and boarding procedures for departing passengers (check-in, boarding)

It is necessary that you arrive at the airport in advance to check your luggage and go through the security controls. Keep in mind that there can be a lot of people during the peak start or end dates of vacations, long weekends and on special days.

For No Schengen flights: 3 hours prior the departure scheduled time.
For Schengen and domestic flights: 2 hours prior the departure scheduled time.

Keep an eye on the information panels, as there may exceptionally occur last-minute changes. Barcelona El Prat is a Silent Airport, the number of announcements via PA are reduced. No boarding or last calls announcements, except for emergency situations.


If the passenger has baggage to check in, it is collected, weighed and labeled at the check-in counter. Once the process is completed, the passenger is given a document containing the flight data, which is the boarding pass: passenger data, flight departure time, departure terminal, boarding area or departure gate. Sometimes not all the information is known and the passenger must verify it with the information panels.

If the passenger is traveling with carry-on baggage only and already has his/her boarding pass, he/she can go through the security checkpoints before the boarding gate.

Please, make sure that you carry on all of your belongings with you before leave the check-in counter: personal documents, boarding pass and your ID or passport.

Check-in online

To avoid queues at airport check-in, airlines allow - and recommend - online check-in. If you have not been able to do so in advance, some airlines have installed self-service check-in machines at the airport. They work with the flight locator or the BCBP.

Auto ckeck-in machines in Barcelona airport terminal 1
Self check-in machines in Barcelona airport terminal T1

Available 24-48 hours to 90 minutes before flight departure. This system confirms to the airline the passenger's attendance on the flight and, in most cases, the passenger can select the seat on the aircraft.

If you think your bags will exceed the baggage allowance, some airlines let you purchase additional excess baggagee when checking in online. The excess baggage rates are lower during this process than in the airport counters.

How does the check-in online?

You can visit the website of your airline and identify yourself as a user, but normally it is enough with the flight locator and the surname of the passenger. Follow the instructions to print the boarding pass, or to receive the information on your mobile as a Bar Coded Boarding Pass -or BCBP. Use it to print the boarding pass in the self-check-in machines at the airport.

The mobile boarding pass

Mobile TEM sample

The Bar Coded Boarding Pass or mobile boarding pass is an image with a 2D code that contains all the essential data of the flight and the passenger, in a readable form for the self-check-in machines. It is given by the airline in the last step of the check-in online.

Security Control points

Pre-boarding security checkpoints verify that passengers are not carrying items not permitted in their hand luggage, and that they and their belongings are analysed by security personnel.

These checkpoints are composed of arch metal detectors for people and X-rays for luggage. All liquids carried in the passenger's hand luggage will be presented here for examination. If you have a laptop computer or other electronic device in your carry-on baggage, you must remove it from its bag to be examined separately. Passengers' coats and jackets will be checked as separate pieces of hand luggage.

At checkpoints for international flights, there are often unexpected queues and delays, so it is recommended that you arrive in time to ensure that you do not have any problems with the departure of your flight. Once you pass them, proceed to your gate area.

Do not be in a hurry to leave the checkpoint. It is important to verify that you collect the personal items that you deposited in the trays, for example: watch, mobile phone, handbag, laptop bag, belt, bag with the of liquid bottles and the rest of your hand baggage. Several passenger lost and found claims are for belongings left at these checkpoints.

Passport control

If the destination of the flight is a country not belonging to the Schengen area, the passenger must pass the documentation control. Have your travel documentation, D.N.I. or passport, visa and vaccination certificate -if applicable in both cases. The validity of the passport in some countries requires at least 6 months and one or two pages free of stamps.

At the passport control posts for international flights, queues and unforeseen waits are usually generated, so it is advisable to go early in order not to have setbacks with the departure of the flight. Once you pass them, proceed to your gate area.

Flight-cruise - Check-in only once

If you are a flight passenger has booked a cruise departing from Port of Barcelona, or coming to Barcelona by boat for leaving Barcelona by plane, you can join the check-in Seaport-Airport facilities offered by Barcelona airport to the cruise passengers during the summer season.

Terminal T1

- Airlines Terminal T1 -

Terminal T1 airlines: One World, Star Alliance, Sky Team and associated, in detail:

Aegean Airlines, Aeroflot, Air Algerie, Air Baltic, Air Canada, Air China, Air Europa, Air France, American Airlines, Arkia Israel Airlines, *Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, *Ba Cityflyer, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Czech Airlines, Delta Airlines, EgyptAir, El Al, Emirates, Finnair, Iberia, *Israir, KLM, *LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Rossiya Russian Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Swiss International Airlines, TAP Portugal, Tarom, Tunisair, Turkish Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Vueling.

*When it is active and operating at the airport.

- Self check-in machines -

The following airlines have self check-in services: Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air Europa, Air France-KLM, American Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Delta Airlines, Egyptair, Iberia, Korean Air, LEVEL, Lufthansa, LATAM, Royal Air Maroc, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines and Vueling.

Self-check-in stations are available for transit passengers in the Level 2 connecting corridor (Air France-KLM and Lufthansa) and in boarding area B (Air France-KLM).

- Check-in counters: -

The 144 desks of this terminal are divided among level 3, level 1 and level 0. The counters are the serial numbers 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700 y 800.

Floor 0, counters 800, Tour operators and cruise passengers.

Floor 1, 8 check-in counters from serial 900, counters from Barcelona-Madrid corridor , or Iberia air shuttle. Counters are at North dock in this floor.

Floor 3, at Departures hall, you can find serial counters 200, 300, 400, 500, 600 and 700.

- Boarding gates terminal T1 -

Terminal T2 has preferential access to the boarding areas for the use of people with reduced mobility and passengers with pushchairs and children.

The terminal T1 has the boarding areas A, B, C, D and E.

Terminal T2

The Terminal T2 building is made up of three interconnected terminals: Terminal T2A, Terminal T2B and Terminal T2C.

All airlines check-in at T2B since terminal T2A does not have check-in counters or a Departures hall, only Arrivals. Terminal T2C remains closed for reorganization although the airlines Easyjet and Easyjet Switzerland have their counters there.

- Airlines terminal T2: -

Terminal T2B airlines:

Aer Lingus, Air Arabia Maroc, Air Moldova, Air Transat, Atlantic Airways, Azur Air, Belavia, Blue Air, Bulgaria Air, *Chalair Aviation, * Corendon Airlines, *Enter Air, *Evelop Air, *I-Fly, Icelandair, Jet2com, Jetairfly, Luxair, Norwegian Air, *Iberojet, *Pakistan International Airlines, *Pegasus Air, Ryanair, *SmartWings,Transavia com, Ural Airlines, UTair, Wizz Air.

*When it is active and operating at the airport.

Terminal T2C airlines: Easyjet & Easyjet Switzerland.

- Self check-in kiosks: -

Norwegian Air Shuttle has two self check-in kiosks in ground floor (P0) at terminal T2.

- Check-in counters: -

Terminal T2B, floor 0, check-in counters B1 to B43, B44 to B71, and B44 to B106.

Terminal T2C, floor 0, check-in counters C21 a C33, and the special check-in counter C20.

- Boarding gates terminal T2: -

Terminal T2 has preferential access to the boarding areas for the use of people with reduced mobility and passengers with pushchairs and children.

Terminal T2 level 0 has the boarding modules M (M01-M08), R (R15-R19), S(S26-S30), U (U37-U41), W(W48-W52) and Y(Y59-Y63).
Terminal T2 level 1 has the boarding modules R (R09-R14), S(S20-S25), U(U31-U36), W(W42-W47) and Y(Y53-Y58).

Further information

About the necessary travel documents and about the formalities at your arrival at the airport destination at

About the boarding area at