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Checking in

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Check in 24 hours before you fly - online or with the British Airways app.

How you can check in


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  • Check in from 24 hours before your flight departs at Manage My Booking.
  • Print, download or email your boarding pass.
  • If you lose or forget your boarding pass, you can print it again at a check-in kiosk at the airport.

Online check-in demo

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With our app

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  • Check in from 24 hours before your flight departs with the British Airways app.
  • Available for mobile, iPad and Apple Watch.
  • Download your boarding pass, incl. for return and connecting flights.
  • Download boarding passes for up to eight people in the same booking on one mobile.

More about the British Airways app

At the airport

Check-in kiosk at London Heathrow Terminal 5.
  • Use our airport kiosks to check in and print your boarding pass.
  • All you need is your booking reference or form of identification (e.g. credit/debit card, Executive Club card or passport).
  • If you need our help, you can also check in at a check-in desk.
  • If you're travelling from London Gatwick before 15:15, you can check in the day before.

More about Gatwick early check-in

When you need to check in at the airport

  • If you are travelling in a group of more than nine people, please use a check-in kiosk or go to a check-in desk.
  • If your child is travelling alone, or with you but on a separate booking, please go to a check-in desk.

Check-in essentials

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You need to have your boarding pass before check-in closes or we will be unable to accept you for your flight.

You can find this information in the below table or in Manage My Booking. Once you've logged in, click on your flight number, select ‘Check in’ and then ‘Other ways to check in’.

Airport Check-in close times
London Heathrow 60 minutes before long haul flights depart
45 minutes before short haul flights depart
London Gatwick

60 minutes before long haul flights depart

45 minutes before short haul flights depart

London City 20 minutes before all flights depart
London Stansted 45 minutes before all flights depart
Other UK airports 45 minutes before all flights depart
Paris Orly 45 minutes before British Airways and Iberia flights depart
50 minutes before OpenSkies flights depart
Short haul European airports 45 minutes before all flight departs, except at:
  • Amsterdam, Barcelona, Lisbon, Madrid, Milan (Linate and Malpensa) and Palma - 1 hour
Long haul international airports At least 60 minutes before all flight depart, check Manage My Booking for the exact time.

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Travelling with hand baggage only

If you're only travelling with hand baggage and already have your boarding pass, you can go straight through security.

More about our hand baggage allowance

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If you have baggage to check in, go to a Bag Drop desk at the airport with your boarding pass, identification and other required travel documents (e.g. visa).

Alternatively new Self Service Bag Drop kiosks are available to use in Zones C and D of the Departures area at Terminal 5. Simply check in and access your boarding pass via the British Airways mobile app or on our website before you arrive at the airport and, once there, head straight to the Bag Drop area to check in your bags.

Find out more about the Self Service Bag Drop kiosks

If you are travelling from London Heathrow Terminal 3 or London City, print your baggage tags at a check-in kiosk (even if you have already checked in), attach them to your bags and take them to a Bag Drop desk.

More about checked baggage

Find out your baggage allowance in Manage My Booking

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If you're connecting at an airport that requires you to clear your baggage at the first point of entry and you are connecting to a domestic flight in that country, please follow the signs for 'Arrivals/Baggage reclaim' to collect your bags and check it in again as normal for your connecting flight.

If you have booked all your flights under one booking with the same ticket number, you only need to check in your bags once when you start your journey then collect them at your final destination.

If you have booked two separate flights to reach your final destination, for example Edinburgh to London followed by London to New York, you will need to:

  • Check in your bags for your first flight e.g. Edinburgh to London.
  • Follow the signs for 'Arrivals/Baggage reclaim' in London to collect your bags.
  • Check them in again for your second flight e.g. London to New York.
  • Allow sufficient time to connect to your next flight – see 'Check-in close times' above.
If you're not sure, please ask a member of staff when you check in your bags in at the start of your journey.

Find out more about flight connections

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Always ensure you have the correct travel documentation for the country you are travelling to.

If you're travelling on an intercontinental flight, including Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kiev, from London Heathrow Terminal 3 or Terminal 5 we will need to check your passport and visa before you go through security.

More about passports and visas