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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

Online

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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
45 minutes before flight departs
London City 20 minutes before flight departs
London Stansted 45 minutes before flight departs
Other UK airports 45 minutes before flight departs
Paris Orly 45 minutes before British Airways and Iberia flights depart
50 minutes before OpenSkies flights depart
Short haul European airports 45 minutes before flight departs, except Lisbon (50 minutes) and Madrid (55 minutes)
Long haul international airports at least 60 minutes before flight departs, check Manage My Booking

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).

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

collapsedshowPassport and visa checks

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