Check-in desks

Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat airport has two large terminal buildings: T1 and T2. The airport allocates airlines to terminals, regardless of the destination of the flight. The check-in desks are located at the following points:

Currently, due to the needs imposed by the COVID-19 health emergency, all airlines operate al terminal T1. Terminal T2 remains closed. 

For more information on carryon and checked luggage, please see the following link:

You should arrive at the airport with enough time to avoid unexpected problems. The general rule is:

  • Non-Schengen flights: 3 hours before the scheduled departure time.
  • Domestic and Schengen flights: 2 hours before the scheduled departure time.
Automatic check-in machines

On the check-in level of Terminal T1 , the airport offers a number of self check-in machines for flights with 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. Iberia has machines for the Air Shuttle on the Barcelona-Madrid Corridor. Norwegian has six machine for its passengers in the lobby of Terminal T2 B.

Furthermore, self check-in machines are also available in the corridor connecting Level 2 (Air France-KLM and Lufthansa) and Boarding Area B (Air France-KLM) for transit passengers.

Checking in online

Most airlines allow passengers to check in online on their website prior to travelling to the airport. You will receive your boarding pass when checking in, allowing you to proceed directly to the security checkpoints if you are only travelling with carry-on luggage.

Remember to print off all your travel documents (e-ticket, boarding pass, etc.). Please note that some airlines charge a fee to reissue boarding passes at the airport.

Mobile online check-in

With mobile online check-in, you can check in and print your boarding pass on your mobile device via email, SMS or mobile applications. If you do not have to check in you can go straight to the security checkpoint.

Security checks

All passengers must go through the security checkpoint to get to the boarding area. They must pass through a metal detector and their carry-on luggage and other objects (coats, jackets, mobile phones, keys) must pass through an X-ray machine. Accepted liquids and electronic equipment without a cover must be removed from the carry-on luggage. To help objects pass through the scanner, particularly in the case of small articles, you must use the special trays available to passengers.

Before going through the security checkpoint, passengers will be asked for their boarding pass.

The airport has special access in terminals T1 and T2 for people with reduced mobility, prams and pushchairs, and crew.

Both terminals have a Fast Lane which airlines can use for their preferential passengers.

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Passports Control

If the destination of your flight is a non-Schengen country, you must go through document control.

The basic travel document is a passport, although you can travel to some countries with a National ID card (DNI). Some countries also require a visa, vaccination certificate, passport valid for 6 months after the date of arrival, etc. Please ask your airline.


The different boarding areas are located as follows:

Please check the information screens to find your boarding gate. Please pay attention to these screens because Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport does not make PA system announcements about boarding gates or changes made to existing gates.

The Barcelona-El Prat boarding area includes a large shopping area where special offers and discounts are available in the duty free shops and well-known fashion, accessories, electronics, sports, gifts and toy outlets. Enjoy a wide range of quality cafeterias and restaurants and relax in our VIP lounges. The entire shopping area has numerous information screens so that you can keep track of your boarding gate at all times.

At the boarding gate, you must show the airline personnel documentation to prove your identity. Please ask your airline about valid documentation to present to their personnel.