Air France Check-in

You can check in for your Air France flight in several ways, before or after reaching the airport:

  1. Online check-in 
  2. Mobile app check-in
    (Android or iOS
  3. Airport self-service kiosk check-in 
  4. Airport counter check-in 

Air France Check-in Time

When should I check in for my Air France flight?

Air France recommends that you arrive at the airport 2 hours before departure so that you can complete all check-in formalities before the counters close. The counter closing times vary from 15 to 90 minutes before departure, depending on your departure and destination airport. 

  1. Online Check-in Time

Online check-in at Air France starts 30* hours before departure till the check-in deadline, which can range from 15 – 90 minutes before departure, as shown below. You can also check in for your return flight if it is within 24 hours of your flight’s departure. 

*24 hours before departure for flights from Detroit and Atlanta, and Delta Airlines flights from the US.

  • Check-in Closing Time for Flights from Europe (excl. metropolitan France)
    • 30 minutes To regional cities in France.
    • 40 minutes To Paris (Charles de Gaulle and Orly) and cities within Europe.
    • Exceptions
      • 30 minutes From London-City. 
        15 minutes Without checked baggage.
      • 30 minutes From Brussels-Midi to Paris-Charles de Gaulle 2 by TGV.
        15 minutes Without checked baggage.
      • 60 minutes From Istanbul.
  • Check-in Closing Time for Flights from Outside Europe 
    • 60 minutes To all locations. 
    • Exceptions 
      • 45 minutes From other regions and overseas territories. 
      • 90 minutes From Fort-de-France and Pointe-à-Pitre.
      • 90 minutes From Cayenne, Cairo, Yaoundé, Port Harcourt, Ouagadougou, Nouakchott, Niamey, Monrovia, Malabo, Lomé, Libreville, Lagos, Abidjan, Freetown, Kinshasa, Abuja, Bamako, Antananarivo, Dakar, Djibouti, Brazzaville, Bangui, Douala, Cotonou, Conakry, Caracas.
      • 120 minutes From Oran, Algiers, and Accra.
  • Check-in Closing Time for Flights from Metropolitan France—Paris Charles de Gaulle 2
    • 40 minutes To regional cities within France; Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, Spain, Slovenia, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Slovakia, Luxembourg, Belgium, Finland, Norway, Czech Republic, Poland, Greece, Germany, Italy, Iceland, Netherlands, Portugal, Hungary, Denmark, Estonia, and Malta; Ireland and Great Britain.
    • 60 minutes To Israel, Morocco, Algeria, Ukraine, Russia, Croatia, Romania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Turkey, and Tunisia; Cairo and South Africa; French territories and overseas departments; and other countries.
    • 90 minutes To Africa (except Cairo and South Africa).
  • Check-in Closing Time for Flights from Metropolitan France—Paris (Orly)
    • 40 minutes To other cities within France; Europe.
    • 60 minutes To other countries; French overseas territories and departments.
  • Check-in Closing Time for Flights from Other Cities in the Metropolitan France Region
    • 30 minutes To Paris-Orly, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, other cities within France; Europe.
    • Exceptions 
      • 30 minutes To Paris Charles de Gaulle from Strasbourg TGV train station.
      • 40 minutes To Europe from Lyon or Nantes (excluding metropolitan France).
  1. Mobile App Check-in Time

You can check in with your mobile app from 30* hours before departure till the check-in deadline for their flight, as shown below. You can also check in for your return flight if it is within 24 hours of your flight’s departure. 

*24 hours before departure for flights from Detroit and Atlanta, and Delta Airlines flights from the US.

  • Check-in Closing Time for Flights from Europe (excl. metropolitan France)
    • 30 minutes To regional cities in France.
    • 40 minutes To Paris (Charles de Gaulle and Orly) and cities within Europe.
    • Exceptions
      • 30 minutes From London-City. 
        15 minutes Without checked baggage.
      • 30 minutes From Brussels-Midi to Paris-Charles de Gaulle 2 by TGV.
        15 minutes Without checked baggage.
      • 60 minutes From Istanbul.
    • 60 minutes To all locations. 
    • Exceptions 
      • 45 minutes From other regions and overseas territories. 
      • 90 minutes From Fort-de-France and Pointe-à-Pitre.
      • 90 minutes From Cayenne, Cairo, Yaoundé, Port Harcourt, Ouagadougou, Nouakchott, Niamey, Monrovia, Malabo, Lomé, Libreville, Lagos, Abidjan, Freetown, Kinshasa, Abuja, Bamako, Antananarivo, Dakar, Djibouti, Brazzaville, Bangui, Douala, Cotonou, Conakry, Caracas.
      • 120 minutes From Oran, Algiers, and Accra.
  • Check-in Closing Time for Flights from Metropolitan France—Paris Charles de Gaulle 2
    • 40 minutes To regional cities within France; Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, Spain, Slovenia, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Slovakia, Luxembourg, Belgium, Finland, Norway, Czech Republic, Poland, Greece, Germany, Italy, Iceland, Netherlands, Portugal, Hungary, Denmark, Estonia, and Malta; Ireland and Great Britain.
    • 60 minutes To Israel, Morocco, Algeria, Ukraine, Russia, Croatia, Romania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Turkey, and Tunisia; Cairo and South Africa; French territories and overseas departments; and other countries.
    • 90 minutes To Africa (except Cairo and South Africa).
  • Check-in Closing Time for Flights from Metropolitan France—Paris (Orly)
    • 40 minutes To other cities within France; Europe.
    • 60 minutes To other countries; French overseas territories and departments.
  • Check-in Closing Time for Flights from Other Cities in the Metropolitan France Region
    • 30 minutes To Paris-Orly, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, other cities within France; Europe.
    • Exceptions 
      • 30 minutes To Paris Charles de Gaulle from Strasbourg TGV train station.
      • 40 minutes To Europe from Lyon or Nantes (excluding metropolitan France).
  1. Airport Self-Service Kiosk Time 

You can check-in at the airport’s self-service kiosk on the day of your flight’s departure—but before the check-in closing time (as shown below).

  • Check-in Closing Time for Flights from Europe (excl. metropolitan France)
    • 30 minutes To regional cities in France.
    • 40 minutes To Paris (Charles de Gaulle and Orly) and cities within Europe.
    • Exceptions
      • 30 minutes From London City. 
        15 minutes Without checked baggage.
      • 30 minutes From Brussels-Midi to Paris-Charles de Gaulle 2 by TGV.
        15 minutes Without checked baggage.
      • 60 minutes From Istanbul.
    • 60 minutes To all locations. 
    • Exceptions 
      • 45 minutes From other regions and overseas territories. 
      • 90 minutes From Fort-de-France and Pointe-à-Pitre.
      • 90 minutes From Cayenne, Cairo, Yaoundé, Port Harcourt, Ouagadougou, Nouakchott, Niamey, Monrovia, Malabo, Lomé, Libreville, Lagos, Abidjan, Freetown, Kinshasa, Abuja, Bamako, Antananarivo, Dakar, Djibouti, Brazzaville, Bangui, Douala, Cotonou, Conakry, Caracas.
      • 120 minutes From Oran, Algiers, and Accra.
  • Check-in Closing Time for Flights from Metropolitan France—Paris Charles de Gaulle 2
    • 40 minutes To regional cities within France; Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, Spain, Slovenia, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Slovakia, Luxembourg, Belgium, Finland, Norway, Czech Republic, Poland, Greece, Germany, Italy, Iceland, Netherlands, Portugal, Hungary, Denmark, Estonia, and Malta; Ireland and Great Britain.
    • 60 minutes To Israel, Morocco, Algeria, Ukraine, Russia, Croatia, Romania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Turkey, and Tunisia; Cairo and South Africa; French territories and overseas departments; and other countries.
    • 90 minutes To Africa (except Cairo and South Africa).
  • Check-in Closing Time for Flights from Metropolitan France—Paris (Orly)
    • 40 minutes To other cities within France; Europe.
    • 60 minutes To other countries; French overseas territories and departments.
  • Check-in Closing Time for Flights from Other Cities in the Metropolitan France Region
    • 30 minutes To Paris-Orly, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, other cities within France; Europe.
    • Exceptions 
      • 30 minutes To Paris Charles de Gaulle from Strasbourg TGV train station.
      • 40 minutes To Europe from Lyon or Nantes (excluding metropolitan France).
  1. Airport Desk Check-in Time

You should arrive at the airport at least 2 hours before your flight’s departure so that you have enough time to drop off your bags and go through security and immigration. 

Note. Counter closing times may vary by airport, so always check your e-ticket receipt for the exact closing time. 

  • Check-in Closing Time for Flights from Europe (excl. metropolitan France)
    • 30 minutes To regional cities in France.
    • 40 minutes To Paris (Charles de Gaulle and Orly) and cities within Europe.
    • Exceptions
      • 30 minutes From London City. 
        15 minutes Without checked baggage.
      • 30 minutes From Brussels-Midi to Paris-Charles de Gaulle 2 by TGV.
        15 minutes Without checked baggage.
      • 60 minutes From Istanbul.
    • 60 minutes To all locations. 
    • Exceptions 
      • 45 minutes From other regions and overseas territories. 
      • 90 minutes From Fort-de-France and Pointe-à-Pitre.
      • 90 minutes From Cayenne, Cairo, Yaoundé, Port Harcourt, Ouagadougou, Nouakchott, Niamey, Monrovia, Malabo, Lomé, Libreville, Lagos, Abidjan, Freetown, Kinshasa, Abuja, Bamako, Antananarivo, Dakar, Djibouti, Brazzaville, Bangui, Douala, Cotonou, Conakry, Caracas.
      • 120 minutes From Oran, Algiers, and Accra.
  • Check-in Closing Time for Flights from Metropolitan France—Paris Charles de Gaulle 2
    • 40 minutes To regional cities within France; Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, Spain, Slovenia, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Slovakia, Luxembourg, Belgium, Finland, Norway, Czech Republic, Poland, Greece, Germany, Italy, Iceland, Netherlands, Portugal, Hungary, Denmark, Estonia, and Malta; Ireland and Great Britain.
    • 60 minutes To Israel, Morocco, Algeria, Ukraine, Russia, Croatia, Romania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Turkey, and Tunisia; Cairo and South Africa; French territories and overseas departments; and other countries.
    • 90 minutes To Africa (except Cairo and South Africa).
  • Check-in Closing Time for Flights from Metropolitan France—Paris (Orly)
    • 40 minutes To other cities within France; Europe.
    • 60 minutes To other countries; French overseas territories and departments.
  • Check-in Closing Time for Flights from Other Cities in the Metropolitan France Region
    • 30 minutes To Paris-Orly, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, other cities within France; Europe.
    • Exceptions 
      • 30 minutes To Paris Charles de Gaulle from Strasbourg TGV train station.
      • 40 minutes To Europe from Lyon or Nantes (excluding metropolitan France).

Air France Online Check-in Process


How can I check in online for my Air France flight?

You can check in online from Air France’s website from 30 hours before departure till the check-in deadline for your flight (but 24 hours before departure for flights from Detroit and Atlanta, and Delta Airlines flights from the US). The check-in deadline (French term: HLE) depends on your destination and ranges from 15 – 90 minutes before departure.

To check in online from Air France’s website:

  1. Go to AirFrance.com
  2. Click on the Check-in tab
    The following page will open on your screen

    A screenshot of the Air France web check-in tool
  3.  
To check in through your Ticket number or booking reference (opens by default)To check in through your Loyalty program number
Enter your:Ticket number or booking referenceFlight numberClick on the Check in buttonSelect the Loyalty program number optionSelect/enter your:Loyalty program nameLoyalty program numberFlight numberClick on the Check in button
  1. Confirm your check-in and choose how you want to receive your boarding pass:
  1. Make a letter-sized printout, or
  2. By email, or 
  3. On your mobile phone 
  4. On Facebook Messenger
  5. At the airport’s 
  1. Self-service kiosk, or 
  2. Check-in counter

When you check-in online, you can also: 

  • Check in for return connecting flight (if within 24 hours)
  • Select your seat from the seat map
    (i.e., a different seat from the one automatically allotted to you, so that you can sit with your group. Select the Change seat selection option to change your seat).
  • Upgrade to Seat Plus for extra legroom
  • Purchase extra baggage at 20% less than the airport rate
  • Print your baggage tags at home
    (available if you have the option to receive your boarding pass by e-mail. If your flight is departing from the European Union, you will require a color printout. Reusable tag holders will be provided at the airport).
  • Choose a meal option (if available)

Passengers Not Eligible for Online Check-in

Air France will not let you check in online if:

  • You’re holding an unconfirmed or standby booking
  • You require medical or special assistance
  • You’re an unaccompanied minor 
  • You’re traveling with a pet in the hold 
  • Your trip includes a change of airports at a stopover
    (except within Paris between Orly and Charles de Gaulle)
  • You’ve upgraded online using Flying Blue Miles 
  • You’ve booked an extra seat
  • You’re departing from Sofia on an Air Bulgaria-operated flight
  • A portion of your itinerary includes train travel (except from Strasbourg or Brussels)
  • You’re departing from Luxembourg, Seoul, Seville, Vigo, Verona, Palma, Helsinki, Bern, Hanoi, Alicante, Bern, Damascus, Genoa Ljubljana, or Malte 

Note. You can check in online for the following flights but will need to obtain a boarding pass at the airport by showing your check-in confirmation at the e-services or check-in counter: 

  • Flights from Cairo, Havana, Algiers, Punta Cana, Tunis, and Mumbai.
  • Flights between Tel Aviv and Marseille, and CDG and Paris.
  • AIR&RAIL trips including a rail segment from Brussels or Strasbourg.


                        Download/print your boarding pass                                    Print your baggage tag                                                                  Drop your baggage

Air France Mobile App Check-in Process

You can check in online with Air France’s mobile app at most airports from 30 hours before departure till the check-in deadline for your flight (but 24 hours before departure for flights from Detroit and Atlanta, and Delta Airlines flights from the US). The check-in deadline (French term: HLE) depends on your destination and ranges from 15 – 90 minutes before departure. 

The mobile app is available in 10 languages: English, French, Spanish, Japanese, Italian, German, Portuguese, Korean, simplified Chinese, and Russian.

How to check-in with the mobile app
To check in with the Air France mobile app, tap on the check-in button and log in. Then enter the required information and follow the prompts to confirm your check in. You will receive your mobile boarding pass. Save it to your device so that you can access it online and show it at the airport.

You can use the mobile app to: 

  • Make a flight booking
    (you can also scan your passport instead of manually entering your personal information)
  • Check in
  • Choose your seat 
  • Get your boarding pass 
  • Receive important notifications in real-time 
  • Review and modify your flight booking 
  • Purchase additional options 
    • Baggage 
    • Seat upgrade
  • Check and share your flight’s time 
  • Manage your Flying Blue account 

Airport Self-Service Kiosk Check-in Process

You can check-in at the airport’s self-service kiosk on the day of your flight’s departure—but at least 15– 90 minutes before departure, depending on your departure and destination airports.

To check in at the airport’s self-service kiosk (open 24/7), enter: 

  • Your reservation/e-ticket/Flying Blue card/credit/debit card number, and
  • Your first and last name 

Some kiosks allow you to scan your passport and check in. 

When checking in at the airport’s self-service kiosk, you can also:

  • Change your flight and take an earlier flight if your ticket permits.
  • Check in for a return flight if it departs within 24 hours of arrival.
  • Confirm or change your seat.
  • Print your trip’s summary.
  • Pay additional fees.
    (available in the U.S., except Chicago, and France)
  • Confirm that you’ve registered your Flying Blue card number for the flight.
  • Purchase/book add-ons such as extra baggage at the airport rate, Seat Plus, etc.
  • Make a printout of your baggage tags to self-tag your bags.

After you check in at the self-service kiosk: 

  • You will receive a printout of your boarding pass
  • Your baggage tags (if required)

You can now drop your bags at the EXPRESS counter and head for the departure gate.


                        Download/print your boarding pass                                    Print your baggage tag                                                                  Drop your baggage

Airport Desk Check-in Process

Air France recommends that you arrive at the airport at least 2 hours before departure. This ensures you have enough time to drop off your bags and go through security and immigration. 

Boarding Deadline

The boarding gates close:

  • 15 minutes before departure between Paris-Orly and destinations in metropolitan France.
  • 20 minutes before departure for all other flights.

At the airport check-in desk, you will be required to present: 

  • Your passport and/or original official ID card 
  • Your other travel documents
    (such as your reservation number, e-ticket, or Flying Blue card)

Hot Tips

  • If you’re traveling without checked baggage, you can check in just once for a same-day return flight within France or Europe. 
  • If you’re traveling in First Class (La Premiere), Business Class, or Premium Economy Class, you can check in at dedicated check-in counters at the airport. 
  • If you’re a Flying Blue member (Platinum, Gold, or Silver), you can check in at the priority check-in counters (most airports).

How to Cancel Air France Check-in

You can cancel your Air France check-in up to the check-in deadline, which ranges from 15 – 90 minutes before departure, depending on your departure and arrival airports.

To cancel your check-in, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to AirFrance.com
  2. Click on the Check in tab
  3. Now click on the Cancel my check-in link appearing at the bottom of the page
    (below the Check-in button, as shown below)
  1. Enter your ticket number/booking reference and flight number 
  2. Click on the Cancel check in button

Boarding 

If you’ve checked in for your Air France flight before reaching the airport and you’re not carrying any checked baggage, you don’t need to worry about the check-in deadline. You can reach the airport a little later and head straight for the boarding gate before it closes. 

If you’ve checked in for your flight and you’re carrying checked luggage, you will need to reach the airport and check in your baggage before the check-in deadline. 

If you don’t make it to the boarding gate before the boarding deadline (see below), your reservation may be cancelled. Although the boarding deadlines vary depending on your airport, they are typically as follows:

  • 15 minutes before departure between Paris-Orly and destinations in metropolitan France.
  • 20 minutes before departure for all other flights.

Frequently Asked Questions on Air France Check-in

You can check in online from 30 hours before departure till the check-in deadline for your flight. The check-in deadline varies by airport and ranges from 15 – 90 minutes before departure.  For flights departing from Detroit and Atlanta—and Delta Airlines flights from the US—the online check-in starts 24 hours before departure.For details, refer to the section titled Air France Check-in Starting and Closing Times.

You should reach the airport at least 2 hours before departure so that you have enough time to complete the check-in formalities before the counters close (15 to 90 minutes before departure).

Air France uses Terminal 1 at Dublin Airport, but sometimes the terminal may change. You can also refer to your e-ticket for Dublin airport check-in details, call the Air France office at Dublin, or view the departing flight information from this link.

You can check in online for your Air France flight from 30 hours before departure till your flight’s check-in deadline. If your flight is departing from Detroit or Atlanta, or you’re taking a Delta Airlines flight from the United States, the check-in time starts 24 hours before departure. The check-in deadline varies by airport, and typically ranges from 90 – 15 minutes before departure, depending on your departure and destination airports. 

To check in online, go to AirFrance.com, click on the Check-in tab, enter your flight details, and follow the prompts to confirm your check-in. 

If you’re facing online check-in problems at Air France: 

  • Try checking in with the mobile app
  • Clear your browser’s cache 
  • Use a different browser 

If you’re still having problems, it could be because of any of these reasons:

  • Your reservation is not confirmed or you’re on a standby booking
  • You’ve booked special/medical assistance
  • You’re travelling on an unaccompanied minor booking
  • You’re travelling with a pet 
  • Your booking includes a change of airports
    (except within Paris between Orly and Charles de Gaulle)
  • You upgraded your ticket online with your Flying Blue Miles 
  • You’ve reserved an extra seat
  • Your Air Bulgaria operated flight departs from Sofia 
  • A part of your itinerary includes train travel (except from Brussels or Strasbourg)
  • Your flight departs from Malte, Genoa Ljubljana, Damascus, Bern, Alicante, Hanoi, Helsinki, Palma, Verona, Vigo, Seville, Seoul, or Luxembourg

Air France e check-in refers to checking in online through Air France’s website or mobile app using your e-ticket number or booking reference number. To check in online through the website, go to AirFrance.com, click on the Check-in tab, enter your e-ticket number/booking reference number and flight number, and click on the Check-in button. To check in with the mobile app, click on the Check-in button, log into your account, and follow the prompts to confirm your check-in.

If you’re facing an online check-in error on the Air France website, try clearing your browser’s cache, use a different browser, or check in with your mobile app. If you’re still unable to check in, it could be because you’ve booked a special service, your airport doesn’t accept online check-ins, etc., in which case you’ll have to check in at an airport self-service kiosk or counter.

Yes, you can upgrade your seat (to Seat Plus) for extra legroom—as well as purchase extra baggage for 20% less than the airport price, and choose a special meal option if it’s available on your flight.

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