Check-in

Getting Away on Time

By knowing our check-in times you help us achieve our on-time performance so we can get you to your destination on-time, every time.

Check-in Times

Domestic TravelRecommended Check-inLatest Check-in with Bags
Domestic (QF400 and above) with checked baggage.45 minutes30 minutes
Domestic check-in for Qantas codeshare services operated by Jetstar (QF5000-QF5999).
60 minutes30 minutes

Domestic travel where your flight departs from an Australian international terminal (QF001-QF399).120 minutes

60 minutes
Group check-in for domestic flights (QF400 and above).90 minutes
60 minutes
Group check-in for domestic travel where your flight departs from an Australian international terminal (QF001-QF399).90 minutes60 minutes


International TravelRecommended Check-inLatest Check-in with Bags
Domestic to International travel (QF400 and above).

For example, Canberra to Sydney to Singapore.
60 minutes
30 minutes
Check-in for international Qantas operated services at all Australian international airports (QF001-QF399).First/Business

90 minutes


Premium Economy/Economy

120 minutes
First/Business

60 minutes


Premium Economy/Economy

90 minutes
Check-in for international Qantas codeshare services operated by Jetstar at all Australian international airports.120 minutes
60 minutes
Group check-in for domestic to international travel (QF400 and above).

For example, Canberra to Sydney to Singapore.
90 minutes60 minutes
Check-in for international codeshare services at all Australian airports and non-Australian international airports.Contact the operating carrier for their recommended check-in times.
Check-in for international Qantas operated services at non-Australian international airports.Check-in is open between 3 hours and 60 minutes before departure. We recommend that you are checked-in up to 120 minutes before flight departure.
Check-in for partner airline servicesContact the operating carrier for their recommended check-in times.


For domestic flights QF400 and above:

  • Boarding starts 20 minutes before departure.
  • Latest check-in without baggage closes 15 minutes before departure.

For domestic to international flights, eg. Canberra to Sydney to Singapore:

  • Boarding starts 20 minutes before departure.

Passengers who arrive after boarding has closed will not be able to board the flight.

View our airport guides or FAQs for more information on check-in operating hours.

For check-in it is important that you:

  • ensure that you have all the necessary travel documents, for example, passport, visas, customs documents (if applicable), photo identification and
  • comply with any applicable quarantine requirements.

For further information on check-in, baggage and transfers when travelling on Jetstar operated flights, visit the Jetstar website.

Same Day Return Check-in

Check in online for your return flight if you:

  • are returning within 12 hours of your departure flight,
  • are travelling with an e-ticket, and
  • only have carry-on baggage.

How to Check-in

  • Mobile Check-in for eligible Qantas operated domestic flights or selected QantasLink flights, between 24 hours and 45 minutes before your departure.
  • Online Check-in for Qantas and QantasLink flights, between 24 hours and 1 hour before your Australian domestic flight departure, and between 24 hours and 2 hours before your international flight departure.
  • Check-in Kiosks self check-in kiosks are available in Sydney (Terminal 3), Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra domestic terminals.
  • Faster, Smarter Check-in - kiosks are now available in Sydney T3, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide domestic terminals. Platinum, Gold and Silver Frequent Flyers who have received a new Frequent Flyer card with intelligent Q chip can use the Q card readers.

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