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Doha-based Qatar Airways is the state-owned flag carrier of Qatar and connects over 150 international destinations around the world using 160 aircraft.

The first Gulf carrier to sign with the Oneworld Alliance has a prestigious 5-star Skytrax rating but don’t forget to familiarise yourself with their check-in procedures to stay out of trouble!

a qatar airways jet flying through the air
@qatarairways via Instagram

Online Check-In

The quickest way to check in with Qatar saves time and gives you more flexibility.

The online check-in windows:

  • Available between 48 hours and 90 minutes before scheduled departure.
  • For US flights online check-in opens 24 hours before scheduled departure.
  • Online check-in is not available for flights departing from Baghdad, Basra or Shiraz.

The instructions:

  • To check in online with Qatar all you need is either a booking reference number, a frequent flyer number, or an E-ticket number as well as a surname.
  • You can choose seats of your preference with Qatar’s interactive seating plan.
  • On check-in you’ll be issued a boarding pass to print and take to the airport.

Reminder: if you can’t print you can still collect your boarding pass by presenting your passport at a Qatar check-in counter or by sending it to your phone via SMS.

Mobile Check-In

You can check in with Qatar using a mobile’s web browser at their site qatarairways.com or after downloading their Android or iPhone mobile application.

Whether you check in through their website or via the Qatar Airways mobile application you’ll have the option to have your boarding pass sent to your mobile.

The instructions:

  • Mobile boarding passes are issued by Qatar via SMS.
  • When you’re at the airport simply open and show the SMS on your mobile to proceed.

Here’s the list of airports accepting mobile boarding passes:

a list of qatar airways mobile check-in enabled airports

Checking In Your Luggage Online

If you want to check in your luggage online you’re free to do so – simply drop it off at their fast-bag-drop counter when you arrive at the airport.

Airport Check-In

Qatar airport check-in typically opens three hours before scheduled departure and closes one hour before scheduled departure.

To ensure on time departure Qatar strongly advises checking in 3 hours before your flight especially during peak travel periods and periods of heightened security.

They also recommend the following to ensure a smooth check-in:

  • Keep your passports, tickets, boarding passes, and travel visas ready at all times.
  • Label your luggage.
  • Check that your bags do not contain any prohibited items.
  • Let them know in advance if you need special assistance.

Do you have any questions? Don’t hesitate to write us in the comments below.

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