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Canberra Airport recommends passengers arrive early for check-in to allow ample time for processing through security screening points. The terminal opens at 5:00am.

Domestic Check-in

Each airline has different requirements on how soon before your flight you must check in, please check with your airline or travel agent for inquiries regarding check-in procedures, timing, and/or security measures.

All passengers will need to go through security screening to reach their departure gate.

International Check-in

International passengers will need to go through secondary screening and customs processing in order to reach their gate. The international lounge opens 2 hours prior to the flight’s scheduled departure time.

Singapore Airlines’ check-in counters are open 3 hours prior and close 40 minutes before departure.

Qatar Airways check-in counters are open 3 hours prior and close 1 hour before departure. It is recommended that you arrive at the airport 3 hours prior to your departure time.

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Check-in Assistance

Assistance is available from airline staff and our customer service officers. Visit our special assistance page to learn how we can assist.


Baggage allowances vary depending on the ticket that you purchased from your airline, and can also apply to baggage quantity, size, type and weight. Please check the terms and conditions of your booking. Carry-on bags should weigh less than 7kg and may be weighed at check-in desks and boarding gates. Please check with your airline for further information.

Hazardous Items

When checking in, airline staff will query whether you have any hazardous items in your check-in or cabin baggage. Visit our security page to learn more.

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