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Online check-in is a service offered by Ethiopian Airlines in which passengers can check-in their flights using our website, mobile App or social Bots within 72 hours prior to the departure of the flight from wherever you are.

You can select your preferred seats, update your travel preferences, access our additional services and print your boarding pass online. This is a great alternative to avoid long queues at the airport.

Online Check-In is available for All Ethiopian Airlines flights except from Mombasa, Ndjamena and Bamako.

Yes, it is possible to online check-in group bookings not more than 15 passengers on the Ethiopian airlines website. If you use ET Mobile App & social bots, it will redirect to our website.

The following types of passengers are not allowed to check in online and must proceed to the airport for check-in:

  • Passengers requiring Medical Assistance
  • Unaccompanied Minors
  • Passengers travelling in a group and are registered as a group in the booking but not more than 15 travelers.
  • Passengers whose ticket requires some additional payment
  • Passengers with travel document that requires further verification at check-in counter
  • Pregnant Mothers
  • Wheel Chair Passengers and
  • Passengers who require special assistance.

Online check-in is available between 72 to 2 hours prior to the scheduled departure time of a flight.

Online check-in is possible on all Ethiopian airlines-operated flights.

You only need your Passport, the E-ticket number or Booking Reference to make use of our online check-in services. Visa and other travel documents may also be requested as per the ADC rule.

You can Contact Us via email or contact the nearest Ethiopian airlines office at any time with regards to your check-in related issue. Please note that you may encounter issues at online check-in if your passport is not valid up to a minimum of six months.

Yes, you can check in for connecting flights with other airlines as long as the first sector is operated by Ethiopian Airlines. Please note these check-ins are subject to other airline policies and restrictions.

Online check-in for return flights can only be completed 72 hours before flight departure and after you have departed on the first sector of your flight. However, if one of your sectors is with another airline and you were not able to check in successfully on ethiopianairlines.com, you will need to visit the other airline’s website in order for you to check-in.

For domestic flights, please check in online from 2 two days before departure to 1 hour before departure. For international flights, please check in online 72 hours before departure until 3 hours before departure. You cannot cancel your online check-in 3 hours or less before departure.

Yes. Boarding pass can be printed for each flight sector.

There are several possible reasons why you may not be able to check in online. Some of them are:-

  • You are not holding e-Ticket or you are originating from the following cities;- Mombasa, Bamako & Ndjamena
  • When origin point is offline point where ET is not the operating carrier
    • If the Booking code/PNR is not ticketed or if the VCR/ticket status is anything else except OK
    • It is possible that you are checking in for your flight out of the normal sequence of your itinerary. You must check in for flights in the same sequence of your itinerary for e.g., if your flight itinerary is as follows: Nairobi - Addis Ababa - Hong Kong You must check in for Nairobi – Addis Ababa prior to checking in for Addis Ababa - Hong Kong.

    Yes, you can check in your travelling companions if you make your bookings together, provided they share the same booking reference as yours in our record.

    If you fail to check in on time, you may be refused for carriage on your flight. This is in the interest of maintaining Ethiopian on-time performance and to ensure those on the flight who have connecting flights can make it on time.

    • Depending on your fare conditions, a failure to check in on time may also result in: The loss of the original fare value. You may be required to make a new booking and pay for a new ticket if you wish to travel, or
    • Pay a change fee penalty plus any difference between the fare of your new booking and the original fare

    Passenger with no luggage shall arrive at the gate 30 minutes prior to boarding. If the passenger with baggage drop off shall arrive at web check-in counter at least 1 hour before departure for international flights and 45 minutes before departure for the domestic flight.

    The airports listed below will allow you to use a digital boarding pass on your mobile ;-

    • Africa

    Addis Ababa, Cape town, Cotonou, Conakry, Victoria falls,Nairbi,Yaounde,Maputo,Lagos,Luanda,Johansburg,Enugu,Duala, Dar Es Salaam and Abuja,

    • Europe

    Vienna, Oslo, Millan, Marseille, London, Manchester, Istanbul, Geneva, Rome, Frankfurt, Moscow, Paris, Brussels, Stockholm,

    • Asia and Pacific

    Hongkong

    • Middle east

    Tel Aviv and Riyadh

    • USA and Canada

    Toronto, Chicago and New York

    • Latin America

    Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires

    Cause: This error occur when a booking has an special service request such as Wheelchair, Stretcher, Medical case, Pet in cabin, or extra seat passenger that is inhibited.
    Solution: Any bookings having one of these requests will not be able to check-in and the passenger should go to Airport counter.

    Cause: The system is unable to complete your check-in. The segment you are trying to check-in is restricted for online check-in.
    Solution: Please go to the airport to complete the check-in formalities and receive your boarding pass(es)

    Cause: This happen when the passenger flight is not yet ready for Check-in service
    Solution: Please try again within 72 hours of your scheduled flight departure time. If the error continues, please contact us immediately

    Cause:This is when Online check-in window is closed
    Solution:Please proceed immediately to the airport to complete the check-in formalities and receive your boarding pass(es)

    5. Error: CHECK_IN_WINDOW_NOT_YET_OPEN
    Cause: This error occur when the passenger is trying to check-in online before the allowed check-in time.
    Solution: Please try again within 72 hours of your scheduled flight departure time.

    6. Error: Invalid passport Number
    Cause: This could be due to incorrect document details.
    Solution: Ensure that you have entered the correct document details and try again. If the error continues, please contact us our global call center or proceed to the airport to complete the check-in formalities and receive your boarding pass(es)

    7. Error: DOCUMENT_NUMBER_DUPLICATED
    Cause: This is when 2 passengers enter the same document type and document ID on the same PNR.
    Solution: Please ensure that you have entered the correct document details and try again. If the error continues, please contact our global call center for further assistance or proceed immediately to the airport to complete the check-in formalities and receive your boarding pass(es)

    8. Error: Online Check-in not allowed
    Cause: This error in most case is due to an unpaid ancillary
    Solution: Please contact our call center to complete the payment and check - in to receive your boarding pass(es)

    9. Error: Inhibited Station
    Cause: Check-in is not allowed from the origin or your point of departure.
    Solution: Please contact our call center or complete your check-in at the airport.

    10. Error: Online Check-in is not allowed APP Error
    Cause: The system is unable to complete your check-in at this time.
    Solution: Please retry after some time. If the error continues, please contact our global call center for further assistance or proceed to the airport to complete the check-in formalities and receive your boarding pass(es).

    11. Error: ASSOCIATED_PASSENGER_NOT_ELIGIBLE/ inhibited Passenger Type
    Cause: Passengers like Infant, un accompanied minor are inhibited from using self-service check-in applications.
    Solution: Please contact us immediately for further assistance or proceed immediately to the airport to complete the check-in formalities and receive your boarding pass(es).

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