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All check-in counters are opened 3 hours before departure and counters are closed 1 hour before departure. Passengers need to ensure that they come with confirmed bookings, and travel documents in order for their respective destination and transit points, which they will need to present at the counters. Passengers must also ensure that their luggage is within the allowed weight/piece for their particular flight. Any weight/piece above the allowance will incur extra charge.

Separate counters are available for Cloud Nine passengers and frequent fliers with Platinum/Gold ShebaMiles and Star Alliance membership cards. Once Cloud Nine passengers, Platinum/Gold ShebaMiles and Star Alliance members have completed their check-in process they will be given an invitation card to use the Cloud Nine Lounge located at the Departure Area.

Exception: London Heathrow Airport (LHR) and Manchester airport (MAN) check-in counters will be closed 75 minutes before departure effective 22 December 2021.

CDG Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, the check-in counters will be closed 90 minutes before the scheduled departure time. For passengers who have completed online check-in and do not have any checked-in bags, they can proceed directly to the gate until 30 minutes before departure.
The check-in counters will open 4 hours prior to the departure time and will be available until 90 minutes before the scheduled departure time.

Check-in at the counter

For personal service, our friendly staffs at our check-in counters at airports we fly to around the world are happy to help you. They make sure that your baggage is checked through to your final destination and give you your boarding pass.

Kiosk Check-in

Kiosk check-in Saves time and simplifies the process.Kiosk check-in process has five simple Steps for passengers to proceed to self flight check-in at the airport:

  1. Locate a kiosk self-service terminal of the airline and select the Ethiopian Airline tab. Choose a language (English or French).
  2. Find booking: Find the booking in 3 ways (By Destination, Flight Number or Reservation code)   
  3. Confirm that you are not carrying any hazardous material and/or dangerous goods in your checked-in baggage and carry-on baggage as check-in activity shall not be initiated unless the same is confirmed.
  4. Check-in and add personal details. Choose an available seat from the interactive seat plan or accept the ones suggested. Add any missing personal details like Passport information, frequent traveler number and checked baggage details.
  5. Issue Boarding pass. The boarding pass will now be printed by the kiosk. There should be a 2D barcode on the boarding pass.

Baggage Check in

Checked Baggage: Passengers are permitted a free checked baggage allowance the limit of which may differ by class and point of origin-destination.

Excess baggage may be carried on payment of applicable charges.

Cabin/Hand Baggage: For business class on all Ethiopian routes you are allowed to carry only two piece of hand baggage with a maximum weight of 7kgs and measuring not more than 20x40x55cms or 8x16x22inches into the cabin.

Please contact your nearest Ethiopian airlines office for more specific information

Check-in/Reporting time

The time shown on flight coupons is the departure time of the aircraft. In order to perform check-in operations in due time, the passenger is requested to report at the airport check-in counter 2 hours prior to flights departure for all international flight with the following exceptions:

  • At Addis Ababa 3hours before the scheduled departure time.
  • For flights to/from USA 4hours before the scheduled departure time

Passengers who fail to report within the above time limit should be aware that Ethiopian Airlines reserves the right not to accept passengers who arrive later than 2 hours before the scheduled time of departure.

For night flights departed from Addis Ababa to USA, Canada and Europe check in will be started early during day time starting 13:00 local Ethiopian time.

For Domestic flights, the passenger is requested to report at the airport check-in counter 1 hour prior to scheduled departure. For web checked- in passenger, he/she is requested to arrive at boarding gate 30 minutes before the flight departure, if the passenger has baggage to drop-off he/she shall arrive at the baggage drop-of check in counter 45 minutes before the flight departure.

Furthermore, due to security reason at Addis Ababa airport, local passengers who checked-in for their flights will not be allowed to go out to meet their relatives and friends but must continue immigration process.


Availability of Self-Service Check-In Kiosks.


KUL        Kuala Lumpur

NRT       Tokyo

GRU       Sao Paulo

LHR       Heathrow

MAN      Manchester

GVA      Geneva

ORD      Chicago

EZE       Ezeiza Airport

MAD      Madrid

YYZ       Toronto

FRA       Frankfurt

ADD      Addis Ababa 


Availability of Self-baggage drop off counters (SBD)


NRT       Narita

LHR       Heathrow

EZE       Ezeiza Airport

MAD      Madrid

ADD      Addis Ababa


Ethiopian Airlines A Star Alliance Member