Departing passenger at Paris-CDG

Welcome to Paris-CDG !
Here you can find information on Charles de Gaulle airport’s departure procedure.
Check-in, Security, Immigration, Boarding, follow our step-by-step guide for departing passengers.

Get to the airport

Visit our Ground transportation section for details about train, bus or taxi to Charles de Gaulle airport.

Arrive at the airport

Always arrive early at the airport with plenty of time to spare will ensure you have a stress-free journey through Charles de Gaulle airport.

    3 hours before scheduled departure.
    90 minutes before scheduled departure.
  • Passengers using online check-in and do not need to check any baggage can arrive at the airport a bit later than other passengers, directly to boarding gate.

Which terminal ?

Know your terminal at Charles de Gaulle airport.
Paris-CDG is formed by terminal 1, terminal 2 (with seven sub-terminal buildings listed 2A to 2G) and terminal 3.

VAT-Tax refund

Visitors from non-European Union countries can reclaim the sales tax (VAT) on purchases.
Take your receipt and form to the nearest French Customs desk, in the public area, before security.


  • You can check-in online (recommended).
  • You can check-in at the airport using the self-service kiosks or your airline’s check-in counter.

Use the airport monitors for check-in & gate informations.

Immigration & Security checks

All passengers must pass through a security check and, if necessary, a passport control (to Non-Schengen flights).


Keep an eye on the monitors for last minute updates concerning gate numbers and boarding times.
Boarding usually begins around 45 min. before departure for long-haul flights and 30 min. before schedule for domestic and medium-haul flights.
Gate closes 10-20 minutes before departure.