Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

Departing passenger

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.

Getting to the airport

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

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.

Check-in & Baggage drop

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.
Please consult with your airline for check-in times for your flight as times vary.

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.

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.

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.