Navigating the control checkpoints

With these tips and services, the security screening and passport control process is a breeze:

  • Use all of the control checkpoints – In case of extended waiting times at the access area to your departure gate, especially in Terminal 1, follow the signs to the alternative control checkpoints. Follow the instructions of the airport staff. Our staff will ask you to proceed to another control checkpoint if waiting times are shorter there. For an overview of all of the control checkpoints, see the map.
  • Save time with automatic screening – The automatic boarding card checks reduce waiting times outside the security checkpoints in Terminal 2. Real-time displays indicate the waiting times at the screening checkpoints to help passengers select the shortest line. If you are travelling to a destination outside the Schengen zone, you also have the option in both terminals to use time-saving automatic passport control (e.g. EasyPASS).
  • Be ready for the screening process – When packing your hand luggage, make sure that you can take out the things you need quickly. Plastic bags with liquids and electronic devices must be removed from bags at the security checkpoints and screened separately. You will also have to take off jackets, coats and other outer garments. Have them ready ahead of the screening checkpoint to help speed up the process.

Tips for a relaxing family vacation

Benefit from numerous services, that make it easy to travel with your kids. Of course, you can rely on professional assistance if your child is travelling on its own.

  1. Use day-before or online check-in: Avoid pre-departure stress by taking advantage of the day-before check-in service. With online check-in, you can book your favorite seats well in advance from the comfort of your home.
  2. Arrive in plenty of time: Budget enough time to get to the airport, hand in your luggage and get through the screening points at the airport. Especially during holiday periods, occasional surges in passenger volumes may result in longer waiting times in some areas. Our suggestion: Add 50% to the time suggested by your airline. That will give you a sufficient buffer and help to avoid pre-departure stress.
  3. Park directly at the airport: Take advantage of the spacious parking areas and multi-storey car parks at Munich Airport and get to your departure quickly and conveniently. You can park particularly close to the terminal in the P5, P7 or P20.
  4. Shorten waiting time: Munich Airport has several play areas where the little ones can have fun and let off steam. Children will find a paradise of games and activities in Kinderland at the MAC forum between the two terminals. Adults can relax there, too. While the little ones play under the watchful eye of the qualified childcare staff, they can use the “Parents’ Lounge” as a spot to sit back and relax or get a little work done.
  5. Did you forget something? No need to panic! At Munich Airport you’ll find a supermarket, drugstore, pharmacy, news agent and many more stores for you and your family. From diapers, baby food, toys and children’s books to children’s clothing and shoes, you’ll find anything you
    need before take-off.

Checklist for travelling with pets

Before departure

  • Check in advance with the veterinary office at Munich Airport to ensure that your pet meets the current travel requirements.
  • Find out before flying about the entry regulations for animals in your destination country.
  • Register your pet with the airline when booking your flight.
  • Start getting your pet accustomed to the crate a few days before your trip.
  • Come to the airport in time: Passengers travelling with pets should be at the airline’s check-in desk 2–3 hours before departure. 

On your departure date

  • You can transport cats and small dogs in the cabin in a special carrier. Please note that a leash is required at the airport.
  • Larger dogs must be handed over at the bulky luggage desk in a sufficiently large transport crate. Animals that weigh more than 8kg – including the crate – are carried in the cargo hold. The correct crate size is defined in a regulation issued by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and is confirmed by the check-in staff. The dog must be able to stretch, turn around and lie down in the crate.
  • Don’t forget to place your pet’s favorite toy and snacks in the crate. Animals often experience anxiety during transport.
  • Detailed information is available from the Veterinary Office, which is responsible for inspecting arriving and departing animals at the airport.