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I flew BLR to DXB a couple of weeks ago on Emirates. I was taken aback to discover that there was a security check to get into the airport at all, where the requirements were ID and Boarding Pass. Well, there I was with plenty of ID, and an Emirates phone app that reported that I needed to check in, in person, inside the airport, to receive a boarding pass.

I was relieved to discover that the uniformed person at the head of the line would accept any evidence of my identity associated with the flight in the Emirates app, and I found some for him in real time.

Did I miss a memo? Should I have somehow known to print something?

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  • I have heard about other 'outside the airport' checks, often installed at short notice after problems at the airport, and all of them did accept proof of a ticket and an ID as needed for that flight. (So in some cases no ID at all.)
    – Willeke
    Aug 21, 2022 at 15:56
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    i don't have a full answer for you, but: this kind of pre-airport-entry check is extremely common (universal?) in Indian airports, and I never fully understood exactly what documents they expect you to have, but in practice it seems to be fine to show up with a foreign passport plus anything that looks even vaguely like evidence of a flight to catch.
    – mlc
    Aug 21, 2022 at 23:50

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Airport entry checks are in my experience near-universal in Indian airports. Back in the 2000s, they used to insist on a hard copy printout of your flight itinerary, so I've made it a habit to always bring one along, but I gather showing a ticket on your phone is fine these days.

As far as I can tell, all they do is check that you have ID (for foreign nationals, this has to be a passport, even for domestic flights) and that you have something vaguely ticket-like with today's date and a name that matches your ID. The validity of the ticket/PNR is not checked, and you are not required to present a boarding pass, since this check is before checking in.

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