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Baggage

There are 16 FAQs for Baggage.

If my journey includes flights on other airlines, what will my baggage allowance be?

For travel not including destinations in the United States: If your itinerary includes flights operated by airlines other than Emirates, on the same ticket as your Emirates flights, different baggage rules may apply for these sectors.

For existing bookings, your ticket will have full details of your checked baggage allowances for each flight in your itinerary. To check baggage allowances before booking, please contact us for information on Emirates codeshare flights operated by other airlines, or contact the airline in question for non-codeshare flights.

For travel starting in the United States: different baggage rules may apply: 

  • If your first flight is with Emirates, the Emirates baggage allowance policy will apply for the whole itinerary, including flights on other airlines.

  • If your first flight is not with Emirates, the baggage policy of the first carrier may apply to the whole itinerary. This is due to US Department of Transportation regulations, which require airlines to apply the baggage policy of the first carrier of the journey to the whole itinerary.

The baggage policy that applies to your specific itinerary will be displayed during the booking process on emirates.com, and on your eticket receipt.

If another airline’s baggage policy applies to your booking, any additional baggage allowance can be purchased from that airline only – discounts may apply for paying in advance or via the carrier’s website.

If you have specific questions about another airline’s baggage policy that are not covered during the booking process or on the eticket receipt, please contact the carrier directly for more information.

For travel to the United States: If your itinerary includes flights operated by airlines other than Emirates, on the same ticket as your Emirates flights, different baggage rules may apply for these sectors.

The baggage policy that applies to your specific itinerary will be displayed during the booking process on emirates.com, and on your eticket receipt.

How will my baggage allowance be calculated?

Depending on your route, your baggage allowance may be calculated by piece or weight.

On routes that include stops in North or South America your baggage allowance will be calculated by piece. You will be allowed a set number of items, each of which must weigh under a certain weight.*

If your travel starts in the United States and the first carrier on your booking is not Emirates, different rules may apply – learn more.

For all other routes, your baggage will be calculated by weight. You will be allowed to take any number of items with a combined total weight under an amount determined by your route, class and Emirates Skywards status.

Find the exact details of your baggage allowance for any flight by visiting the baggage allowance calculator.

If your itinerary includes flights operated by other airlines, different baggage rules may apply for these flights – learn more.

*Exceptions apply, please check with your local Emirates office.
What is my allowance for checked baggage?

Emirates has one of the world's most generous baggage policies. Economy Class customers can check in 30kg, Business Class travellers 40kg and if you are flying First Class you can travel with 50kg of checked baggage. These weights do not apply to itineraries involving North or South America. Please check our baggage allowance calculator for restrictions and to find out which applies to you.

If your itinerary includes flights operated by other airlines, different baggage rules may apply for these flights – learn more.

If you have calculated your allowance to be over 32kg (71lb), please note that Dubai Civil Aviation prohibits the acceptance of any one piece of baggage weighing more than 32kg (71lb), into, out of or via Dubai International Airport.

Are there additional baggage allowances if I’m travelling with an infant?

Checked baggage

Infant baggage allowances vary depending on whether the Weight Concept or Piece Concept applies.

 Weight Concept:

Up to 10kg (22 lb) additional baggage, in addition to your usual baggage allowance.

Piece Concept:

  • One extra piece of baggage in addition to your usual baggage allowance, regardless of cabin class. This extra piece must be 23kg (50 lb) or less, with total dimensions (length + width + height) not exceeding 115 cm (45 inches).

Cabin baggage

Passengers travelling with infants in any class of service are also permitted one (1) handbag for infant food (weight must not exceed 5 kg/11lb) and other inflight necessities and one (1) fully collapsible stroller / carry-cot, as a carry-on item if cabin space is available or else as checked baggage in the hold.

Handbag: 55 x 38 x 20cm (22 x 15 x 8 inches).
What is my allowance for cabin baggage?

First Class and Business Class

First Class and Business Class passengers are permitted two (2) pieces of carry-on baggage: one (1) briefcase plus either one (1) handbag or one (1) garment bag, all subject to the following size and weight limitations:

Briefcase: 45 x 35 x 20cm (18 x 14 x 8 inches)
Handbag: 55 x 38 x 20cm (22 x 15 x 8 inches)
Garment bag: 20cm (8 inches) thick when folded.

The weight of each piece must not exceed 7kg (15lb). While duty free purchases of liquor, cigarettes and perfume in reasonable quantities are also permitted in addition to the above, exceptions apply with new liquid restrictions in place.

Economy Class

Economy Class passengers are permitted one (1) piece of carry-on baggage, either a handbag or laptop bag, subject to the following size and weight limitations:

Handbag: 55 x 38 x 20cm (22 x 15 x 8 inches)

Weight must not exceed 7kg (15lb). Duty free purchases of liquor, cigarettes and perfume in reasonable quantities are also permitted in addition to the above.

Exceptions

Find out more about allowances for passengers travelling with infants.

For passengers boarding at airports in India, the total dimensions of the bag are not to exceed 115cm or 45.3 inches (length + breadth + height).

Exemptions may be granted for oversized hand baggage containing an item or items which are too large to fit within the permitted bag size and are valuable or fragile. Such oversized baggage shall be presented by the passenger for approval at check-in and at the screening point of examination.

If your itinerary includes flights operated by other airlines, different baggage rules may apply for these flights – learn more.

‘Wheelie’ bags

Please note that rolling bags with built-in wheels and retractable handles will be permitted as cabin baggage only if the total dimensions (length + width + height) add up to less than 114cm (45 inches). The larger, overnight models of this type of bag will not be permitted in the cabin.

 

Transiting or departing from Dubai

Items in excess of the maximum limitations above may not be permitted in the cabin on flights departing from Dubai. If cabin baggage is not accepted by Emirates ground staff a handling fee of AED 50 per item may apply. The baggage will be transferred to the aircraft hold and a checked baggage receipt will be issued.

Liquids, Aerosols and Gels (LAGs) in cabin baggage

In line with regulations recommended by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the following LAGs (liquids, aerosols and gels) restrictions on cabin baggage apply for passengers boarding from or transiting through various other international airports, including Dubai:

  1. All liquids, gels and aerosols, pastes, lotions, creams, drinks and other items of similar consistency must be in containers with a capacity no greater than 100ml. Those carried in containers larger than 100ml will not be accepted, even if the container is only part-filled.

  2. These containers must be placed in a transparent re-sealable plastic bag of a maximum capacity not exceeding one (1) litre. Larger bags or bags that are non-sealable, such as fold-over sandwich bags, are not allowed.

  3. The containers must fit comfortably within the transparent plastic bag, which is to be completely closed.

  4. The plastic bag is to be presented for visual examination at the screening point. Only one transparent plastic bag per passenger will be permitted. 

  5. Exemptions will be made for medications, baby milk / foods and special dietary requirements. Appropriate and proportionate means of verifying the nature of such items will need to be available.

To facilitate screening and avoid a cluttered X-ray image, such plastic bags should be presented apart from other cabin baggage, coats, jackets and laptops for separate X-ray screening.

Passengers transiting in countries adhering to these measures may not be able to take duty free liquid goods past the transit security check. 

Note the following: if you are transiting/connecting through Bangkok/Singapore/Kuala Lumpur (BKK/SIN/KUL) and have to exit the aircraft and then re-board to continue, these airports now have strict LAGS rules in place and will remove liquids during transit.

Security Tamper-Evident Bags (STEBS)

LAGs in any volume, purchased at airport retail outlets (e.g. Dubai Duty Free) or on board the aircraft, will not be allowed through security screening points, unless they:

  • are carried in a Security Tamper-Evident Bag (STEB); and
  • have been protected from unlawful interference by a process of supply chain security (as applied in Dubai).

These bags, which have not yet been standardised internationally, are for the use of passengers who purchase LAGS at airport Duty Free or other outlets and will be in transit to their next destination. Once sealed, the bags cannot be opened and then re-sealed without obvious indications. 

Liquids, Aerosols and Gels (LAGs)  US bound 

US bound passengers travelling on direct Emirates flights departing from Dubai International Airport to the USA are permitted to carry LAGs items purchased from Duty Free Shops inside Dubai International Airport concourse irrespective of quantity and volume, as cabin baggage.

Upon arrival in the US, the passengers would need to place any items over 100ml in their checked baggage for any onward US domestic/international flights.

RegionLiquid RestrictionsSTEBs AcceptedExceptions
AfricaEgypt
Kenya
Mauritius
Nigeria
South Africa
Tanzania
Uganda
South AfricaNo liquids are allowed for passengers transiting in Mauritius.

For passengers departing from Mauritius, liquids are not allowed. However, liquids purchased at duty free can be carried on board depending on the regulations of the transit/ final destination country.
AsiaChina
Hong Kong
India
Indonesia
Japan
Malaysia
Mauritius
Pakistan
Philippines
Seychelles
Singapore
South Korea Thailand
China
Hong Kong
Indonesia
Malaysia
Maldives
Singapore
South Korea
Thailand
No liquids whatsoever are permitted in hand luggage in
the Philippines

India does not currently accept STEBs
Australia &New ZealandAustralia New ZealandAustralia does not currently accept STEBs
Europe &Americas*Brazil
European Union
Iceland
Norway
Russia
Switzerland
Turkey
UK
Turkey
USA*
USA accepts STEBS from shops inside the Dubai Airport concourse. On arrival in the USA, passengers need to place STEBS (over 100ml) in their checked baggage for any onward domestic/ international flights.
Middle EastBahrain
Dubai
Kuwait
Lebanon
Oman
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Yemen
Dubai
All the above information is to the best of our knowledge correct at the time of publishing. Details are subject to change with little or no notice. Please contact your local Emirates office, departure airport or follow the links to the individual regulatory authorities above for further information.
View more information on EU hand baggage regulations and FAQs here.

* The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has implemented a series of security measures for commercial flights regarding hand baggage, although broadly similar to the EU regulations the quantities of fluids and gels allowed are slightly different.

Please note that laser pointers are also prohibited on board Emirates aircraft. Find more information on the TSA advisory on security measures, and a list of items allowed onboard here.
What are the safety concerns for cabin baggage?

All cabin baggage must be of a size that fits under the seat in front of each passenger or in one of the overhead lockers. The placement of bags, briefcases, or other items behind passengers' legs is not permitted, and it is essential that cabin baggage does not obstruct aisles or emergency exits, as this is forbidden by the Civil Aviation Authority.

Of equal importance is a limitation on weight, which helps minimise the risk of injury to passengers, should a bag fall from an overhead locker.

For safety reasons, it is Emirates policy, not to carry any baggage on passenger seats. Only musical instruments, diplomatic bags and valuables may be carried in this manner.

What should I do if my baggage doesn’t show up at the baggage claim?

If you cannot find your baggage at the terminal, go to the baggage services desk at the airport. It can usually be found in the customs hall, near the baggage claim area.

There, you need to fill out a Property Irregularity Report. This report contains a unique reference number, which enables Emirates to trace your baggage. You may view the status of your report at any time by entering your reference number here. The more information you can give us about your baggage – colour, make, identifying marks, etc. – the better.

If you have left the airport without filling out a report, you must contact your local Emirates office within 21 days to file any claim.

When your baggage has been received, we will advise you immediately and arrange a convenient time for delivery.

What should I do if my baggage is damaged in transit?

If your baggage has been damaged in transit, you need to file a claim before you leave the airport by approaching the nearest Emirates representative or the baggage services desk. This can usually be found in the customs hall, near the baggage claim area.

If you have left the airport without filing a claim, you must contact your local Emirates office within 7 days.

Occasionally, a bag may be delayed and subsequently delivered in a damaged state. In these cases, please contact Emirates.

What is the baggage policy when travelling on Emirates and connecting with other airlines?

Emirates strongly urges you to check the baggage rules of each airline you plan to travel with.

If your travel starts with another airline that connects on to an Emirates flight, please contact that airline for their policy on the through-checking of baggage.

If your itinerary includes flights operated by other airlines, different baggage rules may apply for these flights – learn more.

Depending on how their tickets were purchased and systems available at the airport, passengers travelling on Emirates and connecting to another airline may or may not have their baggage checked through for their flights. Please check with your local Emirates office.

Where the through-checking of baggage is not available between Emirates and the other airline, please ensure that enough time is allowed between the arrival at the airport, collection of baggage, clearance of immigration and customs, and check-in for the onward flight, as well as any potential delays, in order avoid the inconvenience and costs of a missed flight.

Are there additional baggage allowances for passengers with disabilities?

Passengers with special requirements are entitled to certain additional baggage allowances, free of charge but subject to the following limitations:

  • Passengers who are dependent on a wheelchair may travel with a fully collapsible wheelchair stored in the aircraft hold. Passengers who are dependent on braces or crutches may also travel with these items stored in the aircraft hold.
  • Passengers travelling with battery-powered wheelchairs should contact their local Emirates office with details before commencing their journey.
  • Passengers who are dependent on a portable kidney dialysis machine are entitled to travel with one machine and ancillary equipment loaded in the aircraft hold.
  • Assistance dogs of vision- and hearing-impaired passengers may be loaded in the hold in kennels and will not be permitted in the cabin.
Are there additional baggage allowances for sports equipment?

Emirates has specific allowances and rules for certain types of sporting equipment, listed below. For information on travelling with other sporting equipment, particularly sporting weaponry, please contact your local Emirates office, as other rules may apply.

Note: if your itinerary includes flights operated by other airlines, different baggage rules from the below may apply for these flights. For information on specific allowances for sports equipment, please contact us or the airline in question.

Golf equipment

For tickets issued on or after 1st March 2014, a golf bag may be carried as part of your free checked baggage allowance and will be subject to excess baggage charges if overweight.

For tickets issued prior to 1st March 2014, one set of golf clubs and one pair of golf shoes may be carried free of charge per passenger in any class of service on any Emirates flight. Passengers who carry a second set of golf equipment will be charged normal excess baggage fees if it exceeds the baggage allowance.

Bicycles

Bicycles will be treated as part of your baggage, and will incur excess baggage charges if necessary.   

Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus – SCUBA

SCUBA equipment normally consists of diving suits, flippers, masks, snorkels, buoyancy control devices and so on. If air bottles are also carried, they must be emptied.

As per the IATA regulations, SCUBA equipment is subject to normal excess baggage charges, if it exceeds the free baggage allowance.

Sporting weapons and ammunition

Firearms designed for sporting purposes, such as target pistols and rifles, air guns, safari rifles, hunting rifles, etc., may be carried as checked baggage on Emirates flights under the following conditions:

  • The firearm must be completely unloaded and, if possible, dismantled and packed inside a suitcase or standard gun case.

  • The carriage of any type of firearms, ammunition and explosives, including items containing explosives, must be approved by Emirates no less than three days before your flight. Please contact your nearest Emirates office to start the approval process. Please allow extra time for public holidays and weekends in your country of residence and the UAE.

  • Ammunition must be securely stored in a strong, sealed box packed inside a suitcase and surrounded by other contents. The suitcase must not bear an ‘Explosive’ label.

  • The maximum gross weight of the ammunition carried by any single passenger is 5kg (11lb). Passengers travelling in groups must carry ammunition in their own separate bags, with no single bag carrying more than the 5kg (11lb) limit.

The following special conditions apply to passengers wishing to carry firearms on flights into or through Dubai:

  • Passengers who wish to bring firearms and ammunition into the UAE must obtain prior clearance from UAE Customs and the UAE Ministry of Defence. To obtain this clearance, passengers must contact these government departments directly.

  • For transfer and transit passengers who are connecting to onward flights, prior clearance to travel with firearms and ammunition must be obtained from the Dubai Airport Police Department and the Department of Civil Aviation.

Ski equipment

Ski equipment can be carried as part of your normal baggage allowance. However, in some situations additional charges may apply when checking in ski equipment – please contact your local Emirates office for more information.

A set of snow ski equipment may consist of:

  • one pair of skis, one pair of ski poles and one pair of ski boots, or 

  • one snow board and one pair of boots

A set of water ski equipment may consist of:

  • one pair of standard water skis, or

  • one slalom water ski

Please note – different rules apply for ski equipment when travelling to or from the North or South America.

Other sports equipment

Emirates will accept wind surf boards, surf boards, kite surfing equipment, kayaks, body boards, pole vault or other sporting equipment as checked baggage and part of your standard baggage allowance, provided:

  • They are less than 300cm (10 feet) in length.

  • Any sails are detachable and collapsible.

  • It is appropriately packed in a hard-shell packing case. If not a Limited Release will be required.

For surf boards, the following precautions must be taken:

  • Fins should always be removed, or, if they cannot be removed, should be firmly packed with polystyrene foam. 

  • Both nose and tail should have bubble-wrap or neoprene foam attached for protection. 

  • The rails (sides of the board) should have cardboard down the sides to absorb shock. 

  • The board should be packed in a properly padded surf-bag.

Items up to 400cm (13 feet) in length may be accepted in exceptional cases. Please contact your local Emirates office for details at least seven working days prior to travelling with such items. Items exceeding the above limit must be referred to Emirates SkyCargo. If the free baggage allowance is exceeded, normal excess charges apply.

For sports equipment other than that mentioned above, there is no special baggage allowance. Should your overall baggage weight or amount exceed the normal free allowance, excess baggage rates will apply. Please contact your local Emirates office for information on excess baggage rates.

Are there additional baggage allowances for snow and water ski equipment? (routes including North or South America)

A set of snow ski equipment may consist of:

  • one pair of skis, one pair of ski poles and one pair of ski boots or
  • one snow board and one pair of boots.

A set of water ski equipment may consist of:

  • one pair of standard water skis or
  • one slalom water ski.

The charge for snow and water ski equipment carried as excess baggage is 33% of the standard excess baggage charge for the first set of ski equipment beyond the free two pieces of baggage. For additional sets, the normal charges apply.

Rescue equipment (including avalanche rescue equipment)

Rescue equipment is considered normal baggage and will incur normal excess baggage rates if in excess of your baggage allowance. All equipment must conform to the Dangerous Goods Regulations. Contact your local Emirates office for details.

If your travel starts in the United States and the first carrier on your booking is not Emirates, different rules may apply – learn more.

What are the rules and charges for travelling with animals?

Animals are not permitted in the cabin of Emirates flights, with the exception of falcons between Dubai and certain destinations in Pakistan, and Guide Dogs for the Blind – please see our information on passengers with special needs.

All other animals must be transported according to regulations specific to your route: 

  • For all itineraries terminating in Dubai, animals must be transported as cargo, due to UAE government regulations.
  • For more information on shipping animals as cargo, please contact Emirates SkyCargo or your local cargo agent. 
  • For all other itineraries, falcons, cats, dogs and pet birds can be transported as checked baggage in the hold, provided the total journey time (including any transit time) is less than 17 hours, and all appropriate conditions are met. Please contact your local Emirates office well in advance of travel for more information.

Emirates charges normal excess baggage rates for animals transported as checked baggage, based on the combined weight of the animal(s) and container. These charges apply in all cases, even when no other checked baggage is being carried.

For routes where the Piece Concept applies, the charges for the animal(s) and container will be twice the normal excess baggage charge per container. These charges will apply in all cases, even when no other checked baggage is being carried.

If your itinerary includes flights operated by other airlines, different baggage rules may apply for these flights – learn more.

Additional information for transporting animals with Emirates

There are some restrictions as to which animals can be transported with Emirates.  All animals listed under CITES, including pets, must be transported as cargo.  Further restrictions, including import bans, apply to certain species of cats and dogs – please contact your local Emirates office for more information on restricted species.

Animals, which can be accepted as baggage as per the rules above, but with a total journey time exceeding 17 hours must also be carried as cargo. Due to high heat and humidity in the UAE, no birds (except some falcons) can be accepted for transit via Dubai as checked baggage or cargo between 1st May and 30th September.

The minimum connecting time for animals transiting Dubai and carried as baggage may be no more than six hours; if the minimum connecting time is more than six hours animals will be accepted for transportation as cargo only.

All animals accepted for transportation with Emirates must have a valid Import permit issued by the destination country and a valid health certificate (including any applicable vaccination records).

Certain countries, however, restrict importation of animals as baggage. Please contact your local Emirates office for more information.

For animals travelling with Emirates a 24-hour emergency contact number and the optimum temperature requirement must always be shown on the animal’s travel container.

Emirates will not accept a pregnant animal for transportation if it is beyond one third (1/3) of its normal gestation period or has given birth within 48 hours of travel.

Are there special baggage allowances for musical instruments?

There is no special free baggage allowance for the carriage of musical instruments. Musical instruments can be carried on Emirates flights in three different ways:

  • as normal checked baggage, subject to the usual limitations
  • as normal cabin baggage, subject to the usual limitations
  • as cabin baggage on an unoccupied seat in the passenger cabin if the instrument is within the usual size and weight limits for carry-on items, or on a paid-for seat in the passenger cabin if the instrument exceeds those limits.

Please note that certain specific conditions and limitations on the options outlined above apply to particular musical instruments. If you have any questions regarding a musical instrument with which you intend to travel on an Emirates flight, please contact your local Emirates office or your travel agent to review these conditions and limitations.

If your itinerary includes flights operated by other airlines, different baggage rules may apply for these flights – learn more.

What is the policy for transporting Dangerous Goods?

Dangerous Goods are articles or substances that may pose health and safety hazards to its passengers or potentially damage the aircraft. They are also referred to as restricted articles, hazardous materials and dangerous cargo. Transportation of such goods is primarily regulated by Civil Aviation Regulations. Goods falling under the category of Dangerous Goods are not allowed in passenger or crew-checked baggage or cabin baggage, with some exceptions.

Download the list of Dangerous Goods (PDF), to learn what is permitted in luggage, and what you need to declare at the airport.

Please note – in some countries, lithium batteries as found in laptops, mobile phones and other portable electronic devices, are now considered dangerous items, and may be banned from checked baggage.

Countries that enforce this rule currently include China. Before you travel, please contact your departure airport or your local Emirates office for more information.

Weight and Piece concept

In line with international regulations, Emirates offers free baggage allowances based on either the weight or piece concept, depending on specific routes.

Weight concept:

If your itinerary includes flights operated by other airlines, different baggage rules may apply for these flights – learn more.

The standard free baggage allowance for all other Emirates destinations (excluding North and South America) as per the weight concept is 50kg for First Class, 40kg for Business Class and 30kg for Economy Class.

To/FromStandard Allowance
First ClassBusiness ClassEconomy Class
EK Network (excluding North and South America)50kg40kg30kg

Piece concept:

The standard free baggage allowance for flights operating to or from North or South America is determined for each single piece of luggage. For piece concept journeys, total dimensions (length + width + height) of each piece must not exceed 158cm (62 inches). For Economy passengers with two pieces of luggage, the total combined dimensions of both pieces should not exceed 273cm (107 inches). Please check the table below for piece concept weight limitations. Customers with baggage exceeding these dimensions will be charged an additional fee. Individual items with total dimensions exceeding 203 cm (80 inches) cannot be transported as checked baggage, and must be sent as cargo or freight.

For travel on Emirates to or from North and South America, the piece concept applies on the entire ticketed journey. Excess baggage will be charged at the point of baggage acceptance up to the tagged destination. If your journey involves a stopover, the excess baggage will be charged from the stopover point to the final destination at piece concept rates. 

However for travel on Emirates from Australia or New Zealand to the USA which includes a sector in North or West Africa, the weight concept will apply for the entire ticketed journey.

If your travel starts in the United States and the first carrier on your booking is not Emirates, different rules may apply – learn more.

To/FromStandard Allowance
First ClassBusiness ClassEconomy Class
North America2 Pieces at
32kg each
2 Pieces at
32kg each
2 Pieces at
23kg each
South America2 Pieces at
32kg each
2 Pieces at
32kg each
2 Pieces at
32kg each

Free baggage allowance for infants:

Passengers with infants are allowed an additional bag up to 10kg (22lb) that may not exceed 55 x 38 x 20cm  (22 x 15 x 8 inches) in size where the weight concept applies, or one piece of up to 23kg (50lb) and with total dimensions (length + width + height) not exceeding 115cm (45 inches) where the piece concept applies.

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