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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 traveling 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 March 1, 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 March 1, 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 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 traveling 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 traveling 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 traveling 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.

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