At Emirates, it is our goal to provide each and every passenger with unparalleled convenience and comfort.
To achieve this level of service, we recognise that not all passengers are alike - many have unique needs that require additional consideration. One way we try to accommodate these travellers is to provide extra baggage allowances for those whose circumstances require it.
Generally, the amount of baggage you can check is based on weight or number of bags. If you go over this baggage allowance, you usually have to pay an excess baggage charge. Baggage allowance may vary depending on your route, class of travel and your Emirates Skywards membership tier. You can use our baggage allowance calculator to see exactly how much baggage you can check on your flight without charge.
In certain cases, however, extra baggage may be checked without any additional excess baggage charges.
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.
Passengers with disabilities
Passengers with disabilities are entitled to extra baggage allowances, free of charge, as follows:
- Passengers travelling with their own wheelchair may check a fully collapsible wheelchair.
- Passengers who require braces or crutches may check these items.
- Passengers dependent on a portable dialysis machine are entitled to check one machine and all its associated equipment.
- Vision- and hearing-impaired passengers who rely on assistance dogs may bring these as well, but they must be loaded into the kennels in the aircraft’s hold and are not permitted in the cabin.
- Passengers with sleep disorders are permitted to carry one sleep apnea device, either CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) or PAP (Positive Airway Pressure) as checked baggage subject to IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. For information on the use of these devices in flight, please see our information on health and special needs.
Passengers Travelling with Infants
Passengers travelling with infants (under two years of age) on any route not including North or South America may check in up to 10kg (22lb) additional baggage, in addition to your usual baggage allowance.
Passengers travelling with infants (under two years of age) on any route that includes North or South America, may check one extra piece of baggage in addition to your usual baggage allowance, regardless of cabin class. This extra piece must be 23kg (50lb) or less, with total dimensions (length + width + height) not exceeding 115 cm (45 inches).
You may also bring one carry-cot or one fully collapsible stroller as a carry-on item if cabin space is available or as checked baggage at no extra charge.
See how Emirates makes travelling with infants safer, easier and more comfortable.
Sports equipment is subject to normal excess baggage charges if it exceeds your baggage allowance. Some items, such as ski equipment, may be subject to additional charges. You can use our baggage allowance calculator to see exactly how much baggage you can check on your flight without charge and to calculate your excess baggage charges.
For more details about transporting SCUBA diving equipment, golf clubs, sporting weapons, firearms and ammunition, please read our FAQ on sports equipment.
Pets are not permitted in the cabin, with the exception of falcons between Dubai and certain destinations in Pakistan. Depending on the individual circumstances, pets must be carried either as cargo, or as checked baggage in the hold. 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.
Please contact Emirates well before your flight to confirm any required procedures (such as permits, tests, vaccinations, etc) to allow your pet to travel – you must complete these before Emirates can make final arrangements for your pet. Note that this process can take a long time, especially in complex cases. Once complete, please allow one week to submit your paperwork to Emirates ahead of your flight.
Emirates is unable to provide a special free baggage allowance for the carriage of musical instruments. Musical instruments must be handled as normal checked or cabin baggage (subject to cabin baggage limitations) or be transported on a paid-for seat in the passenger cabin.
If you check your instrument, it will be subject to normal excess baggage charges if it exceeds your baggage allowance. You can use our baggage allowance calculator to see exactly how much baggage you can check on your flight without charge and to calculate your excess baggage charges.
Please note that certain conditions and limitations may apply when transporting musical instruments. To review these conditions or if you have any questions regarding musical instrument transport, please contact your local Emirates office.