A normal baggage allowance applies to your ticket, and that allowance depends on your route, travel class and your Emirates Skywards membership tier. If you go over that baggage allowance, you usually have to pay an excess baggage charge. However, there are certain circumstances where an extra charge doesn’t apply.
Here you’ll find information about those special allowances and how to fly with items other than your usual baggage, like outsized baggage, fragile items and sports equipment.
You can check your standard baggage allowance on your ticket or through Manage Your Booking. And if you’re not sure what you’re able to take, please get in touch with us before making your flight booking.
Passengers with disabilities are entitled to extra baggage allowances, free of charge, as follows:
Portable dialysis machines cannot be brought on board as cabin baggage, due to hazardous material rules. They can be checked in with luggage before the flight, free of charge. Exceptions apply to US routes, which permit the transport of dialysis machines on board as cabin baggage, free of charge and in addition to your allowance. Size and weight limits apply.
Passengers travelling with infants (under two years of age) have different baggage allowances based on your itinerary.
All routes, excluding travel to and from destinations in the Americas and flights originating in Africa:
All routes to and from the Americas and flights originating in Africa:
The baggage allowance will be shown on the infant’s ticket.
You can also ask our check-in staff if space is available for you to carry any one of these items on board free of charge:
If you’d like to carry an approved car seat, please get in touch with us to purchase an additional aircraft seat at the appropriate child fare.
See how Emirates makes travelling with infants safer, easier and more comfortable.
All sporting equipment including golf equipment, bicycles and ski equipment
Emirates will accept sporting equipment as checked baggage and part of your standard baggage allowance. A list of sporting equipment can be found below. If you intend to take a bicycle as checked luggage, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance. Special packaging rules may apply.
Individual items with total dimensions exceeding 300cm (118 inches) cannot be transported as checked baggage, and must be sent as cargo or freight. There are no exceptions to this rule.
The total dimensions (length + width + height) of the entire division of sporting equipment must not exceed 300cm (118 inches). Any sporting equipment with total dimensions exceeding 300cm (118 inches) cannot be transported as checked baggage and must be sent as cargo or freight.
At any time, should your overall baggage weight or number of bags, including sports equipment, exceed the complimentary free baggage allowance, excess baggage rates will apply. Please visit Purchase additional baggage allowance for more information.
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.
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 following special conditions apply to customers wishing to carry firearms on flights into or through Dubai:
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:
A set of water ski equipment may consist of:
Learn more about the rules for ski equipment when travelling to or from destinations in North, Central or South America.
Other sports equipment
Emirates will accept wind 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:
For surf boards, the following precautions must be taken:
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. 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.
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. The charge for the animal(s) and container will depend on the weight and size of the animal plus cage combined. These charges will apply in all cases, even when no other checked baggage is being carried.
Please take note of the following weight and size restrictions for animals travelling as checked baggage:
|Animal and cage||Price|
|When the animal and cage combined do not exceed 23kg and 59 inches(150 cm)||USD 500|
|When the animal and cage combined weight between 24 and 32kg and dimensions between 59 inches(150cm) and 118 inches(300cm)||USD 650|
|When the animal and cage combined weight over 32kg and dimensions between 59 inches(150cm) and 118 inches(300cm)||USD 800|
|When the cage dimensions exceed dimensions 118 inches(300cm)||Cargo|
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-in your instrument, it will be subject to normal excess baggage charges if it exceeds your baggage allowance.
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 get in touch with us.
When departing from Mauritius, a special charge applies for the transportation of ship models, and can't be included as part of your standard baggage allowance.
For the first 10kg, a charge of EUR 150 applies, and for the next 10kg a charge of EUR 50 applies.
The maximum weight of the ship model is 20kg.
All fireworks and any other items containing explosives, for example Christmas crackers, firecrackers, bottle rockets, poppers and sparklers are forbidden to be carried either as carry-on baggage or as checked baggage on our flights.
For safety reasons, we can’t accept personal motorised vehicles such as hoverboards, mini-Segways and smart or self-balancing wheels on our flights. We can’t carry them either as checked-in baggage or as hand luggage as they contain large lithium batteries. This regulation still applies even if you’re connecting to our flights from an airline that has accepted them.