BEFORE YOU FLY
Forbidden items are articles or substances which pose health and safety hazards to passengers or which may damage the aircraft. It is therefore requested that these items not be brought on board.
All forbidden items are listed and flagged in the tables below. Please also refer to the Prohibited Articles by EC Aviation Security. Further Local government restrictions may also apply, please check with authorities of your departure and destination country.
Emirates forbids all smart balance wheels (even with the lithium batteries removed) to be transported as checked-in or carry-on baggage.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has a very strict, zero-tolerance, anti-drugs policy. All airports within the UAE conduct thorough searches using highly sensitive equipment. Possession of any amounts of illegal drugs by travellers entering or transiting the UAE will be subject to punishment.
If you’re carrying controlled medication into the UAE, you must apply for approval through the Ministry of Health (MoH) website.
Check with your doctor if your prescribed medication is controlled or not. You must also carry the prescription for the quantity (max 3 months’ supply) of the medicine that you are bringing into the UAE.
All other medication (prescription for uncontrolled medication and over the counter medication) does not need prior approval from MoH.
For more details please visit the Ministry of Health and Prevention website(Opens an external website in a new tab).
Travellers to the UAE are strongly advised to familiarise themselves with what medications they can and cannot bring into the country.
Please contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of the United Arab Emirates for advice if you are considering taking medications or other drugs into the UAE.
Without prejudice to applicable safety rules, passengers are not permitted to carry the following articles into security restricted areas and on board an aircraft:
(a) guns, firearms and other devices that discharge projectiles — devices capable, or appearing capable, of being used to cause serious injury by discharging a projectile, including:
(b) stunning devices — devices designed specifically to stun or immobilise, including:
(c) objects with a sharp point or sharp edge — objects with a sharp point or sharp edge capable of being used to cause serious injury, including:
(d) workmen’s tools — tools capable of being used either to cause serious injury or to threaten the safety of aircraft, including:
(e) blunt instruments — objects capable of being used to cause serious injury when used to hit, including:
(f) explosives and incendiary substances and devices — explosives and incendiary substances and devices capable, or appearing capable, of being used to cause serious injury or to pose a threat to the safety of aircraft, including:
Passengers are not permitted to carry the following articles in their hold baggage:
explosives and incendiary substances and devices — explosives and incendiary substances and devices capable of being used to cause serious injury or to pose a threat to the safety of aircraft, including:
Dangerous Goods Policy
Your checked baggage allowance depends on your route and fare type.
If your journey originates in Africa you are able to check in two 23kg bags in Economy, or two 32kg in Business and First Class. Find the exact details of your baggage allowance for your upcoming trip by visiting Manage Your Booking, or by checking the baggage allowance printed on your ticket.
For more information on baggage policies please read our Checked bags page.
If you’re travelling to perform Haj or Umrah, you may bring up to five litres (5 kg) of Islamic Holy Water (or ‘Zamzam water’) in your checked baggage. This is in addition to your overall free baggage allowance and it must be packaged appropriately, in a sealed container. This rule only applies if your itinerary includes Jeddah (JED) or Medinah (MED) in any cabin class.
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 routes, 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 + cage||Price|
|When the animal and cage combined do not exceed 23kg and 59 inches / 150cm||USD 500|
|When the animal and cage combined weigh between 24 - 32kg and dimensions between 59inches /150cm and 118inches / 300cm||USD 650|
|When the animal and cage combined weigh over 32kg and dimensions between 59inches /150cm and 118inches / 300cm||USD 800|
|When the cage dimensions exceed dimensions 118inces / 300cms.||Cargo|
|When travelling into Dubai||Cargo|
|When transiting through Dubai||Cargo|
|When destined for a country that DOES NOT allow live animal as Excess Baggage||Cargo|
Please note that rates and document requirements and costs for transporting animals is different from the usual excess baggage requirements. Please visit SkyCargo.com or write to SkyCargo for more information.
Emirates is not responsible for transporting pets on itineraries that include other airlines.
If your itinerary includes flights operated by other airlines, different baggage rules may apply for these flights – learn more.
There are no restrictions on the number of pets you can carry on Emirates flights. However, please be aware that some countries do impose restrictions on the number of pets that can be carried into or out of the country. For example, the import of animals into India is restricted to two pets per customer. We advise you check your destination’s rules before travelling.
A maximum of two adult animals of comparable size weighing up to 14kgs each may be shipped in the same container, providing they are used to cohabitation. Animals weighing over 14kgs each must travel in separate containers.
Additional information for transporting animals with Emirates
Please book and pay for the transportation of animals as checked baggage before your departure date.
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.
Dangerous Goods are articles or substances that may pose health and safety hazards to passengers or potentially damage the aircraft. They are also referred to as restricted articles, hazardous materials and dangerous cargo.
Transportation of such goods is regulated by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the General Civil Aviation Authority of the United Arab Emirates. Goods falling under the category of Dangerous Goods are not allowed in passenger or crew-checked baggage or cabin baggage, with some exceptions.View the list of Dangerous Goods to learn what is permitted in luggage, and what you need to declare at the airport.
If you are unsure whether you may travel with dangerous goods, or need approval on certain goods, you should contact your local Emirates office for more information.
New rules for carry-on bags are coming into effect for those flying from or via Australia and New Zealand or from, via or to the USA. Powders over 350mlmilliliters will be subject to additional screening from 30 June 2018.
This is in accordance with new security guidelines from the US Transport Security Administration (TSA), the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs and the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand.
Full information available here.
For safety reasons, we can’t allow drones on board as cabin baggage. Drones can be accepted as checked-in baggage only. If you have a drone in your checked-in baggage you’ll be asked to either secure the Lithium batteries within the drone or remove the batteries and carry them in your cabin baggage. This regulation still applies even if you’re connecting to our flights from an airline that has accepted drones as cabin baggage.
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.
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.
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.