BEFORE YOU FLY
Your checked baggage allowance depends on your route and fare type.
If your journey originates in Africa you are able to check in two 23 kg bags in Economy, or two 32 kg 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 traveling to perform Haj or Umrah, you may bring up to 5 liters (5 kg) of Islamic Holy Water (or "Zamzam water") in your checked baggage. This is in addition to your free baggage allowance. The holy water 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.
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 minimize 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.
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 for 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 combined weight and size of the animal and its cage. 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 traveling as checked baggage.
|Animal + cage||Price|
|The animal and cage combined do not exceed 23 kg in weight and total dimensions of 59 inches/150 cm||US$500|
|The animal and cage combined weigh 24–32 kg and have total dimensions between 59 inches/150 cm and 118 inches/300cm||US$650|
|The animal and cage combined weigh more than 32 kg and have total dimensions between 59 inches/150 cm and 118 inches/300cm||US$800|
|The total cage dimensions exceed 118 inches/300 cm||Cargo|
|When traveling 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 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 traveling.
A maximum of two adult animals of comparable size weighing up to 14 kgs each may be shipped in the same container, providing they are used to cohabitation. Animals weighing more than 14 kgs 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 on 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 that can be accepted as baggage as per the rules above must be carried as cargo if the total journey time exceeds 17 hours. 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 May 1 and September 30.
The minimum connecting time for animals transiting Dubai carried as baggage may be no more than 6 hours; if the minimum connecting time is more than 6 hours, animals will be accepted for transportation as cargo only.
All animals accepted for transportation on 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 traveling on Emirates, a 24-hour emergency contact number and 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; no animal will be accepted that 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. Items falling under the category of Dangerous Goods are not allowed in passenger- or crew-checked baggage or carry-on 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 for 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 in containers larger than 350 mlmilliliters will be subject to additional screening beginning June 30, 2018.
This is in accordance with new security guidelines from the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Australian Department of Home Affairs, and the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand.
Full information is available here.
For safety reasons, we can’t allow drones on board as carry-on luggage. Drones can be accepted as checked baggage only. If you have a drone in your checked baggage, you’ll be asked to either secure the lithium batteries within the drone or remove the batteries and carry them in your carry-on baggage. This regulation applies even if you’re connecting to our flights from an airline that has accepted drones as carry-on baggage.
All fireworks and any other items containing explosives—for example, Christmas crackers, firecrackers, bottle rockets, poppers, and sparklers—are forbidden to be carried on our flights either as carry-on baggage or as checked baggage.
Please note: In some countries, lithium batteries 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.