Baggage

Unusual baggage and special allowances

At Emirates, it is our goal to provide each and every passenger with unparalleled convenience and comfort.

To achieve this level of service, we recognize that not all passengers are alike; many have unique needs that require additional consideration. One way we try to accommodate these travelers is by providing extra baggage allowances for those whose circumstances require it.

Generally, the amount of baggage you can check is defined by the weight or number of bags. If you go over this baggage allowance, you usually have to pay an excess baggage charge. Baggage allowances may vary depending on your route, class of travel, and Emirates Skywards membership tier. You can use our baggage allowance calculator to see exactly how much baggage you can check without charge.

In certain cases, however, extra baggage may be checked without incurring excess baggage charges. See below for further information. If you are unsure, get in touch with us before making your flight booking.

For travel on Emirates to or from North, Central, or South America, the piece concept applies on the entire ticketed journey. Excess baggage fees will be charged at the point of baggage acceptance through to the tagged destination. If your trip includes a stopover, the excess baggage fee 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 traveling with their own wheelchairs 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 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 traveling with infants

Passengers traveling with infants (under 2 years of age) on any route not including North, Central, or South America may check in up to 10 kilograms (22 pound) of baggage for the infant. This baggage allowance will be shown on the infant’s ticket.

Passengers traveling with infants (under 2 years of age) on any route that includes North, Central, or South America may check one piece of baggage for the infant, regardless of cabin class. This baggage allowance will be shown on the infant’s ticket. This piece must be 23 kilograms (50 pounds) or less, with total dimensions (length + width + height) not exceeding 115 centimeters (45 inches).

You may also bring one bassinet 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 traveling with infants safer, easier, and more comfortable.

Sports equipment

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 without charge and calculate your excess baggage charges.

If you intend to take a bicycle as checked luggage, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance. Special packaging rules may apply.

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 as either carry-on or checked baggage.

For more details about transporting SCUBA diving equipment, golf clubs, sporting weapons, firearms, and ammunition, please read our FAQ on sports equipment.

Pets

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 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 excess baggage charges
Animal and cage Price
When the animal and cage combined do not exceed 23 kilograms and 150 centimeters (59 inches) US$500
When the animal and cage combined weigh between 24 and 32 kilograms and have total dimensions between 150 centimeters (59 inches) and 300 centimeters (118 inches) US$650
When the animal and cage combined weigh over 32 kilograms and have total dimensions between150 centimeters (59 inches) and 300 centimeters (118 inches) US$800
When the cage dimensions exceed 118 inches (300 centimeters) Cargo

Please contact Emirates well before your flight to confirm any procedures (such as permits, tests, or vaccinations) required 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 your paperwork is complete, please submit it to Emirates at least one week prior to your flight.

Musical instruments

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 carry-on baggage (subject to carry-on baggage limitations) or be transported in a paid 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 get in touch with us.

Ship models

When departing from Mauritius, a special charge applies for the transportation of ship models, which can't be included as part of your standard baggage allowance. 

For the first 10 kilograms, a charge of EUR 150 applies, and for the next 10 kilograms, a charge of EUR 50 applies. 

The maximum weight allowed for ship models is 20 kilograms.

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