Emirates is the major airline flying out of Dubai. It flies to international destinations across six continents, offering a variety of fare classes and large range of flights. Fortunately, the Emirates has generous baggage allowances for all of its flights, and quite a simple free baggage allowance structure.
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Economy passengers are generally allowed one carry-on bag, weighing up to a maximum of 7kg/15lbs. The dimensions are limited to 55x38x20cm (22x15x8 inches).
First and Business class passengers flying with Emirates are allowed a second piece of carry-on, limited in size to 45x35x20cm (18x14x8 inches). The total combined weight of both pieces of hand luggage is limited to 12kg/26lbs.+ Show Full Policy
Generally, the amount of cabin baggage you may bring depends on which service class you are flying.
First Class and Business Class customers are permitted two pieces of carry-on baggage: one briefcase plus either one handbag or one garment bag. The briefcase may not exceed 18 x 14 x 8 inches (45 x 35 x 20 cm); the handbag may not exceed 22 x 15 x 8 inches (55 x 38 x 20 cm); the garment bag can be no more than 8 inches (20 cm) thick when folded. The total combined weight of both pieces may not be more than 26 lb (12 kg).
Economy Class customers are permitted one piece of carry-on baggage that may not exceed 22 x 15 x 8 inches (55 x 38 x 20 cm) and must weigh no more than 15 lb (7 kg).
Note: For customers boarding in India, the size of carry-on baggage may not exceed 45.3 total inches or 115 cm (length + width + height).
Duty free purchases such as liquor, cigarettes and perfume are also permitted in reasonable quantities for all service classes. However, liquid restrictions in effect in many airports may prevent these items from getting past security screening points. See more about liquid restrictions.
Exemptions may be granted for oversized cabin baggage containing a valuable or fragile item or items too large to fit within the permitted bag size.
Items in excess of the maximum limitations above may not be permitted in the cabin on flights departing from Dubai. If cabin baggage is not accepted by Emirates ground staff a handling fee of AED 50 per item may apply. The baggage will be transferred to the aircraft hold and a checked baggage receipt will be issued.
Customers Travelling with Infants
Customers in any class of service who are travelling with an infant are permitted one extra piece of checked-in baggage that may not exceed 22 x 15 x 8 inches (55 x 38 x 20 cm) in size or 22 lb (10 kg) where the weight concept applies and 50 lb (23 kg) where the piece concept applies.
In addition, customers travelling with infants are permitted to bring one carry-cot or one fully collapsible stroller into the cabin if there is room. If there is no space for these items in the cabin, they will have to be checked. However, if checked, they will not count against your baggage allowance.
Sports Equipment and Musical Instruments
Sports equipment and musical instruments are subject to the same size and weight restrictions as other forms of cabin baggage. However, it is possible to transport these items on a separate, paid-for seat in the cabin.
Please note that certain conditions and limitations may apply when transporting musical instruments. If you have any questions regarding musical instrument transport, please contact your local Emirates office.
Flights to/from Canada, the USA and Brazil all use a piece concept. All economy passengers on these flights are allowed 2 bags of 23kg/50lbs each. Business and First Class passengers may bring 2 bags of 32kg/70lbs each.
On all other routes, a weight concept applies. Economy passengers are limited to a total of 30kg/66lbs. Business and First Class passengers are allowed 40kg and 50kg, respectively.
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Depending on your route, your baggage allowance may be calculated by piece or weight.
On routes that include stops in the USA, Canada or Brazil, your baggage allowance will be calculated by piece. You will be allowed a set number of items, each of which must weigh under a certain weight.
For all other routes, your baggage will be calculated by weight. You will be allowed to take any number of items with a combined total weight under an amount determined by your route, class and Skywards status.
Find the exact details of your baggage allowance for any flight by visiting the baggage allowance calculator on Emirates website.
Emirates has one of the world's most generous baggage policies. Economy Class customers can check in 30 kg, Business Class travellers 40 kg and if you are flying First Class you can travel with 50 kg of checked baggage. These weights do not apply to itineraries involving USA, Canada and Brazil. Please check our baggage allowance calculator for restrictions and to find out which applies to you.
The standard free baggage allowance for flights operating to or from the USA, Canada and Brazil is determined for each single piece of luggage. For piece concept journeys, total dimensions (length + width + height) of each piece must not exceed 158 cm (62"). For Economy passengers with two pieces of luggage, the total combined dimensions of both pieces should not exceed 273 cm (107").
Standard allowance for flights To/From USA/Canada:
First Class - 2 Pieces at 32 kg each
Business Class - 2 Pieces at 32 kg each
Economy Class - 2 Pieces at 23 kg each
For baggage allowance information relating to travel to or from Brazil, please contact your local Emirates office.
If you have calculated your allowance to be over 32 kg (71 lb), please note that Dubai Civil Aviation prohibits the acceptance of any one piece of baggage weighing more than 32 kg (71 lb), into, out of or via Dubai International Airport.
Passengers Travelling with Infants
Passengers travelling with infants (under two years of age) on any route not including the USA, Canada or Brazil may check one extra piece of baggage in addition to your usual baggage allowance. The total dimensions (length + width + height) of the additional piece must not exceed 115 cm (45"). Where baggage weight is restricted, the additional piece must weigh no more than 10 kgs (22 lbs).
Passengers travelling with infants (under two years of age) on any route that includes the USA, Canada or Brazil, may check one extra piece of baggage in addition to your usual baggage allowance, regardless of cabin class. This extra piece must be 23 kgs (50 lbs) or less.
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.
An excess baggage/overweight fee will be applied if you exceed the free baggage allowance. The fee depends on the route, class, as well as frequent flyer membership, so it is quite a complex structure. Fortunately, Emirates provides an online calculator to view your baggage allowance and any extra fees that may be added on:+ Show Full Policy
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 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.
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.
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.
In addition to your checked baggage allowance, you may also check in one set of golf clubs and one pair of golf shoes free of charge in any class of service on any Emirates flight.
Other 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.
Emirates will accept wind surf boards, 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:
They are less than 300 cm (10 feet) in length.
Any sails are detachable and collapsible.
It is appropriately packed in a hard-shell packing case. If not a Limited Release will be required.
Items up to 400 cm (13 feet) in length may be accepted in exceptional cases, provided detailed information is forwarded to Emirates Airport Services Head Office and Emirates SkyCargo in Dubai at least 7 working days prior to travel of such a passenger. Items exceeding above limit must be referred to Emirates SkyCargo. Please contact your local Emirates office for details. If the free baggage allowance is exceeded, normal excess charges apply.
For sports equipment other than that mentioned above, there is no special baggage allowance. 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.
Pets are not permitted in the cabin, with the exception of falcons between Dubai and certain destinations in Pakistan. Pets must be carried as checked baggage in the hold, and may be subject to excess baggage charges.
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