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. Baggage Size Limits have been adjusted for tickets booked on/after November 15 2014 - Individual items with total dimensions exceeding 300cm (118 inches) cannot be transported as checked baggage, and must be sent as cargo or freight.
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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
Cabin Baggage Allowance
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 20cm); the handbag may not exceed 22 x 15 x 8 inches (55 x 38 x 20cm); the garment bag can be no more than 8 inches (20cm) thick when folded. The weight of each piece must not exceed 7kg (15lb).
Economy Class customers are permitted one piece of carry-on baggage, either a handbag or laptop bag, that may not exceed 22 x 15 x 8 inches (55 x 38 x 20cm) and must weigh no more than 15lb (7kg).
Note: For customers boarding in India, the size of carry-on baggage may not exceed 45.3 total inches or 115cm (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.
These allowances may vary depending on your route, class of travel and your Emirates Skywards membership tier. You can use our baggage allowance calculator to see exactly what cabin baggage you may bring onto your flight.
Customers Travelling with Infants
Passengers travelling with infants in any class of service are also permitted one (1) handbag for infant food (weight must not exceed 5 kg/11lb) and other inflight necessities and one (1) fully collapsible stroller / carry-cot, as a carry-on item if cabin space is available or else as checked baggage in the hold.
Handbag size: 55 x 38 x 20cm (22 x 15 x 8 inches).
Liquid restrictions on hand baggage now apply to all customers boarding from or transiting through Dubai International Airport as well as many other airports around the world.
Flights to certain countries, including Australia and New Zealand, have additional checks on liquids, aerosols and gels at the departure gate – any items which do not comply with the security restrictions below will be confiscated.
Please note that these checks may prevent you from carrying duty free liquid goods purchased prior to these flights, including items purchased on board, if carried as part of your normal hand baggage.
Items bought in Dubai International Airport can be sealed and delivered separately to the aircraft, for collection on arrival at your final destination, for customers travelling to or via countries with these restrictions.
In order to ensure that the liquids you bring on board comply with international regulations, please make certain that they are packaged and transported in the following manner:
All liquids, gels and aerosols, pastes, lotions, creams, drinks and other items of similar consistency must be in containers with a capacity no greater than 100ml. Those carried in containers larger than 100ml will not be accepted, even if the container is only partially filled.
These containers must be placed in a transparent re-sealable plastic bag of a maximum capacity not exceeding one litre. Larger bags or bags that are non-sealable, such as fold-over sandwich bags, are not allowed.
The containers must fit comfortably within the plastic bag, which is to be completely closed.
You will need to present the plastic bag for visual examination at the security screening point. Only one bag per customer will be permitted.
Exemptions will be made for medications, baby milk or foods, and special dietary requirements, but you will need to show an appropriate means of verifying the nature of these items.
Restricted Items and Dangerous Goods
Due to international regulations, and to ensure the safety of our customers, there are a number of restrictions on items that can be carried in your cabin baggage.
These items may include, but are not limited to:
Real or toy weapons
Arms and ammunition
Explosives or anything containing explosives (for example, fireworks or fire crackers)
Knives of any kind, type, shape or size
Razor blades and straight razor blades
Hypodermic needles and syringes (unless required for medical reasons and accompanied by a medical certificate confirming the medical condition necessitating carriage)
Dangerous Goods are classified as items or substances that may pose health and safety hazards to customers. The transport of these goods is regulated by Civil Aviation Regulations, and they are generally not allowed in either cabin baggage or checked baggage, with some exceptions.
Medical Equipment On board
The use of certain medical devices on board Emirates flights is permitted: please see our information on special needs for details of permitted devices and any restrictions.
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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Emirates has one of the world’s most generous baggage policies. When flying with Emirates you can enjoy the following checked baggage allowances:
30kg in Economy Class
40kg in Business Class
50kg in First Class
If you are an Emirates Skywards Platinum, Gold or Silver member, you may also be entitled to additional allowances.
Note: for itineraries including any destinations in North or South America, different baggage rules apply: for North America, customers are allowed two bags of up to 23kg each in Economy Class, and two bags of up to 32kg each in First Class or Business Class. For South America, customers are allowed two bags of up to 32kg each in all classes.
To see details of the baggage policies and the excess baggage rates for your journey, please use our baggage allowance calculator .
Travelling with Infants
Infant baggage allowances vary depending on whether the Weight Concept or Piece Concept applies.
Up to 10kg (22 lb) additional baggage, in addition to your usual baggage allowance.
One extra piece of baggage in addition to your usual baggage allowance, regardless of cabin class. This extra piece must be 23kg (50 lb) or less, with total dimensions (length + width + height) not exceeding 115 cm (45 inches).
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 Emirates 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.
For travel on Emirates to or from North and South America, the piece concept applies on the entire ticketed journey. Excess baggage will be charged at the point of baggage acceptance up to the tagged destination.
If your journey involves a stopover, the excess baggage will be charged from the stopover point to the final destination at piece concept rates.
Passenger 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 .
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