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).
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).
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.
From Canada and North/South America
Emirates customers traveling from Canada or North or South America can enjoy our generous checked baggage allowances.
From Canada, North America:
Two bags of up to 23kg (50lb) each in Economy Class
Two bags of up to 32kg (70lb) each in First Class and Business Class
From South America:
Two bags of up to 32kg (70lb) 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).
Linear Dimensions: What are Linear Dimensions?
Piece vs Weight: What is Piece Concept vs Weight Concept
Packing List: Travel Packing Checklist
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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