With Emirates baggage policy, find out how much you can take on board or as a checked baggage. 

Emirates Baggage Policy

We have covered the baggage, alongside the additional baggage allowance required for your travel. You can also learn how to travel with items like sports or mobility equipment by looking into the Emirates luggage allowance services.

Baggage Allowance of Emirates Airlines

Below are the weight and size requirements for the checked baggage as well as carry-on luggage.

Carry-on Baggage Allowance

Emirates Carry-on Baggage Allowance

Here’s the baggage allowance based on the class of service offered by the Emirates Airlines – 

Class of ServiceCarry-on baggage weightCarry-on baggage size
Economy15 lbs/7 kg55 x 38 x 20 cm/22 x 15 x 8 inches
Premium Economy22 lbs/10 kg22 x 15 x 8 inches
Business & First Class15 + 15 lbs (briefcase)22 x 15 x 8 inches + 18 x 14 x 8 inches (briefcase)

*The dimensions of the briefcase, handbag, and garment bag cannot be larger than 18 x 14 x 8, 22 x 15 x 8, and 8 inches, respectively, when folded.

Carry-on Baggage Allowance

With Infants – If there is space, you may bring one carry-cot or one stroller that collapses completely inside the cabin. They will need to be checked if there is no room in the cabin for them.

Boarding from India – You are allowed one piece of carry-on luggage upon boarding in India. The maximum size for carry-on luggage is 45.3 inches (length + width + height).

Travel from Brazil – For all passengers departing from Brazil, passengers can carry 22 lbs of cabin luggage

Carry-on baggage placement – All carry-on luggage must fit either under the seat in front of you or in one of the overhead compartments. Baggage may not be positioned in front of emergency exits, in the aisles, or behind your legs.

Liquid containers – All liquids, aerosols, gels, pastes, lotions, creams, beverages, and other goods with a similar consistency must be contained in bottles. The capacity must be within 100ml. Containers larger than 100 ml will not be accepted.

Baby Food & Special Dietary Restrictions– Exemptions will be granted for prescriptions, baby milk or meals, and special dietary needs. Passengers need to produce proof of the nature of such items.

Checked Baggage Allowance

Passengers can take advantage of the largest baggage allowance in the world. Your free baggage allowance is determined by the total amount of weight or the number of pieces of luggage you have. The weight or piece concept mentioned below is used to describe this.

Emirates Checked Baggage Allowance

For most routes, the weight concept is not applicable. The piece concept applies for travel routes to and from the Americas and Africa. Your allowance is determined on your destination, fare, and travel class.

Weight concept – The Emirates baggage allowance is based on the total weight of all the checked baggage. You can check in as much baggage as you want, up to the weight limit for your flight class. Each bag should not weigh more than 32 kg.

Class of travelSpecialSaverFlexFlex Plus
Economy Class20 kg25 kg30 kg35 kg
Class of travelBaggage allowance
Business Class40 kg
First Class50 kg
Checked Baggage Allowance

Checked baggage dimensions – A single bag’s overall dimensions (length + breadth + height) shouldn’t be greater than 300 cm (118 inches). Oversized bags won’t be permitted as checked baggage.

Piece concept – You can check in a limited number of baggage, and each bag has a weight limit. Your budget is determined by your fare or travel class.

Class of travelBaggage allowance
Economy ClassOne piece up to 23 kg for Special fares.
Two pieces up to 23 kg each for Saver, Flex, and Flex Plus fares
Premium EconomyTwo pieces up to 23kg (50lb) each
Business ClassTwo pieces up to 32kg (70lb) each
First ClassTwo pieces up to 32kg (70lb) each

*The aforementioned Emirates checked baggage allowance is applicable for travel to/from Europe, US, and Africas.

Travel starting in Australia, New Zealand, or Asia – If your flight from Australia, New Zealand, or Asia to North or South America involves a layover in Dubai for more than 24 hours or a segment in Europe, the weight concept will apply to your reservation.

The weight idea may apply if you are travelling into Africa for more than 24 hours.

Dimensions for checked luggage under piece concept – Each piece’s combined length, width, and height cannot exceed 150 cm (59 inches).  Any individual products that are larger than 150 cm (59 inches), up to a maximum of 300 cm (118 inches), or 215 cm (84.64 inches for travel from Dammam International Airport, may incur an extra baggage fee.

Emirates Extra Baggage Charges

You will be responsible for the following extra fees if you have the maximum number of pieces of luggage but exceed the weight and dimension limits:

OverweightOversizedOverweight and Oversized
Flights to/from the Americas, and AfricaUSD 75USD 250USD 325

If you purchased additional pieces of luggage and their size and weight exceed the limits, you will be charged the following fees

OverweightOversizedOverweight and Oversized
Flights to/from the Americas, and AfricaUSD 275USD 325USD 400

Emirates Airlines Policy for Missing and Damaged Baggage

For passengers whose checked baggage is missing or damaged, this is what you need to know – 

Missing baggage

If you are unable to locate your checked baggage upon arrival:

  • Please notify the baggage services counter in the Arrivals hall about your misplaced bag.
  • You will be asked to complete a report.
  • Make your report as detailed as possible by specifying the colour, make, and marks, among other things.
  • The report will include a unique reference number that can be used to track your luggage.
  • The Emirates team will work to quickly find your misplaced luggage.

In case you won’t receive the checked baggage within 72 hours upon arrival, complete a baggage inventory form, then send it to the specified address. As per Emirates Airlines baggage policy, the following documents are required in order to complete the form:

  • A self attested baggage inventory form
  • Valid photo ID
  • Copies of your receipts for all garment purchases
  • Receipts for any items in your bag, such as apparel or accessories.
  • Your receipt for excess luggage (if you were carrying excess baggage)
  • A claim must also be filed with your travel insurance provider.

If you did not make a report and departed the airport, contact your local Emirates office as soon as possible—and alert them. If your luggage is found and located:

  • You will be informed as soon as possible.
  • Emirates will arrange for a convenient (for you) delivery time.

To check the status of the missing baggage, 

  • Visit the delayed/damaged baggage section 
  • Enter the 10-digit file reference number and the last name of the passenger.
  • Hit the ‘submit’ button for all the details. 
Emirates Missed Baggage

Damaged Baggage

If the damaged baggage is arrived – 

  • You will need to escalate the matter to the Emirates Local Office immediately upon arrival. 
  • You can file a complaint at the airport counter upto 3 hours after the scheduled arrival.
  • You would be asked to fill out the damage report. 
  • You may be asked to describe the size and colour of your luggage. If required, you may be asked to submit the receipt of the damaged items. 

If you find that some of the items are missing from your damaged luggage, then – 

  • Contact the Emirates checked baggage team.
  • File the report of the missing items.

Unusual Baggage and Special Allowances of Emirates Airlines 

Special passengers such as infants or any disabled person are allowed generous baggage allowance, as per the Emirates baggage policy. 

For Disabled Passenger

The following additional baggage allowances are available to passengers with disabilities, free of charge:

  • Fully collapsible wheelchair
  • Braces and crutches
  • One portable dialysis machine per disabled passenger
  • Passengers who are blind or deaf may bring support dogs, but they must be carried into kennels in the aircraft’s hold and are not permitted in the cabin.
  • CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) or PAP machine

Infant travel

Depending on your trip, passengers who are taking a baby (under the age of two) have a varying baggage allowance.

  • One carry-on baggage. The size must be within 22 x 15 x 8 inches. The baggage weight must not exceed 5 kg.
  • The checked baggage is up to 10 kg.
  • stroller that can be completely collapsed
  • Portable bassinet for babies
  • Car seat for an infant

Sports equipment

Items exceeding 300 cm or 118 inches cannot be transported as checked baggage. As checked luggage, you can bring a variety of sports equipment, such as:

Emirates Sports equipment
  • Golf accessories.
  • Mountain bike (notify at least 24 hours in advance).
  • SCUBA and swimming gears.
  • Possessing firearms and ammunition like Air guns, Target pistols, and hunting rifles. 
  • Ski and water ski equipment.
  • Surfboards, kayaks, kite-surfing equipment, and pole vaults.
  • Collapsible and detachable sails.

Pet travel

Under the Emirates baggage policy, pets are not allowed in the cabin, except – 

  • Service dogs for blind passengers
  • Falcons on select flights between Dubai and other Gulf routes. 
  • Pet fee will depend upon the size and weight of the pet.

Pets may travel as cargo or as a checked baggage in the hold. The Emirates excess baggage fee will be assessed, and is dependent on the size and the combined weight of the animal and the kennel. Please keep in mind the weight and size restrictions for animals travelling as checked baggage.

Animal weightKennel sizePrice
The combined weight of animal and cage must be within 23 kgThe size of the cage is within 59 inchesUSD 500
The combined weight of animal and cage varies between 24 and 32 kgCage dimension between 59 inches and 118 inchesUSD 650
When the animal and cage combined weight over 32 kgCage dimension between 59 inches and 118 inchesUSD 800
When the animal and cage combined weight over 32 kgCage dimension exceed 118 inchesCargo

Musical instrument

A free baggage allowance is provided for the carriage of musical instruments. They can be transported either as checked baggage or in the cabin. You may be charged Emirates extra baggage fees. 

Ship prototypes

When departing from Mauritius, the ship models must be transported separately and at an additional cost. A fee of 200 USD would be assessed for the first 10 kg, and an additional fee of EUR 50 is assessed for each additional 10 kg. The ship model can hold a maximum weight of 20 kg.

Explosive items are not permitted on board

Christmas crackers, firecrackers, bottle rockets, poppers, and sparklers, are prohibited either as carry-on or checked baggage.

Motorized vehicles are not permitted on board

Hoverboards, mini-Segways, and smart or self-balancing wheels are restricted on board due to big lithium batteries. They are neither allowed as carry-on nor as checked baggage. 

A Guide to Restricted/Prohibited Items

Restricted/Prohibited Items

Dangerous items, substances, and merchandise can put the passengers and crew of the aircraft in danger. It’s critical to read Emirates baggage policy for dangerous goods before packing your bags so you know what to avoid bringing on the airline.

Forbidden items

Items that could endanger the passengers’ health and safety or could harm the aircraft are considered forbidden or prohibited items. It is highly recommended to not carry such items. 

The table listed below indicates all the prohibited products – 

List of prohibited itemsItem limitAllowed as Carry-on BagAllowed as Checked Bag
AlcoholMust not exceed 5L per personYesYes
Batteriesmaximum of 20 spare batteriesYesNo
Battery exceeding 100 watt hoursWatt-hour rating exceeding 100 watt hours but not exceeding 160 watt hoursNeed prior approvalNeed prior approval
Dronesif you have a drone in your checked-in baggage you’ll be asked to either secure the lithium batteries within the droneNoYes
Portable electronic devicesEach passenger is limited to a maximum of 15 personal electronic devices.YesYes
Security type equipmentN/ANeed prior approvalNeed prior approval
Lithium battery-powered electronic deviceslithium content exceeding 2 grams but not exceeding 8 grams.Need prior approvalNeed prior approval
Portable electronic devices A maximum of 2 spare batteries may be carried.YesYes
Smart baggage with removable batteriesIf exceeds the baggage limit, it can’t be carriedYesYes
Battery powered wheelchairs Non-spillablebattery must be attached to wheelchairNeed prior approvalNeed prior approval
Battery powered wheelchairs spillablePassenger need to make advance arrangement before the scheduled departureNeed prior approvalNeed prior approval
Mobility Aids: lithium-ion batteriesThe batteries  must not exceed 300 watt hoursNeed prior approvalNeed prior approval
Personal motorised vehiclesN/ANoNo
Avalanche rescue backpackThe backpack must be packed in such a manner that it cannot be accidentally activated.Need prior approvalNeed prior approval
Gas cartridgesNot more than 1 device per passenger is permittedNeed prior approvalNeed prior approval
Hair curlersNot more than 1 device per passenger is permittedYesYes
Non-flammable, non-toxic aerosolsnet quantity of each single article must not exceed 0.5 kilograms or 0.5 litresNoYes
Camping stovesThe fuel container must be completely drained of all liquid gasNeed prior approvalNeed prior approval
Fuel cellsN/AYesYes
Internal combustion or fuel cell enginesMust be free of any fuel used for that powerNoYes
refrigerated liquid nitrogenMust be fully absorbed in a porous materialYesYes
Oxygen or air, gaseous, cylindersThe cylinders must not exceed 5kgNeed prior approvalNeed prior approval
Cardiac pacemakersMust be implanted into a person or fitted externallyYesYes
Thermometer or barometer, mercury filledmust be packed in a strong outer packaging,Need prior approvalNeed prior approval
Thermometer, medical or clinicalNot more than 1 device per passenger is permittedNoYes
Powder-like substancesContainers equal to or above 350 gms needs to be checked-inNoYes
Attaché casesN/ANoNo
Dry iceQuantity must not exceed 2.5 kg per passengerNeed prior approvalNeed prior approval
Underwater torches, Diving lampsAny battery needs to be removedNeed prior approvalNeed prior approval
Matches, small cigarette lighterN/ANoNo
Hair sprays, perfumes, colognes and medicines containing alcohol.The net quantity must not exceed 2 kg per passengerYesYes
AmmunitionThe net quantity must not exceed 5 kg per passengerNeed prior approvalNeed prior approval
Mace, pepper sprayN/ANoNo
Electro shock weaponsN/ANoNo
Firecrackers and other pyrotechnic productsN/ANoNo

How to Pay the Emirates Baggage Fee?

While booking the flight, you can pay the excess baggage fee in the following ways – 

  • At the time of booking the flight
  • At the time of check-in
  • At the airport check-in desks
  • Through Emirates offices in advance

How to Purchase the Emirates Excess Baggage Allowance?

Online – Extra luggage allowance can be purchased online up to four hours before your flight’s departure. If you purchase your additional allowance online, you will receive a special discount from Emirates. You’ll save time and money by doing this at the airport.

To buy the baggage online:

  • Visit the Emirates official website.
  • Click on Manage Booking tab. Enter the reference number and the last name of the passenger.
  • Hit the ‘Baggage’ button followed by ‘Buy excess baggage’ 
  • The excess luggage allowance fees will now be displayed.
  • To purchase your extra baggage, simply follow the on-screen instructions. 

Airport – If your luggage weighs more than your base allotment, you can purchase an additional bag at the Emirates airport counter. Arrive at the airport early if you have extra baggage to account for the extra time it may take to weigh your luggage and pay the additional price.


You will be happy to know that for a journey from Dubai to London, it is not necessary to pay any additional baggage as your hand luggage allowance includes both duty free and sports equipment. It is a policy adopted by Emirates airlines that makes travelling hassle free and great fun . You can enjoy your trip without thinking about the weight of the luggage.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – Emirates Airlines Baggage Policy & Allowance

How strict is Emirates with baggage?

According to Emirates, your carry-on bag must not be more than 55 x 38 x 20 cm. It must be small enough to fit easily in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of you. A 7kg weight restriction is also in place.

How much extra baggage is allowed on Emirates?

As per Emirates baggage policy, extra baggage allowance is available in 5 kg increments up to a maximum of 50 kg. For example, if you go from London to India, you will receive a 50% discount for an extra 5 kg and a 60% discount for an extra 20 kg.

Are laptops allowed in checked baggage with Emirates?

Yes, passengers can carry laptops as checked baggage. Each person is limited to a maximum of 15 personal electronic devices.

Can I carry knives in checked baggage with Emirates?

Any sharp objects are allowed under checked baggage. These items must be securely wrapped to refrain from any injury.

Can I purchase extra baggage with Emirates?

Yes, if your ticket’s luggage allowance is depending on the number of pieces, you can purchase more pieces online, at any of the Emirates local offices, or at the airport.

How many luggage are allowed on Emirates Airlines?

Emirates baggage allowance includes two checked bags up to 23 kg each for Economy Class. For Premium Economy, and Business Class, the checked baggage weight limit is 32 kg each.

Does Emirates allow personal items?

Yes, the airline allows personal items on all classes of service, and the weight limit must be within 7 kg.

Is it permissible to transport firearms, ammo, and weapons in my luggage?

Yes, they can be carried as checked baggage but under the following conditions – 

The original firearm licence must be under passengers’ name.
You must send the request for approval to the airlines no less than 72 hours before the scheduled departure.
The firearms must be completely unloaded.

Am I allowed to carry Zamzam water on Emirates flights?

If you’re travelling to perform Hajj, and your itinerary includes a Medinah, you can carry up to 5 liters of Holy Water.

Are there any safety concerns for carry-on and hand luggage?

All carry-on bags must be fitted under the seat in front of you or in the overhead bins. The airline does not allow any hand luggage or carry-on luggage on the passenger seat.

Would my luggage be transferred if I am on a connecting flight?

Yes, your bags will be checked through to your final location if you are connecting between Emirates flights in Dubai and your layover is less than 24 hours.

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