Emirates Baggage and Carry-on

What is Emirates’ policy on cabin baggage?

To ensure a safe and comfortable and safe travel for all customers, it is important that cabin baggage comply with a set of rules and allowances. Cabin baggage allowances vary depending on class of travel.

What is Emirates’ policy on checked baggage?

Checked baggage allowances may vary depending on your class of travel, route, and Emirates Skywards membership tier. Depending on the route, the baggage allowance may be calculated by piece or weight:

  • On routes to/from/via North or South America and Africa, baggage allowances will be calculated by piece. You will be allowed a number of pieces, each of which must comply with a weight restriction.
  • For all other routes, your baggage allowance will be calculated by weight. You will be permitted to take any number of pieces with a combined total weight under a certain amount.

No matter how the allowance is calculated, Dubai Civil Aviation prohibits the acceptance of any one piece of baggage weighing more than 32 kg (70 lbs) to/from/via Dubai International Airport.

Any piece of baggage with total dimensions exceeding 300 cm (118 in) cannot be transported as checked baggage and must be sent as cargo.

Cabin Baggage

The cabin baggage allowance, the amount of cabin baggage you may bring, depends on the class of travel:

  • First & Business Class2 pieces of cabin baggage:
    • 1st piecea briefcase with maximum dimensions of 45 x 35 x 20 cm (18 x 14 x 8 in).
    • 2nd piecea handbag with maximum dimensions of 55 x 38 x 20 cm (22 x 15 x 8 in) OR a garment bag no more than 20 cm (8 in) thick when folded.
  • Economy Class1 piece of cabin baggage:
    • A handbag OR a laptop bag with maximum dimensions of 55 x 38 x 20 cm (22 x 15 x 8 in).

When departing from India, one piece of carry-on baggage is permitted, and the size may not exceed 115 cm (45.3 inches, length + width + height).

When departing from Brazil with tickets purchased in Brazil, passengers may take up to 10 kg of cabin baggage.

Each piece of hand baggage must not exceed 7 kg (15 lbs) in weight. Duty-free purchases (liquor, cigarettes, and perfume in reasonable quantities) are permitted in addition to the allowance above.

Rolling bags with built-in wheels and retractable handles will be permitted as cabin baggage only if the total dimensions add up to less than 114 cm (45 in). The larger, overnight models of this type of bag will not be accepted in the cabin.

Checked Baggage

Standard baggage allowances may vary depending on route and class of travel. Depending on the Emirates Skywards and Qantas Frequent Flyer membership tier, additional allowances may apply.

The Weight Concept applies for all Emirates flights, except itineraries involving North or South America and itineraries originating in Africa. The standard baggage allowance is:

  • Economy Class – fares:
    • Special – 20 kg.
    • Saver  – 25 kg.
    • Flex – 30 kg.
    • Flex Plus – 35 kg.
  • Business Class – 40 kg.
  • First Class – 50 kg.

For itineraries including any destinations in North or South America and Africa, the Piece Concept applies when calculating the free baggage allowance:

  • Economy Class:
    • Special fare – 1 bag up to 23 kg and 150 cm (59 in).
    • Saver fare:
      • Within the Americas and between the US and Europe – 1 bag up to 23 kg and 150 cm (59 in).
      • All other flights – 2 bags up to 23 kg and 150 cm (59 in) each.
    • Flex, Flex Plus fares – 2 bags up to 23 kg and 150 cm (59 in) each.
  • Business & First Class: 2 bags up to 32 kg and 150 cm (59 in) each.

For Emirates flights to/from North and South America, the Piece Concept will apply on the entire ticketed journey. Excess baggage fees will be charged at the point of baggage acceptance up to the tagged destination. If the journey involves a stopover, the excess baggage fees will be charged from the stopover point to the final destination at piece concept rates. However, the Weight Concept will apply for the entire ticketed journey if your journey from Australia, New Zealand or Asia to North or South America includes a stopover in Dubai greater than 24 hours, or a sector in Europe or Africa.

Passengers with disabilities are entitled, free of charge, to extra baggage allowances consisting of:

  • A fully collapsible wheelchair.
  • Braces or crutches.
  • One portable dialysis machine and all its associated equipment.
  • Assistance Dogs – are not permitted in the cabin and must be loaded into the kennels in the aircraft hold.
  • One sleep apnea device, either CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) or PAP (Positive Airway Pressure), subject to IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.

Excess Baggage

Emirates offers discounts when you purchase additional baggage allowance online with your credit card. Purchasing additional baggage allowance with the online discount saves you money and time at the airport and is subject to the following conditions:

  • Available to passengers with ticketed reservations for Emirates-marketed and operated flights only, up to 4 hours before flight departure.
  • Limited to only one online purchase per eligible passenger (adults and children only) per continuous journey.
  • When the Weight Concept applies, available in blocks of 5 kg up to a maximum of 50 kg with a 50-60% discount.
  • When the Piece Concept applies, available for up to a maximum of 5 additional pieces (up to 23 kg each in Economy class and up to 32 kg in Business and First classes) with a 35-50% discount.

Any additional excess baggage over your online purchased amount will be charged at the standard airport rate upon presentation of baggage at the departure airport. Your baggage will be weighed at check-in and you will be able to purchase additional allowance there if required. Excess baggage purchased at the airport of departure or at any Emirates office is charged at standard excess baggage rates.

Airport Standard Excess Baggage Rates* – Weight System

RouteTo Middle East &
South Asia
To the Far EastTo EuropeTo Australia &
New Zealand
From Middle East & South AsiaUSD 15 per kgUSD 25 per kgUSD 25 per kgUSD 40 per kg
From Far EastUSD 25 per kgUSD 15 per kgUSD 30 per kgUSD 30 per kg
From EuropeUSD 25 per kgUSD 30 per kgUSD 15 per kgUSD 50 per kg
From Australia & New ZealandUSD 40 per kgUSD 30 per kgUSD 50 per kgUSD 15 per kg
*Excess baggage rates are provided for your information only. The excess baggage charge, including applicable taxes, determined by Emirates check-in staff may be different.
Airport Standard Excess Baggage Rates* – Piece System
Additional Piece**
RouteMiddle East &
South Asia
Far EastAfricaEuropeAustralia &
New Zealand
The Americas
To/from AfricaUSD 200USD 250USD 200USD 200USD 250USD 200
To/from the AmericasUSD 225USD 250USD 200USD 100USD 250USD 100
To/from CanadaCAD 280CAD 300CAD 250CAD 125CAD 300CAD 125

*Excess baggage rates are provided for your information only. The excess baggage charge, including applicable taxes, determined by Emirates check-in staff may be different.

**If the additional pieces of baggage you purchase on top of your standard allowance exceed the size and weight limits, the applicable fee from the table below adds to the fee per additional piece.

Airport Standard Excess Baggage Rates* – Piece System
Overweight and/or oversized piece**
Excess BaggageRouteEconomy ClassBusiness & First Class
Overweight free piece (24-32 kg)All routesUSD 75/CAD 95Not applicable
Oversized free piece (151-300 cm)All routesUSD 75/CAD 95USD 75/CAD 95
Overweight AND oversized free pieceAll routesUSD 150/CAD 185Not applicable

*Excess baggage rates are provided for your information only. The excess baggage charge, including applicable taxes, determined by Emirates check-in staff may be different.

**If you have purchased additional pieces of baggage on top of your standard allowance, and these exceed the size and weight limits, the above fee adds to the applicable fee per additional piece.

Sporting Equipment

Sporting equipment is accepted as part of the standard baggage allowance and is subject to normal excess baggage charges if it exceeds your baggage allowance.

Baggage Services

A range of baggage services offered at Emirates Terminal 3 in Dubai can make your journey easier. Emirates Baggage Services make traveling through Dubai Airport as easy and comfortable as possible:

  • Baggage Check-in – when departing from Dubai Airport, you can travel hassle-free and baggage-free with the new Baggage Check-in and Baggage Check-in & Sanitization services.
  • Land & Leave – when arriving at Dubai Airport, you can proceed straight to your home or hotel, and your baggage will be collected for you, cleared through customs, and sanitized before being delivered to wherever you are in Dubai.
  • Concierge Service – with a cost of AED 40 per regular trolley and AED 100 per flat-bed trolley, dedicated porters can help you with your bags when checking in at Departures, or with picking up your baggage from the baggage belt on arrival and taking it to your car, bus or taxi.
  • Baggage Wrapping – at Departures in Emirates Terminal 3, your luggage can be wrapped in strong transparent plastic for AED 40 per standard bag and AED 80 per oversized bag.
  • Left Luggage – depositing your luggage at the Left Luggage facility, in the Arrivals area of Emirates Terminal 3, is available for both arriving and departing passengers for a cost of AED 35 per 12 hours for a standard bag (maximum 21 x 24 x 11 in) and AED 40 per 12 hours for a larger, non-standard bag and valuables.

If your baggage doesn’t show up at the baggage claim, you need to approach the baggage services desk at the airport, which is usually found in the customs hall, near the baggage claim area, where you will fill out a Property Irregularity Report. If your baggage has arrived damaged, you need to file a claim before leaving the airport, but if you have left the airport before noticing the damage, you must contact your local Emirates office within 7 days.

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