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The following baggage policies are shown as they appear on Emirates Airlines’ website. Your Vacations To Go travel counselor can answer any additional questions you may have.

Carry-on Baggage

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 15lb (7kg).

Economy Class customers are permitted one piece of carry-on baggage, either a handbag orlaptop bag, that may not exceed 22 x 15 x 8 inches (55 x 38 x 20cm) and must weigh no more than 15lb (7kg).

Checked Baggage

Emirates customers traveling from Canada or North or South America can enjoy our generous checked baggage allowances.

For travel to the US

As of March 25, 2017, customers traveling on non-stop flights from Dubai International airport to the US are not allowed to carry electronic devices larger than a smartphone in the cabin of the aircraft.

Weight concept

The weight concept applies to all routes, excluding travel to or from destinations in Canada, North America, and South America. For travelers in Emirates Economy Class, your baggage allowance depends on the type of fare you’ve purchased.

When you fly with Emirates to and from destinations outside the Americas, you can enjoy the following checked baggage allowances:

Economy Fare Brand Business Class First Class
Ticket issued Special Saver Flex/ Flex Plus All fare types All fare types  
Before June 20, 2016 30 kg 30 kg 30 kg 40 kg 50 kg  
On/after June 20, 2016 20 kg 30 kg 30/35 kg 40 kg 50 kg  

If your allowance has increased after having a ticket reissued, we strongly recommend that you carry proof of your original baggage allowance (a printout or screenshot of the original ticket).

You can check as many pieces of baggage as you need, as long as the total weight is less than the maximum baggage allowance of your class. However, each individual item must weigh less than 32 kg.

If an individual item has total dimensions (length + width + height) greater than 300 cm (118 inches), it can’t be checked as baggage and will need to be sent as cargo or freight. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Piece concept (for Canada, North America, and South America)

If your trip includes any destinations in Canada, North America, or South America, different baggage rules apply.

The total dimensions (length + width + height) of each piece must not exceed 150 cm (59 inches). You’ll be charged an additional fee for any individual items with dimensions exceeding 150 cm (59 inches), up to a maximum of 300 cm (118 inches). Individual items with total dimensions greater than 300 cm (118 inches) can’t be checked as baggage and will need to be sent as cargo or freight.

If you check two pieces of luggage (in any of our three classes), the total combined dimensions of both pieces cannot exceed 300 cm (118 inches).

Canada and North America

For travel to and from Canada and North America, you can check two bags of up to 23 kg each in Economy Class and two bags of up to 32 kg each in First Class or Business Class.

South America

For travel to and from South America, you can check two bags of up to 32 kg each in every class.

However, for travel to and from Argentina (excluding flights between Argentina and Brazil), Economy Class customers can check in two bags, each weighing up to 23 kg.

Travel from Australia, New Zealand, or Asia

If your trip from Australia, New Zealand, or Asia to North or South America includes a stopover in Dubai longer than 24 hours, or a sector in Europe or Africa, the weight concept will apply for the entire ticketed journey.

Travel including any destination in Africa

If your trip begins in Africa, different rules apply, depending on when your ticket was issued. Please read our FAQ for details.

Interline baggage policy

If your travel starts in the United States and the first airline on your booking is not Emirates, different rules may apply.

Interline flights are flights that are on the same ticket as your Emirates flights but are operated by another airline and do not have an Emirates flight number (Emirates flight numbers start with EK). These airlines may have different baggage allowances from Emirates. You can read the interline partner baggage allowances for information on allowances and charges for carry-on baggage and checked bag.

Personal motorized vehicles are not allowed on board.

For safety reasons, we can’t accept personal motorized vehicles such as hoverboards, mini-Segways, or smart or self-balancing wheels on our flights. We can’t carry them either as checked baggage or as carry-on luggage because they contain large lithium batteries. This regulation applies even if you’re connecting to our flights from an airline that has accepted them.

Items containing explosives are not allowed on board

All fireworks and any other items containing explosives—for example, Christmas crackers, firecrackers, bottle rockets, poppers, and sparklers—are forbidden to be carried on our flights either as carry-on baggage or as checked baggage.