Emirates Baggage Allowance & Excess Luggage Fees

At a glance

Hand baggage: All passengers are allowed at least one bag.
Checked bags: At least one item.
Excess baggage: £18 up to 32kg.

Hand baggage allowance

Emirate’s hand luggage rules and allowances vary depending on each passenger’s route, class of travel and Emirates Skywards membership tier. Passengers can use the baggage allowance calculator to see exactly what they’re allowed to bring on-board the plane.

Size restrictions

Economy Class customers are permitted one piece of hold baggage. This handbag or laptop bag cannot exceed 55 x 38 x 20cm. A small duty free bag is also allowed from the departure airport. It’s worth noting that you must be able to fit your bags into the baggage gauge at check in, including handles, pockets and wheels. All hand luggage must be stowed in an overhead locker or under the seat in front.

Weight restrictions

Hand luggage may not be heavier than 7kg.


First Class and Business Class customers are permitted two pieces of hand baggage. These may be a briefcase plus either one handbag or one garment bag. The briefcase must not exceed 45 x 35 x 20cm in parameters, the handbag 55 x 38 x 20cm, and the garment bag must be no thicker than 20cm when folded. The weight of each item cannot exceed 7kg.

For customers boarding in India, the size of hold baggage cannot exceed 115cm (a combination of length + width + height).

Customers travelling with an infant are allowed to bring a single carrycot or one fully collapsible stroller into the cabin.

Checking in excess hand baggage

Passengers arriving at the check-in desk or the boarding gate (if they’ve checked in online) with too many pieces of baggage, or baggage that is too large or overweight, will have to check them into the hold. A fee will apply and this will be higher than if you had booked extra hold baggage in advance.

Checked Baggage Allowance

Checked baggage fees vary according to route and season of travel.

Size restrictions (per bag)

The total dimensions (length + width + height) of each item of luggage must not exceed 150cm. Passengers will be charged a fee for any items exceeding these dimensions up to a maximum of 300cm. Items greater than 300cm will need to be sent as cargo. Passengers checking in two items of luggage must be sure that the total combined dimensions of both items do not exceed 300cm.

Number of bags permitted

Passengers can check in as many items of baggage as they wish, but the total weight cannot exceed the maximum allowance of your travel class. No individual item must weigh more than 32kg. The best way to check your maximum allocation is to log into your online account where you’ll find information on your allocated personal allowance.

Weight restrictions (per bag)

Checked baggage weight allowance depends on a passenger’s fare band and travel class ranging. Customers are allowed to travel with bags weighing 20kg, 30kg, 30kg, 35kg, 40kg and 50kg when there travel class is Special, Saver, Flex, Flex Plus, Business Class to First Class respectively. Bags over 32kg must be shipped separately as cargo.

Charges for checked bags (again these may vary depending on time & point of purchase)

Excess baggage fees for items weighing over 23kg are £18.


Passengers with Emirates Skywards Platinum, Gold or Silver members, have extra baggage allowances. Please check the baggage allowance calculator to see exactly what you’re allowed to bring on-board the plane.

Outsize or unusual baggage

Sports equipment and musical instruments are restricted by the same size and weight restrictions as other forms of hand baggage. However, most instruments can travel with you on a paid-for seat.