Emirates - a family guide
Emirates want families to feel well looked after with easy-to-understand baggage allowances and options to bring baby and toddler essentials onboard.
Emirates has one of the world’s most generous baggage policies. Checked baggage allowances are as follows:
- Economy Class: 30kg
- Business Class: 40kg
- First Class: 50kg
If you’re travelling with a baby (any class) you’re permitted extra checked-in baggage. This could be based on weight or piece (that’s number of bags), and will be shown on your ticket. Based on weight, it’s one extra piece of checked-in baggage up to 10kg, not exceeding 55cm x 38cm x 20cm. With piece, the extra check-in baggage has a 23kg limit with length + width + height not exceeding 115cm.
First Class and Business Class: two pieces of carry-on baggage, with a total 12kg combined weight. The two pieces can be one briefcase (45cm x 35cm x 20cm) plus either one handbag (55cm x 38cm x 20cm) or one garment bag (20cm thick when folded)
Economy Class: one piece of carry-on baggage (7kg), with a size limitation of 55cm x 38cm x 20cm
Passengers travelling with babies (any class): you’re also permitted one handbag for baby food (not over 5kg) and other in-flight necessities and one fully collapsible buggy/carrycot, as a carry-on item if cabin space is available or else as checked baggage in the hold
- You may use infant car seats – but you must supply your own (approved) car seat. Cabin crew can help you fit the car seat to the passenger seat
- A seat must be booked and child’s fare paid for your baby to travel in a car seat onboard
- The car seat must be the forward facing type and one that can be secured with the lap seatbelt, not a shoulder harness (2-point seatbelt)
- Milk, formula and meals can be heated up by the cabin crew
- There are no restrictions for breastfeeding onboard
- You can take formula and baby food onboard (up to 5kg)
- A selection prepared baby meals are also available, for no extra charge. All special meals must be booked at least 24 hours in advance of the flight.
Children’s menu (for 2 years to 12 years) is available
- If you’re pregnant and plan to travel once you’re in your 29th week of pregnancy, a medical certificate or letter signed by an appropriately qualified doctor or midwife is required, stating:
- whether it’s a single or multiple pregnancy
- your pregnancy is progressing without complications
- your estimated date of delivery
- that you’re in good health
- that there’s no reason known to them that would prevent you from flying
- If you choose not to carry a medical certificate, you may not be accepted for travel if there is any doubt about your ability to safely complete the journey.
- For a multiple pregnancy, no air travel is permitted after the 32nd week
- For a single pregnancy, after the 36th week travel will only be allowed after prior clearance is granted by the Emirates medical department – a medical information form (MEDIF) will need to be submitted
- There’s no specific cancellation policy relating to pregnant travel