Special baggage items
Qatar Airways accepts any sporting equipment as checked baggage as part of the free checked baggage allowance mentioned on your ticket.
Any sporting equipment that exceeds the free allowance will be subject to excess baggage rates.:
- When purchased in advance, specific sports equipment rates apply (excluding online excess baggage purchase);
- When purchased at the airport, regular excess baggage rates apply.
Guidelines for carrying sporting equipment
Bicycles may be carried as checked baggage or cargo. Please ensure they are properly packed in a strong, custom-made cardboard box. Tyres should be deflated, pedals removed, and handlebars turned and fixed lengthways.
Surfboard, windsurfing equipment and kayaks will be carried as checked baggage if they are less than 3 metres in length and the mast/sail is detachable, collapsible and adequately packed. Items with greater lengths will be carried as Cargo.
Fishing equipment: all rods, nets, tackle boxes, and other bulky equipment will be carried as cargo or checked baggage. They must be suitably packed.
Golf equipment: Golf bags and clubs will be carried as cargo or checked baggage.
Diving equipment: Please ensure all air and gas cylinders are empty prior to travel and that any underwater torches and knives are appropriately packed.
Trekking equipment: Please ensure all trekking equipment are adequately packed.
Note: Due to infrastructure limitation at Johannesburg (JNB) terminal-B, all Sport Equipment or Fragile items allowed are up to 1.5m in physical length on flights to Johannesburg, South Africa.
Qatar Airways provides on-board wheelchairs on all wide-bodied aircraft (A330, A340 and B777). Passengers' own wheelchairs are carried at no charge and do not count towards the baggage allowance.Learn more about mobility assistance
Fragile musical instruments may be carried in the cabin, but they will require the purchase of a ticket for the seat they occupy.
The maximum weight allowed is 75 kg per seat, and maximum length is 120 cm per seat. Any item longer than 120 cms or exceeding the weight limit must be placed across more than one seat.
A maximum of 3 extra seats can be booked per passenger, in addition to the passenger's own seat, depending upon the aircraft seat configuration.
Customers travelling with balls intended for sports (such as footballs, basketballs and soccer balls), can bring them in their carry-on or checked baggage. Balls must be partially deflated (containing no more than 70% of the balls air capacity) to avoid any incidents due to the change in pressure on board the aircraft.
Customers travelling with a bicycle should consider the below packaging options and guidelines:
- Strong, custom-made cardboard box.
- Bike case.
Qatar airways advises customers to use foam tubes around bike parts to ensure better protection of the parts if the bike is packed in a box.
*Note: tyres must be deflated, pedals must be removed, and handlebars must be turned and fixed lengthways.
Customers travelling with ski equipment should consider the below packaging options and packing guidelines:
- Place your ski equipment in a ski bag.
- Make sure the bag is well padded to protect ski equipment.
*To ensure maximum protection, Qatar Airways recommends the hard case for ski packaging equipment.
Customers travelling with golf equipment should consider the below recommended packaging options and guidelines:
- Place your golf equipment in a Golf case bag. The case can be a soft case or a hard case bag.
- Hard cases are preferable to avoid any damage to the equipment.
Customers travelling with a surfboard equipment are advised to consider the below recommended packaging options and guidelines:
1. Surfboard travel bags: Pack your surfboard in bags with reinforced foam padding water-resistant materials, and durable zippers.
• If your bag dooesnt have padding you might use clothing and towels for padding.
• Make sure you detach the fins of your surfboard before packing
• If possible, place foab tube around your surfboard for extra padding and protection
2. Surfboard hard case: A hard case will offer greater protetion for surfboard.
Surfboards and kayaks accepted by Qatar Airways must be:
- Less than 3 m (10 ft) in length
- The mast / sail is detachable and collapsible
Items with greater lengths will be carried as Cargo.
Customers travelling with fishing equipment are advised to consider the below recommended packaging options and guidelines:
- Place the equipment in padded hard cases customiszed for fishing equipment to provide better protection.
Customers travelling with Kayaks are advised to consider the below recommended packaging options and guidelines:
• Always dry off the kayak and accessories before packing them away. This will preserve the condition of your kayak.
• deflate the kayak
• Fold the sides of the kayak towards the middle and align the spray skirts towards the center.
• Roll the kayak from the bow to the stern where the air valves are located. This will help to push the air out as you roll it up.
• Put the skeg protectors on the skegs and pack everything into the carry bag, make sure the bag is well padded.
Please note that Qatar Airways shall accept surfing boards and Kayaks provided that
• They are less than 3 m (10 ft) in length and
• The mast / sail is detachable and collapsible
Items with greater lengths will be carried as Cargo.
Customers travelling with wind surfing equipment are advised to consider the below recommended packaging options and guidelines:
• The windsurfer needs to be dismantled for travel
• A board bag is recommended, and either a separate mast bag and sail/quiver bag, or a bag to accommodate both.
• Buy separate fin and boom bags (or pack them in with the board and masts respectively).
• Ensure that the packaging of choice is well-padded and that your equipment has no sharp edges are protruding out of the bag.
Customers travelling with diving equipment are advised to consider the below recommended packaging options and guidelines:
· We recommend to pack your diving equipment in a Scuba Gear bag to protect them, including your fins and diving mask.
· Pack your diving mask in its hard protective case
· Please pack valuable diving equipment such as your diving regulator and your diving computer in your carry-on baggage.
· To pack your buoyancy compensator (BC) make sure all the air is out before packing it. Then fold the sides fairly tightly so it as small as possible.
Customers travelling with trekking equipment are advised to consider the below recommended packaging options and guidelines:
• Make sure your bag is well padded and no sharp edges are protruding from the bag to protect against damage
• Please note that some trekking and hiking equipment including fuel, pocket knives, trekking poles, camping stoves, a multi-tool or a machete and other sharp objects are not to be packed in hand luggage.
• In general all trekking equipment’s can be packed in the checked baggage, keeping in mind that restrictions might apply in destination airport.
• Wind instruments and Brass Instruments: Trumpets, saxophone, clarinet etc. have their own packaging, like:
• Instruments in Percussion family: Gong Bass drum, conga, snare drums, long drums, electronic drums,bongo drums, etc.
• String instruments: Guitar , Bass guitar ,violin, cello double bass, banjo ,lutes etc. They are sold in their hard shell cases
• Electronic Instruments: Keyboard, electronic guitar
Acceptance of such categories should be in its original packing with some foam in its interiors, or it’s advised that the instrument is packed in hard case with soft material to wrap around, to avoid damage during travel.