The free baggage allowance may vary depending the airline you are travelling with. Please contact your airline for further information.
You should always put your name and address on the outside and inside of your baggage. You will receive tags and stickers with your flight ticket or at the check-in counter.
Tip: Important documents and valuables should be carried in your cabin baggage.
You may only carry gas or disposable lighters (1 per person) or matches on your body. Petrol lighters must not be carried. Under no circumstances may lighters be carried in checked baggage.
The measurements of cabin baggage differ, so please ask your airline before departure.
New carry-on luggage rules for flights to the USA: The US Transport Security Administration has made a change to its carry-on luggage rules, and from June 30, 2018, any powder-like substance of more than 350ml will not be able to be checked in. Substances like medicine or baby food are excluded from this rule. Please contact your airline in advance and if possible, put any powder-like substances in your suitcase. Please also mind this rule if you fly from Hamburg to the USA with a change at an other European airport. Please note that the security rules for liquids are still valid and unaffected by this additional rule.
New security rules for cabin baggage since November 2006
Only small quantities of liquids may be taken on board flights originating in the EU. More Information is available here.
Before departure, please ask your airline about items that may not be carried in your cabin baggage (e.g. pen knives, screwdrivers, nail scissors, etc.)
Baggage trolleys are provided for your convenience inside the terminal buildings and in front of the terminals. A porter service is also available.
Liability for baggage
Liability is defined by law for all airlines. Liability can vary widely, depending on which international treaty the country of departure and country of arrival have signed, and/or on which national laws apply.
Essentially, liability for checked baggage depends on damage being proven, but there is a maximum amount payable. For international journeys, the highest liability depends on the weight of the checked baggage.
For exact details, please read the terms of carriage issued by your airline. You will find an excerpt in the envelope containing your flight ticket.
If the value of the baggage you check in exceeds the maximum payable liability, you are advised to take out extra baggage insurance.
No dangerous items or items which may be used to injure other persons may be carried in cabin baggage. This includes:
- weapons and similar items capable of discharging a projectile, along with imitation weapons
- sharp and pointed items, for example knives, scissors with a blade longer than 6 centimetres, nail files, screwdrivers and bottle openers
- blunt objects such as golf clubs, baseball clubs, hockey sticks and skateboards
- explosives and inflammable materials, for example fireworks (including party poppers), torches, cap guns, paint in spray-cans and gas containers for camping stoves
The Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs has published a list of items prohibited from air travel.