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Musical Instruments

Checked Baggage

  • When musical instruments are checked as normal baggage and exceed your free baggage allowance, you may need to pay an excess baggage fee.
  • Musical instruments carried as check-in baggage must be kept inside sturdy and protective hard cases. Musical instruments in soft bags (gig bags) will not be accepted.
  • Large-sized musical instruments such as double basses and cellos are accepted as checked baggage only if they cannot be accommodated in the cabin. If the dimensions and weight of the musical instrument can be accepted as Cabin Baggage (CBBG), you can purchase an extra seat so it can be stored in the cabin instead of being checked in.
  • You are required to sign limited release tags for all checked musical instruments due to their fragile nature. If your musical instruments have high value, it is recommended that you purchase baggage insurance before you travel, which may provide you with a more comprehensive insurance coverage. 

Carry-on Baggage

  • Guitars or other small musical instruments (like violins, violas, flutes, etc.) can be accepted as free carry-on baggage items. Each passenger is allowed to carry only one small musical instrument on board as hand luggage.
  • Musical instruments should be stored in hard cases with rounded edges. These items can be stowed properly in the overhead bins or under the seats, depending on the available space at the time of boarding. With the exception of certain disability assistance devices, overhead bins and under-seat stowage space are available to all passengers for their carry-on baggage on a first-come-first-served basis. Or alternatively,
  • you can purchase an extra seat so you can store it in the cabin instead of stowing it in an overhead bin or under the seat. Please pre-advise EVA Air no later than 48 hours prior to flight departure.
  • If there is no stowage space in the cabin, your musical instrument will have to be checked in.


Due to temperature variations, the neck of stringed instruments may expand or contract. You are advised to have the strings loosened to avoid damage.