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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 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 bass and cellos are accepted as checked baggage only if they cannot be accommodated in the cabin. If the dimension and weight of the musical instrument can be accepted as Cabin Baggage (CBBG), you can purchase an extra seat for storing it in cabin instead of checking it 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 the baggage insurance before 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 hand carry one small musical instrument onboard only.
  • 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, based on available space at the time of boarding. With the exception of certain disability assistance devices, overhead bins, or under-seat stowage space is available to all passengers for their carry-on baggage on a “first come, first served” basis or;
  • You can purchase an extra seat for storing it in the cabin instead of stowing it in the 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 cabin, your musical instrument will have to be checked-in.


Due to temperature variations, expansion and contraction of the neck of stringed instruments may occur. You are advised to have the strings loosened to avoid damage.