Singapore Airlines

Non-standard baggage

Non-standard baggage

Sometimes, you may have to carry large or heavy items with you when you fly. Most sporting equipment and musical instruments can be checked in or carried on board. Upon arrival, checked in baggage may come out on a different carousel than your normal baggage. Seek advice from airport staff and/or look for signage for outsized baggage.

Some restrictions apply to extremely large items or a large number of items. In this case you may seek assistance from our subsidiary, Singapore Airlines Cargo, who will be more than happy to assist you.

Learn more about Singapore Airlines Cargo

Sporting equipment

Your sporting equipment – such as golf clubs, surfboards, canoes, scuba diving apparel, skis and bicycles – counts towards your free baggage allowance. If you exceed this allowance, the usual additional baggage charges will apply.

If you’re travelling to or from the USA, most sporting equipment is treated as one piece of baggage. A canoe is treated as two pieces of baggage. If you’re travelling to or from Canada, your sporting equipment will be charged according to the baggage allowance that applies to your journey.

We are unable to accept any item above 32kg as checked baggage, and these items may have to be re-packed or sent as cargo. Get in touch with your local SIA Cargo office prior to your travel if you wish to transport any item above 32kg as cargo.

Firearms as Sporting Equipment

Please contact your local Singapore Airlines office, should you wish to carry firearms and ammunition for sporting purposes, as your checked baggage. You will be responsible to ensure that all necessary permits and licenses are in order prior to your travel on Singapore Airlines.


In addition, the following conditions shall apply:

  • The ammunition must be completely removed from the firearm(s).
  • Each passenger may only check in maximum gross weight of 5kg (11lb) of ammunition for his or her own use. Ammunition with explosive or incendiary projectiles will not be accepted.
  • The ammunition must be securely packed in a sturdy box. Passengers travelling in a group must carry their ammunition in their own separate boxes or bags. Each box/bag/package shall not exceed the maximum limit of 5kg (11lb) of ammunition.
  • The firearm(s) must be packed in a suitcase or firearm case.


If you are bringing the weapon to / from Singapore, you may apply for a licence with the Singapore Police Force here.


Oversized musical instruments

Oversized musical instruments - such as a cello and double bass - cannot be brought on board our flights as cabin baggage. If you’d prefer not to check your musical instrument in, you may bring one on board by purchasing an extra seat to accommodate it. We'll place the instrument on the floor and secure it to the seat frame with seat belts.

After proper packing, your musical instrument should be no larger than 127 cm / 50 inches (height) x 45.72 cm / 18 inches (width), and no heavier than 40 kg.

For SilkAir flight:
The maximum weight and dimension allowable is:
Weight: 40 kg
Height: 61"
Width: 20" (Business Class), 17" (Economy Class)


A Double Bass is not allowed on board as it exceeds the height limits set above.
Although guitars are normally less than 7 kg (that is within the cabin weight allowance), it may be considered as oversized due to its (dimensions); and may not be allowed in the cabin if no extra seat(s) have been purchased for it.
If you do not plan to purchase an extra seat, your guitar should be packed in a suitable hard case and checked in to avoid damage.