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Checked Baggage

Checked Baggage Information

Checked Baggage Information

  • In order to avoid damage to your baggage or its contents during transport, we recommend that you pack your belongings in proper suitcases.
  • Please put identification tags or labels with addresses and phone numbers on your baggage. These will enable us to locate your baggage if it is lost.
  • In order to safeguard your properties and to prevent any loss, damage, or delay, China Airlines would like to remind you not to pack any fragile articles, perishable items, or valuable and important personal effects (as mentioned below) into your checked baggage.

  • For passengers who carried electronic devices installed with lithium batteries in checked baggage, please make sure that:
    1. Measures must be taken to protect the device from damage and to prevent unintentional activation.  (Wrapped with cloths/other cushioning material or packed in a rigid package).
    2. The device must be completely switched off. (Not in stand by, sleep or hibernation mode).
    Note: Spare/loose lithium batteries that not installed inside an equipment or power banks must not carried as checked baggage. They must be carried in carry-on baggage with measures to protect the device from damage and to prevent unintentional activation.

  • To avoid causing injuries to porters, your checked baggage cannot exceed 32 kg (70lb) per piece, especially for passengers traveling to and from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka, UAE, and the United Kingdom. This is in accordance with the local occupational safety rules. If your checked baggage exceeds 32 kg per piece, you will be requested to repack. For some special items exceed 32 kg per piece, please contact China Airlines Reservation offices to pre-advise and get approval at least 24 hours prior to flight departure.
  • If you are connecting to/ from another carrier or taking any code-shared flights operated by other airlines, the free baggage allowance might differ across carriers.  For details, refer to the Interline Baggage Rules.
Valuables and important personal effects

Valuables and important personal effects

China Airlines will not assume the responsibility for any loss of, damage to or delay in the delivery of following valuable and personal important effects, which are included in your checked baggage:
  • Paintings, artwork, antiques, money, securities, optics, timepieces, natural fur products
  • Jewelry, precious metals/stones, silverware, collectibles, heirlooms and other irreplaceable items
  • photographic/audio/video equipment and related items, mobile phone and other communication equipments
  • computer hardware/software and electronic components/equipment, business equipment
  • Spirits, keys, medicines, drug, orthotics (surgical supports)
  • Manuscripts, blueprints, photographs, publications, negotiable papers, business/personal documents
  • business samples, commercial goods
  • Passports and other identification documents
  • Other similar valuables or commercial effects
Value declaration

Value declaration

As stated in the Conditions of Carriage, the liability of China Airlines is limited to a maximum of USD20.00 per kilogram or USD9.07 per pound of checked baggage, unless a higher value is declared in advance and additional charges are paid. Excess valuation may be declared on certain types of articles.

When you would like to declare a higher value of your checked baggage. You will be charged US$1.00 for each additional US$100.00 declared. China Airlines will not accept liability for any declared value that is higher than US$2,500 per passenger. In addition, we retain the right to refuse your declaration of valuables and personal important effects.

Please note that Excess Value Declaration is limited to China Airlines on-line checked baggage only. Value declaration for carry-on baggage shall not be accepted.

Passenger holds separate tickets for travelling

Passenger holds separate tickets for travelling

According to regulation from IATA, if passenger’s trip is involved two or more airlines and destinations, the itineraries have to be mentioned on the same ticket or conjunction tickets.
In case passenger holds two or more “Separate Tickets” for travelling, it means there are two or more “Condition of Contacts” on the trip, the origin station will not tag-through to the final destination, passenger has to pick up the baggage and re-check to the final destination at the transfer station.

The free baggage allowance also is different on separate airline’s ticket, and it may not be adopted onto the full itinerary on passenger’s trip, please ensure to arrange the free baggage allowance in accordance with the regulation of different airline during your trip plan.
Other Rules

Other Rules

Interline Baggage Rules

As per IATA Resolution 302 (Most Significant Carrier rule),  if the most significant carrier of your journey is China Airlines, the baggage rules and charges of China Airlines will apply to interline itinerary listed on a single ticket. If the most significant carrier is another airline, different baggage rules and charges may apply.


Baggage Checks in the U.S.

At present, checked baggage is inspected at all U.S. commercial airports when you travel into and out of the U.S.. You will not have further access to your baggage once the authorities have screened them. Before you hand over your baggage for screening, please remove all the belongings you will need on board.

  • As advised by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA), passengers are asked to leave their baggage UNLOCKED to facilitate the inspection procedure. TSA will not be liable for any damage caused to locked baggage if it is opened as part of the screening procedure.
  • In the event that TSA screeners open your baggage during the screening procedure, they will close it with a tamper-evident seal and place a notice on your baggage alerting you that TSA screeners have opened your baggage for inspection.
  • As this procedure is governed by U.S. legislation and beyond our control, China Airlines will not be liable for any damage to or any item loss from your baggage.
  • For various regulations of U.S. authorities and TSA, please access the TSA website (in English only). Especially if you intend to bring some special items such as compressed gas cylinders, paintball equipment, or scuba equipment, we suggest that you browse the website in addition to checking airlines rules or contact TSA contact center directly. (E-mail: TSA- ContactCenter@dhs.gov / Phone number: 1-866-289-9673)

To/From the U.S. and Canada

In accordance with U.S. DOT Rule 399.87 and Canada CTA Interpretation Note, when a passenger's final ticketed origin or destination or the layover is a point in the U.S. or Canada, a single baggage rule is applied to an interline itinerary. The first marketing carrier has the right to choose to apply its baggage rules or the rules of the MSC.  When China Airlines is the first marketing carrier or most significant carrier, China Airlines baggage rules will apply.


Code-Shared Flights

When traveling on a code-shared flight to/from or including a point in the U.S. or Canada, the most significant flight carrier is the marketing airlines instead of the operating airlines.


Traveling with an Infant

Passengers with an infant ticket (for an infant younger than 2 years old) can have a piece of checked baggage not exceeding 45 inches (115 cm) in size and 22 lbs (10 kg) in weight in addition to a collapsible stroller.

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