Objects prohibited in the hold baggage and hand baggage

For safety reasons, the following items may not be carried in hold or hand baggage:

  • camping gas and soda cartridges,
  • disabling devices such as pepper spray,
  • safety cases,
  • electric weapons such as Taser,
  • paint and paint thinner,
  • firearms,
  • gasoline and alcohol exceeding 70%.
  • gel fuel for fondue machine,
  • fireworks,
  • household chemicals and poisons of all kinds,
  • jet-flame lighter or torch.

Non-exhaustive list subject to the special conditions of the  airlines.

The airlines and the Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) are happy to provide additional information on request.

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Baggage allowances

Checked baggage, in general:

  • 20 kg in economy class
  • 30 kg in business class
  • 40 kg in 1st class

For excess baggage tariffs, please contact your carrier (airline) directly.

For more information, please contact directly the concerned airline.

Excess baggages by aircargo

From now on it will be possible to send your excess baggages by airfreight directly from the terminal T1.

10 kg excess baggages to Tokyo
App. CHF 1'000.- at check-in desk
App. CHF 500.- by airfreight

For more information:
CGS desk (Check-in level 06:00 am - 08:00 pm)
tel. +4122 717 85 79

Unusual luggage items

To check in unusual luggage items, please first check in at the same counter as for normal luggage, and then go to counter no. 90.

The maximum dimensions for unusual luggage items are: approx. 100 cm x 80 cm x 400 cm.

For more information, please contact directly the concerned airline.

Bikes transport

Cardboard boxes to pack cycles are for sale at the checking desk Swissport n°90 selling price CHF 20.- each.

For any question about the transport of bikes by plane (conditions, packaging, etc.), please contact directly to the concerned airline.

Animals transport

In the cabin: for an animal weighing less than 5 kg, in a bag, with the prior authorisation of the airline concerned.

In the hold: for an animal weighing over 5 kg, in cages sold by the airlines. Tariff: same tariff as for excess baggage.

Please note! A number of documents are mandatory when your animal travels by air from one country to another. Without these documents, your animal may be blocked by the veterinary service in the country of arrival.


  • Questions relating to documents and transport:
    Genève Aéroport Animal Reception Centre www.avihandling.com.
  • Question relating to vaccination, quarantine, etc.: contact the vet.

Counterfeited and pirated goods

By buying counterfeits/pirated copies, you support criminal activities. You also risk putting your life and the lives of others in danger. The import of counterfeit branded items and articles protected by a design for private purposes in Switzerland is also prohibited.

The Customs Office may confiscate counterfeit property at the border, even if they are imported in small quantities only and for exclusively private use.

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Food, animals or souvenirs

If you have any food, animals or souvenirs, please take note of the regulations summarised here when you enter Switzerland. By following these rules, you will be helping to guard against animal diseases, to promote animal welfare and to protect endangered species of fauna and flora.

The essentials in brief:

  • It is forbidden to bring in any food of animal origin from countries outside the EU.
  • If you travel with a dog or cat, you need a microchip, a pet ID card, a rabies vaccination – and possibly also a blood test and a permit.
  • It is forbidden to bring in any souvenirs of endangered species of fauna and flora (ivory, furs, reptile leather etc.)

More information:

Break/lost suitcases (bagage tracing)

For bagage tracing, please contact directly the concerned handling company (Dnata or Swissport).

To find the handling agent for an airline, please see the contact fact-sheet for the airline concerned.

Baggage carts

To make it easier to find a baggage cart when needed, they are being fitted with a coin deposit system that requires the insertion of a 2 Swiss francs or 2 Euros coin. A total of 83 stations are located around the airport.

The 1'700 Airport baggage carts can be used inside the terminal, the car parks or the Swiss Railways Geneva Airport station. They can also be taken on escalators.

Baggage lockers

Baggage lockers as well as a desposit counter are situated in the SBB/CFF train station at the airport next to the SBB/CFF ticket offices.

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