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Prohibited and permitted items

Dangerous goods

Dangerous goods are items and substances that can pose a risk to health, safety and / or property when transported by air.

Please note the dangerous goods regulations (DGR). DGR PDF document

Dangerous goods can be divided into two categories:

  • Dangerous goods the Not can be transported as hand baggage or checked baggage

  • Dangerous goods that can be transported under certain conditions.

Elements the NOT can be transported as hand baggage or checked baggage:

Elements that are suitable to endanger the aircraft or people or property on board, as listed in the dangerous goods regulations of the ICAO and the IATA. These are available from us on request.

In particular, the following elements cannot be accepted:

Briefcases and security cases, cash boxes / safebags with installed alarm devices or integrated lithium batteries and / or pyrotechnic material

  • Repellants such as irritant gas, pepper spray, etc.

  • explosive ammunition, fireworks and flares

  • Gases like camping gas and aerosol cans

  • Flammable liquids such as lighter fluid, paints, and thinners

  • Flammable solids such as matches and items that can easily ignite, self-igniting substances, substances that form flammable gases on contact with water

  • oxidizing substances

  • poisonous (toxic) and infectious substances

  • radioactive material

  • Corrosive agents (thermometers; acids; alkalis and wet cell batteries)

  • Magnetized substances and various dangerous substances that are listed in the "IATA - dangerous goods regulations"

  • Vehicle parts can in no way be considered part of the free baggage allowance and must generally be transported as cargo

‚ÄčItems that can be transported under certain circumstances:

  • Medical devices or toiletries (no more than 2 kg / 5 lbs)

  • alcoholic beverages, perfumes (not more than 5 liters)

  • Radioisotopic pacemakers and other devices, including those that run on lithium batteries, are implanted in a person or radiopharmaceuticals that are left in a person's body as a result of medical treatment

  • Personal smoking materials

Only permitted with the carrier's consent:

  • Ammunition (5 kg / 11lbs per person) only as checked baggage and when used for sports purposes

  • Avalanche rescue backpack: only one per passenger

  • Battery pack, leak-proof: only as checked baggage

  • Barometers and thermometers that contain mercury: only as hand luggage if securely packaged and leak-proof

  • Camping stove: only as checked baggage if completely emptied of all liquids and fuels

  • Carbon dioxide cylinders (two) mounted in a self-inflating life jacket plus 2 spare cartridges

  • Dry ice (no more than 2kg / 5lb)

  • Heat-producing objects, e.g. diving lamps, underwater lamps: only as hand luggage when switched off and batteries removed

  • Frozen liquefied nitrogen (dry shipper) when fully absorbed

  • small gaseous oxygen cylinders (only accepted if empty) or oxygen cylinders required for medical purposes. Exception: prohibited to / from / through the USA

Voyager

Silver rank - 1 additional piece of luggage (23 kg Economy and Business Class), dimensions 158 cm. Only on SAA flights.

Gold Rank - 1 additional piece of luggage, weight depends on the cabin class booked (23 kg Economy Class, 32 kg Business Class), dimensions 158 cm. This also applies to Star Alliance flights.

Platinum Rank - 1 additional piece of luggage (32 kg Economy and Business Class), dimensions 158 cm. This also applies to Star Alliance flights.

Lifetime Platinum - 2 additional pieces of luggage (32 kg Economy and Business Class), dimensions 158 cm only on flights operated by SAA. For Star Alliance flights only 1 additional piece of baggage (32 kg Economy and Business Class), dimensions 158 cm.

Unaccompanied baggage

Passengers wishing to send unaccompanied baggage (from Germany) must contact the South African Airways Cargo office to arrange this. The baggage must be brought to the cargo area at Frankfurt or Munich Airport and picked up from the customs warehouse and not the baggage return area in South Africa. There is no guarantee that unaccompanied baggage will be on the same flight.

For further information on tariffs, please contact SAA Cargo in Frankfurt Tel. +49 (0) 6969594060

transit

Passengers who have booked a domestic (South African) connecting flight must collect their luggage in Johannesburg. The SAA bag drop counters are located just after customs control on the left-hand side, just before entering the arrivals hall. Here, passengers can drop off their luggage for domestic flights without having to check-in again. If the destination is not South Africa, the baggage does not need to be collected as it is checked at the destination.

Sports equipment

Please note that the conditions for sports baggage only apply to flights operated by South African Airways. Codeshare flights with other airlines and flights with SA flight numbers 1000-2999 and 8000-8999 are excluded from this rule.

For all tickets issued on / after November 15, 2019, the sports equipment is part of the baggage allowance. If the free baggage allowance is exceeded, the usual excess baggage charges apply.

Tickets that were issued before November 15, 2019 for travel on / after November 15, 2019 remain unaffected by this change and sports baggage will be transported free of charge beyond the standard free baggage allowance within the permitted dimensions.

Tickets that were reissued on / after November 15, 2019 and for which the original ticket was issued on / before November 15, 2019 will also remain unaffected by this change.

The following sports equipment as described below (maximum weight 23 kg per piece of luggage and maximum dimension of 158 cm, unless otherwise stated) Part of the baggage allowance (!) and must be registered with the SAA Service Center or must be requested when booking by the tour operator with the following Amadeus code: SR SPEQ FREE TEXT, e.g. SR SPEQ - GOLF EQUIPMENT

The permitted sports equipment includes:

  • Fishing (fishing rods no longer than 200 cm)

  • Archery

  • athletics

  • Baseball / softball

  • basketball

  • Bowling balls

  • Cricket

  • Cycling: 200 cm x 100 cm x 75 cm

  • Diving: diving equipment (please note that the tank must be empty)

  • Fencing sport (bag must not exceed 200 cm)

  • American football / soccer

  • Golf (200 cm)

  • Hockey: field hockey and ice hockey

  • Equestrian sport (riding helmet, saddle must be packed and stirrups must be tied down)

  • lacrosse

  • Netball

  • Motorcycle equipment (motorsport protective equipment and helmet; motorcycle must be transported as cargo)

  • Skydiving: equipment including helmet

  • Polo: riding helmet, rackets and balls

  • Rock climbing: Equipment including helmet, rope bags, climbing harnesses and crash pads / boulder mats if not longer than 200 cm

  • rugby

  • Sailing: equipment including - wet / dry surf suits, life jackets, water feet, ropes, blocks, pulleys, various tools, water bottle (empty), sails (folded or rolled - tube must not exceed 200 cm in length. Paddles that are no longer than 200 cm are.

  • Snow equipment / water ski equipment

  • Surfboards / kitesurfing / paragliding: less than 200 cm

  • swim

  • Tennis / squash

  • Bowling

  • volleyball

Firearms Guidelines

In addition to the free baggage allowance stated on the ticket, up to 23 kg of shooting equipment / hunting equipment (firearms and ammunition) are permitted. An additional fee will be charged for this. Proper transport and compliance with the safety guidelines are mandatory.

  • Firearms and / or ammunition may not be carried in checked baggage, but must be declared at check-in and brought to the security hold in the aircraft by security staff.

  • Firearms and ammunition must be packed separately in separate transport boxes.

  • The transport boxes must be secure and locked during the flight. It is advisable to pack the items in their original manufacturer's packaging.

  • Passengers are allowed to carry up to 5 kg of ammunition with them.

Musical instruments

We cannot offer a specific baggage allowance for these items.

As hand luggage:
Portable musical instruments can be carried as hand baggage allowance within the aircraft cabin under the following conditions.

Important:
Please note that guitars are not carried as hand baggage, but must be checked in as baggage.

This applies to all classes with the exception of:

The total of the three external dimensions (height + width + length) of the instrument must not exceed 115 cm. If a transport case is used, the dimensions of the case must be taken into account. If the instrument or case has an irregular shape, the largest dimension must be used as a yardstick.

  • The shape and size should fit under the seat in front of the passenger or in the hand luggage compartment.

  • The weight of the instrument including the transport case must not exceed 8 kg.

  • Musical instruments that meet the size and weight restrictions specified above are considered one item of hand luggage. For this reason, passengers traveling in Business Class are only allowed to take one additional piece of hand luggage with a maximum of 115 cm. Passengers traveling in Economy Class are not allowed to take any additional pieces of hand luggage with them.

  • It is highly recommended that the musical instrument is carried or packed in a carrying case provided for this purpose in order to protect it from damage. If the instrument is not carried in a carrying case, it must not have any sharp edges that could damage other items of hand luggage or the aircraft panels.

Transport of musical instruments on a separate seat / separate seats in the passenger compartment:

  • Passengers can carry musical instruments in the aircraft cabin on a seat (s). Please advise your local South African Airlines reservations office when making your reservation that you intend to have a musical instrument in a seat. Height / weight information must be provided and the extra seat booked and paid for. The instrument must not be placed on an unpaid, empty seat. Your local South African Airlines office will inform you of the additional charges for an additional seat.

  • According to this regulation, no more than 75 kg may be transported per blocked seat. The passenger does not receive any additional baggage allowance for the purchase of an additional seat.

  • If a passenger does not want to take his musical instrument with him in the cabin, he can take it with him in the hold as checked baggage.

Instruments & Transport Methods:
The following guidelines show how certain musical instruments can be transported. The final decision will depend on the overall size and weight of the instrument.

instrument

Type of transport

Bass tuba

Stowed in the hold

Bassoon (small)

carry-on baggage

banjo

Stowed in the cargo space or additional seat

Bass trombone

Hold

cello

Load space or additional seat

Contrabassoon

Load space or additional seat

clarinet

carry-on baggage

double bass

Hold

flute

carry-on baggage

French horn

Load space or additional seat

guitar

Load space or additional seat

oboe

carry-on baggage

Saxophones

Load space or additional seat

Trumpet

carry-on baggage

Viola (rectangular)

Load space or additional seat

Violin (-shaped)

carry-on baggage

Violin (rectangular)

Load space or additional seat

 

Strollers / buggies

For small children who travel and do not occupy a seat, one checked bag with a maximum weight of 23 kg is permitted. The accompanying adult may take a collapsible stroller or car seat for the toddler with them.

If the stroller / buggy weighs less than 5 kg, the passenger at Frankfurt and Munich Airport can use it as far as the gate, it will be marked at check-in and then picked up at the gate and taken to the hold. Buggies and strollers over 5 kg must be checked in with the suitcases. There is no charge for the stroller / buggy.

Pets

All inquiries regarding the transportation of pets from Germany to South Africa must be reported to our handling agent at Frankfurt and Munich Airports:

G.K. Airfreight Service GmbH

Cargo City North - Gate 26
Building 458
60549 Frankfurt a.M. / Airport (FRA)
Germany

Tel .: +49 (0) 69 6971254 0

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.gradlyn.com

Lost luggage

Lost luggage must be reported immediately upon arrival at the lost baggage counter at the relevant airport.

Cycles

Bicycles (up to 23 kg) have been part of the baggage allowance since November 15, 2019. More information about this under sports equipment.

Please note that bicycles must be securely packed. Special transport boxes and bags are available from bike shops and bike associations. It is the passenger's responsibility to ensure that the bike is securely packed to prevent damage. South African Airways is not responsible for damage to bicycles if they are not securely packed in the special transport boxes or bags. The box / bag must be clearly marked with the passenger's contact details. The handlebars must be turned parallel to the frame, the pedals must be removed or turned inwards, the tires must be deflated, the seat must be lowered. All electronic equipment must be removed and transported separately. Please note that bicycle tires must not be transported in the luggage rack of the aircraft.

All carbon dioxide bottles used to inflate bicycle wheels are classified as dangerous goods and must be transported as cargo.
Opening bicycle transport boxes and bags can be done as a safety measure.

free luggage

Allowed baggage allowance:

    • Economy Class: 1 piece, maximum weight 23 kg,
      Maximum dimensions (height + length + width) 158 cm

    • Business Class: 2 pieces, maximum weight 32 kg each,
      Maximum dimensions (height + length + width) 158 cm

Excess baggage (overweight & oversize):

  • The fee for excess baggage between Frankfurt / Munich and South Africa is EUR 100 in both Economy Class and Business Class. This applies to items of luggage that are larger than 158 cm (H + L + W) but a maximum of 203 cm and / or exceed the maximum weight of the booked transport class (23 kg in Economy Class; 32 kg in Business Class). If individual pieces of luggage fall into more than one of the categories specified above, the amount is due per excess.

  • The fee for excess baggage between Frankfurt / Munich and Africa (except South Africa) is EUR 130 in both Economy Class and Business Class. This applies to items of luggage that are larger than 158 cm (H + L + W) but a maximum of 203 cm and / or exceed the maximum weight of the booked transport class (23 kg in Economy Class; 32 kg in Business Class). If individual pieces of luggage fall into more than one of the categories specified above, the amount will be due for each excess.

  • If the trip includes several airlines, the excess baggage surcharges of the main carrier for this trip apply.

Additional baggage:

  • The fee for additional baggage between Frankfurt / Munich and South Africa is EUR 150 for the first additional piece of baggage in both Economy Class and Business Class, EUR 150 for the second and EUR 150 for the third.

  • The fee for additional baggage between Frankfurt / Munich and Africa (except South Africa) is EUR 180 for the first additional piece of baggage in both Economy Class and Business Class, EUR 180 for the second and EUR 180 for the third. .

  • If the trip includes several airlines, the excess baggage surcharges of the main carrier for this trip apply.

Important note:
The checked baggage allowance is limited to three pieces of baggage in addition to the free baggage allowance. Each additional piece of luggage must be sent by Cargo at the applicable freight rates.See alsounaccompanied baggage.

The detailed baggage guidelines can be found here.

 

carry-on baggage

In general, the following applies to hand luggage: one piece of luggage for Economy Class and two pieces of luggage for Business Class. A handbag, a thin laptop bag, a coat, a walking stick, a beauty case or a wallet can also be taken on board.

  • The maximum weight of each hand baggage is 8 kg on all SAA flights.

  • The individual maximum dimensions (length x width x height) of each hand luggage are 56 cm x 36 cm x 23 cm

  • Permitted for business class passengers: 2 pieces of luggage weighing 8 kg each

  • Permitted for economy class passengers:1 piece of luggage, each of which must not exceed a maximum of 8 kg.

  • Baggage that exceeds these limits may not be taken on board and must be checked in. If the baggage exceeds these limits, passengers will be asked to go back to the check-in to have the baggage transported in the hold.

The restrictions for liquids and / or gels, whereby liquids can only be transported in containers that hold up to 100 ml and in a single, transparent, resealable plastic bag, continue to apply.

Baggage allowance

Link to baggage allowance

carry-on baggage

carry-on baggage

In general, the following applies to hand luggage: one piece of luggage for Economy Class and two pieces of luggage for Business Class. A handbag, a thin laptop bag, a coat, a walking stick, a beauty case or a wallet can also be taken on board.

  • The maximum weight of each hand baggage is 8 kg on all SAA flights.

  • The individual maximum dimensions (length x width x height) of each hand luggage are 56 cm x 36 cm x 23 cm

  • Permitted for business class passengers: 2 pieces of luggage weighing 8 kg each

  • Permitted for economy class passengers:1 piece of luggage, each of which must not exceed a maximum of 8 kg

  • Baggage that exceeds these limits may not be taken on board and must be checked in. If the baggage exceeds these limits, the passengers will be asked to go back to the check-in to have the baggage transported in the hold.

The restrictions for liquids and / or gels, whereby liquids can only be transported in containers that hold up to 100 ml and in a single, transparent, resealable plastic bag, continue to apply.

You can find more information about the baggage allowance here: Link to baggage allowance