Travelling with Ammunition and Firearms

Information for Passengers about Dangerous Goods requirements

The following information is taken from the current edition of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air.

Restrictions implemented by other countries in the interests of aviation security may further limit or forbid the carriage of some of the items listed in these pages.  Additionally, airlines and security screening agencies have the right to refuse the carriage of certain items.

Passengers must contact their airline in advance for clarification of the regulations, or when planning to travel with dangerous goods that require the airline’s approval when indicated in the table below.

Ammunition and Firearms

Carry-on Baggage

Checked (hold) Baggage

On One's Person

Airline approval required 

Ammunition (cartridges for weapons) securely packed in quantities not exceeding 5 kg gross mass per person for that person’s own use.

Allowances for more than one person must not be combined into one or more packages.

Only ammunition classified as UN0012 or UN0014 within Division 1.4S may be carried in checked baggage. If the classification is unknown, the passenger should obtain this information from the ammunition manufacturer or supplier.

Must not include ammunition with explosive or incendiary projectiles.

No

Yes

No

Yes

Firearms

Passengers can carry guns designed solely for sporting purposes provided that:

  • they are packed in checked luggage;
  • they are unloaded;
  • details of them have been provided to the operator; and
  • the airline agrees to their carriage.

Guns designed for use in warfare are termed ‘munitions of war’ and are subject to additional requirements. The passenger must seek advice of the airline prior to travel.

No

Yes

No

Yes