Travelling with Mercury Filled Items

Information for passengers on travelling with dangerous goods

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.

Passengers must contact their airline in advance to gain approval when planning to travel with certain types of items as indicated below. 

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.

Mercury Filled Items

Carry-on Baggage

Checked (hold) Baggage

On One's Person

Airline approval required 

Energy efficient light bulbs containing mercury can be carried provided they are for personal or home use and remain in their retail packaging.

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Mercurial barometer or mercurial thermometer carried by a representative of a government weather bureau or similar official agency.

The barometer or thermometer must be packed in a strong outer packaging, having a sealed inner liner or a bag of strong leak-proof and puncture-resistant material impervious to mercury, which will prevent the escape of mercury from the package irrespective of its position.

Yes

No

No

Yes