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Musical Instruments in the hold
Updated on 18 Apr 2022

TAP accepts special baggage in the hold compartment such as musical instruments up to 45Kgs (or 32Kgs if the destination, origin or transit is the USA, Hungary, France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands or the United Kingdom) and maximum dimensions of 190 cm x 75 cm x 65 cm (75 in x 30 in x 26 in).

Space must be allocated at least 24 hours before flight departure.

The passenger is responsible for properly preparing a musical instrument for travel.

When carried as checked baggage, musical instruments must be packed in a rigid container, appropriate for shipping by air.

If the musical instrument exceeds dimensions and/or weight, it must be dispatched as cargo.

Musical instruments can be included in the free baggage allowance as long as the permitted weight and size are not exceeded, otherwise, a flat rate will be charged (see fees below).


How to book

Space must be requested using the following SSRs:

SSR MUSS:  until 23Kg and 330cm (sum of 3 dimensions)                                                      S = small

SSR MUSM:> 23Kg and < 32Kg and 330cm (sum of 3 dimensions)                                 M = medium

SSR MUSL: > 32Kg and < 45Kg and 330cm (sum of 3 dimensions)                                   L = large


GDS entries

SR MUSL- 1CELLO 15KG 100X30X50cm

You must request it on your shopping basket or with the entry DAS:
1 - >FQ/DASO;
2 - >DAS01L5*TX-type of instrument 15KG 100x30x50CM  - select the service  1 intrument on line 5*;  TX = Free Text for information regarding the type of instrument and measures
> ER


3MUSL/1CELLO  15KG  100x30x50CM-1.1



SSRs MUSS/MUSM/MUSL are applicable on flights operated by TAP and TAP Express.

Not valid for marketing flights (codeshare flights operated by other partner airlines). The rules of the operating carrier apply.

A non-refundable EMD-A must be issued:
EMD-A MUSS (up to 23Kg) 
EMD-A MUSM (>23Kg <32Kg) 
EMD-A MUSL (> 32Kg <45Kg)


Transportation flat rates*

From 21 April 2022, TAP will implement a new methodology for selling the transportation of musical instruments, with different prices depending on the purchase channel.

  • The GDS, FLYTAP and Online Check-In column includes purchases made through your GDS.
  • The column "Other Channels" includes purchases made through the other channels available, such as local counters (city or airport), Contact Center, etc. 


up to 23kg (MUSS)


over 23kg and up to 32kg (MUSM)

over 32kg and up to 45kg (MUSL)








Domestic flights (Portugal)

50 EUR

64 USD

 80 CAD

55 EUR

70 USD
84 CAD

100 EUR

124 USD

157 CAD

110 EUR

138 USD
165 CAD

200 EUR

240 USD

310 CAD

210 EUR

257 USD
329 CAD

European Flights (incl. MA and TN),

Israel  and ACC-TMS/vv flights

60 EUR

77 USD

 92 CAD

65 EUR

83 USD
99 CAD

110 EUR

138 USD

165 CAD

120 EUR

149 USD
188 CAD

200 EUR

246 USD

312 CAD

210 EUR

257 USD
329 CAD

Intercontinental Flights

(except Dominican Republic) 

150 EUR

185 USD

 235 CAD

160 EUR

199 USD
239 CAD

200 EUR

246 USD

312 CAD

210 EUR

257 USD
329 CAD

300 EUR

367 USD

466 CAD

310 EUR

382 USD

Flights to/from

Dominican Republic

180 EUR

225 USD 

281 CAD

190 EUR

236 USD
283 CAD

240 EUR

294 USD

374 CAD

250 EUR

307 USD
389 CAD

355 EUR

404 USD

520 CAD

370 EUR

457 USD
549 CAD

*rates apply on TP/NI/WI operated flights if the instruments exceed size, weight or number of pieces permitted in the free baggage allowance. On codeshare flights (operated by partner companies) the policy of the operating carrier applies. Before booking always check with the carrier.

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