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Transportation of Firearms and Ammunition
Updated on 23 Jun 2022

The transport of firearms on TAP flights is only permitted for firearms for personal use, intended for sporting and hunting purposes.

This transport service is subject to presentation of all necessary licenses and permits and must be booked and confirmed prior to arrival at the airport. 

Transportation of firearms for commercial purposes (export/import) as checked baggage is not possible and must be done as cargo. For more information, please see the TAP Valuable page on the TAP Air Cargo website.

The transportation of arms and ammunition can be allowed if complying certain rules

  • Only sports/hunting firearms are allowed and will only be accepted as checked baggage. Weapons, such as antique firearms, swords, knives and similar items may, at our discretion, be accepted as Checked Baggage, but will not be permitted in the cabin of the aircraft.
  • No weapons or ammunition are allowed in the cabin!
  • The firearms must be handed over at check-in unloaded, dismantled and properly packed.
  • Passenger must have the correct documentation for the weapon, including the registration and the license to use and carry firearms.
  • Weapons and ammunition containing explosive projectiles cannot travel as hold baggage; only small-calibre permitted.
  • Only Division 1.4S (UN 0012 or UN 0014 only) ammunition may be carried in quantities not exceeding 5 kg gross weight (including the box) per person and for personal use, limited to one ammunition box per passenger.
  • It is important that they are packed in a container with a sufficiently strong outer covering: wood, metal or fiber, protected against potential shocks and unable to move about inside.
  • Passenger must dispatch such baggage 2 hours before the regular time of check-in for the flight.
  • Specific transport rules may apply per country and TIMATIC should therefore be consulted.
  • TAP is not responsible for the acceptance of weapons in the destination country. Documentation/authorization to enter the country is the passenger's responsibility.

Additional Information

  • Military Firearms and ammunition can only be accepted as cargo. Ammunitions require a previous authorization from aviation authorities!
  • For official trips of National Security Officers, special regulation is to be applied and you must contact the Agency Help Desk.

 

GDS ENTRIES

GDS Entries

Amadeus
SR WEAP-free text (ex: ...-SHOTGUN)

Galileo
SI.P1/WEAP*free text (ex: ...*SHOTGUN)

Sabre
3WEAP/free text-1.1  (ex: .../SHOTGUN)

 

 

CHECK-IN AND TRANSPORTATION FEES
 
Passengers wishing to travel with weapons and ammunition on the aircraft must check in 2 hours before the usual time.
 
TRANSPORTATION FEE - fares per one way
 

Domestic flights, Europe, Morocco, Tunisia, Israel

and flights between Accra and São Tomé

 Intercontinental Flights1

From / to Dominican Republic

75 EUR / 95 USD / 114 CAD

110 EUR / 138 USD / 165 CAD

130 EUR / 165 USD / 195 CAD

1Except flights from / to the Dominican Republic

The service includes 2 checked items  - one box with the gun and one box with ammunition.  Any extra piece is subject to the same flat fee.

A non-refundable EMD-A WEAP will be issued.

Examples:

Lisbon - Stockholm - €75/ Stockholm - Lisbon - €75

Frankfurt - Lisbon – New York - €110

New York - Lisbon - Frankfurt - €110                     

 
 

SPECIFIC TRANSPORTATION CONDITIONS

Portugal
Lisbon 
• For gun permit and legal verification, the passenger must contact PSP (police force), in the inspection area, located in the arrival zone.
• Contact – Airport 218 413 700, extension 21492

Porto 
• For gun permit and legal verification, the passenger must contact PSP (police force), in the inspection area, located on the 3rd floor of the departure zone (next to the X-ray area entry)
• Available 24h/7 and Contact – Airport 229 432 400, extension 43228/29

Remaining national airports
• Contact PSP (police force) of the airport.
 
United Kingdom
The transport of firearms, both as baggage or cargo, to/from the UK is suspended from August 1st, 2021.
Switzerland
The transport of firearms or ammunition considered "weapons of war" to or from Switzerland is not permitted.
United States of America
The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (A.T.F.) require that all passengers bringing these type of arms to the USA, obtain from this organization an import approval beforehand.
Brasil
Passengers seeking information on the transport of weapons and ammunition to and from Brazil should visit the Federal Police website, by clicking here 
For official trips, involving national security forces, special regulations apply. In these cases, it is necessary to contact the TAP Help Desk.

 

 

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