Baggage on board

Firearms and ammunition

View the conditions for safely transporting firearms and ammunition.

Transportation of firearms and ammunition

If you are travelling with firearms and ammunition see the transport and security conditions you must comply with. 

  • No firearms or ammunition are allowed in the cabin;
  • The firearms must be handed over unloaded, dismantled and properly packed at check-in;
  • Make sure you have the correct documentation for the weapon, including the registration and the licence to use and carry firearms;
  • Weapons and ammunition containing explosive projectiles cannot travel as hold baggage;
  • The transport of amounts of ammunition exceeding 5kgs / 11lbs per passenger is not allowed;
  • Permitted ammunition must be small calibre and not contain explosive projectiles;
  • It is important that they are packed in a container with a sufficiently strong outer covering: wood, metal or fibre, protected against potential shocks and unable to move about inside.
See here the full list of Forbidden Items and Articles in the cabin and in the hold.

Specific transportation conditions

TAP has different firearms transport conditions for some countries.


• 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

• 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 from/to the United Kingdom is allowed, with restrictions, and only on presentation of the licence to carry a firearm.
  • You must carry a special permit/licence issued by the local police authority (in the UK).
  • The firearms are transported with the passenger as personal baggage, subject to check-in
  • All handguns (pistols/revolvers) are restricted under United Kingdom legislation and cannot be carried on board TAP aircraft.
Note: Transportation of weapons is not allowed on flights that depart and/or arrive at London-Heathrow (LHR) and Machester (MAN). This applies to carry-on, checked baggage and cargo.


The transport of firearms or ammunition considered "weapons of war" to or from Switzerland is not permitted.


If you are planning to travel and want information on the transportation of weapons and ammunition to and from Brazil, please visit the Federal Police website here (this website is only available in Brazilian Portuguese).
For official travel involving national security forces, special regulations apply. In such cases, it is necessary to contact TAP via telephone.

Check-in and transport costs

Passengers travelling with firearms and ammunition on the plane must check-in 2 hours before the usual time.

The transport of this equipment has a fixed rate of € 50 / 64 USD / 80 CAD or 10.000 miles, per leg of the journey.
The payment using miles is only available online, when making your booking on or though Manage Booking.

For example:
Return flight: Lisbon - Stockholm - € 50 / 64 USD / 80 CAD or 10.000 miles and Stockholm - Lisbon - € 50 / 64 USD / 80 CAD or 10.000 miles.
Flight with stopovers: Frankfurt - Lisbon - New York - € 50 / 64 USD / 80 CAD or 10.000 miles or New York - Lisbon - Frankfurt - € 50 / 64 USD / 80 CAD or 10.000 miles.

This charge is applicable to both baggage calculation methods: Weight Concept* and Items Concept**.

*Used when the baggage allowance is determined by the total amount of weight the passenger transports.
**Number of items a passenger carries. This concept applies throughout the TAP network.