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Firearms and ammunition

View the conditions for safely transporting firearms and ammunition.

Transportation of firearms and ammunition

The transportation of firearms on TAP flights is only allowed for firearms for own use, intended for sporting and hunting. This transfer service is subject to presentation of all necessary licenses and permits, and it must be booked and confirmed prior to arrival at the airport.

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.

The transportation of firearms for commercial purposes (export/import) as checked baggage is not possible and must be carried out as cargo transport. For more information, see the TAP Valuable service page on the TAP Air Cargo website.

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.

Firearms may be transported as baggage or cargo to/from the United Kingdom at the following airports:

  • Heathrow
  • Gatwick

For the remaining English airports, this type of transport has been suspended since August 1 2021.

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.

As of September 14, 2023, TAP no longer offers a service for carrying weapons and ammunition as baggage to/from the United States of America. This includes multi-city trips which include this country as part of the route.

Check-in and transport costs

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

The cost of transporting this equipment depends on the route and is applied in both baggage calculation methods: Concept of Weight1 and Concept of Pieces2. See the price list below:

Domestic flights, flights to Europe, Morocco, Tunisia, Israel and flights between Accra and São Tomé Intercontinental Flights
75 EUR / 95 USD / 114 CAD 110 EUR / 138 USD / 165 CAD

1Used when the baggage allowance is determined by the total amount of weight the passenger transports.
2Number of items a passenger carries. This concept applies throughout the TAP network.

Prices may vary depending on the channel you purchase from, how far in advance you purchase, the date of the trip, the origin and destination, and the type of extra service.

Payment for this service is only available via our Contact Center. To purchase it, please contact us.

For transactions conducted outside Europe that use different local currencies, the service amount will be converted from the USD fixed price to the local currency (except Canada).

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