Ammunition (cartidges for weapons) and firearms

Before flying, it's important to know how to pack your ammunition and firearms correctly while adhering to the dangerous goods regulations. 

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Ammunition (cartridges for weapons)

Ammunition must be carried in accordance with the regulatory requirements of the country you are travelling to, from or through. It is the sole responsibility of the passenger to ensure all relevant import/export permits, licence and documentation (including Australian requirements) are obtained prior to travel.

What ammunition you can carry and requirements of how to pack:

Ammunition requirements
Airline approval required Yes 
Carry-on baggage No
Checked baggage Yes

Requirements

  • holder of a of a valid firearms licence, permit or enforcement agency identification you will be asked to present it at check-in
  • allowed up to 5kg gross per person. Allowances cannot be combined in the one suitcase.
  • securely packaged (individually separated within the container)
  • if ammunition is packed within a locked firearms case, the ammunition must be in a separate locked container.

For more information refer to Carrying ammunition and/or firearms on the Qantas Group Network (PDF).

Firearms

All firearms, including airsoft and paintball guns, and ammunition must be carried in accordance with the regulatory requirements of the country you are travelling to, from or through. It is the sole responsibility of the passenger to ensure all relevant import/export permits, licence and documentation (including Australian requirements) are obtained prior to travel.

What firearms you can carry and requirements of how to pack:

Firearms requirements
Airline approval required No
Carry-on baggage No
Checked baggage Yes

Requirements

  • Holder of a valid firearms licence, permit or enforcement agency identification (you will be asked to present it at check-in).
  • The firearm must be unloaded; and
  • packed in a hard or soft locked case.

 

Special requirements for Dubai, Singapore and South Africa

Further restrictions also apply to the following:

  • Dubai (QF8000 series flight numbers)
  • Singapore
  • South Africa

Dubai - carriage of firearms and/or ammunition

Dubai authorities require passengers carrying firearms and/or ammunition to, from or through Dubai to obtain approval. See below links for the applicable approval process:

Important

Firearms and ammunition presented at check-in without the necessary Dubai approval, will result in delays and/or denied carriage.

Singapore - carriage of firearms and/or ammunition

Singapore authorities require passengers carrying firearms and/or ammunition travelling to, from or through Singapore to obtain an approval.

For more information, view Singapore - Carrying Ammunition and/or Firearms application form (PDF)
Requests must be received no later than 7 working days prior to the date of travel.

South Africa - Carriage of ammunition

In accordance with the Firearms Control Act (Act 60 of 2000), when travelling to, from or through South Africa, a 200 round restriction is applicable.

Further information on dangerous goods

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations describe in detail what Dangerous Goods may be transported by air, in what quantities, and how they should be packed. For details on how to safely transport your Dangerous Goods, contact your local Qantas Freight Office.

Forbidden dangerous goods

For a summary of common items that are classified as dangerous goods view our prohibited and check with airline dangerous goods (PDF) - passengers are forbidden to carry them on an aircraft.

Important information regarding electronic devices

Qantas Group customers are advised to refer to the Product Safety website for a list of products that contain dangerous goods that have been recalled due to faults.

Customers planning to travel with these products should refer to the original manufacturer for further information and recall instructions.