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's your responsibility to ensure all relevant import and 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

  • You must hold a valid firearms licence, permit or enforcement agency identification, which you'll need to present at check-in.
  • You can carry up to 5kg of ammunition gross, including packaging, per passenger. Note: your allowance isn't able to be combined with another passenger's in one bag or container.
  • Ammunition should be securely packaged and individually separated within the container.
  • If your ammunition is packed within a locked firearms case, it 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 your responsibility to ensure all relevant import and 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

  • You must hold a valid firearms licence, permit or enforcement agency identification, which you'll need to present at check-in.
  • The firearm must be unloaded and inoperable (eg bolt removed).
  • The firearm must be packed in a separate hard or soft locked case.
  • If you're travelling with firearms on Qantas operated flights, you're permitted an additional piece of baggage within your total weight allowance, at no charge. If you're travelling on a Jetstar operated flight, then standard baggage fees apply.

Special requirements for Dubai, Singapore and South Africa

Further restrictions also apply to the following:

  • Dubai
  • 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 an approval. Refer to the EmiratesOpens external site in a new window website for more information.

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 applies.

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 FreightOpens external site 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 SafetyOpens external site in a new window website for a list of products that contain dangerous goods that have been recalled due to faults.

If you're planning to travel with these products, refer to the original manufacturer for further information and recall instructions.