Transiting With Firearms

After obtaining the firearm regulations of your main airline, it is important to check the regulations regarding any onward connection airline and within the airport/country of transit.

Transiting With Firearms In London, UK

  • If you arrive at one terminal and depart from another in the same UK airport, you will not be allowed to take possession of your firearms. Make arrangement with your airline to transfer the firearms from the terminal of arrival to the terminal of departure or from one airline to another.
  • If you arrive at Heathrow Airport and depart from Gatwick Airport or vice versa, you are not allowed to take your firearms with you for the road transfer between the airports. You will need to arrange a bonded courier service, licenced to carry firearms and ammunition, to take your rifles from the point of your arrival to point of departure at the onward airport.
  • Go to British International Freight Association (Tel: +44 (0)20 8844 2266) to find a recommended bonded courier.

Transiting With Firearms In Dubai, UAE

  • Prior clearance for transiting with your firearms must be obtained in advance from the Dubai Airport Police Department and the Department of Civil Aviation.
  • As you will probably be travelling with Emirates to/from Dubai, the 'Emirates Airlines Details of Weapons' form will have been completed. Approval for your firearm to travel via Dubai is only granted after Emirates present the form to, and receive the approval of the Dubai Airport Police Department and the Department of Civil Aviation. So there is nothing further you need to do in this process.
  • See Airline Firearms Regulations for Emirates to download the form and details of where to send it.
  • If you are actually entering Dubai for a short period, the firearm will be kept with the police after giving you a receipt and a contact number of the personnel keeping the firearm.
  • If Dubai International Airport is your only transit point and you wish to continue your travel a few hours later, the firearm will be moved to the next flight directly.

Transiting With Firearms In Amsterdam, Netherlands

*NEW* As from 19 May 2014 a new 6 page 'Application Consent For Weapons And Ammunition' form must be submitted in advance to transit with firearms through the Netherlands. The single page form is no longer accepted.
  • A separate consent document must be completed for each transit with firearms through Amsterdam Airport - one for outbound and one for inbound flights, if you are returning through Amsterdam. It is very important you don't forget to apply for your return journey - if you don't have it, the firearms can't travel and you may wait many months before they are returned to you.
  • First, download and correctly complete the required number of documents for your trip.
  • Download here: Dutch Consent Form This is the new Dutch Consent form to be used from 19th May 2014 onwards.
  • If you need further help, go to Dutch Customs website
  • The Dutch authorities are now requesting a letter of invitation to hunt from your outfitter. Ask your outfitter to send you a signed letter on headed paper to the effect of where you will be hunting, for how long and with his contact details. This is similar to the letter of motivation/invitation required for a temporary firearms permit in South Africa. Fax this letter to the Dutch Customs Office with your consent forms application.
  • Make a copy of your passport photo & details page
  • Make a copy of a document proving your ownership of the firearm(s). This can be in the form of the US Customs Form 4457 (Registration of Personal Affects Taken Abroad) OR a letter from your local sheriff OR a your Firearms Certificate or Permit
  • Fax all documents to the Customs Office in the Netherlands: +31 88 151 31 82. Don't forget to supply them with a return fax number.
  • When your application has been approved a copy of the consent will be returned to by fax. This is one document only and will cover all your transits through Amsterdam.
  • Make this application well in advance of your travel and also allow plenty of time for the application to be processed.
  • You will need to present the returned consent document at the airport in Amsterdam.
  • Make a few copies in case you mislay the only one somewhere.
  • For further information or queries on transiting with firearms in the Netherlands, telephone the Dutch Customs Office at Groningen: 011-31-88-151-2122.
  • You may scan and attach your documents in an email to:

Transiting With Firearms In South Africa

  • It is very important that you check ahead of travel whether your airline can check your firearms all the way through to your final destination. If they can, you will just stay in-transit, do not go through Customs or go through the temporary firearm import process
  • If your airline does not transfer your firearms to your connecting flight, you must collect your firearm and go through the whole entry process.
  • This applies if you are also overnighting in South Africa before travelling on to your destination country. See Firearm Import Regulations For African Hunting Countries for all details on applying for a temporary firearm import permit.

Transiting With Firearms In France

Transiting With Firearms In Germany

  • No firearm import permit is necessary if you are staying in transit.
  • If you are entering Germany or need to recheck-in with a firearm/ammo, you will need to complete a German Firearm Importation Permit Form to obtain a German Firearm Importation Permit. This should be done well in advance of your departure date. Send the completed application form to:

    Stadt Frankfurt am Main
    Der Magistrat
    Ordnungsamt 32.21.1
    Postfach 11 17 31
    60052 Frankfurt am Main
    Tel: (49) 69.212.42422
    Fax: (49) 69.212.43365

    You must go through the Red Customs channel and present your Import Permit when you declare your firearm(s) and ammo.

  • If you are just having a short overnight stopover in Germany, you may want to leave your firearms and ammunition with Customs. After collecting your firearm case in the baggage hall, take it to the Customs Office where you will get a receipt when you hand in the firearm case. Do not mislay this because you need to show it at check-in for your next flight. The firearms will be loaded on the flight without you taking possession of them again. Check in as early as possible in case there are delays with this procedure.

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