As you might imagine, we have a few rules surrounding firearms.
You can check in as many firearms as you’d like as part of your free baggage allowance, provided you have the correct paperwork to confirm you’re allowed to own each item. You’ll also need paperwork demonstrating you are allowed to import, export and own each item within the countries your trip will take you to.
If you’re travelling to the US, Shanghai or South Africa, there are additional considerations. Please check below for further details.
Excess baggage charges will apply should you exceed your free baggage allowance (details of fees are on our additional baggage page).
For clarity, we define a firearm as anything that fires a projectile – whether it uses air, string or explosives to do so. This includes items such as:
- Sporting rifles
- Pellet guns
- Antique weapons (these must be decommissioned, so they are no longer able to fire).
Virgin Atlantic has Home Office permission to carry handguns classified under section 5 of the Dangerous Weapons Act. As with sporting firearms, you must have the appropriate documentation for both ownership and carriage of these items.
We define the following items as ammunition:
- Lead pellets
- Crossbow bolts
Note that all firearms must be empty when you pack them. Ammunition must be packed separately from firearms in its original packaging and locked in a solid case.
Ammunition is limited to 5kgs per passenger, in line with IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, and cannot be pooled with other passengers.
Any ammunition containing explosive bullets, toxins or incendiary projectiles will not be accepted on our flights in any circumstances.