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Firearms and Ammunition (Subject to arrangement with Airlink prior to departure)

Only Hunting Rifles, Hunting Handguns (used for the hunting of game), Hunting Shotguns and Sport Firearms will be transported as Checked baggage.

South African Laws prohibit the carriage of firearms and ammunition in checked baggage or cabin baggage of a passenger.

Such firearms and ammunition must be produced to security staff for the correct handling and checking of the relevant documentation and licence.

A maximum weight of 5 kg ammunition shall be removed from firearms in a safe manner, before transportation. The removed ammunition shall be packed in separate, lockable, and secure container.

In this instance, you will not be charged an extra baggage fee for the separate ammunition case, if you exceed your free baggage allowance (Piece Concept)

Only passengers 18 years and older may check-in a firearm.

Domestic travel:

Within South Africa, hunting and sporting firearms and ammunition may not be stored in the same case as the firearm nor within checked-in baggage, it must be packed separately.

Between International and Regional travel via South Africa (JNB / CPT / DUR)-

Hunting and sporting firearm and ammunition maybe checked through South Africa in their checked-in baggage, if permitted by the State (Country) they are travelling to/from e.g., NYC FRA JNB BUQ vice versa – (only where passenger does not enter South Africa).

Between Domestic and International / Regional

  • Travel to South Africa:

Passengers will need to package their hunting and sporting ammunition separate from their Checked-in baggage, the ammunition shall be pack in separate, lockable, and secure container, at the first points of entry into South Africa, for all domestic flights, for security clearance by the South African Authorities e.g., FRA JNB DUR / MUB JNB DUR (clearance will be done in JNB).

  • Travel from South Africa:

Passengers require SAPS clearance of their hunting and sporting rifles and ammunition before check-in and then they are permitted to pack ammunition into checked-in baggage as per the laws of the State (Country) they are travelling to e.g., DUR JNB FRA / DUR JNB MUB.

Airlink shall not be held responsible if ammunition is confiscated from checked-in baggage by Airport security or police.

No hand weapons

(small-arms, handguns i.e., pistols/revolvers) will be accepted or may be transported on any Airlink aircraft. Only, hunting rifles, shotguns, Sporting firearms and hunting handguns (maximum 15 kg) may be transported as checked baggage but only to and from the following destinations and see the handling fee below from all the destinations:

Ammunition: on its own will be required to pay a handling fee as per the below charges. 

Rifles and shotguns will not be accepted as Checked Baggage, unless approved no less than three (3) working days prior to departure through Airlink Reservation Support Desk Tel +27 11 451 7300 press 1 (one) or email [email protected].
Rifles must be unloaded with the safety catch on, and suitably packed and accompanied by all documents legally required by the countries of departure, destination and any stopovers. Only five (5) kilograms of ammunition is allowed per Passenger. Ammunition will never be carried in the cabin or flight deck of the aircraft. Ammunition must be packed separately and securely from the firearm case. 

Weapons such as antique firearms, knives and similar items may be accepted as Checked Baggage only at the airline’s discretion. 

Airlink will have no liability or responsibility where any item accepted is removed from Checked Baggage and/or retained or destroyed by security personnel, government officials, airport officials, police or military officials or other airlines involved in the carriage of a Passenger.   

  • Cape Town
    1. Handling Fee: ZAR 500 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle.
    2. Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.
  • Durban
    1. Handling Fee: ZAR 500 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle.
    2. Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.
  • East London
    1. Handling Fee: ZAR 500 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle.
    2. Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.
  • Johannesburg
    1. Handling Fee: ZAR 500 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle.
    2. Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.
  • Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)
    1. Handling Fee: ZAR 500 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle.
    2. Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.
  • Hoedspruit
    1. Handling Fee: ZAR 500 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle.
    2. Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.
  • Mthatha
    1. Handling Fee: ZAR 500 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle.
    2. Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.
  • Nelspruit
    1. Handling Fee: ZAR 500 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle.
    2. Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.
  • Polokwane
    1. Handling Fee: ZAR 500 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle.
    2. Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.
  • Upington
    1. Handling Fee: ZAR 500 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle.
    2. Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.
  • Pietermartizburg - no handguns permitted
    1. Handling Fee: ZAR 500 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle.
    2. Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.
  • Bloemfontein / George / Sishen – any firearms prohibited from transporting
  • Skukuza - Station Manager MUST be advised.
    1. Handling Fee: ZAR 500 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle.
    2. Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.
  • Richards Bay
    1. Handling Fee: ZAR 450 excluding VAT will apply for loading and ZAR 450 excluding VAT for offloading per gun or rifle bag.
    2. Payment: paid directly to the Handling agent at the airport.
  • Kimberley
    1. Handling Fee: ZAR 300 excluding VAT will apply for loading and ZAR 300 excluding VAT for offloading per gun or rifle bag
    2. Payment: paid directly to the Handling agent at the airport

  • Luanda – all firearms prohibited from transporting.

     

    Ex Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit to Africa – Direct flights

    • Handling Fee: ZAR 600 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment:paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.

     

    Ex Africa to Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit – Direct flights

    • Handling Fee: USD 40 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.

  • Kasane

     

    Ex Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit to Africa – Direct flights

    • Handling Fee: ZAR 600 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.

     

    Ex Africa to Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit – Direct flights 

    • Handling Fee: USD 40 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.
  • Gaborone

     

    Ex Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit to Africa – Direct flights

    • Handling Fee: ZAR 600 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.

     

    Ex Africa to Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit – Direct flights 

    • Handling Fee: USD 40 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.
  • Maun

     

    Ex Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit to Africa – Direct flights

    • Handling Fee: ZAR 600 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.

     

    Ex Africa to Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit – Direct flights 

    • Handling Fee: USD 40 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.

  • Lubumbashi - any firearms prohibited from transporting.

  • Maseru

     

    Ex Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit to Africa – Direct flights

    • Handling Fee: ZAR 600 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.

     

    Ex Africa to Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit – Direct flights 

    • Handling Fee: USD 40 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.

  • Antananarivo

     

    Ex Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit to Africa – Direct flights

    • Handling Fee: ZAR 600 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.

     

    Ex Africa to Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit – Direct flights 

    • Handling Fee: USD 40 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.
  • Nosy By – any firearms prohibited from transporting

  • Beira

     

    Ex Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit to Africa – Direct flights

    • Handling Fee: ZAR 600 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.

     

    Ex Africa to Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit – Direct flights 

    • Handling Fee: USD 40 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.
  • Maputo

     

    Ex Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit to Africa – Direct flights

    • Handling Fee: ZAR 600 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.

     

    Ex Africa to Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit – Direct flights 

    • Handling Fee: USD 40 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.
  • Nampula

     

    Ex Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit to Africa – Direct flights

    • Handling Fee: ZAR 600 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.

     

    Ex Africa to Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit – Direct flights 

    • Handling Fee: USD 40 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.
  • Pemba

     

    Ex Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit to Africa – Direct flights

    • Handling Fee: ZAR 600 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.

     

    Ex Africa to Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit – Direct flights 

    • Handling Fee: USD 40 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.
  • Tete

     

    Ex Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit to Africa – Direct flights

    • Handling Fee: ZAR 600 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.

     

    Ex Africa to Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit – Direct flights 

    • Handling Fee: USD 40 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.
  • Vilanculos

     

    Ex Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit to Africa – Direct flights

    • Handling Fee: ZAR 600 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.

     

    Ex Africa to Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit – Direct flights 

    • Handling Fee: USD 40 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.

  • Windhoek – Hunting Rifles may ONLY be transported.

     

    Ex Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit to Africa – Direct flights

    • Handling Fee: ZAR 600 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.

     

    Ex Africa to Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit – Direct flights 

    • Handling Fee: USD 40 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.
  • Walvis Bay – Hunting Rifles may ONLY be transported.

     

    Ex Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit to Africa – Direct flights

    • Handling Fee: ZAR 600 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.

     

    Ex Africa to Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit – Direct flights 

    • Handling Fee: USD 40 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.

  • Manzini

     

    Ex Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit to Africa – Direct flights

    • Handling Fee: ZAR 600 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.

     

    Ex Africa to Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit – Direct flights 

    • Handling Fee: USD 40 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.

  • St Helena Island – any firearms prohibited from transporting
  • Ascension Island – any firearms prohibited from transporting

  • Dar Es Salaam

     

    Ex Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit to Africa – Direct flights

    • Handling Fee: ZAR 600 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.

     

    Ex Africa to Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit – Direct flights 

    • Handling Fee: USD 40 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.

  • Livingstone

     

    Ex Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit to Africa – Direct flights

    • Handling Fee: ZAR 600 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.

     

    Ex Africa to Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit – Direct flights 

    • Handling Fee: USD 40 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.
  • Lusaka

     

    Ex Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit to Africa – Direct flights

    • Handling Fee: ZAR 600 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.

     

    Ex Africa to Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit – Direct flights 

    • Handling Fee: USD 40 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.
  • Ndola

     

    Ex Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit to Africa – Direct flights

    • Handling Fee: ZAR 600 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.

     

    Ex Africa to Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit – Direct flights 

    • Handling Fee: USD 40 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.

  • Bulawayo

     

    Ex Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit to Africa – Direct flightss

    • Handling Fee: ZAR 600 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.

     

    Ex Africa to Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit – Direct flights 

    • Handling Fee: USD 40 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.
  • Harare

     

    Ex Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit to Africa – Direct flights

    • Handling Fee: ZAR 600 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.

     

    Ex Africa to Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit – Direct flights 

    • Handling Fee: USD 40 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.
  • Victoria Falls – Hunting Rifles may ONLY be transported.

     

    Ex Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit to Africa – Direct flights

    • Handling Fee: ZAR 600 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.

     

    Ex Africa to Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit – Direct flights 

    • Handling Fee: USD 40 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.

  • Entebbe

     

    Ex Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit to Africa – Direct flights

    • Handling Fee: ZAR 600 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.

     

    Ex Africa to Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit – Direct flights 

    • Handling Fee: USD 40 excluding VAT will apply for loading per gun or per rifle. 
    • Payment: paid directly in advance to Airlink or at the airport.

Rifles and shotguns will not be accepted as Checked Baggage, unless approved no less than 72 hours prior to departure through Airlink Reservation Support Desk Tel +27 11 451 7300 press 1 (one) or email [email protected]. Rifles must be unloaded with the safety catch on, and suitably packed and accompanied by all documents legally required by the countries of departure, destination and any stopovers. Only five (5) kilograms of ammunition is allowed per Passenger. Ammunition will never be carried in the cabin or flight deck of the aircraft. Ammunition must be packed separately and securely from the firearm case

Weapons such as antique firearms, knives and similar items may be accepted as Checked Baggage only at the airline’s discretion.

Airlink will have no liability or responsibility where any item accepted is removed from Checked Baggage and/or retained or destroyed by security personnel, government officials, airport officials, police or military officials or other airlines involved in the carriage of a Passenger.

Frequently Asked Questions - Firearms & Ammunition

No hand weapons (small arms, handguns i.e. pistols/revolvers used for self-defense purposes) will be accepted or may be transported.

Only Hunting Rifles, Hunting Handguns (used for the hunting of game), Hunting Shotguns, and Sport Firearms will be transported as Checked baggage. Rifles and shotguns will not be accepted as Checked Baggage unless approved no later than 72 hours prior to departure through the Airlink Reservations Support desk Tel: +27 11 451 7300 press 1 or email [email protected]

A handling fee is applicable to/from all destinations operated by Airlink and payment is made at the time of booking.

The link here can be used to obtain the current applicable rates

Passengers under the age of eighteen (18) will not be allowed to check in any type of firearm or weapon as Checked Baggage

Yes, customers are required to prebook their weapons no less than three(3) business days prior to departure through Airlink Reservation Support Desk Tel +27 11 451 7300 press 1 (one) or email [email protected].