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Sports equipment

If you need to travel with sports equipment like skis or a skateboard, please take note of our guidelines, which change depending on the route you fly.

See our guidelines

Your sporting equipment can be included as part of your checked baggage allowance.

The following items can be checked in as one ‘piece’ of baggage under your checked-baggage allowance.

  • One sleeping bag or bed-roll
  • One rucksack, knapsack or backpack
  • One pair of snow skis with one pair of ski poles and boots
  • One snowboard and boots
  • One surf board (a maximum of 158 cm / 62 in length)
  • One golf bag containing clubs and accompanying golf shoes
  • One duffle-type bag or type 22 bag (soft-sided and zippered bags with side panels that can be opened with a zipper)
  • Suitably packed firearms (see requirements below)
  • Pre-booked avalanche backpack (see requirements below)
  • One suitably packed bicycle. (See regulations below)
  • One pair of standard water skis or slalom water skis
  • Suitably packed fishing equipment consisting of two rods, one reel, one landing net, one pair of fishing boots and tackle box

Standard weight limitations apply to each item.

See more about excess baggage charges

Special rules and regulations

For some items of sports equipment we have certain preparation requirements for you to bring them on board.

If you plan on travelling with a bicycle, please contact our Customer Care as far in advance as possible, though at least 72 hours prior to departure. This is confirm that your bicycle can be accepted in the aircraft assigned to your flight, noting that space is very limited and is granted on a first-come-first-served basis. The bicycle can be included as part of your total checked baggage allowance as long as it meets the following requirements:

  • A non-motorised touring or racing, single-seat bicycle
  • Handlebars that are either fixed, tightened sideways, tightened parallel to the frame or enclosed in plastic foam or similar material
  • Pedals that have been either removed, fixed inwards or enclosed in plastic foam and similar material
  • Deflated tyres
  • Packed in a strong and protective hard case or recognised bicycle box. If departing from Zurich airport, there is a height restriction on the bicycle box: 100 cm (39 in) or lower

You may bring a rescue backpack as checked baggage or hand baggage. The backpack must be stowed in a way that means it will not be accidentally activated. The airbag within the backpack must be fitted with pressure relief valves.

Backpacks containing a cylinder of compressed gas (in division 2.2) may only be equipped with a pyrotechnic trigger mechanism that contains less than 200mg of Division 1.4S. Please present your data sheet at check in.

Please note that the compressed gas cylinder must be carried in the corresponding avalanche rescue backpack, only one avalanche rescue backpack is allowed per passenger.

Sporting firearms consist of:

  • one rifle case containing not more than two rifles, 5kg / 11 lb of ammunition, one shooting mat, noise suppressor and small rifle tools
  • two shotguns and two shotgun cases
  • one pistol case containing not more than five pistols, 5 kg / 11 lbs of ammunition, noise suppressors, one pistol telescope and small pistol tools

Under Laws of Hong Kong, owners of firearms and/or ammunition are required to obtain an import licence in advance prior to landing in Hong Kong. Transiting passengers may be required to obtain a valid licence, invitation letter or export permit from their departing country, and/or an import permit for the entry country. Passengers are advised to check official government websites of their departing and destination country for the latest information.

Any passenger planning to travel with sporting firearms should obtain the necessary permit or documents and contact our Customer Care team for further details.