Controlled and banned items
Advisory warning for travellers to Hong Kong (including transit passengers)
In addition to firearms and ammunition as described on this page, stun guns, tear gas sprays, knuckle dusters and extendable batons are also classified as prohibited items by the laws of Hong Kong, no matter if you are arriving or just transiting at Hong Kong. Offenders are liable upon conviction to a fine of HK$100,000, and imprisonment for 14 years. For further information please refer to the Hong Kong Police department, Link opens in a new window operated by external parties and may not conform to the same accessibility policies as Cathay Pacific website.
There are certain items that you are welcome to bring on board provided you follow our guidelines. Because we only fly to airports with thorough security checks, your items will be confiscated if they do not meet the requirements. Please read carefully over our advice to ensure your luggage complies with the regulations.
Rules for all baggage
You may bring the following items in either your check in or cabin baggage, providing the guidelines are followed.
While we do have universal standards, regulations on travelling with liquids, aerosols, gels, and powders in your cabin luggage may vary depending on your flight route. Please visit our dedicated page for more information, including regulations on Duty Free liquid items.
Bringing home a little treat from your holidays? You may bring alcoholic beverages back with you, as long as they are in their retail packaging, with an alcoholic content of 24-70%. Each passenger is entitled to a total net quantity of 5 litres per person, either in your checked or cabin baggage. If your drinks have 24% or less alcohol content, they are not governed by the prior restrictions. Please be aware that if you take alcoholic items in your hand luggage, rules for liquids, aerosols and gases still apply.
Note: Different countries have their local customs regulations for bringing alcoholic beverages into the country. You are advised to check with the relevant authorities of the country you are travelling to if you plan to carry alcohol beverages in your cabin or checked bag.
You may bring liquids, aerosols, and gels in your cabin luggage as long as they do not exceed a maximum volume of 100ml for each item. These should be carried in one resealable, transparent plastic bag no more than 1L in capacity per passenger.
Items exceeding stated amounts should be packed into your checked bags. The total net quantity must not exceed 2kg or 2L per passenger, and the net quantity of each single item must not exceed 0.5kg or 0.5L.
With the exception of China, Bangladesh and India, a passenger can carry one small packet of safety matches or a cigarette lighter on one’s person, which is intended for use by the individual only.
If you’re travelling to/from USA, you may not travel with torch lighters. Please refer to the TSA website, Link opens in a new window operated by external parties and may not conform to the same accessibility policies as Cathay Pacific for more information.
Please note: lighter fuel and refills are classed as a banned item.
Different countries have their local customs requirements for importing food items into the countries. You are advised to check with the relevant authorities of the country you are travelling to if you plan to carry food items in your cabin or checked baggage.
Note: If you are travelling on other airlines in your itinerary, please check with each airline for their policy.
Banned fruit items
Please note that most fruit items may be carried into the cabin as long as they are within our cabin baggage limitation – with the exception of durian and jackfruit, which are universally banned in aircraft cabins.
Additionally, durian fruit are not allowed in checked baggage due to the strong smells emitted, regardless of how they have been packaged.
From 1 January 2018, smart bags with integrated lithium batteries for the purpose of charging an external device or to provide power to the wheels of the bag with non-removable lithium batteries will not be accepted as cabin baggage or Check in baggage.
These type of smart bags will not be considered as a portable electronic device (PED); their batteries will be handled as a power bank or spare lithium battery.
Controlled items allowed in cabin baggage
The following items cannot be packed in your checked baggage but are allowed in your hand baggage, provided you meet the requirements.
An electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) often runs with a battery and stimulates tobacco smoking using heated vapour. Each device has a heating element that creates smoke known as a personal vaporiser or electronic nicotine delivery system. This can only be carried on board either on one’s person or in your cabin baggage. It must not be used on the plane and must not be placed in your check in baggage. Recharging electronic cigarettes or its batteries on board is not permitted.
Electronic cigarettes must be individually protected to prevent accidental activation.
Please note the import of electronic cigarettes into Taiwan is prohibited. The import, export and transport of electronic cigarettes is prohibited in India. More details can be found in our Banned items page.
Controlled items allowed in check in baggage
The following items are not allowed in your cabin baggage but you may pack them in your check in baggage, provided you meet the requirements.
Please check with the Civil Aviation Service, Link opens in a new window operated by external parties and may not conform to the same accessibility policies as Cathay Pacific of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Police department, Link opens in a new window operated by external parties and may not conform to the same accessibility policies as Cathay Pacific; if you plan to put any of these items into your checked bags.
Devices capable (or appearing capable) of being used to cause serious injury by discharging a projectile, including:
- firearms of all types, such as pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns
- toy guns, replicas and imitation firearms capable of being mistaken for real weapons
- component parts of firearms, excluding telescopic sights
- compressed air and CO2 guns, such as pistols, pellet guns, rifles and ball bearing guns
- signal flare pistols and starter pistols
- bows, cross bows and arrows
- harpoon guns and spear guns
- slingshots and catapults
Objects with a sharp point or sharp edge capable of being used to cause serious injury, including:
- items designed for chopping, such as axes, hatchets and cleavers
- ice axes and ice picks
- razor blades
- box cutters
- Knives with blade of any length (except knives with round-ended blunt tip)
- scissors with blades of more than 6cm as measured from the fulcrum
- martial arts equipment with a sharp point or sharp edge
- swords and sabres
*only for flights departing from the Philippines
Please note carrying certain knives without a reasonable excuse may be criminal offence. If you encounter a knife such as a butterfly, flick or lock knife of any length police assistance should be sought in line with local procedures.
Tools capable of being used either to cause serious injury or to threaten the safety of aircraft, including:
- drills and drill bits, including cordless portable power drills
- tools with a blade or a shaft of more than 6 cm capable of use as weapon, such as screwdrivers and chisels
- saws, including cordless portable power saws
- bolt guns and nail guns
Objects capable of being used to cause serious injury when used to hit, including:
- baseball and softball bats
- clubs and batons, such as billy clubs, blackjacks and night sticks
- martial arts equipment
Controlled items requiring visual verification
There are certain items that you are welcome to bring on board in your checked and/or cabin baggage. However our Customer Services team at the Airport will need to verify the items by sight before they travel to ensure they are packed securely.
- Ammunition - in quantities not exceeding 5 kg (11 lb) gross weight per person for that person’s own use, excluding ammunition with explosive or incendiary projectiles
- Avalanche rescue backpack
- Camping stove and fuel container that have contained a flammable liquid fuel
- Chemical agent monitoring equipment
- Dry ice - in quantities not exceeding 2.5 kg (5 lb) per person
- Heat producing articles, such as underwater torches (diving lamps) and soldering irons
- Mercury barometer or thermometer
- Small non-flammable gas cylinders
- Battery-powered wheelchairs or other similar mobility devices with spillable batteries or with lithium batteries
- Lithium battery-powered electronic devices, such as portable medical electronic devices, camcorders, cameras, laptop computers (hyperlink to #4)
- containing lithium-ion batteries exceeding 100wh but not exceeding 160wh or
- containing lithium metal cells exceeding 2g but not exceeding 8g
- Security-type equipment containing lithium batteries
- Spare lithium batteries
- exceeding 100wh but not exceeding 160wh or
- exceeding 2g but not exceeding 8g
Please contact our Global Contact Centres for further information, and at the airport, please ensure you let us know that you are carrying one of these items. Once we have checked that it is safe to fly, we will provide you with the necessary approvals.
We don’t like having to say no to our customers, but we ask you to comply with the above regulations so your safety is not compromised.
Legally, we are not responsible or liable for items removed from passengers by airport security personnel. This is because they are acting in accordance with international and governmental regulations.
If you do have an item that is confiscated, we cannot guarantee its return to you. However, if the security personnel return the item to us, we are happy to store it for a total of 7 days for you to pick up. In the best case scenario, we would of course like to see all customers reunited with their confiscated items, and we do everything we can to make sure this is the case.