Restricted baggage items
For your safety, and in compliance with international regulations, we place some restrictions on the items you can carry in your hand or cabin baggage.
To prevent delays to you and other passengers, we ask that items that may cause injury or do not comply with security or safety guidelines for carriage in your cabin baggage, be placed in your checked-in baggage. These items should be appropriately packed for carriage as checked baggage, in accordance with the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Dangerous Goods regulations and relevant local regulations.
Dangerous Goods are classified as items or substances that could pose health or safety hazards to customers. The transport of these goods is regulated by international civil aviation regulations, and they are generally not allowed in either cabin baggage or checked baggage, with some exceptions.
See the table below to determine what items are classified as Dangerous Goods, what is permitted in baggage and what you need to declare at the airport.
Not permitted in hand baggage
|Guns, firearms and other devices that discharge projectiles, including toys, antiques and replicas.||Pistols, components of firearms, compressed air and CO2 guns, pellet guns, signal flares.|
|Stunning devices.||Stun guns, pepper spray, mace, animal repellents.|
|Objects with sharp points or edges.||Knives, axes, ice picks, razor blades, scissors, martial art equipment.|
|Workers Tools||Crowbars, drills, screw-drivers, saws, nail guns, blowtorches.|
|Blunt Instruments||Baseball bats, clubs, batons, hockey sticks.|
|Explosives and incendiary devices (including replicas)||Fireworks, ammunition, fuel.|
*See 'Permitted with conditions' for more information on carrying medical equipment and toiletries, sporting ammuniation, and safety ammunition.
Not permitted in checked baggage
|Corrosives||Mercury, acids, alkalies and wet cell batteries.
Infectious substances such as bacteria, viruses.
Poisons such as insecticides, weed killers, arsenic and cyanides.
|Oxidising Materials & Organic Peroxides||Bleaches and fiber glass repair kits.|
|Compressed Gases* (deeply refrigerated, flammable, non flammable and poisonous)||Butane, oxygen*, propane and aqualung cylinders.|
|Flammable Liquids and Solids||Lighter or heavier fuels, paint and all matches*.|
|Explosives||Fireworks, flares, ammunition*, Christmas crackers and firearms.|
- Medical and toilet articles in small quantities may be carried.
- Sporting ammunition - up to 5kg may be carried in checked baggage if they are properly boxed. Contact your local Qatar Airways office for prior approval.
- Safety matches may be carried on the person.
Powder-like substances of 350 ml (12 Oz) or more, will not be allowed in cabin baggage and will be subject to further screening.
Any powder-like substance(s) above the permitted quantity must be placed in the checked baggage. Medically prescribed powder-like substances, baby formulas, human remains are exempted from these restrictions.
Duty free purchases of powder-like substance(s) must be placed in a properly sealed Security Tamper Evident Bags (STEB).
Restrictions on powder like substances is applicable to the below mentioned countries:
- Australia: Customers departing from an international airport in Australia. Also, applicable to customers bound to Canberra via Sydney, when flying with QR as customers will need to clear international transit security screening at Sydney.
- New Zealand: Customers departing from an international airport in New Zealand, including transfer passengers who pass through international screening points in New Zealand.
- U.S: Customers travelling to the U.S with Qatar Airways.
Whether a lithium battery can be carried by air or not depends on its configuration and either watt-hour (Wh) rating (for rechargeable) or lithium content (LC) (for non-rechargeable).
Use the following table to determine if your battery is acceptable:
|Watt-Hour rating (Wh) or (Li content)||Configuration||
|Checked baggage||Operator Approval|
≤ 100 Wh (2g)
|In equipment||Yes (Max 15)||Yes||No|
|≤ 100 Wh (2g)||Spares||Yes (Max 20)||No||No|
|> 100 to ≤ 160 Wh||In equipment||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|> 100 to ≤ 160 Wh||Spares||Yes (Max 2)||No||Yes|
|> 160 Wh||Must be presented and carried as Cargo in accordance with the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.||Must be presented and carried as Cargo in accordance with the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.||Must be presented and carried as Cargo in accordance with the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.||Must be presented and carried as Cargo in accordance with the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.|
- To convert amp-hours (Ah) to watt-hours (Wh), multiply (Ah) by voltage.
- Passengers can carry up to 15 portable electronic devices containing lithium ion batteries. The watt-hour rating for batteries should not exceed 100 (or 2g, for lithium metal).
- Maximum number of batteries allowed is 20 per passenger, regardless of the type of battery.
- Spare batteries may not be placed in checked baggage. The terminals of all spare batteries should be protected from short circuit by enclosing them in their original retail packaging; taping over the terminals; or using separate plastic bags for each battery.
- Batteries contained in equipment such as laptop computers, cameras or mobile phones, must be switched off and measures taken to ensure that they cannot be accidentally activated when placed in checked baggage.
Qatar Airways has specific restrictions in regards to the transportation of ‘smart baggage.’
Smart baggage devices often have:
- A lithium ion battery power bank that charges electronic devices such as mobile phones and laptops
- A lithium ion battery that is used for a stand up scooter or sit on vehicle
- Bluetooth, radio frequency identification and Wi-Fi capability
- GPS tracking with or without GSM capability
- Electronic baggage tags
- Electronic locks
- Self-propelled baggage
Smart baggage equipped with a permanently fixed (non-removable) lithium battery is not allowed as ‘carry-on’ or as ‘checked baggage.’
Smart baggage equipped with a removable lithium battery can only be accepted as checked baggage if the battery is removed. The removed lithium battery must then be carried on board by the passenger and must remain in their hand baggage.
If your smart baggage is brought on board as a carry-on, the lithium battery must remain in the baggage. When transporting, measures must be taken to prevent unintentional activation and to protect the device from damage. The device must be completely switched off (not in sleep or hibernation mode).
The rules above do not apply to smart baggage equipped only with lithium button cells.
Special baggage items
- Chemicals: Household cleaners, mercury, paint, and any other type of chemicals
- Gas: Aerosol cans, gas cylinders
- Heavy work: Including electrical tools and equipment used for drilling, expeditions and mining as well as autombile parts
- Medical: Dental apparatus, diagnostic specimens, frozen embryos
- Special interest (sport, hobbies): Ammunition, musical instruments, and equipment used for camping, photography, and diving
- Other : Frozen food, household goods