Traveling Internationally with a firearm?


March 12, 2009, 09:19 AM
As a US citizen, and because Pistols where I'm from (and where I live) are hard to find and cost a fortune. Can I come to the US, buy a couple of guns and check them into my luggage?

I have done so much research on international travel with a firearm, it seems that all one would have to do is declare the firearm at the check in counter.

I have a list of several types of guns I would love to own and would love to pick up next time I'm in the US. Can somebody tell me exactly how can this work? (if it can work?) All guns taken will be kept by me.

How many can I take? what are the restrictions?

If it's possible for someone in my case, I'd like advice on doing this in a perfectly legal way :)


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March 12, 2009, 01:07 PM
Domestic flights in the US are perfectly fine for placing a handgun in your checked bag, so long as it's declared and you can legally own one.

International flights, however, are heavily restricted. TSA states that no passengers of flights into or out of the US are allowed to travel with a firearm.

March 12, 2009, 01:14 PM
International flights, however, are heavily restricted. TSA states that no passengers of flights into or out of the US are allowed to travel with a firearm.

You better inform all those who travel outside the country to hunt!

Where did you get your info??

SmA Sig

Yemen Republic Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

Yemen Republic country information overview Print
Customs Rules
Import regulations::
Free import by adults only of:

600 cigarettes or 60 cigars or 1 lb. of tobacco;

2 bottles of alcoholic beverages (alien non-residents only);

1 bottle of perfume or perfumed water or Eau de Cologne;

Gifts not exceeding the value of YER 100,000. per adult passenger (provided the items are of a non-commercial character, including clothing, toys, tape recorder, 14" television set and non-sophisticated camera);

Gold ornaments (women passengers only) weighing up to 350 grams.

Additional Information on regulations::
Prohibited are firearms, illegal drugs, obscene books and magazines, and all products of Israeli origin.

Export regulations::
Passengers are advised to declare and register any other valuable items of commercial character, which they would like to re-export; otherwise such items will be liable for confiscation and/or payment of Customs duty.

Crew members customs regulations::
Same regulations as for passengers apply.

Cats and dogs must be accompanied by a veterinarian health certificate and an import permit from the Veterinary Office, Dept. of Agriculture, Yemen Rep. Yemen Airways allows pets weighing up to five kilos to be carried in cabin provided carried in a specified and odourless cage without liability for injury or death of pet(s). For other airlines check before travelling.

Import of birds, including those used for decorative purposes, and their products is not allowed unless approved by the local authorities.

Baggage Clearance regulations::
Baggage is cleared at the airport of final destination in Yemen Rep., provided this is an international airport.

Exempt: baggage of transit passengers with a destination outside of Yemen Rep.

Baggage of crew is cleared through a separate Customs counter.

Airport Embarkation Tax
No airport tax is levied on passengers upon embarkation at the airport.

Currency rules
Currency Import regulations:
Importing the local currency (Yemeni Riyal-YER) is prohibited:

however, residents of Yemen Rep. up to YER 2,000.-

No restrictions for foreign currencies. Amounts exceeding USD 3,000.- or equivalent should be declared on arrival.

Currency Export regulations:
Residents may export up to YER 2,000.- (Yemeni Riyal - YER) and up to USD 3,000.- or equivalent of foreign currency, per passport. In case of staying abroad for medical treatment up to USD 4,000.- is allowed.

For non-residents exporting the local currency is prohibited. Foreign currencies should not exceed the amounts imported and declared.

Prince Yamato
March 12, 2009, 01:17 PM
If it's legal here and it's legal there, I don't see what the problem is.

March 12, 2009, 01:26 PM
If it's possible for someone in my case, I'd like advice on doing this in a perfectly legal way

considering you are traveling to Yemen, I would say diplomatic pouch would be the only viable way :rolleyes: Maybe check with Yemeni customs officials, but I bet they will be as much help as some American from humptydumptyville, USA on here telling you what you are allowed to bring into Yemen. Since you seem to have the ability to travel back and forth to the US from Yemen, you have some sway over the local officials back home, no?

Jim K
March 12, 2009, 01:34 PM
There are essentially two sets of rules. One is for hunters and some other sportsmen (international trap and skeet competitors for one) travelling with long guns. The airlines will provide info on checking guns and a guide, professional hunter or a sports organizer will provide advice and assistance in dealing with firearms laws and regulations in the host country.

Handguns are a different story. The law allows checking (not carrying) them on an airliner if they are legally owned in the state the traveller resides in and will be legal to own in the destination state. I don't know the rule for travel to a foreign country.

But in this case, the traveller 1) has no U.S. state of residence, so he cannot buy a gun in the first place and 2) cannot take/send it to another country without the proper export papers.

I may be wrong, but I know of no provision allowing a U.S. citizen without a U.S. state of residence to buy a handgun. And he must buy the gun in that state. If the OP has a U.S. address of record, he could, other laws permitting, buy a gun in that state.

I don't know the Yemeni law, but in some countries, attempting to smuggle in a gun is a serious violation with severe penalties, even death, so I wouldn't even try it without making sure (and not from internet "experts") that it could be done legally.


March 12, 2009, 01:37 PM
The only place I know of where you can legally bring a pistol to is Belize, where you can get a non resident carry license for $125 a year. The only stipulation I believe is that it has to be 9mm or smaller, last I heard.

March 12, 2009, 01:39 PM
Handgun hunting is legal in some African countries.......not a problem to take handguns to those countries......don't know if it's still legal, but it use to be legal to handgun hunt in, yes, international travel with handguns is possible and legal in certain instances.......but exporting a handgun to Yemen isn't one of those instances!

March 12, 2009, 02:41 PM
Traveling isn't your only problem. If you're not a US resident, you can't legally buy a handgun in the US. Being a US citizen isn't enough: you have to be a resident of the state in which you're buying the gun.

March 27, 2009, 11:10 AM
Thank you all so much for the input,

I am considered a resident of the US. So I can own in the US

I did check here though and it seems impossible on this end :(

had a list of 3 or 4 guns I wanted and are impossible to find here :D guess I'll have to be happy with what I already have.

March 27, 2009, 06:53 PM
Buying pistols in the USA and bringing them back to your country is counted as exporting. Which requires a you to go through a whole lot of bureaucratic red tape. Secondly, I think only legal residents and citizens of age are allowed to purchase arms in the USA. Not tourists or visitors.

March 27, 2009, 08:47 PM
I would suggest you check with the U.S. consular offices in Yemen and see how they interpret the laws on our side and check with your local customs officials for the regulations on your end.

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