European firearms pass; application

To take firearms and ammunition to or through other states that are members of the European Union, you need a European Firearms Pass issued by the district administrative authority responsible for you.


For travel to and through countries that belong to the European Union and where you want to take weapons with you, e.g. for hunting trips or to participate in shooting competitions, you need a European Firearms Pass. This is a proof of legitimacy for firearms and ammunition within the European Union. In principle, the consent to the import of weapons must be obtained before entering the country. For hunters and sport shooters, facilitations apply in some member states. In case of doubt, please enquire at the respective embassy/consulate.

The firearms pass does not replace the weapons possession card in the Federal Republic of Germany. The European Firearms Pass entitles the holder to take firearms into another member state of the European Union, but not to acquire or possess them.


A European Firearms Pass can only be issued for firearms that you are authorized to possess.

Required documents

  • Application for a European firearms pass
  • Weapons possession card
  • Passport photo (2-fold)


  • 50,00 Euro

Legal bases

  • § 32 Waffengesetz (WaffG)

    Mitnahme von Waffen oder Munition in den, durch den oder aus dem Geltungsbereich des Gesetzes, Europäischer Feuerwaffenpass


Administrative court proceedings; information

administrative claim

Status: 04.10.2022

Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium des Innern, für Sport und Integration

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