Sometimes, you may have to carry large or heavy items with you when you fly. While most sporting equipment and musical instruments can be checked in or carried on board, some restrictions apply to extremely large items or a large number of items.
If you need to transport these types of items on our flights, please get in touch with our subsidiary, Singapore Airlines Cargo, who will be more than happy to assist you.
Your sporting equipment – such as golf clubs, surfboards, canoes, scuba diving apparel, skis and bicycles – counts towards your free baggage allowance. If you exceed this allowance, the usual additional baggage charges will apply.
If you’re travelling to or from the USA or Brazil, most sporting equipment is treated as one piece of baggage. A canoe is treated as two pieces of baggage. If you’re travelling to or from Canada, your sporting equipment will be charged according to the baggage allowance that applies to your journey.
We are unable to accept any item above 32kg as checked baggage, and these items may have to be re-packed or sent as cargo. Get in touch with your local SIA Cargo office prior to your travel if you wish to transport any item above 32kg as cargo.
Firearms as Sporting Equipment
Please contact your local Singapore Airlines office, should you wish to carry firearms and ammunition for sporting purposes, as your checked baggage. You will be responsible to ensure that all necessary permits and licenses are in order prior to your travel on Singapore Airlines.
In addition, the following conditions shall apply:
- The ammunition must be completely removed from the firearm(s).
- Each passenger may only check in maximum gross weight of 5kg (11lb) of ammunition for his or her own use. Ammunition with explosive or incendiary projectiles will not be accepted.
- The ammunition must be securely packed in a sturdy box. Passengers travelling in a group must carry their ammunition in their own separate boxes or bags. Each box/bag/package shall not exceed the maximum limit of 5kg (11lb) of ammunition.
- The firearm(s) must be packed in a suitcase or firearm case.
If you are bringing the weapon to / from / through Singapore, you may apply for a licence with the Singapore Police Force here.
Oversized musical instruments
Oversized musical instruments - such as a cello or guitar - cannot be brought on board our flights as cabin baggage. If you’d prefer not to check your musical instrument in, you may bring one on board by purchasing an extra seat to accommodate it. We'll place the instrument on the floor and secure it to the seat frame with seat belts.
After proper packing, your musical instrument should be no larger than 127 cm / 50 inches (height) x 45.72 cm / 18 inches (width), and no heavier than 40 kg.
We cannot allow double basses on board our flights, as they exceed the height limit. And although guitars usually weigh less than 7 kg, which is within cabin baggage limitations, they are considered an oversized musical instrument due to their dimensions. If you do not plan on purchasing an extra seat, we recommend packing your guitar in a hard case to avoid possible damage when it’s checked in.