Can I take a weapon into the Netherlands?

If you are travelling to the Netherlands or returning to the Netherlands after a trip abroad, you can only take a weapon with you if you have a licence.

Applying for a licence

If you want to travel to the Netherlands with a weapon, such as a gun, knife or sword, you will need a licence. You can apply for a licence through the Customs Central Import and Export Office (CDIU).

Find out how you can apply for a licence to take a weapon with you (Customs)

If you do not have a licence but still bring a weapon into the Netherlands, customs will confiscate it.

Taking a weapon with you on the plane

If you are travelling by air, check the rules of the airport and airline as well. For example, on sharp objects.


If you want to know whether you can take an item into the Netherlands, send a photo to customs via Facebook, X or Instagram. You can also call the Customs Information Line (DouaneTelefoon).

If you have a question about anything else, contact NetherlandsWorldwide.

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