Before travelling with a firearm within the European Union, the holder of a weapons licence in Luxembourg must first obtain a European Firearms Pass (EFP).
The permanent transfer of a weapon from Luxembourg to another EU Member State, or the export of such a weapon to a third country, are subject to prior authorisation from the destination State.
For the first issuance, the amendment (e.g. adding a weapon) and/or the renewal of a European Firearms Pass, a fee (taxe de chancellerie) of EUR 20 must be paid in advance.
For the issuance of a permit to permanently transfer—i.e. export—a weapon to a foreign country, a fee of EUR 25 must be paid in advance.
Means of payment
The fees may be paid by transferring/depositing the required amount to/on the postal account – LU13 1111 0011 4679 0000 – of the Domains Bureau of the Registration Duties, Estates and VAT Authority (Administration de l'enregistrement, des domaines et de la TVA – AED) with the exact wording specified on the accompanying form, depending on the procedure at hand.
Proof of the deposit/wire transfer (notice of debit) must always be attached to any application for the issuance of a weapons licence.
How to proceed
Temporary transfer to another EU Member State
The European Firearms Pass covers temporary transfers of firearms to other EU Member States for the purpose of taking part in hunts or target shooting. Each applicant may only be issued one EFP, and the number of weapons that can be carried on it is limited to 10.
In principle, the EFP must be approved beforehand by the destination Member State. As such, before travelling with firearms, it is strongly recommended that applicants contact the competent authorities in the intermediary and destination Member States directly for details on approval formalities.
The EFP is valid for 5 years, and renewable on request.
The EFP does not cover the registration of antique weapons or non-firearm weapons.
Also note that the EFP is never issued alone. Thus, the applicant must already hold a licence to carry a sporting or hunting weapon to which the EFP refers.
The application for a European Firearms Pass must be submitted together with:
- proof of the bank transfer (notification of debit);
- a full-colour ID photo taken no more than 6 months prior, with no markings, perforations or folds, in 35×45 mm format, with the head facing forward and centred, with no head coverings (hat, cap or any other article), with eyes fully visible, on a plain light-coloured background, taken by a professional photographer.
Temporary transfer to a third country
Before travelling outside the EU with firearms, it is strongly recommended that applicants make enquiries directly with the competent authorities in the non-EU intermediary and destination countries.
Permanent transfer to an EU Member State
Weapons cannot be permanently transferred to another EU Member State without providing proof of authorisation by the destination Member State.
The authorisation may come in the form of a prior approval for the transfer of firearms issued by the destination Member State.
Once prior approval has been obtained, the seller in Luxembourg can file an export application and, if need be, an application for a firearms transfer permit in European format, if that document is required by the destination country.
Note that the prior approval is always issued by the destination Member State, whereas the firearms transfer permit is always issued by the Member State of origin, after the destination Member State has issued its prior approval.
Export to a third country
Exports will not be authorised without providing proof of authorisation by the competent authorities in the destination country.
Forms / Online services
Who to contact
Arms and security service13, rue Erasme
Fax : (+352) 22 05 19Mon.-Fri. from 8.30 to 11.30 and from 14.30 from 16.00 (except at the end of year and during summer holidays)