Prohibited Items

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What are dangerous goods?

Many items which might appear to be harmless in everyday use can pose dangers wherever they are carried on an aircraft and are consequently forbidden for carriage by passengers either in the cabin or in their checked baggage.


Examples of forbidden items include:

Explosives fireworks, flares, party poppers, toy caps
Gases mace, camping gas, culinary glazing torches
Flammable Liquids machines with petrol fuelled engines (including those which have been drained), petrol, lighter fluid
Flammable Solids non-safety matches, Lithium Ion batteries (cell phones, laptops)
Oxidisers: bleach
Poisons: pesticides
Corrosives car batteries, mercury



For latest updated Customs Import and Export Regulations please see the below sites:
IATA – Switzerland Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details (

Importation into Switzerland


Prohibitions and restrictions

A limited range of goods are prohibited or restricted at import and export. The following are the main categories of goods affected:
• domestic cats or dogs
• illegal or dangerous drugs
• indecent or obscene goods
• certain foodstuffs, mainly meat, milk, fish or products thereof
• products of endangered species
• protected items of international heritage
• medicines
• firearms, weapons, fireworks or explosives
• live or dead animals, fish, birds or plants.
You will find a full list of prohibited and restricted goods in Information on prohibitions and restrictions. It also contains details of licences, permits and authorisations that you will need to import or export these goods


Banned goods:

The following goods are banned completely regardless of which country you’re travelling from or having goods sent from.
• illicit drugs
• flick and gravity knives
• self defence sprays such as pepper and CS gas sprays
• stun guns
• indecent and obscene material
• counterfeit, pirated and patent-infringing goods
Stopping imports of illegal weapons
The following are also banned but in certain cases may be brought into the UK if you have the relevant licence, permit or defence:
• firearms, explosives and ammunition
• realistic imitation firearms
• offensive weapons including swords with a curved blade exceeding 50cms in length
• live animals
• endangered animals or plants – see section below ‘souvenirs made from endangered species’
• certain fur skins and articles made from fur skin
• certain radio transmitters
• rough diamonds
The following are also banned but in certain cases may be brought into the UK if they are not for commercial use:
• fur skin of harp and hooded seals pups and products made from such fur
• cat and dog fur and products made from such fur
• finished goods of certain fur skins covered for personal and private use