Sports equipment, musical instruments and audiovisual equipment are considered special baggage; they can be carried as checked baggage in Aerolíneas Argentinas and Austral flights. However, such items are not part of the baggage allowance applicable to a purchased fare, and therefore an additional fee will be charged at a fixed rate, which will depend on the route.
The charges that apply per route and per leg are:
|Routes to / from||Special baggage|
|Argentina < > Argentina (1)||$ 800|
|South America < > South America||USD 50|
|South America < > International||USD / EUR 100|
1- South America includes the following countries: Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.
2- International includes the following countries: Mexico, Dominican Republic, the Unites States, Europe.
A – Sports baggage
- Only the equipment mentioned in the Chart and the component items there described will be accepted as sports equipment, upon the payment of the applicable fee. (See sports equipment chart).
- Surf boards up to 300 cm long only will be accepted as checked baggage; if that size is exceeded, they may only be carried through Aerolíneas Cargo.
- Sports equipment such as hang gliders, windsurfs, kitesurfs, kayaks, canoes and oars, pole vaults and spears will not be accepted and will have to be sent via Aerolíneas Cargo.
Sports equipment chart
|Deportes de nieve||Snow skiing||One pair of snow skis, one pair of boots, one pair of ski poles, one helmet|
|Snowboard||One snowboard, one pair of boots, one helmet|
|Deportes acuáticos||Water skiing||One pair of water skis|
|Scuba diving||One bag with one pair of scuba diving masks, one snorkel, two diving fins, one neoprene suit, 2 (empty) oxygen tanks|
|Fishing||Two fishing rods, one reel, one net, one pair of wading boots, one box of fishing tackle|
|Surfing||One bag with one surfboard not exceeding 300 cm long|
|Kitesurf||A board, a kite, a boom, and a unique packing mast.|
|Wakeboarding, boogieboarding or bodyboarding||One board inside its bag|
|Otros deportes||Hunting (hunting firearms)||
-One bag containing a maximum of two rifles, 5 kilos of ammunition inside its original packaging or in a box with a spaced tray, one shooting target, sound suppressors, and small rifle tools, or
-Two shotguns and their two cases, or
- -One case for handguns containing 5 handguns or less, 5 kilos of ammunition inside its original packaging or in a box with a spaced tray, sound suppressors, one scope, and small handgun tools.. Find the complete information in the Module "Carrying Firearms".
|Cycling||One traditional one-seat bicycle, touring bicycle or racing bicycle (no engine), with a container suitable for air travel, handlebars folded, pedals off and deflated tires.One traditional one-seat bicycle, touring bicycle or racing bicycle (no engine), with a container suitable for air travel, handlebars folded, pedals off and deflated tires.|
|Golf||One bag with clubs and one pair of shoes|
|Sandboarding||One board inside its bag|
Other sports equipment
Sports equipment not included in this list may be carried as checked baggage and are not billed as special baggage, as long as they conform to weight and size limitations according to the route.
B – Musical instruments
1 - As carry-on baggage
- One musical instrument may be carried as carry-on baggage. The item must be carried in a case that can be fitted into the bin, not exceeding 80 cm long and the weight allowed according to the route. In this case, the musical instrument will be the only carry-on baggage that the passenger will be allowed to transport on board, plus one personal item.
- If the item exceeds the established maximum limitations for carry-on baggage, it will have to be carried as checked baggage and will be subject to overweight charges.
In order to carry larger instruments, such as a violoncello, the passenger will have to pay for an adjacent seat. Booking must be made through our Contact Center (0810-222-86527) at least 48 hours before the departure date of the flight. The instrument must be securely packed to be carried safely on the seat
2 – Instruments as checked baggage
You can carry your musical instrument as checked baggage, under the following conditions:
- Each instrument will be charged according to the fees established in the Special Baggage chart, according to the route.
- The instrument must be securely packed and placed inside a suitable case to avoid any damage during travel. We recommend carrying instruments in special containers for fragile objects.
C – Audio visual equipment
You can check televisions, monitors and projection screens as special baggage. They must be carried inside a packaging or a box suitable for air travel.
Special baggage considerations
- Special baggage may be purchased when checking the baggage at the airport and/or in advance through our Call Center or commercial offices.
- Special baggage must be adequately packed and placed inside resistant containers.
- Aerolíneas Argentinas is not responsible for damages to special baggage during the flight or handling, since carrying fragile or valuable items as checked baggage is not recommended.
- If the special baggage exceeds the established limits, it may be subject to overweight or oversize charges at the airport. For more information, see our excess section.
- Irrespective of its size, any item exceeding the 20 kg, 23 kg or 32 kg baggage allowance, depending on the route, cannot be carried as checked baggage and must be checked through Aerolineas Cargo.
- Ar Plus Gold passengers entitled to the benefit of 1 extra item (of the same amount of kilos authorized for the ticket class/family) may choose to replace this extra item with one special baggage item no charges.
- Ar Plus Platinum passengers entitled to the benefit of 1 extra item (of the same amount of kilos authorized for the ticket class/family) may also choose to add one special baggage item free of charge.
Special baggage without charge
Objects considered weapons:
- Firearms of any type and caliber
- Collectible firearms (either functioning or not)
- Replica firearms or military toy firearms
- Blunt items
- Sharp, cutting and/or pointed items
- Any item that is suspected to cause injuries
- Safety regulations in force prohibit the carriage of any of these objects as carry-on baggage. Therefore, they must be carried as checked baggage.
- Firearms must be unloaded, disassembled and packed pursuant to the required safety regulations.
- Ammunition and cartridges must be carried in their original packaging or in a box with a spaced tray.
- Under no circumstance shall explosive or incendiary ammunition, or war weapons, be accepted for carriage.
- Passengers that belong to Law Enforcement agencies and travel with handguns (revolver, pistol) must use a gun bag or check their gun.
Exit: Passengers traveling outside Argentina with a firearm must be of age and prove to be the legal user of such gun by means of the relevant documentation issued by the National Registry of Firearms (RENAR, for its acronym in Spanish).
Entry: Passengers entering Argentina with a firearm must be of age and carry the license of their country of origin containing: type, brand, model, caliber, serial number and ammunition.
R.E.N.A.R National Registry of Firearms
Domicile: Bartolomé Mitre 1469, City of Buenos Aires / Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Telephone: (011) 4371-8989 / Offices in every province
Passengers (from law enforcement agencies and/or bodyguards) carrying a handgun must take it to the Airport Security Control Authority.
The gun will be unloaded in an isolated area and packed together with the ammunition and/or magazines in the Gun Bag, which will be sealed with a safety seal and labeled.
The passenger must request the gun at destination to the traffic personnel by producing the relevant voucher.
Aerolíneas Argentinas and Austral will accept the carriage of cremated human remains (ashes) in a funeral urn, which must be carried by the passenger as carry-on baggage.
Death Certificate, original and copy
Cremation Certificate, original and copy
Certificate of Loading issued by the Office of Border Health of the Airports
Visado (approval) or authorization from the Consulate of the country of destination / transit, or The Hague Apostille
Aerolíneas Argentinas carries Human Organs for Transplantation Operations, exclusively upon request by the National Unified Central Procurement and Implants Coordinating Institute (INCUCAI, for its acronym in Spanish). Filing must take place 30 minutes in advance at the airport and all relevant documentation and packaging requirements must be met.