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As you will be aware, the UK has left the European Union and the transition arrangements end on 31st December 2020. There will be changes to the way people take firearms out of and bring firearms into the UK. The UK Government have advised us of the following, which will be effective from 1st January 2021;


Changes to EFPs

When the UK transition period ends, from 1 January 2021 residents of Great Britain will no longer be able to apply for a European Firearms Pass (EFP) or use one to travel to the EU with their firearm or shotgun.

Residents of Northern Ireland will still be able to request an EFP and to use it to take a lawfully owned firearm to an EU country, including the Republic of Ireland, from 1 January 2021.

What this means for you.

Before travelling, GB residents will need to check and follow the licensing requirements of any EU country they will be in with a firearm from 1 January, as well as UK import and export controls. This includes if you are in an EU country on 1 January.

Countries may have varying lead times for applying for licenses, so we recommend checking requirements well ahead of travelling. Friends, family members or sporting agent’s resident in the intended destination will likely be able to assist you in identifying the relevant official departments who deal with firearm related matters. It is important to understand that each country will likely be different and it is not the case that the UK structures will be replicated abroad.

If you are sponsoring an EU visitor bringing a firearm to GB, you should apply to the local police force for a visitor’s permit like now but will not need to produce the visitor’s valid EFP. Visitor’s permits issued before the transition period ends will stay valid until they expire.

UK Government guidance

Further information can be found in respect of travelling with firearms at GOV.UK.

If you have any further queries, please don’t hesitate to contact the SACS office at 01350724228 or at and we will do our best, as ever, to help you.