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Visitor firearm or shotgun permit

Visitor permits will normally only be issued for the length of the visitor’s stay in the UK but may not exceed 12 months.

Visiting the UK with a firearm or shotgun

Under Section 17 of the Firearms Act 1968 , a visitor to the UK can have a firearm, shotgun or ammunition without a certificate if they are granted a visitors permit.

A visitor permit allows the people noted on the permit to have in their possession (but not purchase) any Section 1 firearm. The permit also includes the purchase, acquisition or to have in their possession any ammunition to which Section 1 of the Firearms Act 1968 applies.

The visitor permit holder for a shotgun may purchase, acquire or have shotguns in their possession and are exempt from the requirement to produce a shotgun certificate when buying cartridges.

The permit must detail the weapons to be possessed or acquired.

Visitor permits for firearms must detail the quantity of ammunition to be purchased or acquired and held. 

Arrangements must be made for the secure storage of any firearms or ammunition whist visiting the UK. Visitor permits will be subject to other conditions and restrictions that would normally appear on a firearms or shotgun certificate.

Applying for a visitor permit

Visitor permit applications must be made by a sponsor, on behalf of the visitor. A sponsor is a person who lives in the UK.

The permit application should be submitted to us if the sponsor lives in Cambridgeshire. The application should not be made to the policing area where the visitor intends to stay or shoot.

The sponsor doesn't have to be a firearms certificate holder to apply for a permit.

Permits will not be granted we have reason to believe that;

  • possessing weapons or ammunition would pose a danger to the public safety
  • the applicant is banned from possessing weapons or ammunition.

Application form and fees

To apply for a visitor permit for shooting purposes, please download, complete and return the form with the appropriate fee. 

If a visitor lives in a country which is a member of the EU, their permit application must be accompanied by a copy of their European Firearms Pass issued by that country.

Payments should be made via cheque or postal order, made payable to:

  • Cambridgeshire Police and CC
Visitor permit applications fees and charges
 Visitor permit typeValid forCost
Application for a visitors permit (up to 5 people) Duration will be stated on the permit £20 per permit
Application for a group visitors permit (between 6 and 20 people) Duration will be stated on the permit £100 for the group

Returning your visitor permit application

Firearms and Explosives Licensing Department

Police Headquarters
Hinchingbrooke Park
PE29 6NP

Application timescales

Visitor permit applications are generally processed within six weeks. Always allow enough time for a permit to be processed to avoid disappointment.

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