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I returned from Africa on April 30 on Qatar as well (JNB - Doha - Montreal), and I echo these comments.

It will take a bit of time, but if your travel agent has ensured that the firearm is mentioned under "Special Remarks" on your reservation, along with the weight of the firearms bag, and you have the "Firearm Surrender" form handy (available on their website) and filled out in advance (except for the signature - they need to see you do that), things will be pretty smooth.

You don't need to have the form in advance - they will have them - but it will just add to the time it takes to check in if you have to start from scratch . . . and in my experience, showing that you are aware of what the procedures are always gives the agent a bit of confidence - they aren't usually as familiar with travelling with firearms as you might expect.
Not finding the form on the website. Looking in baggage and special and restricted area and also did a search. Can you provide a link? Thanks!
 

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I just returned from RSA flying on Qatar through Doha with my rifles. I used Patrick at Travel with Guns to make my travel arrangements and had no troubles with Qatar. Flights are long but planes are nice and service is great.

My pieces of advice I will give are to make sure you check into your flight in plenty of time. Between them sorting out COVID-19 restrictions and the firearm check in process you will be a bit. Have patience, also do not sign the Qatar form until they tell you too. It must be signed in the presence of a Qatar representative.

They asked me both ways to weigh my ammo container apart from my checked bag, then had me put it back into my checked bag before weighing it as well.

You should be able to check your luggage clear through to Johannesburg when you leave the US then you don't have to worry about dealing with it in Doha.

All if the people that I dealt with were polite and helpful. If you need to go this route to get to Africa it is 100% worth it.
I returned from Africa on April 30 on Qatar as well (JNB - Doha - Montreal), and I echo these comments.

It will take a bit of time, but if your travel agent has ensured that the firearm is mentioned under "Special Remarks" on your reservation, along with the weight of the firearms bag, and you have the "Firearm Surrender" form handy (available on their website) and filled out in advance (except for the signature - they need to see you do that), things will be pretty smooth.

You don't need to have the form in advance - they will have them - but it will just add to the time it takes to check in if you have to start from scratch . . . and in my experience, showing that you are aware of what the procedures are always gives the agent a bit of confidence - they aren't usually as familiar with travelling with firearms as you might expect.
Not finding the form on the website. Looking in baggage and special and restricted area and also did a search. Can you provide a link? Thanks!
This is a bit of an odd link, but this is the form:


I got it from my travel agent, but this is the one I found online.

Hope it helps.
 

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Not finding the form on the website. Looking in baggage and special and restricted area and also did a search. Can you provide a link? Thanks!
Here is a copy of the form for you
 

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Tracey you are so right. The folks at TWG went beyond the call of duty for my last trip and the trip I'm about to leave on this month. The couple of hundred extra you pay going through a travel agency is well worth the peace of mind.
I used TWG on both of my trips (not on Qatar) and they had everything handled. I highly recommend them.
 

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We leave tomorrow from Houston, heading to Johannesburg, then Cape Town to Houston a week later. It will be my second time over flying Qatar. Had no issues the first trip, don't expect any this trip, but I haven't flown since the COVID hit.
We will see tomorrow.
 

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We leave tomorrow from Houston, heading to Johannesburg, then Cape Town to Houston a week later. It will be my second time over flying Qatar. Had no issues the first trip, don't expect any this trip, but I haven't flown since the COVID hit.
We will see tomorrow.
Please update when you are able...

Oh - and a hunt report too!! :)
 

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I leave Monday (LAS-IAH-DOH-JNB-PLZ). I used the Lady Warriors @TRAVEL EXPRESS to book my flights and Afton for my permits. I've been chatting with a friend who took Qatar thru DFW and is getting ready to depart JNB at this moment. There seems to be a bit of difference with each airport. He was never asked for the Declaration of Surrender of Firearms. I've printed it out and will have it ready just in case.
One thing that I find interesting: United and American Airlines have been asking for Import permits on my last three trips, even when they are only the domestic leg. I'm sure that many of you know how it is discussing with them how they are wrong. It generally is rectified by telling them to fly my luggage and rifle case to the next domestic airport where I pick it up and check it with the international carrier. United has done that begrudgingly. This could just be a Vegas thing, but a friend dealt with this is in Atlanta with American and they were only flying him to DFW.
 

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Hello I am planning to travel via Doha, Qatar to hunt in South Africa. Anyone here has experience flying to JoBurg using Qatar Airways. I heard Qatar Airways has good rating. However, until now I can't have any answer from their Customer Service regarding my firearms. I sent them CBP 4457, SAPS 520, and Invitation Letter from the outfitter. Any input will be much appreciated. I am going in late June 2021.
I am traveling Qatar Atl to Doha to Jberg with a 4 hour layover in Doha. I have done everything right in terms of paperwork and of course using Lori at TE. My question is are my bags and gun checked all the way through from start to finish? Thanks!
 

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I am traveling Qatar Atl to Doha to Jberg with a 4 hour layover in Doha. I have done everything right in terms of paperwork and of course using Lori at TE. My question is are my bags and gun checked all the way through from start to finish? Thanks!

When I flew I went Seattle/Doha/Joberg and mine were checked through all the way to Joberg. Had no troubles.

You should have no problems with that layover time, my wife and I had a tight connection coming home, (we were 42 minutes plane to plane) I was a little worried about our luggage making the connecting flight but if you download the Qatar app and put your trip info in it you will get a notification that your bags have been loaded on the connecting flight.
 

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