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Musical Instruments in the hold
Last updated on: 11 Jan 2019

TAP accepts special baggage in the hold compartment such as musical instruments up to 45kg/99lbs (or 32kg/70lbs if destination, origin or transit is the USA, Hungary, France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands or the United Kingdom) and maximum dimensions of 190cm x 75cm x 65cm (75in x 30in x 26in).

Space must be allocated at least 24 hours before flight departure.

When carried as checked baggage, musical instruments must be packed in a rigid container, appropriate for shipping by air.

If the musical instrument exceeds dimensions and/or weight, it must be dispatched as cargo!

Musical instruments can be included in the free baggage allowance as long as the permitted weight and size are not exceeded, otherwise a flat rate will be charged (see fees below).


How to book

Space must be requested using the following SSR:

SSR MUSS:  until 23kg/50lbs and 330cm/129in (sum of 3 dimensions)                                                      S = small

SSR MUSM:> 23kg/50lbs and < 32kg/70lbs and 330cm/129in (sum of 3 dimensions)                   M = medium

SSR MUSL: > 32kg/70lbs and < 45kg/99lbs and 330cm/19in (sum of 3 dimensions)                         L = large


Space must be requested using the following SSR:

SSR MUSS:  until 23kg/50lbs and 330cm/129in (sum of 3 dimensions)                                                      S = small

SSR MUSM:> 23kg/50lbs and < 32kg/70lbs and 330cm/129in (sum of 3 dimensions)                   M = medium

SSR MUSL: > 32kg/70lbs and < 45kg/99lbs and 330cm/129in (sum of 3 dimensions)                      L = large


GDS entries

SR MUSL- 1CELLO 15KG 100X30X50cm

You must request it on your shopping basket or with the entry DAS:
1 - >FQ/DASO;
2 - >DAS01L5*TX-type of instrument 15KG 100x30x50CM  - select the service 1 instrument on line 5*;  TX = Free Text for information regarding the type of instrument and measures
> ER

3MUSL/1CELLO  15KG  100x30x50CM-1.1



SSRs MUSS/MUSM/MUSL are applicable on flights operated by TAP and TAP Express.

Not valid for marketing flights (code share flights operated by other partner airlines). The rules of the operating carrier apply.

A non refundable EMD-A must be issued:
EMD-A MUSS (up to 23kg/50lbs) 
EMD-A MUSM (>23kg/50lbs <32kg/70lbs) 
EMD-A MUSL (> 32kg/70lbs <45kg/99lbs)


Transportation flat rates*


Up to 23kg / 50lbs (MUSS)


>23kg / 50lbs

< 32kg / 70lbs (MUSM)

>32kg / 70lbs

< 45kg / 99lbs (MUSL)

Domestic flights

50€ / 65USD / 80CAD 100€ / 130USD / 160CAD 200€ / 240USD / 310CAD
European and Morrocco flights 60€ / 75USD / 95CAD 110€ / 140USD / 175CAD 200€ / 240USD / 310CAD

Intercontinental flights

150€ / 185USD / 235CAD

200€ / 240USD / 310CAD

300€ / 355USD / 465CAD

*rates apply on TP/NI/WI operated flights if the instruments exceed size, weight or number of pieces permitted in the free baggage allowance. On codeshare flights (operated by partner carriers) the policy of the operating carrier applies. Before booking always check with the carrier.

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