South Africa Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

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Customs Rules

Import regulations::

Plants and plant material: import permit is required for a.o. seeds, flowers, fruit, honey, margarine and vegetable oils.
Prohibited: restrictions apply and declaration upon arrival is required for meat, processed meat, cheese and other dairy products. An import permit from the Director of Veterinary Services is required prior to the importation of the above. All medication, except for personal use, is subject to an import permit. Narcotic drugs are prohibited. Also prohibited are flick knives, explosives and pornography containing minors and bestiality.

Free import of:
1. 200 cigarettes and 50 cigars and 250 grams of tobacco ;
2. 2 bottles (2 litres) of wine and 1 bottle (1 litre) of spirits or liquor ;
3. 50 ml. of perfume and 250 ml. of eau de toilette per person;
4. other goods up to a value of ZAR 5,000.- per person. Goods imported from from Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland, up to a value of ZAR 25,000.- per person, are exempt from VAT;
5. 25 kg of handmade articles for commercial purposes, made of glass, plastic, leather, stone or wood, for travelers arriving from Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Allowances will only be granted once per person in any 30 day period, after an absence of 48 hours or more from South Africa.
Residents of South Africa must hold any TRD 1 and NEP forms accompanying any reimported goods.

Tobacco products and alcoholic beverages limited to those over 18 years.

Tobacco products and alcoholic beverages limited to those over 18 years.

Arms and Ammunition regulations::

must be packed separately in a locked firearm case, with all ammunition removed from the firearm. They should also not be packed with clothing. Furthermore:
1. Nationals and residents of South Africa require a RSA firearm licence.
2. Visitors require a Temporary Import Permit, which will only be issued for foreign hunters and participants in an organised sport shooting event. Temporary Import Permit can be obtained:
- by applying at least 21 days prior to arrival with the Central Firearms Control Register, Private Bag X811, Pretoria 0001, South Africa; or
- by applying on arrival.
Please consult www.saps.gov.za for application form (SAPS 520) and full information including supplementary documentation that must accompany the application.

Export regulations::

Free export of household consumables (foodstuff, cleaning materials, etc.) up to a value of ZAR 5,000.-.

Residents of South Africa can register valuables with Customs prior to departure by completeing a TC-01 and TRD 1 forms. The TRD 1 form should be retained and shown upon return in South Africa. Goods to be brought back valued at more that ZAR 50,000.- require an NEP form obtainable for a bank.

Crew members customs regulations::

Crew are not entitled to import alcoholic beverages, tobacco products or perfumes but are entitled to an allowance of ZAR 700.- for other goods.

Pets::

All animals and animal products must be transported as manifested cargo under Air Waybill, also in case of transit if transhipment is involved.
Exempt are seeing eye dogs, provided accompanying a blind person. Such dogs are permitted in the cabin and will be cleared in the customs area of passengers' arrival hall. It is advisable to inform the local station manager of the delivering carrier prior to departure, as the veterinary officer has to be summoned to clear such dog. All regulations concerning required documents must be complied with.
A veterinary import/in transit permit must be obtained from the Director Veterinary Services, Private Bag X138, Pretoria prior to despatch of the pet, and must be valid on the date of entry into South Africa and all required documents must accompany the shipment. Pets need to have microchip implants for identification. In addition, a health certificate is required stating that the dog/cat: -- comes from an area with a radius of 25 km. free from rabies for 6 months prior to export of the pet; -- was vaccinated against rabies less than 3 years (for cats: 1 year) and 2 months at the latest prior to arrival. The required health documents, etc. will be checked by a veterinary officer at the cargo terminal of the delivering carrier (or its handling agent) prior to release (or transhipment) of the pet.

Baggage Clearance regulations::

Baggage is cleared at the first airport of entry in South Africa.

Exempt: baggage of transit passengers with destination outside South Africa, provided the passengers do not leave the transit area.



Airport Embarkation Tax

No airport tax is levied on passengers upon embarkation from the airport.



Currency rules

Currency Import regulations:

Allowed :
RESIDENTS and NON-RESIDENTS: local currency (South African Rand-ZAR): ZAR 25,000.-; foreign currencies and traveller's cheques: unlimited, provided amounts over USD 10,000.- are declared upon arrival. Kruger coins will only be accepted with prior approval of the South African Reserve Bank.

No limit for travel between South Africa and Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland, as these countries belong to the same common monetary area.

Currency Export regulations:

Allowed :
RESIDENTS:
local currency (South African Rand-ZAR): ZAR 25,000.-. A single discretionary allowance of ZAR 1,000,000.- per calendar year for those aged 18 years (ZAR 200,000.- for those aged under 18) may be permitted when arranged through an authorized dealer; foreign currencies: up to the value of ZAR 160,000.- per adult and ZAR 50,000.- per child (aged under 12 years) per calendar year. Prior clearance from an authorized dealer is required. Amounts reduce to ZAR 25,000.- per person if prior clearance has not been obtained. Kruger coins will only be accepted with prior approval of the South African Reserve Bank.
NON-RESIDENTS: local currency: ZAR 25,000.-; foreign currencies and traveller's cheques: up to the amounts imported and declared. Up to 15 Kruger coins can be exported, provided the visitor can prove that they were acquired with imported foreign currency.

No limit for travel between South Africa and Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland, as these countries belong to the same common monetary area.




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