(Updated – August 2004) - Visitors bringing firearms into South
Africa for hunting purposes, will be asked to fill in a SAP 520 –
Temporary Import Application which is available from your outfitter, or
which can be downloaded off the SAPS Website at www.saps.gov.za, or
which can be filled out on arrival. We would suggest filling in the
form beforehand to save the processing time at the Police Office.
FOR COMPLETING SAP 520 FORM
-1. Black ink must be used to fill in the form.
-2. The form must be left unsigned until the document is
finalized in front of the police official
issuing the actual permit.
-3. Please note that not all sections of the form apply. Visitors
bringing their own firearms in for
hunting purposes should concentrate on filling in the following:
Section D – (temporary import or
Section E – 1 – 25.4
Section I – (Must fill in all
Section J - (remember do not sign until
in front of police officer at firearm office)
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS ALONG WITH THE SAP 520:
-1. Identity and Flight Details
b. Return Airline Ticket
-2. Other Supporting Documentation
a. Proof of Ownership:
documentary proof, etc.
For USA Citizens,
Customs Declaration Form 4457 (officially stamped) is acceptable
b. Proof of Export:
Documentary proof of
export from the country of origin
c. Motivation Letter from Client:
This is a letter from
the client stating that he is temporarily importing the referred to
firearm/s for the
purpose of hunting, to include that the firearm/s are required as he
will be hunting (list
the species to be hunted), etc.
d. Invitation Letter from the Hunting
This is supporting
documentation from the Hunting Outfitter/company with whom the
client will be
hunting, to include full name of company, full contact details and address,
location where the client will be hunting and confirming that the
will be using the
specific firearms as applied for.
e. Any Other Supporting Documents:
Firearms will be physically inspected to ensure the serial number(s)
match those of the licenses (proof of ownership) and the application
form. Ammunition will also be inspected.
For visitors clearing customs at OR Tambo (Johannesburg) International
take note of the following procedure to be followed on arrival:
-1. Clear passport control in the Terminal where your flight arrives
(generally SAA and its co-partners at
Terminal 2 and all other airlines at Terminal 1).
-2. Proceed to baggage claim at the respective carousel. Pick up
general baggage, then
proceed to the respective Airline Help
Desk to pick up firearm/s from the
airline company and sign a receipt for
the firearm/s. Ask the Airline Help Desk to direct
you to the South African Police Firearm
Office. Depending on the terminal where you
arrive, they may need to escort you to
-3. Proceed to the South African Police Firearm Office
(Do not at this point proceed to customs)
-4. On receipt of the temporary import permit at the SAPS Firearm
Office, proceed to
Customs, the Red Zone, where you declare
the firearm/s and finish other custom
For those visitors clearing customs at any of the other international
points of entry, please take note of the relevant information made
above which relates to documentation requirements, etc.