Useful Customs information for SA!

– 200 cigarettes and 50 cigars and 250g of tobacco
– 2 bottles (2 litres) of wine
– 1 bottle (1 litre) of spirits or liquor
– 50ml of perfume and 250ml of eau de toilette
– ZAR3,000 worth of other goods

– Narcotic drugs
– Flick knives
– Explosives
– Pornography

– Only travellers over 18 years of age may bring in alcohol and tobacco.
– If SA residents are re-importing goods, they need to show the DA65 or NEP-form that was issued on departure.
– Jewellery which was taken abroad and then remodelled or repaired must be accompanied by documentary proof.
– SA residents who have been out of the country for less than six months must declare all goods purchased overseas or at a duty free shop in SA, and any goods carried on behalf of a third party.
– SA residents require a firearm licence to import arms and ammunition.
– Restrictions apply to meat, processed meat, cheese and other dairy products, and these items must be declared on arrival.
– An import permit is required for plants and plant materials, including seeds, flowers, fruit, honey, margArine and vegetable oils.
– An import permit is required for importing medication not for personal consumption.
– Travellers are allowed duty-free export of gifts up to a value of ZAR500.
– SA residents must declare all valuable goods (e.g. jewellery, watches, video cameras) on a customs declaration form on the day of departure which must be endorsed by the Customs officer. High value items must declared on a NEP-form from a commercial bank and endorsed by the Customs officer on departure. If residents do not have the customs declaration form or NEP-form on return, the goods may be detained for proof of local purchase or duties may be levied
– Local currency may be imported and exported up to ZAR5,000.
– Residents must declare foreign currency on arrival and departure. Residents of 12 years of age or older may export foreign currency up to ZAR60,000 (no more than ZAR2,000 per day) or ZAR20,000 if under 12. If travelling to Angola, Botswana, Congo (Kinshasa), Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia or Zimbabwe, the limit is ZAR20,000 (no more than ZAR1,000 per day) or ZAR5,000 if under 12. There are no currency limits if travelling to or from Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia or Swaziland.
– Non-residents must declare foreign currency on arrival and may export foreign currency up to the amount declared on arrival.

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