The importation of firearms as accompanied passengers' baggage is controlled by the South African Police Service, who are responsible for the issuing of temporary import permits. Only after the Police Service has issued such a permit, will you be allowed to pass through Customs. As you will only import the firearm on a temporary basis, no duty or VAT will be payable. You will also have to produce your respective country's Firearm Certificate/Licence to the South African Police.

Upon arrival in South Africa, the firearm will be delivered to the Police Service. You should approach the ground handling staff upon arrival who will escort you to the Police Office to finalise the process and to collect your firearm. The export procedure will be explained to you at this stage.
Any additional information regarding import permits, etc. can be obtained directly from the South African Police Service at Johannesburg International Airport. The contact details are as follows

Tel: + 27 11 570 9192
Fax: + 27 11 570 9306
Website :

Full information on the process to import firearms into South Africa can be found on the SAPS website on the following link: Crime Prevention - Firearms - Importation

The Professional Hunters' Association in South Africa can also assist on the process. The contact details are as follows:

Professional Hunters' Association of South Africa (PHASA)
P. O. Box 10264
South Africa
Tel: +27 (12) 667 2048
Fax: +27 (12) 667 2049

It may be advisable to contact the airline with which you are travelling to establish the requirements for the export of these firearms to South Africa.

In respect of a returning resident or a person who enters the Republic for purposes of permanent residence or to remain temporarily therein, the importation will be subject to production of an import permit and firearm licence. Only after these two procedures are completed, may the firearm be exported to South Africa.
Application for mulitiple import or export permit

Tel: +420-267-311-114
Fax: +420-267-311-395

South African Embassy
Ruska 65
100 00 Prague 10
Czech Republic

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