Firearm Importation

Firearm Importation

Please take note!

If you are 21 years or older, you may bring along a maximum of four (4) rifles, only one rifle per caliber and no more than two hundred (200) rounds per rifle.

To ensure that the customs process is as painless as possible, we recommend using Gracy Travel. They will apply for the permit on your behalf and will walk you through the process at O.R. Tambo International Airport.

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FIREARM IMPORTATION STEPS:

STEP ONE SAPS 520 Form

  • Use BLACK INK to fill out the form
  • Sign the form IN FRONT OF an officer of the South African Police Service

Download your SAPS 520 form
 

STEP TWO CERTIFIED/NOTARIZED COPY OF PASSPORT

  • Valid for 6 months after your safari
  • This copy will be handed in at the customs office at the airport
     

STEP THREE ITINERARY/COPY OF RETURN AIRLINE TICKET  

 

STEP FOUR CERTIFIED/NOTARIZED PROOF OF OWNERSHOP OR FIREARM LICENCE  

  • For US citizens a custom declarations form 4457 serve as proof of ownership (Obtained at any USA custom office, and major airports). For all other hunters, an official export permit or letter from local government will be accepted.
  • For the US 4457 form, please make sure the date in the top right corner has not expired.

EXAMPLE OF US 4457 FORM

 

STEP Five INVITATION LETTER FROM STANLEY PIETERSE SAFARIS

  • We will provide you with this letter as soon as we have all your details

HOW TO FILL IN YOUR SAPS 520 FORM:

In order to bring your rifle into South Africa you will need to fill out a SAPS 520 form. Additional paperwork should be brought along with your filled in SAPS 520 form.

Use BLACK INK to fill out the form and submit the full application of 8 pages.

THE FORM NEEDS TO BE SIGNED IN FRONT OF AN OFFICER OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICES, SO DO NOT SIGN THE FORM BEFORE ARRIVAL!

Fill your SAPS 520 form out as follow:

PAGE NUMBER SECTIONS INSTRUCTIONS
Page 1 of 8   Nothing
Page 2 of 8 E2.1-E25.4 Particulars of Applicant (and spouse if applicable)
Page 3 of 8 F1-F13 Only client (owner) details
Page 4 of 8 G1-G9.2 Import Information
Page 5 of 8 I1.1-I4.4; Client’s details of firearm and ammunition (Client need to sign at South African Airport in front of police officer)
Page 6 of 8 J1-J4; (Client need to sign at South African Airport in front of police officer) + details

Additional paperwork to bring along with your filled out SAPS 520 form:

  • Certified/Notarized copy of your passport (valid for 6 months after safari)
  • Itinerary or copy of your return airline ticket
  • Certified/Notarized Proof of ownership or firearm license. For US citizens a custom declarations form 4457 serve as proof of ownership (Obtained at any USA custom office, and major airports). For all other hunters, an official export permit or letter from local government will be accepted.
  • Invitation letter from Stanley Pieterse Safaris, which we will provide to you.

FAQ FIREARM IMPORT INTO SOUTH AFRICA

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