Customs & Firearms
Requirements for entering South Africa
You will need the following if you wish to visit South Africa:
- A valid and acceptable passport or travel document for your intended stay
- At least one blank page in your passport for endorsements
- A valid visa, if required (see Dept of Home Affairs website)
- Sufficient funds to pay for your day-to-day expenses during your stay
- A return or onward ticket
- Yellow fever certificates if your journey starts or entails passing through the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America.
Temporary Import and Export Permits for Firearms
There is various options for obtaining the necessary permits, such as:
- Apply yourself at the South African Police Services, see info hereunder;
- Make use of Hunter’ Support, a company that specialised in obtaining permits which will also meet yourself at the airport to assist you with the smooth clearance of your firearms.Their contact details are:
Anne Gaines-Burrill E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Work: (+27) 11 659 2649 Fax: (+27) 11 659 2931 Mobile: (+27) 82 770 2480 Skype: anneair2000
⇒ Download the application form HERE
⇒ Download instructions to complete form HERE
⇒ For more information regarding the requirements for the import and export of firearms, visit the following website: South African Police Services
Firearm entering South Africa not for the purpose of licencing in South Africa can be divided in the following categories:
- Firearms entering South Africa for a period not exceeding six (6) months for the purpose of hunting, sport, self-defence, repair, law enforcement, exhibition where after it will return to country of origin, wherefor a temporary import permit may be issued.
- Firearms entering South Africa to be transported over SA ground to another country in Africa for personal use wherefor a in-transit permit may be issued.
- Firearms entering South Africa for a period not exceeding six (6) months for the purpose of hunting, sport, self-defence, repair, law enforcement or exhibition and then taken to another country other than the country of origin wherefor an temporary import permit and additional export permit may be issued.
How to obtain an temporary import, in-transit or export permit
- An application by a person that is a non SA citizen and not the holder of a permanent residence permit for a temporary, in-transit or export import permit in respect of a firearm or ammunition not licenced under the Firearms Control Act, 2000 (Act No 60 of 2000), must in terms of the Act, submitted on a SAPS 520 “Application for a multiple import or export permit / temporary import or export permit / permanent import or export permit / in-transit permit for personal use” form either to the Central Firearms Control Register, Pretoria, South Africa , directly or to the Designated Firearms Officer at the place designated as a port of entry in terms of the Immigration Act 2002 (Act No 13 of 2002) where the applicant will enter into the Republic of South Africa.
- The application form submitted must be an original completed and signed document.
Supporting documents to accompany the application:
The following supplementary documentation must accompany the application :
- A certified copy of Passport documents.
- A certified copy of a licence, permit, authorization or any other documentary proof confirming the lawful possession of the firearm.
- A written mandate (appointment letter) as proof if a person was nominated to apply on behalf of the applicant. (Mandate received must be an original document signed by the importer where after the appointed can apply on behalf of the importer).
- A written authorization which permits export from country of origin. (If not supplied by country of origin – written confirmation is required).
- If applying at the port of entry – airline ticket to be produced.
- With regard to in-transit and export permits an import permit from the recipient country. (If not supplied by country- writes confirmation is required)
Documentary proof with regard to the purpose of the visit issued by any one of the following persons or institutions, in South Africa confirming that, to the best of their knowledge and belief, the applicant will be using the firearm for the purpose set out in the application:
- A professional hunter, or the hunting outfitter licensed to conduct business in hunting, who will provide hunting to the foreign visitor.
- The accredited hunting association or sport-shooting organisation that is hosting the event or sport-shooting competition that the applicant will participate in,
- An person or organisation hosting a public event or historical re-enactment or display that requires the foreign visitor’s participation and use of the specific firearm.
Teams can hire containers on the range which will be guarded 24 hours a day – more detail to follow at a later stage
Genl De Wet Classification Shooting Range (De Brug), Bloemfontein
Johannesburg to Bloemfontein
Travel by road: ± 400km (± 4 hours drive)
Various car rental agencies available at the airports in Johannesburg and Bloemfontein
Travel by air: Only South African Airways allow firearms on board. JNB to BFN (± 55min). Please check with the airline before booking your flight.
April Weather Averages for Bloemfontein, South Africa
|Average High Temperature||22.80°C||Average Morning Relative Humidity||86.0|
|Average Low Temperature||10.00°C||Average Afternoon Relative Humidity||41.0|
|Average Wind Speed||14.80 km/h||Average Dew Point||7.80|
|Days with Precipitation||6||Days with Fog||3|
|Days with Thunderstorms||4||Days with Lows below Freezing||8|
|Record Wind Speed||55.60 km/h|