Hunting Fire arms procedure South Africa


Complete the temporary firearm import permit application (SAP520) in advance if possible and bring it with you.NB! It is important to note that the form must be completed in black ink and must remain unsigned until the document is finalized in front of the police official issuing the actual permit at the airport.


You will need


Valid passport

Return Airline ticket

Letter of Invitation from your Hunting Outfitter(s)

Proof of Ownership of firearms

Certificate of Registration (Customs form 4457)

Proof of export from country of origin


Important information:


The following firearms and ammunition will not be allowed to enter South Africa:

Any automatic or semi-automatic firearms,

More than one firearm per calibre per person,

More than 200 rounds of ammunition per person per firearm,

Any pistol or revolver. (Unless specified for hunting)


Reasons why your application will not be approved:

If you have any of the abovementioned firearms and/or ammunition,

If any of the supporting documents as required cannot be produced,

If you are less than 21 years of age,


Your application for a temporary import permit will be refused and your firearms and ammunition will be confiscated and will only be handed back to you when you depart back to your country of residence.


Please take note that only the Central Firearm Registrar in Pretoria, South Africa can authorize special applications for the above restrictions. These applications have to be made in advance and must reach them not later than 3 (three) weeks before arrival. You will need a special motivation letter for this.


On arrival at the Johannesburg International Airport: (This does not apply for passengers in-transit)


a. Disembark from aircraft and clear passport control in whichever Terminal the flight arrives. (Generally, SAA and its co-partners at Terminal 2, and all other airlines in Terminal 1).

b. Proceed to baggage claim at the respective carousel. Pick up general baggage.

c. For visitors with firearms arriving at Terminal 2:

Proceed to the SAPS Firearms Office. Look for office signage. Location of the SAPS Firearms Office in Terminal 2 in front of the Post Office.

For visitors with firearms arriving at Terminal 1:

Proceed to the firearm office that is situated in Terminal 2 in front of the Post Office.

d. On arrival at the SAPS Firearm Office collect your issued temporary import permit at the PHASA desk or have the necessary documentation available for inspection.

e. Your firearms and ammunition will be physically inspected to ensure the serial numbers match those of the licenses and the application forms. You will then be asked to wait while your application is being processed if you are not in the possession of an already issued temporary importation permit.

f. When your application has been processed and your permit has been issued you will have to sign for the permit. If you are connecting to other flights, please make sure that you allow ample time for this process (at least 3 hours).


REMEMBER THE ISSUING OF THE TEMPORARY IMPORT PERMITS AT THE PORT OF ENTRY IS FREE OF CHARGE. DO NOT TIP OR PAY ANY SAPS OFFICER FOR THIS SERVICE.