FIREARMS AND IMPORTATION
Hunter Permits Africa
Adele Janse van Rensburg
PO Box 1089
OR Tambo International Airport
Temporary pre-issued import/export firearm permits
To apply for a pre-issued permit you need the following documents:
Copy of passport (certified/notarised only if it is possible)
Copy of invitation letter (letter from safari company)
Copy of return ticket (itinerary/flight ticket)
Proof of ownership for firearm license (States/US Customs Form 4457 or Europe Firearm License). Certified – please check for the US custom stamp
SAPS 520 (Black Ink/Dates must be: year – month – day)
Copy of letter of permission (you give me permission to handle your permit)
The following pages of the SAPS 520 form needs to be filled out:
Page 2 – D; E; 1-25.4 (D – 1 UP TO 25.4)
Page 4 – G; 1-9.2 (G – 1 UP TO 9.2) Year – Month - Day
Page 5 – I; 1-2
Page 6 – I; 4-4.4 – J; 1-4 (signature must be on both I; 4.3 – J; 3 – PLACE : Indicates your location when filling out the form. Example: Dallas, Texas or London, UK
Application form must be sent 25 days in advance if possible. Scan and email documents needed and only the pages you need to fill out on the saps 520 form.
Please note that I need documents for office check 25 days before arrival date!
The charge for the Firearm Permit is $130 or €120. That includes up to 6 rifles you apply for and includes assistance on arrival and departures. VIP assistance excluding $110 or €100. Payment to be made upon receiving permit.
Please note: If your documents are not in order the SAPS will refuse to issue a permit and will lock up your firearms till the day of departure. Please make sure you have all the documents in order as well as the serial numbers. For additional safety measure always bring originals and copies with.
Bolt: Please remove bolt from rifle in case of a bolt action. It can travel in your gun case with rifle but just out of firearm.
Cancelation fee is required on permits. If a client's application has been submitted to the police by my office a 100% fee is payable even if client cancels or leaves his rifles behind or any other reason.
For FedEx/DHL send to:
7 Montoire Ave,
TRAVELLING ABROAD WITH CHILDREN
Produce a certified copy of an authorisation letter. At your leisure, visit the Home Affairs website for documents and more information on the new immigration acts and regulations: www.dha.gov.za.
VIP meet and assist:
VIP is from the plane, through immigration, through customs up until my team will be waiting for you to assist you with your firearms clearance. An extra $1000 or €90 for VIP meet and greet.
Upon reaching the last sliding door in the arrival hall you will be met by us awaiting on your right-hand side, next to the big pillar to take and assist you at the firearm office.
New SAPS regulations:
Firearms have to be in lockable firearm case and ammunition needs to be in a separate lockable ammo case. No ammunition allowed in baggage - only certain airlines allow it. Ammunition case can’t be more than 5 kg / 11 pounds. No liquids, cameras or wiring is allowed in firearm case.
NB: AMMUNITION MUST BE IN SEPARATE SECURE LOCKABLE AMMO CASE!
NO AMMUNITION ALLOWED IN LUGGAGE IN SOUTH AFRICA ONLY IN A SEPARATE LOCKABLE AMMO CASE!
Arriving in South Africa:
Go through passport control
Go to RAPS security office opposite carousel 7 & 8 to identify and sign for the release of your rifle when you fly with SAA.
Collect your normal luggage at the appropriate conveyer belt.
Proceed on the GREEN line through customs.
Please exit the arrivals hall and turn right. Look out for a person holding your name sign next to the big pillar. You will be met by one of the Hunters Permits Africa’s employees.
Your firearm(s) and ammo will be checked against your pre-issued temporary import permit after which you will be free to leave.
Please note that the procedure regarding your firearm at customs depends on the airline used. The speed in which your permit will be handled, depends upon the speed in which the rifle case is handled before arriving at the SA Police Office. Please be patient when waiting for your rifle case.
We recommend that there is at least 3 hours between landing and your connecting flight.
Please take note of the following:
Domestic and Africa:
It is very important to make sure that the Airline you are using for connection flights does transport firearms. At this stage ONLY SAA, Airlink and SAExpress transport firearms from JHB (Johannesburg) to domestic destinations (Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Durban, Bloemfontein, Kimberley, Upington, Nelspruit, Hoedspruit, Polokwane etc. and other African Countries).
If you traveling via Amsterdam please note you’ll be needing special clearance to transfer firearms through the airport.
Emirates – Dubai:
If you fly with Emirates I will need your documentation at least 6 weeks prior to departure since Emirates requires your Import Permit 10 days prior to your departures.
Firearms must arrive on the same flight as you arriving in London. If not, the firearms will be confiscated at the security/police.
South Africa Airlines – SAA:
Date of arrival - if you fly with SAA you need to sign for your rifles before clearing customs across carousel 7 and 8 at RAPS Security Office. Your normal baggage allowance plus free 20kg sporting equipment which includes your rifle and ammunition is allowed.
SA Express/SA Airlink
If your connection flight is a SA flight number just make sure it’s not Airlink or an Express flight. If it is, you must remember they will not allow you excess on firearms and baggage. The flight numbers have four numbers and starts as follows:
Express starts with an 8: SA 8..
Airlink starts with a 1: SA 1...
So be warned:- you need to pay excess if you fly via Airlink or Express. The kg’s allowed are as follow – 20 kg per person.
Please double check with the airline or travel agent. Their baggage allowances are different from South African Airways.
Restrictions in Namibia:
No more than 2 rifles per person
Only 80 rounds of ammunition per rifle allowed.
No handguns allowed.
No automatic firearms allowed.
Enlightened Security will charge a handling fee of R200 to load your firearm and/or ammunition onto the aircraft. No cost for offloading.
Private individual will charge R200 to load and R200 to offload firearms and/or ammunition.
Extra Payments - Handling fees
Extra payments are required if you fly to Upington or Kimberley. Please let me know so that I can make arrangements so that they can accept your rifles.
When making flight reservations please inform them that you will be travelling with firearms - especially on domestic transfers in South Africa since only certain Airlines transport firearms.
It’s an app you can download on your phone which makes communication very easy especially to send documents. My WhatsApp number is: +27 76 611 9991
Arms Embargo placed by EU
Europe and Canada please note: the situation is that all airlines flying from a port in the European Union (EU) are blocked from taking any firearms to Zimbabwe. That's because of a firearms embargo implemented by the EU several years ago. So no in transit stay overs. Please contact us.
Any person under the age of 21 that wishes to apply for a temporary import permit has to include a motivational letter with the application proving that he/she is a capable hunter. Any additional motivational letters from 3rd parties will help with the application.
If you are planning to stay over in a hotel, please feel free to ask my opinion as there are some hotels located in dangerous areas close to the airport which are best to be avoided.