Procedure for a Temporary Import Permit for Rifles to South Africa

(only for foreigners visiting South Africa)

We recommend that you use PHASA or any other company that specializes in assisting with import of firearms, as it saves a lot of time at the airport.  Please visit for more information regarding airline regulations.

You will need the following documentation if you wish to bring your rifle into the country:

  • Form SAP520 (download SAP520: 1217586452) Please note that this form can be filled out before flying, but MUST ONLY BE SIGNED IN FRONT OF THE OFFICER AT OLIVER TAMBO AIRPORT IN JOHANNESBURG.
    • Fill in the following sections in black ink only
      • Complete page 2 - E2.1 - E 25.4 - Natural person's details
      • Complete page 4 - G1 - G5 & G8-G9.2 - Import/Export details
      • Complete page 5 - I1.1 - I5 - Details of firearm and ammo
      • Complete page 6 - J - Signature of applicant (Only do this in front of the official at OR Thambo airport)
    • Please note the date format is: year/month/day
    • Page 6: Date when signing the form. Place - where signing
  • Notarized copy of passport (photo and passport details)
  • Notarized copy of proof of ownership of your firearms in the form of (please use whichever is applicable to your country):
    • USA: Custom form 4457 (contact your nearest airport for this)
    • UK: Copy of your firearm license certificate
    • Europe: Firearms possession license (Waffenbesitzkarte) or European Firearms pass
    • Other: A letter from your local sheriff in the form of an affidavit confirming ownership or
    • Invoice from a gun shop where you have purchased the firearm.
  • Copy of itinerary or airline tickets
  • Invitation from your hunting outfitter with the following details;
    • Letter to be on outfitter's official letterhead.
    • Name of person that is invited.
    • Duration of hunters stay.
    • Registered outfitters number.
    • Registered PH number.
    • The physical address and phone numbers of the farm(s) where the hunt will take place.
    • Type of animals that will be hunted e.g big game, birds etc.
    • The recommended calibers required for the hunt.
    • State that the firearms will only be used for hunting purposes on mentioned properties.
    • Date and signature of outfitter.