Rifle Permits

Import your Rifles to South Africa
South Africa Rifle Permits

Information needed for your South African Rifle Permit

Form SAP520

  •  We will send this to you upon receipt of booking deposit

  •  Complete page 2 - E2.1 to E25.4 - Natural Persons details

  •  Complete page 4 - G1 to G5 and G8 thru G9.2 - Import/Export Details

  •  Complete page 5 - I1.1 to I5 - Details of Firearms and ammo

  •  DO NOT SIGN! You do this in South Africa! Also, the date format is year/month/day

  •  Please view this sample E520 for instructions on how to fill out your form

 Click Here for Sample e520 Form

 Proof of Ownership

  •  USA: Custom Form 4457 - You can obtain this form online here or from your local Customs and Border Patrol office. This must be filled out and signed by a US Customs Officer before your trip (take your gun to your local international airport's customs office prior to your trip).

  •  UK or Europe: Copy of your firearm license 

Invitation Letter

  •  This Invitation Letter will come from us. You will need to add your personal details and firearms details to the letter.

Airline Ticket and Passport

  •  You will need to show a Xerox copy of your airline arrival and departure details at the South Africa Police Station upon arrival.

  • Xerox copy of your passport which is notarized. Make a copy and have a notary public official sign and stamp the copy.

Procedures through Johannesburg Airport

Upon Arrival in South Africa

  • Exit Plane and go through Passport Control

  • Collect your regular luggage (not rifle cases) or bow case from the conveyor belt, and exit through Customs

  •  Proceed on the Green line through customs

  •  Exit the arrivals hall, look for an Africa Hunt Lodge representative holding sign with your name on it

  • Take a right and look for the SAP Firearms office, where you will review and sign for your permit and your rifles.

What Firearms you can Bring

Rifles and Shotguns

  •  Maximum of two (2) firearms or shotguns per hunter, not more than one of the same caliber or gauge

  •  Only 200 rounds for each permitted firearm or shotgun will be allowed

  •  No ammunition for other firearms (not accompanying you) is permitted

  •  Firearms must bear the manufacturer's serial number which the firearm can be identified, found on the barrel, frame or the receiver of the firearm

  • Handguns will be allowed into the country but must be used for hunting only which requires letters from hunter and outfitter stating such.

  • Shotguns: only side by side, over/under, or Pump shotguns are permitted 

  • Most airlines from the United States only allow up to 10-11 lbs of ammunition when traveling. The ammo must be in the original box or a securely packed container...no loose ammo. Ammo can be packed in your check-in luggage or the rifle case in most cases, but check with your airline.

  • Firearms must be checked in a hard-sided case with a lock.