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Hunting with your own weapons in a South African hunt can be one of the most thrilling and

satisfying experiences of a lifetime.

          MAKE IT EASY - FAMILIARISE YOURSELF WITH THE REGULATIONS and if in doubt contact:

                                                         Mabula Pro Safaris        All of us who hunt (and love guns and in particular our guns) have our favorite rifles we cannot wait to test out in the challenging hunting situations in Africa. It is always advisable to use a rifle you are accustomed to - that you can shoot accurately and with confidence. A loaned or rented rifle may not suit your body type, the stock may be too short or long and a host of other factors may cause you to lose confidence in your shooting ability while on safari.          
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                                                            How difficult is importing firearms into South Africa for a hunting safari?

If you are planning to hunt in South Africa and you want to bring along your rifles, you can do it using an easier process than you might think. We suggest using the services provided by companies that supply pre-approved import permits. This will help you use your own firearms on your hunt in South Africa.

                                                                                                     What to do 

To bring your firearms into South Africa you need to complete the temporary firearm import permit application (SAP520) in advance, if possible, and bring it with you. The form must be completed in black pen and must remain unsigned until the document is finalized in front of the police official issuing the actual permit at the airport.

                                                         The requirements for the issuing of a temporary firearm import permit are:

A valid passport and return airline ticket A letter from your hunting outfitter(s) inviting you to hunt A completed SAP 520 Form (unsigned, should be signed in front of the official) A notarized/certified copy of Proof of Ownership of your firearm(s) The proof of ownership form for the USA is the Custom Form 4457 (contact your nearest airport for this).

                                                  For the United Kingdom, you will need a copy of your firearm license or certificate.

                                                                                               European visitors will need

A Firearms Possession Licence or a European Firearms Pass. A letter from your local sheriff in the form of an affidavit confirming ownership, or an invoice from a gun shop where you have purchased the firearm(s) Proof of export of specific firearms from your country of residence (CBP Form 4457- Certificate of Registration for personal effects take abroad) A letter of motivation written by you to clarify your reason for wanting to import firearms into South Africa

                                                                                   Requirements and Restrictions

No automatic or semi-automatic firearms are allowed to be imported. Semi-Automatics are not legal to hunt with, so your AR or AK must stay at home. Importing more than one firearm of the same caliber per person traveling is not allowed. 200 rounds of ammunition per person, per firearm, is the legal limit of ammunition you will be allowed to bring into the country. No handguns are allowed unless you can specify they will be used for hunting. A maximum of four (4) firearms or shotguns per person are allowed but not more than one of the same caliber or gauge. No ammunition for other firearms (not accompanying you) is permitted. Firearms must bear the manufacturer’s serial number, or any other mark by which the firearm can be identified. The identification number must be stamped and the mark affixed in the prescribed manner on the barrel, the frame or the receiver of the firearm.

                                                                                 You must be 21 years of age or older.

There are special applications and exceptions to the above laws. Handguns will be allowed into the country, but only for hunting or sport-shooting purposes. As proof, the police will require a letter of invitation from the outfitter stating the handgun will be used for hunting purposes only. If the visitor wants to bring a semi-automatic shotgun, they  will need to supply a letter of motivation stating the reason for wanting to bring it into the country. 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 he or she is a capable hunter. Only the Central Firearm Registrar in Pretoria, South Africa can authorize special applications for the above restrictions, and applications have to be made in advance and must reach the Registrar no later than three weeks prior to arrival.

                                            Mabula Pro Safaris are happy to assist you contact companies who will, for a

                                       fee, organise pre- approved rifle permits.

The PHASA website also has information regarding the firearms regulations for Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Netherland Transit, South African Airways, Emirates Airlines, SA Express and SA Air Link, to help you select the best airline to take responsibility of your firearms for flight to South Africa. For more information you can visit the PHASA  website. Additional instructions regarding Form 520 completion: “Instructions for Filling in SAP 520 Form 1. Black ink must be used to fill in the form. 2. The form should be left unsigned until the document is finalized in front of the police official issuing the actual permit. 3. Please note that not all sections of the form apply. Visitors bringing their own firearms in for hunting purposes should concentrate on filling in the following: Section D – (temporary import or export permit) Section E – 1 – 25.4 Section G Section I – (Must fill in all details requested) Section J - (remember do not sign until in front of police officer at firearm office)

                                                    Additional Requirements along with the SAP 520 are the following:

1. Identity and Flight Details, Passport & Return Airline Ticket 2. Other Supporting Documentation

                                                                                            Proof of Ownership

Firearm licenses, documentary proof, etc. For USA Citizens, Customs Declaration Form 4457 (officially stamped) is acceptable

                                                                                               Proof of Export

Documentary proof of export from the country of origin

                                                                                    Motivation Letter from Client

This is a letter from the client stating that he is temporarily importing the referred to firearm/s for the purpose of hunting, to include that the firearm/s are required as he will be hunting (list the species to be hunted), etc.

                                                                         Invitation Letter from the Hunting Outfitter

This is supporting documentation from the Hunting Outfitter/company with whom the client will be hunting, to include full name of company, full contact details and address, dates and location where the client will be hunting and confirming that the applicant will be using the specific firearms as applied for. Any Other Supporting Documents Firearms will be physically inspected to ensure the serial number(s) match those of the licenses (proof of ownership) and the application form. Ammunition will also be inspected.

For visitors clearing customs at the Johannesburg International Airport, please take note of the following procedure to be followed on arrival:

Clear passport control in the Terminal where your flight arrives Proceed to baggage claim at the respective carousel. Pick up general baggage and clear customs and leave the arrival area to go to terminal where you will meet with your Ph or who ever is waiting to meet you Then proceed to the SA Police Fire Arm offices where you will get your fire arm and hand it the documentation. You will be issued with a temporary import permits. Ask the Airline Help Desk to direct you to the South African Police Firearm Office. Depending on the terminal where you arrive, they may need to escort you to the Office.

 Please insure sufficient time is allowed to go through the temporary importation process and to clear customs - up to 5

hours!

During the busy periods of the hunting season up to seventy clients may be needing permits at the same time. We would therefore recommend at least five (5) hours be set aside for this procedure and between connecting flights. Firearm / Ammunition Allowances and Specifications 1. No more than one firearm per caliber and 200 rounds per firearm will be permitted. No ammunition for other rifle calibers will be permitted. An exception to this may apply for shotguns where more than one of the same caliber may be allowed for bird hunting. purposes if the client produces on arrival at the SAPS Gun Office an acceptable written motivation as to why more than one is required. 2. Firearms must bear the manufacturer’s serial number or any other mark by which the firearm can be identified. The identification number must be stamped and the mark affixed in the prescribed manner on the barrel or the frame or the receiver of the firearm. 3. Handguns will be allowed into the country, but only for hunting purposes. Any visitor wanting to bring in a handgun in this regard needs to have a letter from an association in the country of origin, stating the handgun will be used for hunting purposes.

4. Prohibited firearms which may NOT be imported into South Africa include:

 Any fully automatic weapon  Any semi-automatic weapon  Handgun/s for self-defense  Weapons which fall under military categories 5. A semi-automatic shotgun for hunting purposes may be allowed if an application is made at least 21 days before arrival through the Central Firearms Register with a motivation letter as to why this type of firearm is required.

                                                                                          General Provisions:

Temporary Import Permits

May only be issued to a foreign visitor for the purpose of hunting

Will be issued subject to the requirements of the Act with regard to the carrying, storage, safe custody and transport of a firearm and ammunition Subject to the use of the firearm only for the purpose set out in the permit Subject to the fact that no person who holds a temporary import permit is allowed to transfer the firearm to another person in South Africa without prior written permission having been obtained from the Central Firearm Register. Whenever the holder of a temporary import permit leaves the Republic of South Africa , the firearm in respect of which the permit is issued must accompany the holder of the permit Possession of no more than the quantity of cartridges determined by the Registrar and specified on the permit for each firearm in respect of which the temporary import permit applies A Temporary Import Permit shall not be issued for a period exceeding six months at a time Applicant must be 21 or over 1. Should a firearm not be declared on arrival and a temporary import permit not issued, you will face severe penalties and possible arrest on departure from South Africa . 2. Applications for Temporary Import Permits can be made in advance to the Central Firearm Register. Ask your Hunting Outfitter to assist you in this regard. 3. Please ensure that your firearm/s arrive on the same flight as you do. This must be done with the airline company on departure. Your firearm/s may only be signed for by you and will not be released to your outfitter or professional hunter should it/they arrive on a separate flight. If the firearm/s do not arrive with the passenger, the passenger must proceed to his final destination in South Africa and apply at the closest Police Station for a Temporary Import Permit. When the Temporary Import Permit has been issued, the original permit with the keys to the rifle case must be couriered to the Border Post of entry. A Transport Agent with transport permit must be appointed by the passenger. This Transport Agent must have a letter from the passenger instructing him/her to transport the firearm/s to the passenger in person. The firearm/s will be inspected by the Police at the Port of entry and the firearm/s and permit will be handed to the transporter to be transported to the passenger. 4. Please do not pay for any service regarding the handling of firearms at Johannesburg International Airport, or any port of entry. The issuing of the SAP 520 is a free service and the South African Police Service asks clients not to pay anybody involved in handling firearms from the time of arrival in South Africa right through until you receive your firearm/s and the permit from the SAPS. Clients that are paying the various airline staff, security staff, or porters involved are actually creating a problem. Please note however there is a handling fee charged by airlines and/or security companies for the handling of handguns, and some airlines have started charging a handling fee for all firearms. We suggest checking with your airline with regard to any “official” fees that may be required. 5. There is no permit required for a bow, nor any charge by the South African Police Service. Handling fees are charged by airline and/or security companies for bows and handguns. 6. Please note that NO firearms will be held for safekeeping by the SAPS. If a client brings in a prohibited firearm, brings in more than what is allowed, or lacks the necessary documentation and his request for a temporary import permit is denied, the involved firearms must be exported immediately by the client or voluntarily surrendered to the State.

                                                                    In Transit Passengers (Transiting South Africa )

It is critical that you check with and confirm with the airline/s involved before departure to make sure what their procedure is for the transfer of baggage and/or firearms. If the airline does transfer your baggage/firearms and you have booked them through to the final destination, and you stay in the in-transit area and do not clear South African customs, then you need not go through the temporary import process. If your airline company will not transfer your baggage/guns to your connecting airline/flight, then you must collect your baggage/firearm/s and go through the entire entry process. If this is the case, the South African limitations, requirements, etc. will apply. This also applies if you are overnighting in South Africa before flying on to your country of destination. For more information or assistance, you can contact Capt. (f) R. Kruger of the Central Firearm Register, South African Police Services, Tel:   +27 12 353 6057 Fax:  +27 12 353 6041        SAPS link:  http://www.saps.gov.za/services/flash/firearms/importation.php

Hunting with your own weapons in a South African

hunt can be one of the most thrilling and satisfying

experiences of a lifetime.

          MAKE IT EASY - FAMILIARISE YOURSELF WITH THE

                    REGULATIONS and if in doubt contact:

                        Mabula Pro Safaris        All of us who hunt (and love guns and in particular our guns) have our favorite rifles we cannot wait to test out in the challenging hunting situations in Africa. It is always advisable to use a rifle you are accustomed to - that you can shoot accurately and with confidence. A loaned or rented rifle may not suit your body type, the stock may be too short or long and a host of other factors may cause you to lose confidence in your shooting ability while on safari.          
Firearm permit info

 How difficult is importing firearms into South Africa

for a hunting safari?

If you are planning to hunt in South Africa and you want to bring along your rifles, you can do it using an easier process than you might think. If you follow the correct route, or better yet use the service provided by the Professional Hunters Association of South Africa, you will be able to use your own firearms on your hunt in South Africa.

                                                                                                   

What to do 

To bring your firearms into South Africa you need to complete the temporary firearm import permit application (SAP520) in advance, if possible, and bring it with you. The form must be completed in black pen and must remain unsigned until the document is finalized in front of the police official issuing the actual permit at the airport.

                                                         The requirements for

the issuing of a temporary firearm import permit

are:

A valid passport and return airline ticket A letter from your hunting outfitter(s) inviting you to hunt A completed SAP 520 Form (unsigned, should be signed in front of the official) A notarized/certified copy of Proof of Ownership of your firearm(s) The proof of ownership form for the USA is the Custom Form 4457 (contact your nearest airport for this).

For the United Kingdom, you will need a copy of

your firearm license or certificate.

                                                                                              

European visitors will need

A Firearms Possession Licence or a European Firearms Pass. A letter from your local sheriff in the form of an affidavit confirming ownership, or an invoice from a gun shop where you have purchased the firearm(s) Proof of export of specific firearms from your country of residence (CBP Form 4457- Certificate of Registration for personal effects take abroad) A letter of motivation written by you to clarify your reason for wanting to import firearms into South Africa

                                                                                   

Requirements and Restrictions

No automatic or semi-automatic firearms are allowed to be imported. Semi-Automatics are not legal to hunt with, so your AR or AK must stay at home. Importing more than one firearm of the same caliber per person traveling is not allowed. 200 rounds of ammunition per person, per firearm, is the legal limit of ammunition you will be allowed to bring into the country. No handguns are allowed unless you can specify they will be used for hunting. A maximum of four (4) firearms or shotguns per person are allowed but not more than one of the same caliber or gauge. No ammunition for other firearms (not accompanying you) is permitted. Firearms must bear the manufacturer’s serial number, or any other mark by which the firearm can be identified. The identification number must be stamped and the mark affixed in the prescribed manner on the barrel, the frame or the receiver of the firearm.

             You must be 21 years of age or older.

There are special applications and exceptions to the above laws. Handguns will be allowed into the country, but only for hunting or sport-shooting purposes. As proof, the police will require a letter of invitation from the outfitter stating the handgun will be used for hunting purposes only. If the visitor wants to bring a semi-automatic shotgun, they  will need to supply a letter of motivation stating the reason for wanting to bring it into the country. 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 he or she is a capable hunter. Only the Central Firearm Registrar in Pretoria, South Africa can authorize special applications for the above restrictions, and applications have to be made in advance and must reach the Registrar no later than three weeks prior to arrival.

Mabula Pro Safaris are happy to assist you contact

companies who will, for a fee, organise pre-

approved rifle permits.

The PHASA website also has information regarding the firearms regulations for Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Netherland Transit, South African Airways, Emirates Airlines, SA Express and SA Air Link, to help you select the best airline to take responsibility of your firearms for flight to South Africa. For more information you can visit the PHASA website. Additional instructions regarding Form 520 completion: “Instructions for Filling in SAP 520 Form 1. Black ink must be used to fill in the form. 2. The form should be left unsigned until the document is finalized in front of the police official issuing the actual permit. 3. Please note that not all sections of the form apply. Visitors bringing their own firearms in for hunting purposes should concentrate on filling in the following: Section D – (temporary import or export permit) Section E – 1 – 25.4 Section G Section I – (Must fill in all details requested) Section J - (remember do not sign until in front of police officer at firearm office)

Additional Requirements along with the SAP 520 are

the following:

1. Identity and Flight Details, Passport & Return Airline Ticket 2. Other Supporting Documentation

Proof of Ownership

Firearm licenses, documentary proof, etc. For USA Citizens, Customs Declaration Form 4457 (officially stamped) is acceptable                                                                                                             Proof of Export Documentary proof of export from the country of origin

Motivation Letter from Client

This is a letter from the client stating that he is temporarily importing the referred to firearm/s for the purpose of hunting, to include that the firearm/s are required as he will be hunting (list the species to be hunted), etc.

Invitation Letter from the Hunting Outfitter

This is supporting documentation from the Hunting Outfitter/company with whom the client will be hunting, to include full name of company, full contact details and address, dates and location where the client will be hunting and confirming that the applicant will be using the specific firearms as applied for. Any Other Supporting Documents Firearms will be physically inspected to ensure the serial number(s) match those of the licenses (proof of ownership) and the application form. Ammunition will also be inspected.

For visitors clearing customs at the Johannesburg International

Airport, please take note of the following procedure to be

followed on arrival:

Clear passport control in the Terminal where your flight arrives Proceed to baggage claim at the respective carousel. Pick up general baggage and clear customs and leave the arrival area to go to terminal where you will meet with your Ph or who ever is waiting to meet you Then proceed to the SA Police Fire Arm offices where you will get your fire arm and hand it the documentation. You will be issued with a temporary import permits. Ask the Airline Help Desk to direct you to the South African Police Firearm Office. Depending on the terminal where you arrive, they may need to escort you to the Office.

 Please insure sufficient time is allowed to go

through the temporary importation process and to

clear customs - up to 5 hours!

During the busy periods of the hunting season up to seventy clients may be needing permits at the same time. We would therefore recommend at least five (5) hours be set aside for this procedure and between connecting flights. Firearm / Ammunition Allowances and Specifications 1. No more than one firearm per caliber and 200 rounds per firearm will be permitted. No ammunition for other rifle calibers will be permitted. An exception to this may apply for shotguns where more than one of the same caliber may be allowed for bird hunting. purposes if the client produces on arrival at the SAPS Gun Office an acceptable written motivation as to why more than one is required. 2. Firearms must bear the manufacturer’s serial number or any other mark by which the firearm can be identified. The identification number must be stamped and the mark affixed in the prescribed manner on the barrel or the frame or the receiver of the firearm. 3. Handguns will be allowed into the country, but only for hunting purposes. Any visitor wanting to bring in a handgun in this regard needs to have a letter from an association in the country of origin, stating the handgun will be used for hunting purposes.

4. Prohibited firearms which may NOT be imported

into South Africa include:

 Any fully automatic weapon  Any semi-automatic weapon  Handgun/s for self-defense  Weapons which fall under military categories 5. A semi-automatic shotgun for hunting purposes may be allowed if an application is made at least 21 days before arrival through the Central Firearms Register with a motivation letter as to why this type of firearm is required.

General Provisions:

Temporary Import Permits

May only be issued to a foreign visitor for the

purpose of hunting

Will be issued subject to the requirements of the Act with regard to the carrying, storage, safe custody and transport of a firearm and ammunition Subject to the use of the firearm only for the purpose set out in the permit Subject to the fact that no person who holds a temporary import permit is allowed to transfer the firearm to another person in South Africa without prior written permission having been obtained from the Central Firearm Register. Whenever the holder of a temporary import permit leaves the Republic of South Africa , the firearm in respect of which the permit is issued must accompany the holder of the permit Possession of no more than the quantity of cartridges determined by the Registrar and specified on the permit for each firearm in respect of which the temporary import permit applies A Temporary Import Permit shall not be issued for a period exceeding six months at a time Applicant must be 21 or over 1. Should a firearm not be declared on arrival and a temporary import permit not issued, you will face severe penalties and possible arrest on departure from South Africa . 2. Applications for Temporary Import Permits can be made in advance to the Central Firearm Register. Ask your Hunting Outfitter to assist you in this regard. 3. Please ensure that your firearm/s arrive on the same flight as you do. This must be done with the airline company on departure. Your firearm/s may only be signed for by you and will not be released to your outfitter or professional hunter should it/they arrive on a separate flight. If the firearm/s do not arrive with the passenger, the passenger must proceed to his final destination in South Africa and apply at the closest Police Station for a Temporary Import Permit. When the Temporary Import Permit has been issued, the original permit with the keys to the rifle case must be couriered to the Border Post of entry. A Transport Agent with transport permit must be appointed by the passenger. This Transport Agent must have a letter from the passenger instructing him/her to transport the firearm/s to the passenger in person. The firearm/s will be inspected by the Police at the Port of entry and the firearm/s and permit will be handed to the transporter to be transported to the passenger. 4. Please do not pay for any service regarding the handling of firearms at Johannesburg International Airport, or any port of entry. The issuing of the SAP 520 is a free service and the South African Police Service asks clients not to pay anybody involved in handling firearms from the time of arrival in South Africa right through until you receive your firearm/s and the permit from the SAPS. Clients that are paying the various airline staff, security staff, or porters involved are actually creating a problem. Please note however there is a handling fee charged by airlines and/or security companies for the handling of handguns, and some airlines have started charging a handling fee for all firearms. We suggest checking with your airline with regard to any “official” fees that may be required. 5. There is no permit required for a bow, nor any charge by the South African Police Service. Handling fees are charged by airline and/or security companies for bows and handguns. 6. Please note that NO firearms will be held for safekeeping by the SAPS. If a client brings in a prohibited firearm, brings in more than what is allowed, or lacks the necessary documentation and his request for a temporary import permit is denied, the involved firearms must be exported immediately by the client or voluntarily surrendered to the State.

In Transit Passengers (Transiting South Africa )

It is critical that you check with and confirm with the airline/s involved before departure to make sure what their procedure is for the transfer of baggage and/or firearms. If the airline does transfer your baggage/firearms and you have booked them through to the final destination, and you stay in the in-transit area and do not clear South African customs, then you need not go through the temporary import process. If your airline company will not transfer your baggage/guns to your connecting airline/flight, then you must collect your baggage/firearm/s and go through the entire entry process. If this is the case, the South African limitations, requirements, etc. will apply. This also applies if you are overnighting in South Africa before flying on to your country of destination. For more information or assistance, you can contact Capt. (f) R. Kruger of the Central Firearm Register, South African Police Services, Tel:   +27 12 353 6057 Fax:  +27 12 353 6041        SAPS link:   http://www.saps.gov.za/services/flash/firearms/im portation.php
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