SAPS520 Online Tool

This tool is to assist hunters to complete the SAPS520 temporary import permit application online
and to simplify the process for hunters.

SAPS520

Section (E) - PARTICULARS OF APPLICANT / NATURAL PERSON’S DETAILS

Select your identity document type below
Permit Application Type

1RSA Id Number
2Passport Number

4Passport number of natural person
5Surname
6Initials
7Full names
8Birth Date
9Age
10Gender
11Residential address
12Postal codes
13Postal address
14Postal codes
15Trade or profession
16if self-employed, specify
17Name of employer/company
18Business address
19Postal codes
20Telephone number
20.1Home
20.2Work
20.3Cellphone number
21Fax
22E-mail address

Single
Married
Divorced
Widow
Widower
Other (specify)

Section (G) - IMPORT AND/OR EXPORT DETAILS

1Country of origin
2Country of destination
3Port of entry
4Port of exit
5Reason for permit

Period for which permit is required

*IMPORTANT, this must match your flight itinerary arrival and departure dates
9.1FROM
9.2TO

Section (I) - DETAILS OF FIREARMS

BASIC REGULATIONS AND RESTRICTIONS FOR THE ISSUING OF A TEMPORARY IMPORT PERMIT:

A. Maximum of four (4) firearms or shotguns per applicant.
B. Not more than one of the same caliber or gauge.
C. Only 200 rounds for each permitted firearm or shotgun will be allowed.
D. No ammunition for other firearms (not accompanying you) is permitted.
E. 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.

* No Automatic or Semi Automatic rifles can be imported for sport hunting purposes !
* No handguns for self defence may be imported !

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Type
Action
Caliber
Model
Make
Frame or Receiver Serial Number
Barrel Serial Number
Ammunition

Add a Firearm

Congratulations, we are alsmost done !

Documents Completed for you !

Page 2 – Sections E 2.1 to E 24 (Natural person’s details)
Page 2 - Section 25 if you are married and spouse is traveling with.
Page 4 – Sections G1 to G 5 & G 8 to G 9.2 (Import/Export details)
Page 5 –Sections I 1.1 to 2.2 (Details of firearms etc.)
Page 6 – Section J (Signature of applicant)

For DIY permits all signatures should be made in the presence of the firearms official at the airport !

OR
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Use a Pre-Issue Permit + Meet and Greet service for your permits, this is a service rendered by PHASA (Professional Hunters Association of South Africa), our system will send all completed forms to PHASA and they will contact you for the rest of the process !

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PHASA endeavours to ensure all international hunting tourists a trouble-free arrival in South Africa.

It’s as easy as 1-2-3

1. PHASA can apply on your behalf, for your temporary importation permit or in-transit permit prior to your arrival.
2. A representative from Go 2 Safari Concierge will meet you on behalf of PHASA in the SA Police office at OR Tambo (Johannesburg) Airport with your permit.
3. The representative will assist you with the clearance of your firearms.

FIRST THINGS FIRST
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

BASIC REGULATIONS AND RESTRICTIONS FOR THE ISSUING OF A TEMPORARY IMPORT PERMIT:
- Maximum of four (4) firearms or shotguns per applicant.
- Not more than one firearm of the same caliber or gauge, accept with special approval
- Only 200 rounds for each permitted firearm or shotgun will be allowed. In total 11 pounds of rounds per hunter.
- 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.

SPECIAL APPLICATIONS: (Subject to pre-approval only: documents must reach us at least 35 days prior to arrival)

Handguns are allowed into the country for hunting purposes only and therefore you need to submit the following additional documentation:
- Letter of invitation from the outfitter stating the handgun will be used for hunting purposes only;
- Motivational letter from you stating that you will be using the handgun for hunting purposes only and any other relevant motivation.

Semi-Automatic shotguns & more than one firearm/shotgun of the same caliber:
- Letter of motivation from you must be submitted, stating the reason/s for bringing it into the country.
- Any person under the age of 21 who 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 third parties will help with the application.


* No handguns for self-defense may be imported!
* Ammunition is to be packed in a separate container which has to be locked and marked with details.

What to know

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3 EASY STEPS TO COMPLETE YOUR RIFLE IMPORTATION DOCUMENTATION

STEP 1:

Proof of ownership:

US Hunters:
Obtain a Customs Declaration Form 4457 from your nearest customs office. Always keep the original stamped copy in your passport and have photo copies of it handy.
*Please note that due to new regulations, 4457 documents have to be issued in the YEAR OF TRAVEL. If your document has an expiry date, please ensure that it does not expire before or during your hunting safari.

UK, etc: Copy of your firearm License or Certificate

European Hunters:
Firearms Possession Licence (Waffenbesitzkarte)
European Firearms Pass (Europaeischer Feuerwaffenpass)

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

STEP 2:
Send the following documentation to your Outfitter
- A COPY OF YOUR PASSPORT
- A COPY OF YOUR PROOF OF OWNERSHIP
- A COPY OF YOUR FLIGHT ITINERARY

STEP 3:
Fill out your SAPS 520 form on our website - Click here -
Once you have completed your SAPS 520 form a copy will be sent to your Outfitter.

* Want to save time at the airport?

Use a Pre-Issue service for your permits, this is a service rendered by a third party but we will send all completed forms to them and facilitate the payment on your behalf!

CONGRATULATIONS! You have successfully completed and supplied all documentation needed to apply for your temporary rifle importation permit.

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UPON ARRIVAL IN SOUTH AFRICA – WHAT’S NEXT?

1. Proceed through passport control; claim your general luggage at the carousel.
2. Look for the firearms representative - he will be standing with all the rifles
3. Present your passport and luggage tag and sign for your rifle to be released (only SAA passengers, not Delta)
4. Exit through the doors where you will be met by your hunting outfitter, professional hunter or representative.
5. They will then take you to the police office where they will give them your rifle importation paperwork.
6. You will have to open your rifle cases so the serial numbers can be compared to that on the permit.
7. You will sign the SAPS520 form and the register book in front of the firearms officer and wait for the rifle to be released.
8. You will be given a permit - check that your name, serial # and departure date is correct.
9. Keep it safely in your gun case and present it to the police at time of departure for your rifle to be able to leave South Africa.

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