Rifle Importation - South Africa

Shotguns: Temporary Firearm Import Permits

Non Resident Hunters visiting South Africa require a Temporary Import Permit in order to bring your firearm into South Africa. Karoo Wingshooting will appoint a legitimate agency Hunters' Support, which assists clients with pre-applied permits and offer a meet and greet service at OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg. You will need Import permits for the rifles, shotguns, handguns and/or ammunition that you are planning to bring along on your hunt, prior to your departure from your home country.

Required Information

Before such a permit can be issued, applicants need to provide the agent with the following information:

  1. A copy of your passport - photo and signature page of your passport. This copy must be notarized as a true copy of the original, stamped and signed by a notary accordingly.
  2. Proof of ownership in the form of a US Customs form 4457 / A Firearm License / Proof of export (where applicable, please see notifications on the download page for each country). This must also be copied and notarized as a true copy of the original, stamped and signed by a notary.
  3. A completed SAPS 520 form completed in black ink.
  4. A letter from Karoo Wingshooting confirming the dates of your hunt, the place of the hunt, the species you are hunting and the firearms we suggest you bring. The Shotgun / Firearm calibres must be compatible to the species you are hunting.
  5. If you intend to use a third party to apply such as Hunters' Support for your permit on your behalf then you must sign in black ink the Hunters' Support form (also available from the downloads page)
  6. These forms must reach Hunters' Support within 25 days before your intended arrival in SA for normal applications so please submit it at your earliest convenience.
  7. If you wish to apply for a semi-automatic shotgun or handgun permit you must supply a letter of motivation stating the reason for wanting to hunt in South Africa with these firearms. It must be an original request with a good reason otherwise consideration will not be granted.**Forms for a semi-automatic shotgun or handgun must reach us 35 days prior to your arrival in SA**
  8. If the handgun is custom made and is not on the Central Firearms computer you will be requested to obtain from the manufacturer a letter stating that the firearm is manufactured for hunting purposes only. Central Firearms can also request additional information / specifications / pictures of the firearm. Your application can be delayed, so please see to your applications timeously.
  9. ***Exact copy of your flight itinerary***
    We cannot be held responsible if you declare the wrong dates on your Hunters' Support Form and/or SAPS 520 Form
  10. Permit Request Information Form


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