Visitors to South Africa – Procedure for Permits

Visitors wanting to participate in sporting clay competitions, whether international, SA National or Provincial Competitions may bring their own shotgun (1 ONLY) and limited ammunition (5kgs or 175 x 28 gram cartridges ) into South Africa.  For this you MUST complete an SAPS 520 form and it must be authorised in Pretoria by the South African Police Services (SAPS) before you leave your own country.  Please allow a MINIMUM of 30 days for processing. It is possible to obtain the authorisation / permit at the South African “Port of Entry” but this cannot be guaranteed and if you are in a group it can be very time consuming.  As is usually the case when transporting firearms and ammunition, they must be packed and secured in separate security cases.

Overseas Visitors : Temporary Import/Export permits – click HERE for more information and to download the application form (SAPS 520).


For UK visitors, please also note you will need to obtain Proof of Export from the UK:

UK CITIZENS importing firearms into the RSA for sporting or hunting purposes.

UK Citizens temporarily exporting firearms for sporting or hunting purposes to South Africa and applying for a temporary import permit via the SAPS 520 form at the airport (not pre-issued) after arrival in South Africa, will need to have Proof of Export from the UK.

This is compulsory. Without this proof, the police will not issue the temporary import permit and will confiscate your firearm(s).

What to do:  Contact the UK Border Force at Heathrow

Email the UKBF Armoury Control on – – at least 2 weeks prior to your departure for South Africa:

Advise them that you will be travelling to South Africa for a sporting competition or a game hunting safari.

Request them to issue you with a letter/document that you may lawfully temporarily export your firearms and ammunition to South Africa.

Scan and email copies of the following with the request:


     Firearms licence – indicate exactly which rifles/shotguns you will take and the amount of ammunition.

     Invitation letter

     Return flights and dates

Contact details: +44 (0) 20 8910 3721

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