Our World: SAA Customs Information

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Everything you need to know to ensure your entry to South Africa is hassle-free

CUSTOMS DUTY

Customs duty is levied on imported goods and is usually calculated on the value of the goods.

People may enter South Africa at any appointed place of entry.All the goods in their possession must be declared to a customs official at the port of entry. When dutiable goods are in their possession, the relevant duties and VAT must be paid.

GOODS THAT MAY BE IMPORTED WITHOUT THE PAYMENT OF CUSTOMS DUTY AND VAT:

(A) Visitors: Personal effects, sporting and recreational equipment, new or used, imported either as accompanied or unaccompanied baggage, for their own use during their stay in South Africa.

(B) Residents: Personal effects and sporting and recreational equipment, new or used, exported by residents of South Africa for their own use while abroad and subsequently re-imported either as accompanied or unaccompanied baggage.

(C) Limits in respect of certain goods: The following goods may be included in passengers’ baggage either by residents or non-residents, but not exceeding the following limits:

  • Wine: 2 litres per person.
  • Spirits and other alcoholic beverages: 1 litre per person.
  • Other new or used goods to a total value not exceeding R5 000 per person, excluding consumables.
  • Cigarettes: 200 cigarettes per person.
  • Cigars: 20 cigars per person.
  • Cigarette or pipe tobacco: 250g per person.
  • Perfume: 50ml per person.
  • Eau de toilette: 250ml per person.

Allowances may not be pooled or transferred to other persons.

PLEASE NOTE: Visitors may be required to pay a cash deposit to cover duties and tax on expensive

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