you can bring your own rifle or shotgun for the hunt.
Temporary Export of Firearms from the USA:
Where hunters from the USA were recently informed regarding new export regulations issued by the Department of State requiring travelers to file electronic export information (EEI) for temporary export of personally owned firearms via the Automated Export System (AES) prior to departure from the United States, this process has now been PUT ON HOLD.
LATEST UPDATE ALERT: Please click on the link below to see the latest update provided by US Customs and Border Protection:
Here is the partial text from the update to CBP’s website:
Current export regulations issued by the Department of State require travelers to file electronic export information (EEI) for temporary export of personally owned firearms via the Automated Export System (AES) prior to departure from the United States.
CBP is aware of issues that travelers are having with the implementation of this regulation and is working to ensure that no traveler attempting to legally take their firearm out of the country experiences significant delays or incurs additional cost.
Because of these issues, we are temporarily suspending implementation of the regulation as we work with our government partners to modify the AES system to make it more user-friendly for individual travelers. In the interim, CBP will continue to follow their long standing practice of issuing and certifying a Certificate of Registration (CBP Form 4457). During this time, when a traveler contacts CBP to register their firearm for export and reentry, CBP will:
1. Complete a CBP Form 4457 to ensure a problem-free return to the U.S., and
2. Provide a fact sheet about the regulation and how to comply in the interim.
If you need to complete a form 4457 in the course of your travel, please give yourself enough time to do so, 2-3 hours is a good estimate. You also have the option of registering in advance at a CBP Port of Entry. Once the CBP 4457 is completed, it can be used repeatedly for that particular firearm.
For now, hunters can go back to the system that has been in place for years. We strongly urge, however, that you print out a copy of the CBP website page posted on April 29, 2015 and have it with you both leaving and re-entering the US, as we have heard that some individual personnel from CBP may not have gotten the memo.
Of course, note that the suspension of enforcement of the Department of State regulations is temporary. We will notify you of further developments as soon as they become known.
Temporary Import Permit for Taking Firearms to South Africa:
In order to get a temporary import permit for bringing your firearms to South Africa, we recommend that you use the services of PHASA (Professional Hunters Association of South Africa) to issue a permit for you. (Cost is $150 for 2015.)
The following information is from the PHASA website and are needed for the temporary importation of a rifle and/or shotgun to South Africa:
Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa (PHASA)
Temporary Import Permits Service
PHASA endeavors 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 Bangy Travel 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.
Please take note of the following and do not hesitate to contact Mrs Du Plooy from our office at firstname.lastname@example.org should you need any further information. She will gladly assist.
I. COST/S PAYMENTS: PERIOD 1 JANUARY TO 31 DECEMBER 2015:
A. $150.00 USD per applicant.
B. PHASA accepts credit card payments and bank transfers. (Request the authorization form from PHASA)
* Scanned, readable documentation not bigger than 4MB can be emailed to email@example.com. Documentation can also be couriered to Mrs T. Du Plooy, PHASA, 71 Lobelia Lane, Irene, Centurion, 0157, Republic of South Africa
* PHASA needs the following documents at the latest 25 days prior to your arrival.
(Please note item IV regarding handguns, semi-automatic firearms and applications for persons under the age of 21, where applications need to reach us at least 35 days before arrival).
A. Form SAP520 (download):
ONLY the following sections need to be completed (use black ink):
Page 2 – Sections E 2.1 to E 24 (Natural person’s details)
Page 2 – Section 25 if you are married
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)
B. Notarized copy of Applicants’ passport – page on which the photo and passport details are reflected. (Certified as a true copy)
C. Notarized copy of Proof of ownership of firearm, eg. legal licence, permit, certificate, authorization or any other documentary proof confirming lawful possession of the firearm: (Certified as a true copy)
Examples of documentation to proof ownership:
– USA: Custom Form 4457 (contact your nearest airport for this)
– UK, etc: Copy of your firearm License or Certificate
– Europe: 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
D. Copy of flight itinerary from airline or travel agent
E. Copy of Invitation letter from your Hunting Outfitter
F. Proof of payment or payment by credit card must accompany your application.
III. BASIC REGULATIONS AND RESTRICTIONS FOR THE ISSUING OF A TEMPORARY IMPORT
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.
IV. SPECIAL APPLICATIONS: (Subject to pre-approval only: documents must reach us at least 35 days prior to arrival)
A. Handguns are allowed into the country for hunting purposes only and therefore you need to submit the following additional documentation:
– A letter of invitation from the outfitter stating the handgun will be used for hunting purposes only;
– A motivational letter from you stating that you will be using the handgun for hunting purposes only and any other relevant motivation.
B. Semi-Automatic shotguns:
– A letter of motivation from you must be submitted, stating the reason/s for bringing it into the country.
C. 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 that he/she is a capable hunter. Any additional motivational letters from third parties will help with the application.