RIFLE IMPORTATION PROCESS & PAPERWORK
The importation of your hunting rifles into South Africa is not complicated or difficult at all. All you need to do is to send us the four documents mentioned below. We will complete all the paperwork on your behalf .
FOLLOW OUR STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE
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.
- A COPY OF YOUR PASSPORT
- A COPY OF YOUR CUSTOMS DECLARATION FORM 4457
- A COPY OF YOUR FLIGHT ITINERARY
- INVITATION LETTER (Download it in PDF format by clicking here)
- THE COMPLETED Rifle Import Info form (Download it in PDF format by clicking here)
Read the following Info and Procedures to transport your rifle in and out of the USA, the only documentation you need to be in possession of is a Customs Declarations Form 4457.
WHEN YOU ARRIVE IN SOUTH AFRICA:
- Proceed through passport control; claim your general luggage at the carousel.
- Look for the firearms representative - he will be standing with all the rifles
- Present your passport and luggage tag and sign for your rifle to be released (only SAA passengers not Delta)
- Exit through the doors where you will be met by an Elandsbosch Safaris representative.
- We will then take you to the police office where we have already given them your rifle paperwork.
- You will have to open your rifle cases so the serial numbers can be compared to that on the permit.
- You will sign the SAP520 form and the register book and wait for the rifle to be released.
- You will be given a permit - check that your name, serial no and departure date is correct.
- 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 SA.
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: Very important information on Firearms, Ammunition allowances and Specifications.
- Only one firearm per caliber is allowed per person
- Ammunition is to be packed in a separate container, which has to be locked and marked with details.
- In total 11 pounds, not more than 200 rounds, is allowed per hunter. 40-60 rounds per rifle is sufficient.
- No person under the age of 21 may bring a firearm in their own name
- Prohibited firearms, which may NOT be imported into South Africa includes: Semi or fully automatic weapon, Handguns for self-defence, weapons which fall under military categories
- Minimum caliber for buffalo, lion, rhino and elephant is .375
- Shotgun shells for bird hunting can be bought in South Africa.
At Elandsbosch the vegetation is very bushy and shots are generally in the region of 150 yards (70-100 meters). We recommend all calibers bigger than a 30.06 with at least 180 grain soft nose bullets. You and your professional Hunter will have the use of a reliable vehicle, and once your trophy is bagged and you have had the opportunity to take photographs, it will be transported to the skinning shed, where our skinners will prepare the cape for mounting, according to your instructions. You will be able to continue the hunt for your next trophy, accompanied by your Professional Hunter.
At the end of your hunt, we will take you on your request to meet the TAXIDERMIST who will handle your trophies. You can instruct him to either mount them and ship them to you, or you can have them treated and shipped back to your home country to be mounted.