South Africa

Customs & duty free allowances and restrictions in South Africa

The importation of the following goods into South Africa is strictly prohibited:

  • Narcotic and habit-forming drugs in any form
  • Fully automatic, military and unnumbered weapons
  • Explosives and fireworks
  • Poison and other toxic substances
  • Cigarettes with a mass of more than 2kg per 1000
  • Goods to which a trade description or trade mark is applied in contravention of any Act (for example counterfeit goods)
  • Penitentiary or prison-made goods
  • Unlawful reproductions of any works subject to copyright

Restricted Goods

Certain goods may only be imported provided you are in possession of the necessary authority/permit.

  • Firearms
  • South African bank notes in excess of R5,000
  • Gold coins
  • Coin and stamp collections
  • Unprocessed gold
  • Animals, plants and their products (e.g. animal skins, dairy products, honey)
  • Medicine (excluding sufficient quantities for one month for own personal treatment accompanied by a letter or certified prescription from a registered physician)

All goods acquired abroad must be declared and the duty and vat paid.