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The Basic Regulations for a Temporary
Import or In Transit Permit

The Basic Regulations for a Temporary Import/In Transit Permit for all Foreign Hunters Hunting in South-Africa are as follows:


No more than ONE firearm or shotgun per caliber or gauge.

Only 200 rounds for each permitted firearm or shotgun will be allowed.

You may only bring two shotguns if they are different gauges.

Ammunition must be packed in a separate lockable box/case and placed in your checked luggage.

No ammunition for other firearms (caliber or gauge) is permitted, in other words, do not try and bring ammunition for your PH’s rifle.

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.

Handguns will be allowed into the country, but only for hunting purposes. Any foreign visitor wanting to bring a handgun into the country, needs to produce a letter from a registered association of his/her country of origin, stating that he/she is a registered member of the association, and that the handgun will be used exclusively for hunting purposes.

Prohibited firearms which may NOT be imported into South Africa, includes:

  • Any fully automatic weapon
  • Any semi-automatic weapon
  • No semi-automatic shotguns
  • Handgun(s) for self-defense
  • Weapons which fall under military categories


There are, however, certain circumstances under which the Central Firearms Registry in South Africa will allow the importation of such weapons for hunting purposes. Please contact henry@riflepermits.com for more information and he will kindly assist you.