Pre-issued Permits

Temporary Import Permits Service

PHASA endeavours 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 Go 2 Safari Concierge will meet you, on behalf of PHASA, in the SA Police firearms 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 Ms Tersia Du Plooy from our office at CONTACT should you need any further information. She will gladly assist.


A. $160.00 USD per applicant.

Payment options: (Request details from PHASA: CONTACT)

  1. PHASA uses SAFARI FOREX, who has partnered with Inter Africa LLC (USA & EU), to provide a market leading online payment platform.
    Through their online platform:
    • USA clients can do payments with a check, wire or cash deposits into Bank of America account. This will be a domestic payment for a USA client.
    PayPal payments can also be done
    • European clients can do payments via a Bank Deposit / EUR Electronic payment
    • These options are safe, cost effective and convenient
  2. Credit card payments in ZAR with PHASA


Scanned, readable documentation not bigger than 4MB can be emailed to CONTACT.

* PHASA needs the following documents at the latest 30 days prior to your arrival. (No late submissions will be accepted)

(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 40 days before arrival).

A. Form SAP520 (download) or complete SAP520 online: ONLINE SAP520

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 and spouse is traveling as well

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, confirming lawful possession of the firearm: (Certified as a true copy) – No sales receipts will be accepted.

Examples of documentation to proof ownership:

– USA: Custom Form 4457 (contact your nearest airport for this or get a copy from the PHASA office) –Form must have a current expiry date at top right hand side and needs to be stamped in current year. (Request the valid template from PHASA)

– 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. Payment: PHASA will only submit applications after receipt of payment


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 business days prior to arrival)
– There is NO guarantee that the permits below will be granted)

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. More than one rifle/shotgun of the same calibre/gauge:

– The SA Police services will not authorize two rifles/shotguns of the same caliber /gauge into the country any more. (Effective 7 June 2019)

C. Semi-Automatic shotguns:

– A letter of motivation from you must be submitted, stating the reason/s for bringing it into the country.

D. 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.


A. Should a firearm not be declared on arrival and a temporary import permit not issued, you will face severe penalties and possible arrest if detected.

B. Ensure that your firearms arrive on the same flight as you do. Contact all airline company/ies for the different sectors of your flight before making reservations, for their regulations regarding transport of firearms and ammunition.

Carriage of ammunition:
Certain airlines require the ammo to be packed in a separate locked container.

We strongly recommend that ammunition be packed in a lockable case which can be checked in with the firearm(s) to avoid possible delays during checked baggage screening.
Ammunition should not be packed in checked baggage or in the gun case.
Guns should be in separate gun cases.

C. Your firearm/s may only be signed for by yourself.

It will not be released to any other person.

In the event of it arriving on a separate flight, the firearm/s will be held by the SAPS until such time as you claim ownership in person.

D. The temporary import permit serves as your firearm license in South Africa.

It enables you to buy ammunition in South Africa for the calibers noted on the permit.

E. You must have the temporary import permit on your person at all times while you are in possession of your firearms.

F. The firearm/s MUST be locked in a firearm safe when you are not using it.

G. We recommend that you allow at least 3 hours between landing and your connecting flight.

H. In-Transit Permits are required for any person spending the night in South Africa while in-transit to a third country. The same pre-requisites apply as to obtain the normal Temporary Import permit.

It is your responsibility to check with your airline company on departure if your luggage and firearm(s) will be checked through to your final destination, when you are connecting to a third country on the same day.

I. Please see the Terms & Conditions at the end of this document.


A. Documents and payment procedures as above. You will be met by a handling agent at the door of the aircraft after arrival and escorted to the firearms office.

B.    Costs – $250 USD

Please contact the PHASA office if you have any queries concerning the temporary importation of your firearms.

We wish you an unforgettable and very successful hunting safari to South Africa!

PHASA Contact Details:

Ms Tersia Du Plooy
Tel: +27 12 667 2048



1A. In the event of an application for a Temporary Firearm Import permit being cancelled by the applicant before the documents have been submitted to the SA Police Service the costs for bank charges will be deducted from the amount to be refunded to the applicant.

1B. In the event of an application for a Temporary Firearm Import permit being cancelled by the applicant after the documents have already been submitted to the SA Police Services, an administration fee of R300 plus bank charges, will be deducted from the amount to be refunded to the applicant.

1C. In the event of an application for a Temporary Firearm Import permit being cancelled by the applicant after the permit has been issued, an administration fee of R400 will be deducted from the amount to be refunded to the applicant.

1D. In the event of a “no-show”, where the applicant did not fly in to OR Tambo without informing PHASA or Bangy Travel beforehand, no refund will be made to the applicant.


2A. Alterations to a permit after the permit has been issued by the SA Police Services, will be submitted to the SAPS at an administration fee of R650.

2B. Alterations to Temporary Firearm Import Permits must be handed in at the SA Police services at least two weeks prior to arrival. No alterations will be done during the last 14-days before arrival.

3. RENEWAL / EXTENSION of TI, IT or MI Permits can be done through PHASA. The fee is $100 USD (courier costs within South Africa are included in this fee; additional fees will be charged for permits couriered outside of the RSA). Proper motivation needs to accompany these applications. Contact Tersia Du Plooy for documents to be completed and submitted.


The client needs to let PHASA and/or BANGY know about FLIGHT CHANGES at the LATEST 24 hours prior to departure to South Africa. This could be done either via email or a text message. If a client does not let PHASA / BANGY know, an additional charge of ZAR 250 per permit will be payable. 

PHASA / Go 2 Safari Concierge must be advised of FLIGHT DELAYS ASAP. This could be done either via email or a text message. If a client does not let PHASA / Safari Concierge know, an additional charge of ZAR 250 per permit will be payable. 

Delays of less than an hour will not be charged for.


PHASA and Go 2 Safari Concierge accept no responsibility for firearms not arriving in South Africa. This is an airline matter and no refunds will be given.

  • The onus lies with the traveler to check all airline regulations as well as airport regulations.

Contact details for changes or delays:
1. Tersia – PHASA:
+27 84 205 8508 – phone call, WA or text message
CONTACT – only RSA office hours

2. Adele – Go 2 Safari Concierge:
+27 82 746 7913  – phone call, WA or text message


PHASA will send a Safari Forex Invoice or banking details for above administration and additional fees.
Payment must be done before arrival.

IX. ADDITIONAL SERVICES: (Booked directly with Go 2 Safari Concierge)

  • Assistance at OR Tambo to connection flights
  • Assistance at OR Tambo on return flights
  • Shuttle services
  • Overnight Accommodation
  • Firearm / Baggage Storage

Please note: PHASA takes NO responsibility for any Additional Service booked with Go 2 Safari Concierge.

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