VISITING RSA - Duty-Free Allowances
NOTES CONCERNING DUTY-FREE ALLOWANCES - Returning residents please note that if you have been absent from the Republic for a period of less than six months, firearms acquired overseas or in any duty-free shop, including such goods bought duty-free on the aircraft/ship, do not fall within your duty-free allowances.
Children under 18 years of age may also claim duty-free allowances, excluding tobacco and alcohol, provided the goods are for use by the children themselves. Customs declarations may be made by parents on behalf of their children. Your allowances may only be claimed by yourself and may not be pooled or transferred to other persons. Crew members (including the master or pilot) do not qualify for duty-free allowances of a value not exceeding R500, 00. However, provision exists whereby they may bring in goods mentioned under "other goods" , with a total value of not more than R3000, 00 on which a flat rate of 20% will be payable. The usual duty-free allowances may only be claimed when crew members return to the Republic permanently.