SOUTH AFRICA CUSTOMS & IMMIGRATION

 

All visitors to South Africa are required to carry a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the intended length of stay. There should be sufficient blank pages (a minimum of 2) for entry stamps upon arrival. Visas are not required for citizens from USA, UK, Canada, France, Germany and Spain. Visitors can stay for a maximum of 90 days. You may be requested to show a return ticket.

 

You are entitled to import into South Africa a personal allowance of 400 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 9 ounces of pipe tobacco, 2 liters of wine, 1 liter of alcohol, other gifts up to a value of R500 and any amount of foreign currency as long as you declare amounts over $20,000 to customs upon arrival.

Sporting firearms may be readily imported into South Africa. You may bring up to 4 firearms per hunter (however most airlines limit you to 2) and 200 rounds of ammo per firearm but again airline regulations allow only 5 kg's or 11 lbs of ammo per passenger. The average weight of factory loaded ammo boxes of 20 shells per box runs from 1 lb 4 ounces to 2 lbs.

Leaving Passport Control there is a sign that tells you which baggage carousel your luggage will arrive on (There are 10). Grab a cart (they are free) and retrieve your checked luggage. If you paid for the VIP meet and greet, Bid Air will assist you with your luggage.

If you arrive on South African Airways or British Airways, you will need to sign for your firearms in the baggage area. Your rifles will be delivered to an office in front of baggage carousel #8. You will show your baggage claim ticket for your rifle case and sign for it there. Your rifle case will then be delivered by them to the South African Police Office. Currently if you arrive on any other airline you will not have to sign for your rifle case as it will be delivered to the SAPS office directly from the aircraft. After you collect your luggage (not your gun cases) you will proceed through the Customs Green Line (nothing to declare). You will declare your rifle at the SAPS office later. If you booked the VIP meet and greet, Bid Air will assist you with the procedures in the baggage claim area and escort you through customs.

Note- Insure you sign for your gun (South African Airways and British Airways passengers) before you leave the baggage area.

Continue down the green corridor until you find yourself on the inside of a large glassed area. You will be looking at the general meeting area on the other side of the glass.

 

If you want to be met once you exit the plane and escorted VIP through Passport Control and taken to GRACY TRAVEL AFRICA in the Arrivals Hall, it will cost $90.00 USD. The amount applies to 1-4 persons traveling together. 5-8 persons traveling together $180.00.

JNB Airport Arrivals Hall - Gracy Travel Africa will meet you here. When you get to this point, GO RIGHT. Gracy Travel Africa is waiting for you here.

Insure you have your GRACY TRAVEL BAG TAGS on your luggage. Our team will spot your luggage as you are walking to the Arrivals Hall entrance. GRACY TRAVEL AFRICA will have your PRE-APPROVED SAP 520 permits with them ONLY if you made arrangements with our San Antonio office to process it in advance. Insure you have received a confirmation email from Christy prior to travel. Her email ischristy@gracytravel.com

Bruce, Chris or Lucky will make Joburg Airport a Breeze! The entrance to the new South African Police office in Terminal A2 of Johannesburg airport.

Once Gracy Travel Africa clears your firearms, we will escort you to the CITY LODGE HOTEL for your overnight. It is a short walk down the airport corridor. You will pass by some shops and a food court to include a pub. You will take an elevator up three floors and you will be at check in. GRACY TRAVEL AFRICA has pre-paid your room and check in usually goes quickly.

 

CITY LODGE: Pre-paid to include room, tax & breakfast.

Rooms

• Spacious air-conditioned room with queen or twin beds. Beds are European size.
• Flat screen Television (MNet and DSTV) – Satellite channels offering exciting 
sport, breaking news and great movies. 
• En-Suite Bathroom with bath and separate shower.
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Wireless Internet Access available in all rooms. Verify rates at check in.
• Electronic safe large enough to accommodate a laptop
• Desk with great lighting and plugs for easy connectivity. Rooms are compact with nice showers/bathrooms.
• Telephone

Breakfast:

At City Lodge our breakfasts are legendary. Choose between a scrumptious Full English or Continental breakfast (buffet style) in the hotel’s spacious breakfast area.

Coffee Shop:

City Lodge at OR Tambo Airport will have a coffee shop offering guests a comprehensive menu with hot and cold food choices ranging from salads, to wraps, to tremazzinis all the way to hearty soups.

We have received nice feed back on the meals. Reasonably priced and tasteful and simply prepared.

You can also go down to the food court in the airport. Take the elevator down 1 level.

Bar:

The hotel boasts a comfortable bar to enjoy the evening or wait for your next flight. There is a Pub downstairs in the airport corridor.

 

GRACY TRAVEL AFRICA will meet you in the Hotel Lobby the following morning and take you to check in.For passengers not staying at the CITY LODGE or the INTERCONTINENTAL, you must insure your driver contacts GRACY TRAVEL AFRICA and advises the time and location they will drop you off. We are not able to assist you with check in if we are not advised of your arrival.

 

DEPARTURE FLIGHTS HOME:

 

Departures from JNB airport- You must notify GRACY TRAVEL AFRICA when you will arrive at the airport. This is a very large airport and unless we are advised when you will arrive and at what location, we will not be able to assist you with gun clearance and check in.

JNB Transit Passengers- If you are departing from another South Africa airport, we can meet you in the domestic terminal, assist with gun clearance and then take you to international departures for check in. Please contact GRACY TRAVEL AFRICA and advise them that you want to be met. If you are departing from another country but will transit JNB, contact GRACY TRAVEL AFRICA should a problem arise. Transit passengers from another country should check their luggage through to the USA, they will not clear passport control or customs in Johannesburg.

 

Gun Permit and VIP Meet and Greet Rates:

Gun permits are $145.00 per permit pre-approved. If unsure how many permits you will need in your group, contact Christy in our San Antonio office.

VIP Meet & Greet - $90.00 1-4 & 5-8 persons $180.00

(Note: This VIP is for Hunters who want to be assisted through PASSPORT CONTROL, BAGGAGE RECLAIM and walked through the Green Channel of Customs.)

GRACY TRAVEL AFRICA meets you once you enter the Arrivals Hall. We will have your Pre-Approved permit.

 

So, the total amount due for your PRE-APPROVED SAP 520 is determined by the number of permits you or your group require and whether you want the VIP meet & greet.

 

City Lodge Rates:

Double/Twin room (2 persons sharing ) approximately $210.00 USD for the room.

Single (1 person) approximately $155.00 USD for the room.

*NOTE- Rate for city lodge fluctuate due to rate of exchange. Triples are not allowed. One Child 12 years or younger can share room but with 2 adults but only with existing beds. There is no room for a rollaway.

 

TO GET A PRE-APPROVED PERMIT CLICK HERE AND BEGIN THE PROCESS          christy@gracytravel.com

 

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