Leaving South Africa

Residents of South Africa

Please register your valuables before you leave the country. In order to prove that you took valuable items,  such as jewellery, watches, cameras, video cameras, laptops, with you out of South Africa,  you need to register them for re-importation before departure.
Registration can be done at the Customs office in the international departures hall before handing in your baggage to the airline/shipping line.
Please note that if your valuables are not identifiable by a serial number or identification mark, the matter must be discussed with Customs well before, to make arrangements for suitable identification, by photographs, seals, etc. before your departure from South Africa.
If the total value of your baggage exceeds R50 000, you are, for the purposes of exchange control, required to get a No Exchange Provided (NEP) form at any commercial bank before your departure from South Africa.
Your baggage and the completed NEP form must be produced to the Customs officer on duty before check in. The officer will certify that the goods listed on the form were inspected by Customs for exportation.
In cases where you board a connecting flight to a designated international airport from where you will depart for your international or regional flight, please make sure that your goods are registered for re-importation before handing in your baggage for the first flight.
The Traveller Card declaration form (TC01) and NEP forms (the NEP form can be obtained from any commercial bank) must be kept by you for presentation to Customs on your return to South Africa.
 

Tourists / foreign visitors

If you’re a tourist / foreign visitor you can reclaim Value Added Tax (VAT) on the goods bought during your visit in South Africa; to read more click here
 

What is the limit in South African bank notes I’m allowed to carry with me when leaving or entering the Republic?

  1. A traveller is allowed to declare and carry a maximum of R25 000/unlimited foreign currency, whether leaving or entering. The South African bank notes is unlimited if the traveller is going to / coming from a country within the Common Monetary Area (CMA).
  2. It might happen that a South African resident has a certain Rand amount more than R25 000 when leaving South Africa, which the traveller intends to use in paying import duties on their return. This is allowed where the traveller has made use of the Red Channel and can give a copy of the prior approval of the Exchange Control Department of SARB.

Top tip: Customs Officers may search and seize currency in terms of Regulation 3(3) and 3(6) of the Exchange Control Regulations. For more information, you can refer to the Excess Currency external policy.

How much foreign currency can South African residents have in their possession when leaving the Republic?

To the value of R160 000 per adult and R 50 000 per child under the age of twelve (12), per calendar year out of South Africa. Prior clearance from an authorised dealer (on an official letterhead) must be produced to Customs as proof. Without such clearance only an amount equalling R25 000 is allowed per person.
 

What are the restrictions on Kruger Rand coins?

  1. South African residents may not export any Kruger Rand coins from South Africa without the prior approval of SARB.
  2. Foreign visitors / travellers may take up to fifteen Kruger Rand coins with them out of South Africa given they can prove that the coins were acquired with foreign currency brought with them into South Africa.
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 Top FAQs

My currency was seized and I want to appeal the seizure, what must I do?
Where currency has been seized the resident / visitor and / or his / her legal representative may make representations to the Exchange Control Department of SARB as to why the whole or part of the bank notes should be refunded or returned to him / her.

What is a TIP and for how long is it valid?
This is a temporary import permit and is valid for a period of six (6) months and maybe extended once for a further period of six (6) months.

What is the limit in South African bank notes am I allowed to carry with me when leaving or entering the Republic?
i) Leaving or entering a traveller is only allowed to carry R 10 000 in South Africa bank notes with him / her. ii) It might happen that a South African resident has a certain Rand

When is a Provisional Payment liquidated for TIP?
The Provisional Payments are liqudated as per TIP validity period.

Where can I acquit my TIP?
The TIP can be acquitted at any office where the new PPS has been rolled provided the original TIP was captured where new PPS was rolled out.