28 February 2023 – The new online Traveller Declaration System was successfully implemented on 29 November 2022 as phase 1 pilot of the system at King Shaka International Airport (KSIA).
The next phase of the implementation is planned at all airports, starting with Cape Town International Airport on 28 February 2023, O.R. Tambo International Airport on 23 March 2023 and other airports in the second and third quarters of 2023, as well as land ports, namely Beit Bridge and Skilpadshek. The Cape Town Seaport is also in line to implement the system during the last quarter of 2023.
The system will continue to be used on a voluntary basis during the pilot phase until further notice. The results of the pilot project will be applied as SARS rolls out the system in line with Customs legislation.
The system allows travellers, including South African citizens and residents, leaving or entering South Africa by air to complete and submit an online traveller declaration and receive electronic confirmation thereof before they travel. Travellers who are travelling with children or infants will also need to complete a declaration on their behalf. Watch our short Traveller Declaration System video on the SARS TV channel.
For more information, visit the Traveller Declaration webpage.