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    Importation or Transiting Procedures Through Countries with Weapons & Ammunition

    Laws and regulations from countries pertaining importation and transit with weapons are constantly changing, therefore this article is also full of links to send you directly to the source rather than just supplying you with information that could be out of date.

    Please make sure to not only look at the procedures for importation into the country in Africa where you will be hunting but it is also very important to look at the countries that you may be transiting through as they have their own laws, regulations and procedures that you will have to adhere to.

    Information and documents for individual countries may be found after the General Information Section.


    General Information

    [​IMG]Declaration Of Your Firearm(s) & Ammunition With Airlines
    Anyone traveling through Europe and no matter the airline(s) that you are traveling on, you or your hunting travel agent should contact each airline at time of booking to declare that you will be traveling with firearm(s) and ammunition for sport use and get the necessary authorization if necessary.

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    Proof Of Firearm Ownership
    Proof of firearm or bow ownership which is used also as a proof of export and sometime can replace the gun license as some countries, including the United States, do not issue gun licenses. Some countries do not require it; though we recommend while traveling to always carry it with you along with a copy, in case of flight delays, change of route... It is mandatory to have for some countries that usually want the proof in the form of a custom declaration letter from the country of origin for each firearm. You can register your firearms with the Department of Homeland Security U. S. Customs and Border Protection, you can download the form of the Certificate of Registration for Personal Effects Taken Abroad (CBP form# 4457) along with its instructions directly at http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/toolbox/forms/. Bring along the original as well as a copy that can be handed out to custom officials.

    Should the link to the Department of Homeland Security U. S. Customs and Border Protection no longer exist please visit the home page of CBP at www.cbp.gov/ and just simply browse through their web site to find the link to forms and look for form# 4457?

    I would suggest filling out two separate forms, one for your firearm(s) and possibly one for your personal item(s) like binoculars, camera(s) and other valuables as it will prove that you brought those along on your trip and that you did not purchase of these items overseas.

    [​IMG]Checking in Your Luggage
    At the check in counter at the point of departure, insist that the agent check your firearm through to your destination airport. Your bag tag issued by the airline should read, for example: New York - Frankfurt - Windhoek OR Atlanta - Johannesburg - Windhoek (this is sometimes not possible if the airlines that you are using do not have baggage agreements between themselves, inquire about this before purchasing your tickets). Physically check baggage tag issued by the airline to ensure that it has been correctly printed and attached. Inquire if a colorful 'in transit tag' is necessary when traveling through another country.

    Click here for Laws & Regulations for Hunters Traveling with Firearms and Ammunition or Bows and Arrows.

    Click here for Airports & Airlines.


    [​IMG] Hunters Traveling from Canada

    Should you be traveling outside Canada on a hunting trip to Africa with firearms, firearms sights (rifle scopes), ammunition and magazines, a permit for a temporary export for a hunting trip is required. Firearms require a permit application using the specific "Firearms" permit application on EXCOL, with telescopic sights of over 4X magnification and ammunition requiring the submission of a separate export permit application under "Other Controlled Goods" on EXCOL.

    For Firearms, print and complete forms EXT 1042 (Application for Permit to Export Goods (General Information Form) Bilingual) and and EXT 1042-2 (Application for Permit to Export Goods (Firearms Detail Form) Bilingual).

    For parts of firearms, firearms sights (including telescopic sights capable of 4X magnification or greater) , ammunition and magazines separate from the firearm, also print and provide a completed copy of Form EXT 1042-1, (Application for Permit to Export Goods (Controlled Goods Details Form) Bilingual). Submit this application along with your Forms 1042-2 and 1042 to complete your application package.

    These Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada forms can be found by clicking here.

    When the applications have been filled out in accordance with the guidelines, then mail the forms and required supporting documentation to the Export Controls Division at the address indicated on the form. The forms and required supporting documentation may also be faxed to the appropriate office where they will be input into EXCOL, and the applications reviewed, click here to the needed contact information. Another method of application would be to electronically apply for an export permit, click here for more information.

    Visit the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's website for Frequently Asked Questions on Importing and Exporting Firearms by clicking here.

    The following information needs to be provided with the application
    - A cover letter outlining the dates of travel and nature of the export (temporary) and some type of confirmation of your travel and its purpose, e.g. booking confirmation, flight itinerary. The letter should also state that the export is being made for personal use on the hunting trip and that the exported articles will return to Canada.
    - Confirmation that you have import authority to bring your firearms into the foreign country, or a statement that you will arrange for such permission at the time of import at your destination (your outfitter might be able to assist you with this).

    Some destinations now require the presentation of a valid export permit as a pre-condition of their issuance of an import permit. Not having a Canadian export permit in your possession at time of import to your destination may lead to travel delays or confiscation of your firearm.

    Note the following in filling out your application
    - You will be exporting the goods to yourself to the foreign address of your outfitter. The consignee information should be listed as: your name, "care of" the name and address of your outfitter.
    - When listing ammunition on your application, indicate the correct calibre, the correct unit of measure, quantity and unit value where required. An example of a description of ammunition might be "375 H&H calibre sporting ammunition. Ensure that the noted unit value correctly reflects the unit of measure used generally, quantities and values are stated "per box" or "per cartridge"?
    - You are required to provide your self-assessment of the Export Control List numbers that apply to your export. In this scenario, exporters commonly use the following:
    - Firearms: ECL Item 2-1.a
    - Optical weapons sights (riflescopes): ECL Item 2-1.d
    - Additional magazines: ECL Item 2-1.d
    - Ammunition: ECL Item 2-3.a.

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    Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
    www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca


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    Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT)
    www.international.gc.ca



    Weapon / Ammunition Transiting Procedures by Country


    [​IMG] France Weapon / Ammunition Transiting Procedures

    Should you be traveling with firearms and ammunition in transit through France on your way to Africa, please go the website for the Embassy of France in Washington DC to read on this topic by clicking here, article called Information for Private Individuals - Firearms and Ammunition.

    Should the link to this page no longer exist or should you have further questions please visit their home page at www.ambafrance-us.org and just call Embassy of France in Washington DC directly so they can help you.

    If you are not a permanent resident of France and you wish to import during your visit and/or transit hunting articles falling under category V, you are allowed to bring into the country two weapons on a temporary basis as well as 100 cartridges for each weapon. No Import Permit is required but the imported firearms and ammunition must be declared orally with Customs at the port of entry.

    Category V (Hunting Firearms):
    - Shotguns (single shot) such as 12, 16 and 20 gauge
    - Centerfire hunting rifles (provided they are not included in categories I or IV)
    - Weapons with combination shotgun and rifle barrels more than 48 cm (19 inches) in length or which are more than 80 cm (31 and a half inches) in overall length, provided they are not designed to fire ammunition used in firearms of categories I and IV
    - the ammunition thereof


    [​IMG] Germany Weapon / Ammunition Transiting Procedures

    No license to take weapons or ammunition into or through Germany shall be required for weapons and ammunition taken on board ships or aircraft, kept in locked storage while within the territory of Germany, reported without delay to the competent supervisory authorities (customs) (including the manufacture's mark or trademark, caliber and serial number) and removed within one month from the territory of Germany.


    [​IMG] Netherlands Weapon / Ammunition Transiting Procedures

    Should you be traveling with firearms and ammunition in transit through Netherlands on your way to Africa, click here to go the Royal Netherlands US Embassy's website in Washington DC to read on this topic. You will also find there the mandatory Consent Application Form that the Dutch customs want you to file for each transit through the Netherlands if you are carrying firearms and ammunition.

    Import and export of firearms and/or ammunition requires prior permission from Dutch Customs. Passengers must hold such permits at all times.

    Make sure to prevent your firearms from getting impounded by applying for the consent form for both the outbound and the return transit through Amsterdam. Customs are not going to even know that you are in Amsterdam as you are not entering the country. However, the Dutch Airport Police, who are the ones that are doing spot checks regarding the consent form, may contact you at the gate of departure from Amsterdam and ask to see your consent form. If you are unable to show them the consent form then your firearms and ammunition will be held by them until you get a consent form to them. Further, Northwest Airlines and their partners KLM have also received notice that check in agents here in the USA should be checking with passengers at check in to ensure they are in possession of the consent form before loading the firearms and ammunition.

    Hunters have reported that it is taking a full six weeks to receive their transit permit, so be sure to submit your application with plenty of time for processing.

    In order to process the transit application the Dutch Customs is also demanding a "Letter of Inviation" from each hunting outfitter(s) you will be hunting with as well. It is a supporting document from the hunting outfitter(s) that you are visiting for the purpose of hunting. Request a signed "Letter of Inviation" from your hunting outfitter(s) on company letterhead.

    The procedure to obtain the consent for your firearms and ammunition is rather straight forward, it does not cost all that much as it is a matter of faxing the Consent Application Form to the Netherlands which is not long to complete and you should be able to get a reply from the Dutch authorities within 2 or 3 business days.

    Should the link to this page no longer exist or should you have further questions please visit their home page at www.netherlands-embassy.org/ or just call the Royal Netherlands US Embassy in Washington DC directly so they can help you.

    All airline passengers transiting through the Netherlands with firearms must obtain a special consent form issued by the Customs office in Groningen or face having their guns confiscated.

    The Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington DC has confirmed that this new form is required to avoid denied transportation at check in and/or confiscation of the weapons in Amsterdam. Check in agents for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and their American partner, Northwest Airlines, have been advised of the new ruling and will be requesting the approval form at check in. Importantly, this consent form is required even if you are not flying Northwest or KLM but are merely transiting through the Netherlands on any airline.

    Travelers must submit a completed consent form application to the Douane Noord Office in Groningen, tel. 011 (31) 45.5743031, tel. 011 (31) 88.1512122, fax. 011 (31) 88.1513182 for each transit through the Netherlands. That means many travelers will need two applications for a round trip, one for the flight to Africa and one for the return flight back through Amsterdam. More info at http://www.belastingdienst.nl/wps/w...apons_and_ammunition_with_annex_to_question_7.

    The completed consent form application must be faxed to Douane Noord Office together with a copy of the information page of your passport, make sure it is a clean copy and that all details are readable with a copy of firearms license(s).

    US citizens may submit a Certificate of Registration for Personal Effects Taken Abroad (CBP form# 4457) in lieu of a firearms license or secure a letter from their local sheriff / police department confirming they are the legal owner of the firearms. Approval will take a minimum of three weeks to process and a copy of the approved consent form will be faxed to you. If time permits the original consent form will be mailed; otherwise, the original form will be sent to Customs at Schiphol Airport.

    Arrowheads of any kind are illegal to possess in the Netherlands as are all folding knives. Under no circumstances should you attempt to travel or transit through the Netherlands with any kind of arrowheads including broadheads or folding knives even in your luggage. There are no provisions for acquiring a transit permit for such items as there is for firearms and ammunition. Bowhunters should avoid this route.

    KLM, Royal Dutch Airlines - Permits and Licenses - Firearms and ammunition for sports and hunting purposes may only be transported as check-in baggage. To be able to take firearms and/or ammunition with you on a flight, you will need to make a reservation via your travel agent or via KLM Telephone Reservations. You will also need a number of licenses, for more information visit KLM website at the following link: http://www.klm.com/travel/ca_en/pre.../exceptional_baggage/permits_and_licenses.htm

    During the trip, you will be required to have the relevant licence forms with you and to produce them when asked to do so. If you do not have the licences required with you, your firearms and ammunition could be confiscated.

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    Netherlands Consent Application Form


    [​IMG] South Africa Weapon / Ammunition Transiting Procedures

    Should you be traveling with firearms and ammunition in transit through South Africa, not leaving the airport with your firearms and ammunition, you will not be required to go through the temporary importation process and fill out the South Africa Firearms Permit Application Form (SAPS 520 Form) as long as the airlines transfer your baggage and/or firearms and ammunition through to your next or final destination and you stay in the airport transit area never clearing customs.

    It is however critical that you check with and confirm with the airlines involved before departure to make sure what their procedure is for the transfer of baggage and/or firearms and ammunition. Also once at the airport counter make sure to tell the airline check in agent to check your baggage and/or firearms and ammunition all the way to your final destination.

    In the event that your airline company will not transfer your baggage and/or firearms and ammunition to your connecting airline, then you will have to collect your baggage and/or firearms and ammunition and go through the entire South African clearing process, and in this case you must know that all South African firearms and ammunition laws, legal limitations and requirements will apply even if you are not staying or hunting in their country.

    When booking your flights to Africa, please insure sufficient time to go through the temporary importation process to clear custom in South Africa even if you will only be staying in the airport transit area never clearing customs.

    While transiting through South Africa if an unscheduled layover occurs, due to a changed or canceled flight, some hunters might encounter problems at customs if they do not have the appropriate papers from their hunting outfitter(s). Firearms and ammunition have been impounded due to this exact situation. South African Customs requires a Letter of Invitation from hunting outfitter(s) to handle gun permits. In order to prevent such an occurrence, as a precaution always request from your hunting outfitter(s) in the country where you are going to be hunting to provide you with Letter of Invitation. We recommend that you print a couple of copies and carry them with you while traveling to your destination as it needs to be on your person.

    Expect some delay at the South African Police Services (SAPS) office at the airport especially if there are a large number of hunters getting their temporary firearm import permits, which is likely the case during the peak of the hunting season (June through August). The process is bureaucracy at its' best and can take anywhere from 20 minutes to well over an hour or even two. The most important thing you can do to expedite the process is to be well prepared to help avoid prolonging the time it takes or the possibility of fines. Should your application for a temporary import permit is denied; your firearms and ammunition will be confiscated and returned to you upon your departure to your country of residence. Should a firearm not be declared and a temporary import permit not issued, and you proceed through customs with a firearm anyway, you will face severe penalties and possible arrest.

    Temporary importation of firearms and ammunition into South Africa is free of charge. Should you be traveling with bows and arrows to and/or through South Africa, there is no required permit or charges. You can find up to date information on importation of firearm into South Africa by going directly to the South African government web site of the South African Police Service (SAPS) by clicking here.

    The South Africa Firearms Permit Application Form (SAPS 520 Form, application for a multiple import or export permit / temporary import or export permit / permanent import or export permit / in-transit permit for personal use) must be submitted to the designated firearms officer upon entry while declaring your firearm(s) and ammunition where your temporary import/export permit will be issued.

    Hunters entering South Africa with firearm(s) and ammunition must complete the South Africa Firearms Permit Application Form (SAPS 520 Form) for all firearm(s) and/or ammunition in their possession. Click here to get a copy of this form, we would strongly recommend that you fill out the form beforehand, leaving it unsigned and carry it with you to South Africa, along with a second copy for yourself. Your hunting outfitter does not need to receive a copy of this form. You can also download the South Africa Firearms Permit Application Form, SAPS 520 directly from the South African government SAPS web site by clicking here.

    Please make sure to complete the form and all sections as instructed otherwise your application will not be approved. You can download the instructions for how to complete the SAPS 520 Form by clicking here. You can find up-to-date information on importation of firearm(s) into South Africa by going directly to the government web site of the South African Police Service (SAPS) by clicking here. You can also download the instruction on how to complete the South Africa Firearms Permit Form, SAPS 520 directly from the South African government SAPS web site by clicking here.

    You can find all the forms and instruction files from the South African Police Service on their web site by clicking here.

    Should the links to these SAPS pages no longer exist please visit the home page of SAPS at www.saps.gov.za and just simply browse through their web site to find the link to the page on Information on importation of firearm into South Africa?

    At the time of declaration of firearm(s) at the SAPS office, you will be required to supply a "Letter of Invitation" from each hunting outfitter(s) you will be hunting with as well. It is a supporting document from the hunting outfitter(s) that you are visiting for the purpose of hunting. If you will be hunting with several hunting outfitters in South Africa or other countries, you will need a "Letter of Invitation" from each one of them. Request from your hunting outfitter(s) a signed "Letter of Invitation" on company letterhead for the Central Firearms Register, click here to view a sample of this document in Word format.

    - There is a limit of four firearms per hunter that may be imported into South Africa for trophy hunting purposes, however hunters cannot bring in more than one firearm per caliber. An exception to this may apply for shotguns where more than one of the same caliber may be allowed for bird hunting. The client must provide an acceptable written motivation as to why they require more than one shotgun to the SAPS office upon declaration of firearms.

    - A maximum of two hundred (200) rounds of ammunition may be imported per firearm, however you may encounter greater restrictions from the airline(s) you are traveling on or country you are departing from or other countries you may be visiting or transiting through. For more information on this topic, read the Africa Hunting article, Laws & Regulations for Hunters Traveling with Weapons by clicking here.

    - Only ammunition for the specific caliber(s) you are bringing may be imported.

    - Black powder rifles are allowed for hunting purposes in some provinces of South Africa, however it is illegal to transport on commercial airlines black powder and percussion caps.

    - Any hunter wanting to transit with a handgun must submit a letter of intent with their SAPS 520 Form stating the handgun will be used only for hunting purposes. Hunter also needs to produce a letter from a registered association of his/her country of origin, stating that he/she is a registered member of the association and that the handgun will be used exclusively for hunting purposes. The application has to be submitted to the Central Firearms Control Register before arriving in South Africa as it needs to be pre-approved. Your application must be logged by the Central Firearms Control Register at least 21 days prior to your arrival in South Africa to enable the South African Police Service sufficient time to process the application and to submit the permit to the applicant to an address outside the borders of the Republic of South Africa.

    - It is legal for hunters to travel with bows and arrows to and/or through South Africa, there is no required permit or charges.

    - Crossbows are allowed for hunting purposes in some provinces of South Africa, check with your hunting outfitter.

    - No automatic, semi-automatic, lever action or slide action firearms are allowed. A semi-automatic shotgun for hunting purposes may be allowed if an application is made and granted through the Central Firearms Register at least 21 days prior to your arrival.

    - A person must be 21 years of age to import firearm(s) and ammunition. It is possible for someone under the age of 21 to do a hunting safari in South Africa, however another hunter over the age limit must import a firearm for their use or they can rent/borrow one from the hunting outfitter.

    - Please note that only the Central Firearms Control Register in Pretoria South Africa can authorize special applications for example a second rifle or shotgun of the same caliber or a semi-automatic shotgun. These applications must be made and granted through the Central Firearms Register at least 21 days prior to your arrival.

    Contact information for the Central Firearms Control Register:
    The Head
    Central Firearms Register
    Private Bag X 811
    Pretoria, South Africa 0001
    fax (27) 012.3536041
    email cfr.imports@saps.org.za

    Special Notice: The issuing of the SAPS 520 is a free service and the South African Police Service in an effort to control bribery asks hunters NOT to pay anybody involved in handling firearms from the time of arrival in South Africa right through until you receive your firearms and permit from the SAPS. Clients that are paying the various airline staff, security staff, or porters involved are actually perpetuating this problem. Please note however that there may be a handling fee charged by airlines and/or security companies for the handling of handguns, and some airlines have started charging a handling fee for all firearms. We suggest checking with your airline with regard to any official fees that may be required.

    - The Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (PHASA) recommends that when ever possible that the actual temporary import permits for firearms be obtained prior to your arrival.

    - The Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (PHASA) recommends a minimum of 3 hours of time between flight connections at Johannesburg International Airport.

    tip If traveling in a group get temporary importation permits in advance, everyone in the group can expect to be delayed at Johannesburg International Airport for up to 3 hours.

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    South Africa Firearms Permit Application SAPS 520 Form

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    South Africa Firearms Permit Information SAPS 520

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    South Africa Letter Of Invitation Form


    [​IMG] United Kingdom Weapon / Ammunition Transiting Procedures

    In my opinion, hunters should avoid traveling through the United Kingdom with firearms and ammunition on your way to Africa. American Airlines as well as other airlines will not even take your firearms on board to the United Kingdom. Make sure to confirm the status of the airline that you choose to travel with before booking your flight.

    Here is some information in case you still intend to go through the United Kingdom with firearms and ammunition.
    - Departure from a different terminal to that of arrival (within the same airport). The visitor is not able to take possession of the firearms while at the airport, therefore arrangements must be made with the airline to transfer the firearm(s) from the terminal of arrival to that of departure.

    - Departure from a different airport to that of arrival. Since it is not possible for an individual to take possession of the firearm(s) while it is in transit the firearm(s) must be held by HM Customs & Excise at the point of entry until it is collected by a bonded carrier that you have hired who will deliver it to the point of departure.

    Here is the contact information of a bonded carrier:
    PDQ Freight Ltd.
    email firearms@pdq.uk.com
    email guns@pdq.uk.com
    tel (44) 17.8424.3695

    Otherwise the British International Freight Association (BIFA) can provide you with a list of its member companies that provide a bonded carrier service for firearms.

    British International Freight Association (BIFA)
    Redfern House
    Browells Lane
    Feltham
    Middlesex
    TW13 7EP
    England
    tel (44) 20.8844.2266
    fax (44) 20.8890.5546
    email bifa@bifa.org
    website www.bifa.org


    [​IMG] United States Weapon / Ammunition Transiting Procedures

    Should you be traveling with firearms and ammunition in transit through the United States, it is important to know that under no circumstances can you have any contact with your firearms and ammunition or face confiscation, fines or imprisonment simply because your flight was delayed.

    No permit is required to transit the US via air with firearms and ammunition provided the firearms and ammunition do not pass through US customs while in the US. Have your export permits, import permits, proof of ownership and either a hunting license or other supporting documentation (Letter of Invitation to hunt / shooting event) handy at the time of passing through US customs in the country of departure.

    If you have problems with a flight resulting in an flight delay or have an extended layover while in the US, under no circumstances should you claim your firearms or baggage containing ammunition in the US. Instruct your airline to hold your baggage until your next flight or arrangements can be made for another flight. Should your firearms and ammunition come out on the baggage carousel or should your airline want you to collect it from baggage claim, DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, TOUCH IT! Instead immediately report the problem to US Customs and Border Security, an agent should get your firearms and ammunition back to where it belongs. DO NOT try to take your firearms and ammunition to US Customs, allow them to handle it. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES take any chance of being in possession of a firearms and ammunition in the US without proper importation documents.

    SAA has policies in place and will not return firearms or ammunition to passengers in the US. United Airline does not have such a policy and requires that the passenger request that the airline hold their luggage until a replacement flight can be arranged. I do not know the policies of other airlines, howver I suggest that you check before you fly, even the airlines stated above can change their policies so it is always wise to check no matter what.


    Weapon / Ammunition Importation Procedures by Country


    [​IMG] Benin Weapon / Ammunition Importation Procedures

    - Temporary importation of firearms and ammunition into Benin is NOT free of charge, please check with your outfitter as to the current charges, as they are based upon number of rifles, days of hunt and type of hunting safari. The process is usually quick and easy.

    - Your hunting outfitter will send you a form to fill out and return to them so they can arrange for your firearms and ammunition temporary import/export permits months prior to your arrival as required by the government of Benin. This form must be accompanied by four ID photos (passport type) along with a copy of your passport. This permit will be based upon the firearm information you provide to your outfitter so it is very important that you carefully consider which firearms you will be bringing with you, as once you have submitted the form you will not be able to change your mind. It is very important that all weapons serial numbers be exactly the same when you arrive as what was issued on your import/export permit. Last minute changes of mind cause more problems regarding gun permits than any other reason. Exact number of ammunition is also important.

    - Clearing of firearm(s) upon entry into Benin requires that someone who works for the hunting outfitter be present.

    - There is a limit of two firearms per hunter that may be imported into Benin for trophy hunting purposes.

    - A maximum of fifty (50) rounds of ammunition may be imported per hunting rifle, however you may encounter greater restrictions from the airline(s) you are traveling on or country you are departing from or other countries you may be visiting or transiting through. For more information on this topic, read the Africa Hunting article, Laws & Regulations for Hunters Traveling with Weapons by clicking here.

    - Only ammunition for the specific caliber(s) you are bringing may be imported.

    - Importation of shotgun ammunition is not allowed.

    - No automatic, semi-automatic firearms are allowed.

    - No handguns are allowed.


    [​IMG] Botswana Weapon / Ammunition Importation Procedures

    - Temporary importation of firearms and ammunition into Botswana is NOT free of charge, please check with your outfitter or the as to the current charges, as they are based upon number of rifles, days of hunt and type of hunting safari. The process is usually quick and easy.

    - Your hunting outfitter will send you a form to fill out and return to them so they can arrange for your firearms and ammunition temporary import/export permits months prior to your arrival as required by the government of Botswana. This permit will be based upon the firearm information you provide to your outfitter so it is very important that you carefully consider which firearms you will be bringing with you, as once you have submitted the form you will not be able to change your mind. It is very important that all weapons serial numbers be exactly the same when you arrive as what was issued on your import/export permit. Last minute changes of mind cause more problems regarding gun permits than any other reason. Exact number of ammunition is also important.

    - There is a limit of three firearm per hunter that may be imported into Botswana for trophy hunting purposes. However if traveling through South Africa a maximum of two firearms are allowed even if you are just in transit. Some European countries also have greater limitation than Botswana as to the number of firearms which can be brought into their country even while in transit. You should read the Africa Hunting article on Importation or Transiting Procedures Through Countries with Weapons by clicking here.

    - A maximum of one hundred (100) rounds of ammunition may be imported per firearm, however you may encounter greater restrictions from the airline(s) you are traveling on or country you are departing from or other countries you may be visiting or transiting through. For more information on this topic, read the Africa Hunting article, Laws & Regulations for Hunters Traveling with Weapons by clicking here. Importation of ammunition into Botswana is subject to a 10% Government Value Added Tax (VAT) so make sure to bring only what is necessary for your hunting safari.

    - Only ammunition for the specific caliber(s) you are bringing may be imported.

    - No automatic, semi-automatic firearms are allowed.

    - No weapons which fall under military categories such as .308 Winchester (7.62x51mm NATO), please check with your outfitter if you have a questionable caliber.

    - Handguns have been allowed in recent years for hunting purposes. A special permit which the safari operator must apply for prior to the start of the hunt can be requested with the Central Arms registry. This special handgun permit comes at a cost.


    [​IMG] Burkina Faso Weapon / Ammunition Importation Procedures

    - Temporary importation of firearms and ammunition into Burkina Faso is NOT free of charge, please check with your outfitter as to the current charges, as they are based upon number of rifles, days of hunt and type of hunting safari. The process is usually quick and easy.

    - Your hunting outfitter will send you a form to fill out and return to them so they can arrange for your firearms and ammunition temporary import/export permits months prior to your arrival as required by the government of Burkina Faso. This permit will be based upon the firearm information you provide to your outfitter so it is very important that you carefully consider which firearms you will be bringing with you, as once you have submitted the form you will not be able to change your mind. It is very important that all weapons serial numbers be exactly the same when you arrive as what was issued on your import/export permit. Last minute changes of mind cause more problems regarding gun permits than any other reason. Exact number of ammunition is also important.

    - Clearing of firearm(s) upon entry into Burkina Faso requires that someone who works for the hunting outfitter be present.

    - There is a limit of two firearms per hunter that may be imported into Burkina Faso for trophy hunting purposes.

    - A maximum of forty (40) rounds of ammunition may be imported per hunting rifle, however you may encounter greater restrictions from the airline(s) you are traveling on or country you are departing from or other countries you may be visiting or transiting through. For more information on this topic, read the Africa Hunting article, Laws & Regulations for Hunters Traveling with Weapons by clicking here.

    - Only ammunition for the specific caliber(s) you are bringing may be imported.

    - No automatic or semi-automatic firearms are allowed, except a semi-automatic shotgun for bird hunting purposes.

    - Importation of shotgun ammunition is not allowed.

    - No handguns are allowed.


    [​IMG] Cameroon Weapon / Ammunition Importation Procedures

    - Temporary importation of firearms and ammunition into Cameroon is NOT free of charge, please check with your outfitter or the as to the current charges, as they are based upon number of rifles, days of hunt and type of hunting safari. The process is usually quick and easy.

    - Your hunting outfitter will send you a form to fill out and return to them so they can arrange for your firearms and ammunition temporary import/export permits months prior to your arrival as required by the government of Benin. This form must be accompanied by four ID photos (passport type) along with a copy of your passport. This permit will be based upon the firearm information you provide to your outfitter so it is very important that you carefully consider which firearms you will be bringing with you, as once you have submitted the form you will not be able to change your mind. It is very important that all weapons serial numbers be exactly the same when you arrive as what was issued on your import/export permit. Last minute changes of mind cause more problems regarding gun permits than any other reason. Exact number of ammunition is also important.

    - Clearing of firearm(s) upon entry into Cameroon requires that someone who works for the hunting outfitter be present.

    - There is a limit of two firearms per hunter that may be imported into Cameroon for trophy hunting purposes.

    - A maximum of fifty (50) rounds of ammunition may be imported per hunting rifle, however you may encounter greater restrictions from the airline(s) you are traveling on or country you are departing from or other countries you may be visiting or transiting through. For more information on this topic, read the Africa Hunting article, Laws & Regulations for Hunters Traveling with Weapons by clicking here.

    - Only ammunition for the specific caliber(s) you are bringing may be imported.

    - Semi-automatic firearms are allowed however sometimes the temporary importation permit is not granted by the Embassy where you apply for your permit.

    - No automatic firearms are allowed.

    - No handguns are allowed.


    [​IMG] Central African Republic Weapon / Ammunition Importation Procedures

    - Temporary importation of firearms and ammunition into Central African Republic is NOT free of charge, please check with your outfitter as to the current charges. The process is usually quick and easy.

    - Your hunting outfitter will send you a form to fill out and return to them so they can arrange for your firearms and ammunition temporary import/export permits months prior to your arrival as required by the government of Central African Republic. This permit will be based upon the firearm information you provide to your outfitter so it is very important that you carefully consider which firearms you will be bringing with you, as once you have submitted the form you will not be able to change your mind. It is very important that all weapons serial numbers be exactly the same when you arrive as what was issued on your import/export permit. Last minute changes of mind cause more problems regarding gun permits than any other reason. Exact number of ammunition is also important.

    - There is a limit of three firearms per hunter that may be imported into Benin for trophy hunting purposes.

    - No indication as to the number of rounds of ammunition that may be imported per hunting rifle, however you may encounter restrictions from the airline(s) you are traveling on or country you are departing from or other countries you may be visiting or transiting through. For more information on this topic, read the Africa Hunting article, Laws & Regulations for Hunters Traveling with Weapons by clicking here.

    - Only ammunition for the specific caliber(s) you are bringing may be imported.

    - No automatic, semi-automatic firearms are allowed.

    - No weapons which fall under military categories.

    - Handguns are allowed for hunting purposes. A special permit which the safari operator must apply for well prior to the start of the hunt can be requested. This special handgun permit comes at a cost.


    [​IMG] Ethiopia Weapon / Ammunition Importation Procedures

    - Temporary importation of firearms and ammunition into Ethiopia is NOT free of charge, please check with your outfitter as to the current charges. The process is usually quick and easy.

    - Your hunting outfitter will send you a form to fill out and return to them so they can arrange for your firearms and ammunition temporary import/export permits months prior to your arrival as required by the government of Ethiopia. This permit will be based upon the firearm information you provide to your outfitter so it is very important that you carefully consider which firearms you will be bringing with you, as once you have submitted the form you will not be able to change your mind. It is very important that all weapons serial numbers be exactly the same when you arrive as what was issued on your import/export permit. Last minute changes of mind cause more problems regarding gun permits than any other reason. Exact number of ammunition is also important.

    - A hunting license can only be purchased from the Wildlife Department once the necessary temporary importation of firearms and ammunition permit(s) has been issued by the Ministry of Internal Security in Ethiopia.

    - In the event the hunting client chooses to use a firearm(s) from the hunting outfitter, required firearms and ammunition permit(s) has still to be applied for by the hunting outfitter and issued by the Ministry of Internal Security in Ethiopia before a hunting license can be purchased from the Wildlife Department.

    - There is a limit of three firearms per hunter that may be imported into Ethiopia for trophy hunting purposes.

    - A maximum of one hundred and twenty (120) rounds of ammunition may be imported per hunting rifle and two hundred (200) shells of ammunition per shotgun, however you may encounter greater restrictions from the airline(s) you are traveling on or country you are departing from or other countries you may be visiting or transiting through. For more information on this topic, read the Africa Hunting article, Laws & Regulations for Hunters Traveling with Weapons by clicking here.

    - Only ammunition for the specific caliber(s) you are bringing may be imported.

    - No automatic, semi-automatic firearms are allowed. Semi-automatic shotguns are allowed.

    - No weapons which fall under military categories.

    - Handguns are allowed for hunting purposes. A special permit which the safari operator must apply for well prior to the start of the hunt can be requested. This special handgun permit comes at a cost.


    [​IMG] Mozambique Weapon / Ammunition Importation Procedures

    - Temporary importation of firearms and ammunition into Mozambique is NOT free of charge, please check with your outfitter or the as to the current charges, as they are based upon number of rifles, days of hunt and type of hunting safari. The process is usually quick and easy.

    - Your hunting outfitter will send you a form to fill out and return to them so they can arrange for your firearms and ammunition temporary import/export permits months prior to your arrival as required by the government of Mozambique, specifically the Ministry of Interior. This permit will be based upon the firearm information you provide to your outfitter so it is very important that you carefully consider which firearms you will be bringing with you, as once you have submitted the form you will not be able to change your mind. It is very important that all weapons serial numbers be exactly the same when you arrive as what was issued on your import/export permit. Last minute changes of mind cause more problems regarding gun permits than any other reason. Exact number of ammunition is also important.

    - Once the temporary importation of firearms and ammunition has been granted, the hunting outfitter will apply for a tax exemption with custom officials based on your port of entry so you do not have to pay import duties upon entry into Mozambique.

    - There is a limit of four firearms per hunter that may be imported into Mozambique for trophy hunting purposes. However if traveling through South Africa a maximum of two firearms are allowed even if you are just in transit. Some European countries also have greater limitation than Botswana as to the number of firearms which can be brought into their country even while in transit. You should read the Africa Hunting article on Importation or Transiting Procedures Through Countries with Weapons by clicking here.

    - A maximum of one hundred (100) rounds of ammunition may be imported per hunting rifle, two hundred (200) shells of ammunition per shotgun and fifty (50) rounds of ammunition per handgun, however you may encounter greater restrictions from the airline(s) you are traveling on or country you are departing from or other countries you may be visiting or transiting through. For more information on this topic, read the Africa Hunting article, Laws & Regulations for Hunters Traveling with Weapons by clicking here. Importation of ammunition into Botswana is subject to a 10% Government Value Added Tax (VAT) so make sure to bring only what is necessary for your hunting safari.

    - Only ammunition for the specific caliber(s) you are bringing may be imported.

    - No automatic, semi-automatic firearms are allowed. Semi-automatic shotguns are allowed.

    - No weapons which fall under military categories such as .308 Winchester (7.62x51mm NATO), please check with your outfitter if you have a questionable caliber.

    - Handguns are allowed for hunting purposes. A special permit which the safari operator must apply for prior to the start of the hunt can be requested with the Ministry of Interior. This special handgun permit comes at a cost.


    [​IMG] Namibia Weapon / Ammunition Importation Procedures

    - Temporary importation of firearms and ammunition into Namibia is free of charge and the process is quick and easy. Should you be traveling with bows and arrows to and/or through Namibia, there is no required permit or charges.

    - Hunters entering Namibia with firearm(s) and ammunition must complete a Temporary Import/Export Permit Application Form for all firearm(s) and/or ammunition in their possession. Click here to print a copy of this form, we would strongly recommend that you fill out the form beforehand, leaving it unsigned and carry it with you to Namibia, along with a second copy for yourself. Your hunting outfitter does not need to receive a copy of this form.

    - This application form must be submitted upon entry while declaring your firearm(s) and ammunition in a small office located in the baggage claim area of the airport, where your temporary import/export permit will be issued.

    - At the time of declaration of firearm(s), hunters will have to present and show a copy of their hunting permits to police officials. Request from your hunting outfitter(s) a copy of your hunting permits.

    - At the time of declaration of firearm(s), you will also be required to supply a "Letter of Invitation" from each hunting outfitter(s) you will be hunting with as well. It is a supporting document from the hunting outfitter(s) that you are visiting for the purpose of trophy hunting indicating the farm name and number. Request from your hunting outfitter(s) a signed "Letter of Invitation" on company letterhead for the police officials, here below is a sample of this document.

    Letter of Invitation Sample:

    [COMPANY LETTERHEAD]

    Ref. Letter of Invitation for [FULL NAME OF HUNTING CLIENT]
    Date [DATE MM/DD/YYYY]

    To whom it may concern,

    This letter serves as an invitation and confirmation that Mr./Mrs./Ms. .......... from .......... [COUNTRY] will be trophy hunting at .......... , on farm .......... [FARM NAME], number .......... [FARM NUMBER], district .......... [DISTRICT NAME] in Namibia from .......... to .......... [DATE OF PLANNED HUNT MM/DD/YYYY].

    Please do not hesitate to contact me should you require any further information

    Contact Name: [NAME OF COMPANY PERSON]
    Registered Outfitter Name: [NAME OF COMPANY]
    Telephone: [COMPANY TELEPHONE NUMBER WHERE THE HUNT WILL TAKE PLACE]
    Cell: [COMPANY CELL NUMBER WHERE THE HUNT WILL TAKE PLACE]
    Email: [COMPANY EMAIL ADDRESS WHERE THE HUNT WILL TAKE PLACE]

    Yours faithfully,

    [SIGNATURE OF COMPANY PERSON]

    [PRINT NAME OF COMPANY PERSON]

    [NAME OF COMPANY]

    - A maximum of one hundred (100) rounds of ammunition may be imported per hunting rifle, however you may encounter greater restrictions from the airline(s) you are traveling on or country you are departing from or other countries you may be visiting or transiting through. For more information on this topic, read the Africa Hunting article, Laws & Regulations for Hunters Traveling with Weapons by clicking here.

    - Only ammunition for the specific caliber(s) you are bringing may be imported.

    - There is no limit to the number of firearms per license holder that may be imported safely stored in one locked case into Namibia for trophy hunting purposes, however if traveling through South Africa a maximum of two firearms are allowed even if you are just in transit. Some European countries also have greater limitation than Namibia as to the number of firearms which can be brought into their country even while in transit. You should read the Africa Hunting article on Importation or Transiting Procedures Through Countries with Weapons by clicking here.

    - Black powder rifles are permitted in Namibia, however it is illegal to transport on commercial airlines black powder and percussion caps. These may be purchased in Namibia but it is best to contact your hunting outfitter to organize for it well prior to your hunt as it may need to be special ordered.

    - No fully automatic firearms.

    - Other self-loading, considered semi-automatic firearms are permitted in Namibia, but you can expect questions at the airport upon importation.

    - Namibia does not have a minimum caliber requirement for rifle hunting and rely by law on minimum energy (Eo - muzzle velocity). Smallest caliber recommended by NAPHA 7 mm (.284).

    - No solid point cartridges.

    - No handguns.

    - No weapons which fall under military categories.

    - No crossbows.

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    Namibia Arms Ammunition Application Form


    [​IMG] South Africa Weapon / Ammunition Importation Procedures

    - Expect some delay at the South African Police Services (SAPS) office at the airport especially if there are a large number of hunters getting their temporary firearm import permits, which is likely the case during the peak of the hunting season (June through August). The process is bureaucracy at its' best and can take anywhere from 20 minutes to well over an hour or even two. The most important thing you can do to expedite the process is to be well prepared to help avoid prolonging the time it takes or the possibility of fines. Should your application for a temporary import permit is denied; your firearms and ammunition will be confiscated and returned to you upon your departure to your country of residence. Should a firearm not be declared and a temporary import permit not issued, and you proceed through customs with a firearm anyway, you will face severe penalties and possible arrest.

    - Temporary importation of firearms and ammunition into South Africa is free of charge. Should you be traveling with bows and arrows to and/or through South Africa, there is no required permit or charges. You can find up to date information on importation of firearm into South Africa by going directly to the South African government web site of the South African Police Service (SAPS) by clicking here.

    - The South Africa Firearms Permit Application Form (SAPS 520 Form, application for a multiple import or export permit / temporary import or export permit / permanent import or export permit / in-transit permit for personal use) must be submitted to the designated firearms officer upon entry while declaring your firearm(s) and ammunition where your temporary import/export permit will be issued.

    - Hunters entering South Africa with firearm(s) and ammunition must complete the South Africa Firearms Permit Application Form (SAPS 520 Form) for all firearm(s) and/or ammunition in their possession. Click here to get a copy of this form, we would strongly recommend that you fill out the form beforehand, leaving it unsigned and carry it with you to South Africa, along with a second copy for yourself. Your hunting outfitter does not need to receive a copy of this form. You can also download the South Africa Firearms Permit Application Form, SAPS 520 directly from the South African government SAPS web site by clicking here.

    - Please make sure to complete the form and all sections as instructed otherwise your application will not be approved. You can download the instructions for how to complete the SAPS 520 Form by clicking here. You can find up-to-date information on importation of firearm(s) into South Africa by going directly to the government web site of the South African Police Service (SAPS) by clicking here. You can also download the instruction on how to complete the South Africa Firearms Permit Form, SAPS 520 directly from the South African government SAPS web site by clicking here.

    - You can find all the forms and instruction files from the South African Police Service on their web site by clicking here.

    - Should the links to these SAPS pages no longer exist please visit the home page of SAPS at http://www.saps.gov.za and just simply browse through their web site to find the link to the page on Information on importation of firearm into South Africa?

    - At the time of declaration of firearm(s) at the SAPS office, you will be required to supply a "Letter of Invitation" from each hunting outfitter(s) you will be hunting with as well. It is a supporting document from the hunting outfitter(s) that you are visiting for the purpose of hunting. If you will be hunting with several hunting outfitters in South Africa or other countries, you will need a "Letter of Invitation" from each one of them. Request from your hunting outfitter(s) a signed "Letter of Invitation" on company letterhead for the Central Firearms Register, click here to view a sample of this document in Word format.

    - There is a limit of two firearms per hunter that may be imported into South Africa for trophy hunting purposes, however hunters cannot bring in more than one firearm per caliber. An exception to this may apply for shotguns where more than one of the same caliber may be allowed for bird hunting. The client must provide an acceptable written motivation as to why they require more than one shotgun to the SAPS office upon declaration of firearms.

    - A maximum of two hundred (200) rounds of ammunition may be imported per firearm, however you may encounter greater restrictions from the airline(s) you are traveling on or country you are departing from or other countries you may be visiting or transiting through. For more information on this topic, read the Africa Hunting article, Laws & Regulations for Hunters Traveling with Weapons by clicking here.

    - Only ammunition for the specific caliber(s) you are bringing may be imported.

    - Black powder rifles are allowed for hunting purposes in some provinces of South Africa, however it is illegal to transport on commercial airlines black powder and percussion caps. These may be purchased in South Africa but it is best to contact your hunting outfitter to organize for it well prior to your hunt as it may need to be special ordered.

    - Handguns are allowed for hunting purposes in some provinces of South Africa, check with your hunting outfitter.

    Any hunter wanting to bring in a handgun in this regard must submit a letter of intent with their SAPS 520 Form stating the handgun will be used only for hunting purposes. Hunter also needs to produce a letter from a registered association of his/her country of origin, stating that he/she is a registered member of the association and that the handgun will be used exclusively for hunting purposes. The application has to be submitted to the Central Firearms Control Register before arriving in South Africa as it needs to be pre-approved. Your application must be logged by the Central Firearms Control Register at least 21 days prior to your arrival in South Africa to enable the South African Police Service sufficient time to process the application and to submit the permit to the applicant to an address outside the borders of the Republic of South Africa.

    - It is legal for hunters to travel with bows and arrows to and/or through South Africa, there is no required permit or charges.

    - Crossbows are allowed for hunting purposes in some provinces of South Africa, check with your hunting outfitter.

    - No automatic, semi-automatic, lever action or slide action firearms are allowed. A semi-automatic shotgun for hunting purposes may be allowed if an application is made and granted through the Central Firearms Register at least 21 days prior to your arrival.

    - A person must be 21 years of age to import firearm(s) and ammunition. It is possible for someone under the age of 21 to do a hunting safari in South Africa, however another hunter over the age limit must import a firearm for their use or they can rent/borrow one from the hunting outfitter.

    - Please note that only the Central Firearms Control Register in Pretoria South Africa can authorize special applications for example a second rifle or shotgun of the same caliber or a semi-automatic shotgun. These applications must be made and granted through the Central Firearms Register at least 21 days prior to your arrival.

    Contact information for the Central Firearms Control Register:
    The Head
    Central Firearms Register
    Private Bag X 811
    Pretoria, South Africa 0001
    fax (27) 012.3536041
    email cfr.imports@saps.org.za

    Special Notice: The issuing of the SAPS 520 is a free service and the South African Police Service in an effort to control bribery asks hunters NOT to pay anybody involved in handling firearms from the time of arrival in South Africa right through until you receive your firearms and permit from the SAPS. Clients that are paying the various airline staff, security staff, or porters involved are actually perpetuating this problem. Please note however that there may be a handling fee charged by airlines and/or security companies for the handling of handguns, and some airlines have started charging a handling fee for all firearms. We suggest checking with your airline with regard to any official fees that may be required.

    - The Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (PHASA) recommends that when ever possible that the actual temporary import permits for firearms be obtained prior to your arrival.

    - Your firearm(s) may only be signed for by you and only you, and will not be released to your hunting outfitter or professional hunter should it arrive on a separate flight. In this case, the firearm(s) will be held by the SAPS until such time as you claim ownership in person.

    - The temporary import permit serves as your firearm license in South Africa and enables you to buy ammunition in South Africa for the calibers noted on the permit only.

    - At all times while you are in possession of your firearm(s), you must have the temporary import permit on your person.

    - When your firearm(s) is not in use, it must be locked in a safe.

    - The Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (PHASA) recommends a minimum of 3 hours of time between domestic flight connections at Johannesburg International Airport.

    - For passengers transiting in South Africa, it is critical that you check with and confirm with the airline(s) involved before departure to make sure what their procedures are for the transfer of baggage and/or firearm(s).

    tip If traveling in a group get temporary importation permits in advance, everyone in the group can expect to be delayed at Johannesburg International Airport for up to 3 hours.

    If the airline does transfer your baggage/firearms, and you have booked them through to the final destination, and you stay in the in-transit area and do not clear South African customs, then you do not need to go through the temporary import process.

    If your airline company will not transfer your baggage/guns to your connecting airline/flight, then you must collect your baggage/firearm/s and go through the entire entry process. If this is the case, all of the South African limitations and requirements will apply to you. This also applies if you overnight in South Africa before flying on to your country of destination.

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    South Africa Firearms Permit Application SAPS 520 Form

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    South Africa Firearms Permit Information SAPS 520

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    South Africa Letter Of Motivation

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    South Africa Letter Of Invitation Form


    [​IMG] Tanzania Weapon / Ammunition Importation Procedures

    - Temporary importation of firearms and ammunition into Tanzania is free of charge and the process is quick and easy.

    - Your hunting outfitter will send you a form to fill out and return to them so they can arrange for your firearms and ammunition temporary import/export permits months prior to your arrival as required by the government of Tanzania. This permit will be based upon the firearm information you provide to your outfitter so it is very important that you carefully consider which firearms you will be bringing with you, as once you have submitted the form you will not be able to change your mind. It is very important that all weapons serial numbers be exactly the same when you arrive as what was issued on your import/export permit. Last minute changes of mind cause more problems regarding gun permits than any other reason. Exact number of ammunition is also important.

    - Hunting permits in Tanzania will only be issued to hunters in possession of the minimum caliber required for the game that is listed (.375 caliber for dangerous game or big game hunting and .240 caliber for any game other than dangerous game).

    - There is a limit of three rifles plus one shotgun per hunter that may be imported into Tanzania for trophy hunting purposes. However if traveling through South Africa a maximum of two firearms are allowed even if you are just in transit. Some European countries also have greater limitation than Tanzania as to the number of firearms which can be brought into their country even while in transit. You should read the Africa Hunting article on Importation or Transiting Procedures Through Countries with Weapons by clicking here.

    - A maximum of one hundred (100) rounds of ammunition may be imported per firearm, however you may encounter greater restrictions from the airline(s) you are traveling on or country you are departing from or other countries you may be visiting or transiting through. For more information on this topic, read the Africa Hunting article, Laws & Regulations for Hunters Traveling with Weapons by clicking here.

    - Only ammunition for the specific caliber(s) you are bringing may be imported.

    - Black powder rifles are permitted in Tanzania, however it is illegal to transport on commercial airlines black powder and percussion caps. These may be purchased in Tanzania but it is best to contact your hunting outfitter to organize for it well prior to your hunt as it may need to be special ordered.

    - No automatic, semi-automatic firearms are allowed.

    - No handguns are allowed.


    [​IMG] Zambia Weapon / Ammunition Importation Procedures

    - Temporary importation of firearms and ammunition into Zambia is NOT free of charge, but the cost is minimal, usually included in the cost of your hunting safari and the process is quick and easy. Should you be traveling with bows and arrows to Zambia, check with your hunting outfitter as you will require permission above the regular Temporary Firearms Import Permit (TIP) from the Wildlife Authorities.

    - Your hunting outfitter will send you a form to fill out and return to them so they can arrange for your firearms and ammunition temporary import/export permits months prior to your arrival as required by the government of Zambia. This permit will be based upon the firearm information you provide to your outfitter so it is very important that you carefully consider which firearms you will be bringing with you, as once you have submitted the form you will not be able to change your mind. It is very important that all weapons serial numbers be exactly the same when you arrive as what was issued on your import/export permit. Last minute changes of mind cause more problems regarding gun permits than any other reason. Exact number of ammunition is also important.

    - There is a limit of three firearms per hunter that may be imported into Zambia for trophy hunting purposes. However if traveling through South Africa a maximum of two firearms are allowed even if you are just in transit. Some European countries also have greater limitation than Zambia as to the number of firearms which can be brought into their country even while in transit. You should read the Africa Hunting article on Importation or Transiting Procedures Through Countries with Weapons by clicking here.

    - No automatic firearms are allowed.

    - Semi-automatic firearms are allowed for hunting purposes, however avoid bringing any weapon of military appearance.

    - No weapons which fall under military categories such as .308 Winchester (7.62x51mm NATO), please check with your outfitter if you have a questionable caliber.

    - There is no limit to the number of rounds of ammunition that may be imported into Zambia for trophy hunting purposes, however common sense should apply and also remember that you may encounter greater restrictions from the airline(s) you are traveling on or country you are departing from or other countries you may be visiting or transiting through. For more information on this topic, read the Africa Hunting article, Laws & Regulations for Hunters Traveling with Weapons by clicking here.

    - Only ammunition for the specific caliber(s) you are bringing may be imported.

    - Handguns are allowed for hunting purposes, check with your hunting outfitter as you will require permission above the regular Temporary Firearms Import Permit (TIP) from the Wildlife Authorities.

    - Crossbows are allowed for hunting purposes in some provinces, check with your hunting outfitter.

    - No crossbows.


    [​IMG] Zimbabwe Weapon / Ammunition Importation Procedures

    - Temporary importation of firearms and ammunition into Zimbabwe is free of charge and the process is quick and easy. Should you be traveling with bows and arrows to and/or through Zimbabwe, there is no required permit or charges.

    - Hunters entering Zimbabwe with firearm(s) and ammunition must complete in duplicate a Certificate To Possess Firearms Form F.R. 20 for all firearm(s) and/or ammunition in their possession. Click here to print a copy of this form, we would strongly recommend that you fill out the form in duplicate beforehand, leaving them unsigned and carry it with you to Zimbabwe, along with a third copy for yourself. Your hunting outfitter does not need to receive a copy of this form.

    - This application form F.R. 20 must be submitted upon entry while declaring your firearm(s) and ammunition at the customs hall of the airport, where your temporary import/export permit will be issued.

    - A maximum of one hundred (100) rounds of ammunition may be imported per hunting rifle, however you may encounter greater restrictions from the airline(s) you are traveling on or country you are departing from or other countries you may be visiting or transiting through. For more information on this topic, read the Africa Hunting article, Laws & Regulations for Hunters Traveling with Weapons by clicking here.

    - Only ammunition for the specific caliber(s) you are bringing may be imported.

    - Importation of over three hundred (300) rounds of ammunition will require a special permit to be obtained by the safari operator well prior to the start of the hunting safari.

    - There is no limit to the number of firearms that may be imported into Zimbabwe for trophy hunting purposes, however if traveling through South Africa a maximum of two firearms are allowed even if you are just in transit. Some European countries also have greater limitation than Zimbabwe as to the number of firearms which can be brought into their country even while in transit. You should read the Africa Hunting article on Importation or Transiting Procedures Through Countries with Weapons by clicking here.

    - Black powder rifles are allowed with a minimum caliber .40 for hunting purposes, however it is illegal to transport on commercial airlines black powder and percussion caps. Contact your safari hunting operator to organize for it well prior to your hunt as it may need to be special ordered.

    - Handguns are allowed for hunting purposes in some Communal (tribal) Land and Alienated (private) Land but not permitted in National Parks Safari Areas. A special permit which the safari operator must apply for a couple of months prior to the start of the hunt can be requested with the general director of the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZPWMA). This special handgun permit comes at a cost.

    - No automatic or semi-automatic firearms are allowed, except a semi-automatic shotgun for bird hunting purposes.

    - No weapons which fall under military categories.

    - No crossbows, recurve or longbows are allowed. A special permit which the safari operator must apply for six months prior to the start of the bow hunt can be requested. This special bowhunting permit comes at a substantial cost.

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    Zimbabwe Certificate To Possess Firearms Form F.R. 20
     
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