Namibia gun import

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  1. johnnyblues

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    Hey guy’s, didn’t I hear about something new in regards to rifle permit import into Namibia? Going back in 19 already getting into the planning mode.
     

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    Yes, you can download the paperwork and email it back to them. When you arrive at Windhoek airport, you’ll deplane and walk to the terminal where you go thru the basic passport check and then proceed to the police / gun room in the far right corner of the customs area.
    This is a small room, maybe 8’x12’ with a table outside. You go in the room, tell them your name, they pull your paperwork and your gun case. Then go to the table, open your case, they check the serial number and you’re done. You then go into the next room which is baggage claim. Get your gear and then out into the concourse area, which is where you’ll most likely meet a rep from your hunting company. The terminal concourse surprised me. It is small, but bright and vibrant.
    Tip: In the corner of the baggage claim area, there are restrooms... use them.
     

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    Who you hunting with and what are you going for? DG or PG?
     
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    I had just an hour and 30 min. to get through Passport control in Johannesburg and get to my flight to Windhoek. I made it with minutes to spare. My rifle the duffle didn’t make it. The Elvis and Denzel in the lost luggage office worked with the weapons permit police and processed my permit without me being present when my Rifle arrived the next day and had it shipped to my hunting camp.

    Have two copies of POL-573, your invitation letter, your passport, CBP-4457, and spare keys to your rifle case. They’ll process your permits hassle free. The alternative is staying in Windhoek and waiting for your firearm(s) to arrive?

    The real trick here is make sure you have at least 3 hours between flights in Johannesburg the line through passport control is an hour at best.
     

  5. johnnyblues

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    Thanks guys. I was there in 2015 so I know the drill. I heard there was a new procedure so that’s what I was checking on. I’ll be hunting with SP Du Toit he owns midway hunting farm. He was my ph on my first leopard hunt. I’ll be hunting on his place for leopard ( round two) also mountain zebra, damara dik dik, klipspringer,steenbok and springbok.
     

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    I've read several posts here that had nothing nice to say about the "New" e-mail application system. The best reviews seem to suggest that it takes longer for the Permit Police to pull up your paper work? In any case take hard copies for back up?
     

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    I emailed them several times and when I got to Windhoek they didn't didn't have the emails. Even after that, I would guess it took less than 30 minutes total.
     

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    Just out of interest are you talking about the passport check going through the international transit area or did you go out through passport control into SA landside and recheck in? The check going through Int transit can have couple of people in front of you or you can end backed up to the glass doors......just depends on what int flights have arrived before or same time as you......bit of a lottery. ..
     
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    Going both ways through the international transit area there was a huge line. That Passport control area has eight separate check booths but I never witnessed more than three open with multiple Immigration Officers standing around "observing". Pay close attention usually one or two of the lines are running finger print scanners avoid these at all costs as they are slower then molasses in January!
     
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  11. johnnyblues

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    Back in 2015 it took longer to find a police officer ( it was a Sunday) than it did to clear the rifles. I might as well not bother to email it, just show up and get it done.
     
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    I ran into the issue of a short layover when I went to Namibia in April. My rifle and suitcase didn't arrive until the 1600 flight that afternoon. a little frustrating, but everything arrived.
    I emailed the POL-573 in March, but found out that the computer had been broken so my email was never received. Of course, I was prepared and had unsigned hard copies in my folder. All in all, it was amazingly easy to get my permit in Windhoek.
    Good luck on your next hunt, Johnny!!!!
     
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    Same here but it only took the usual ten minutes to get cleared and on our way.
     
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    Good luck Johnny. Some Damara Springbok have unreal mass, I've never seen anything like it, look for him.
    I'm considering my third go for leopard in 2020.
     

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    The only think that has changed is the new electronic system that has been mentioned. It is not necessary or faster so I suggest just have the Namib form in hand and all will be fine.
    I am however worried about the mentions of long lines at passport control at JNB. I’ve been through there so many times and never had a problem. These were all landing on DL 200. Those who had long wait times were you on DL 200 or another airline? I guess sitting at the front of the plane (Comfort+ for me as business is out of sight) has its advantages as well as knowing where to go.
    I hope to hear back from those who had long waits at JNB passport control and then transferring to another international flight.
    Regards,
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    Interesting! I’m considering Namibia in 2020 with my granddaughter on her first Africa adventure.
     
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    That’s my concern Phillip, I only have one hour and twenty five minutes to get thru the process. Hopefully by landing in Johanasberg at 8 am I may not have a big line.
     

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    I had about an hour from when the doors of DL 200 opened to make my flight to Windhoek, I was not able to make it. On top of that, a bunch of very nice people let me get to the front of the line getting off the plane, still didn't get me there in time.
     

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    One hour is no where near enough time....surprised your travel agent booked it...
     

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    Quite a few int flights arrive early morning into joburg airport Inc two BA...virgin. air France..lufthansa
     

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