Duty-free Allowances



The following goods can be imported without the payment of Customs duty and VAT as accompanied baggage.

  • 200 cigarettes and 50 cigars
  • 250g of cigarette or pipe tobacco
  • 50ml perfume
  • 250ml eau de toilette
  • 2 litres of wine
  • 1 litre in total of spirits and other alcoholic beverages

These duty-free allowances for South Africa also apply to children under the age of 18 (either accompanied or unaccompanied) with the exception of alcohol and tobacco products – provided they are for their personal use.

All baggage will be cleared at the first airport or port of entry to SA.

5000 ZAR (South African Rand) in cash, traveller’s cheques or foreign currency is allowed into the country. The same amounts apply when leaving South Africa

In South Africa,  you pay 14% Value Added Tax (VAT) when you purchase goods. You are entitled to make an application at your point of departure for a refund of the VAT paid. The tax invoices or receipts for whatever you have purchased, together with the goods, must be presented to the VAT Refund Administrator. The VAT Refund Administrator charges a small fee for this service. Alternatively, you may have your tax receipts stamped by a Customs Officer who will forward your claim to the Administrator.

Go to http://www.taxrefunds.co.za for more details.