Overview The following goods may be imported into South Africa by passengers over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:
• 200 cigarettes and 50 cigars and 250g of tobacco. • 1l of spirits or liquor and 2l of wine. • 50ml of perfume and 250ml of eau de toilette. • Other goods up to a value of ZAR3000. Additional goods up to R12,000 are charged duty of 20%.
Restricted items Plants and plant material without import permit, including margarine, honey and other vegetable oils.
Prohibited Imports Narcotics; flick-knives; ammunition; explosives; meat, processed cheese and other dairy products; obscene literature. If you’re coming over a land border, firewood is not allowed to be brought into South Africa.