Attention all travelers! If you are planning on entering or leaving the Republic of South Africa, it is important to note that you are required to declare any goods you have in your possession as per the Customs and Excise Act No. 91 of 1964. Failure to do so may result in detention, forfeiture, penalties, or criminal prosecution.
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SARS Launches Pilot Program for Electronic Declarations

To make this process as easy and streamlined as possible, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) launched a pilot program in November 2022 at King Shaka International Airport. Travellers now have the option to use an electronic online portal to declare their goods well ahead of their arrival or departure. For those who prefer a more traditional option, self-service counters are available in terminals, and Customs Officers have hand-held devices to assist travellers during the process.

Multiple Options for Declaration Available

SARS aims to enable travellers to have a swift and seamless experience when they arrive or depart, leading to a smooth boarding process. The South African Traveler Management System is part of the broader Customs Modernization Program, which aims to provide pre-clearance and facilitate passage through ports of entry. SARS is committed to creating SMART borders by leveraging data and technology to enhance detection capabilities, create a seamless experience for legitimate traders and travellers, and respond to any risks.

Aims of the Pre-Declaration Process

In conclusion, we encourage travellers to take advantage of this new pre-declaration process to make their travel experience smoother and more efficient. SARS is dedicated to providing a safe and hassle-free travel experience for all.