The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) is calling on all international travellers who will be visiting South Africa during the festive season, or returning to South Africa after the holidays, to comply with the country’s import requirements for agricultural and related regulated products/articles.

Compliance will assist the country in preventing and minimising the potential risk of introducing alien invasive species, foreign pests and diseases that could be associated with imported plants and plant products, animals and animal products, and other regulated goods.

South Africa has a mandate and sovereign right to protect its territory, biodiversity and economy against harm, which is why it regulates the importation of animals and animal products, plants and plant products, honey and honey products as well as any other potentially harmful materials from other countries.

This is in accordance with relevant legislation, which is aimed at preventing the introduction, establishment and spread of pests and diseases from other parts of the world. Once a quarantine pest or disease is introduced into the country, it is difficult and expensive to control and manage, which is why prevention is imperative.

The importation of certain liquor products with an alcohol content of more than 1% into the country for drinking purposes is also restricted, except on the authority of an import certificate issued by DAFF.

Please note that import conditions may differ according to the country of origin/export, global pest distribution and type of products. Travellers are therefore advised to contact DAFF for detailed information regarding the product to be imported.

Animals and animal products

Tel: +27 12 319 7476 / 7500 / 6313

Fax: +27 12 319 8292

Email: VetPermits@daff.gov.za

Plants and plant products

Tel: +27 12 319 6102 / 6130 / 6207 / 6313

Fax: +27 12 319 6370

Email: PlantHealthPermits@daff.gov.za

Liquor products

Tel: +27 11 971 5138 or +27 12 319 6137

Email: NjokoS@daff.gov.za

Upon arrival in South Africa, all the imported consignments of the above-mentioned regulated products must be presented to the DAFF inspectors at the port of entry for compliance inspections as per import conditions. The consignments may not be removed from the port of entry without written authorisation or before being granted entry by the DAFF inspectors. – Press release