Customs and Duties

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Customs and Duties

Visitors may bring in new or used gifts and souvenirs up to a total value of R3,000 duty-free. Duty-free allowances of tobacco and alcoholic beverages are also limited.

The United States is a signatory to CITES, a wildlife protection treaty, and therefore does not allow the importation of living or dead endangered animals, or their body parts, such as rhino horns or ivory. If you purchase an antique that is made partly or wholly of ivory, you must obtain a CITES preconvention certificate that clearly states that the item is at least 100 years old. The import of zebra skin or other tourist products also requires a CITES permit.

U.S. Information

U.S. Customs and Border Protection. www.cbp.gov.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. www.fws.gov.

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