How much currency can you take to South Africa

One of the most popular questions we get asked here at compareholidaymoney.com is how much currency can you take to South Africa. In order to help our customers further and to save everyone time we have come up with a customs guide to help answer these frequently asked questions on what you are allowed to travel with to South Africa as a tourist.

Question: How much currency can you take to South Africa

Answer: 25,000 South African Rand

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At present the customs law in South Africa states that you can take up to 25,000 Rand in cash which is roughly 1400 GBP without having to declare this upon arrival at any customs points when arriving by air, land or sea.

The currency rates change every day and the GBP value quoted above will depend on what currency supplier and exchange rate you can get when buying your travel money. It is also worth remembering that you can get a better rate online compared to your high street bank or airport exchange bureau which can often cost you 10% more when exchanging currency.

If you would like to take more than 25,000 Rand or any other foreign currency or travellers cheques which is equivalent to the same value or more then by law in South Africa you will need to declare this upon arrival to customs.

The same rule applies when you are departing the country as long as you haven’t stayed in South Africa for more than 12 months and if you are taking more money out compared to when you arrived then you must also declare this.

If you need more information then, we would advise talking to the South African Embassy to clarify any questions or concerns you may have about your situation if you are planning on taking more than 25,000 Rand to South Africa for your holiday or business travel.

When you arrive in South Africa you must declare if you have any restricted or prohibited goods. If your bags are scanned or searched and you haven’t declared specific items then you could face a fine or prosecution. When you declare goods a travellers declaration will be generated which you will need when departing from South Africa.

Please see below an infographic from the South African Revenue Service which explains in more detail what goods are restricted and prohibited from entering the country and what you are allowed to take with you.

How much currency can you take to South Africa

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Going to South Africa for a holiday or business travel? Why not compare the best exchange rates and suppliers for the South African Rand! If for any reason you come back from South Africa with left over Rand currency you can always use our currency buy back service which compares all the buy-back suppliers in the UK and it enables you to get the best deal possible on left over travel money.

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8 Replies to “How much currency can you take to South Africa”

  1. We want to take Rand in cash to South Africa.
    Your note above advise we are permitted to take R25000.00
    whereas in the RED zone an amount of R5000.00 is shown.

  2. Hi Andrew

    Thanks very much for your comment and question on our blog post.

    Just to clarify the limit for taking cash into South Africa is 25,000 South African Rand which is still the case according to The Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

    For more information on travelling to South Africa including about Money in South Africa please visit the FCO South Africa page here.

    Currently at today’s Pound to South Africa Rand Exchange Rates 25,000 Rand is roughly £1500 when buying South African Rand in the UK.

    If you are planning to take more than this in South Africa Rand cash then you should declare this according The Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

    If this is the case then you can always double check with The Foreign and Commonwealth Office or even the South African Embassy before travelling.

    As for the Infographic and in relation to your question about the 5000 South African Rand Banknotes this appears to relate to the lower limit of declaring how much South African Rand you are taking into South Africa.

    Anything below 5000 South African you would not need to declare and the upper limit being 25,000 South African Rand of which I would suggest finding out more about from the official sources as mentioned above.

    If you feel uneasy carrying large amounts of cash then an alternative option is Multi Currency Cards, but this would be more expensive overall and not all Currency Card Suppliers offer the South African Rand.

    I hope that clarifies the information and if you have any further feedback or questions we would be very happy to help. In the meantime, have a great trip to South Africa!

  3. I need know if I have been in South Africa for over ten months on a contract and I leave to collect my family to come with me and if I bring excess currency into the country and declare it at the airport
    will I be allowed

  4. Hi, I plan to bring into South Africa USD 50 000. When I declare it will I be taxed / fined? I already paid tax on the money .

  5. Hi Willem

    Thanks very much for your comment and question.

    You are right that you will need to declare the 50,000 USD upon arrival as it is over the 10,000 USD limit whether it is in cash or travellers cheques. Upon departure from South Africa if you happen to be taking the 50,000 USD back out with you then you will only be allowed to take the amount that you declared on arrival or less. This information was taken from the – South Africa Travellers Customs Guide – as posted by Peter above.

    As per your question about Tax as far as we know there will be no tax due on this money upon arrival. If you look at the following article called – Tips for Expatriates – Bringing Money to South Africa – there is a section at the bottom of the article under number 7 which states the following:

    7 – Finally, you may have heard that bringing money into South Africa may have a tax consequence. This is not directly true. Being paid, remitting money into South Africa etc have no tax impact at all. Where does this rumor come from? Blame the Brits – they have a “remittance” basis of taxation for UK residents and domiciles, i.e. where you remit money into the United Kingdom, which you earned outside, this becomes taxable. There is no such South African tax rule and this has never been part of our law.

    There is even a contact email address in the above article if you are looking for further advice on tax in South Africa. Or alternatively, you could also double check with the – South African Revenue Service – who produced the above Infographic on Customs and Goods To Declare.

    I hope that helps Willem and have a good trip to South Africa!

  6. Hi Lilian,

    According to the South African Reserve Bank:

    Visitors to South Africa are not permitted to import in excess of a total value of R25 000 per person.

    So this limit applies per person, and you and your wife can both take this amount without having to declare it.

    I hope this answers your question.

    Dan

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