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
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.
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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