All airports inside the European Union (EU) are blocked from transporting any firearms and ammunition to Zimbabwe. The firearm embargo was implemented several years ago by the EU and now being enforced by the majority of ports.

If you are preparing to fly via any airport in Europe to South Africa and then Zimbabwe, divide your itinerary into two parts to circumvent the embargo as follow:
Ticket one: fly from your home base via Europe to South Africa and return
Ticket two: fly from South Africa to Zimbabwe and return

Booking 2 separate flight tickets will mean that you will have to claim your checked luggage and firearm case in South Africa and check-in again for your connecting flight to Zimbabwe. Upon booking your flight ticket ensure a layover of at least three hours in South Africa as you will have to clear your firearms and ammunition at the temporary gun import desk.

Visit the Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (PHASA) website for more detailed information and download a copy of the SAP 520 Rifle import permit:

You can contract PHASA in South Africa to assist you with obtaining your temporary importation permit; the completed documentation needs to reach the PHASA office no later than 25 days prior to your arrival date in South Africa.
For an assistance fee of USD 130 / Euro 100 a representative of PHASA will meet and assist you at the Police office at OR Thambo Airport, Johannesburg.

Or you can contact Hunters Support in South Africa who can obtain your temporary gun import permits and arrange for a meet and greet service at OR Thambo airport, Johannesburg or Cape Town. As a client of Hunters Support you can also utilize their firearm storage facility at Lanseria airport.

Ensure you book your Airline tickets and other hunting related travel arrangements with a Travel Agent that specialize in African Travel:

GRACY TRAVEL – San Antonio, Texas
“Specializing in travel for the hunting Sportsman since 1984”

WILD TRAVEL – Illinois – Kathi Klimes
E-Mail Phone 708-425-3552