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South Africa: Launch of the 2012/13 Festive Season Operation at the Ports of Entry
Source: Issued by: South African Revenue Service
Source Date: Thursday, December 20, 2012
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Internet Governance
Country: South Africa
Created: Dec 20, 2012

The senior managers at the ports of entry will convene daily joint sessions to closely monitor the execution of the festive season plans, trends in the movement of goods and people and, if deemed necessary, employ contingency plans at the busiest Ports of Entry across the country.
In preparation for the anticipated increase movement of travellers/traffic volumes during the festive season period, Border Control Operational Coordinating Committee (BCOCC), in collaboration with affected neighbouring countries, will implement measures aimed at ensuring that there is quick/smooth processing of travellers on both sides of the busiest ports.
It is for this reason that an integrated festive operational and contingency plan was adopted to respond to any eventuality or situation which might arise due the increase movement.
Amongst other things the Department of Home Affairs has extended operations to accommodate the movement of travellers during this period.

About the BCOCC
The BCOCC is the custodian for strategic management of the South African border environment. Its mission is to facilitate inter-agency cooperation and coordination. The BCOCC therefore serves to coordinate the operational approaches of all border management agencies, allowing mutual recognition of compliance with each other’s requirements, wherever possible. Visit us at www.borders.sars.gov.za.

Additional important information

All travellers are urged to take note of the following information which will assist in ensuring quick processing at the ports of entry:
• No person is allowed to take firearms through to Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Botswana. Police Officials are no longer permitted to keep firearms for temporary storage – South African Police Services (SAPS)
• All South African registered vehicles to be taken to Zimbabwe, Botswana and Mozambique should have the following documentation:
o Vehicle registration documents
o if the vehicle is financed by the bank we need a letter from the financial institution/bank authorising the driver to take the vehicle out of the country
o if the vehicle is owned by the company we need an authorisation letter in company letterhead. This should include the vehicles insurances.
• Emergency passports will not be issued at the Port during the Festive Season. Passports are issued at Home Affairs offices at various towns/cities. No person including children will be allowed through the POE without a valid passport (at least one page of the passport should be unused)
• Foreign nationals entering the RSA should have a passport valid for 30 days after the expiry of the visit period
• All travellers should ensure that they declare all goods in their possession with all necessary documentation such as invoices or proof of purchase. All imported second-hand clothing entering the country for purpose of trade/ re-sale needs to be accompanied by a permit from DTI (Department of Trade & Industry)
• All valuable items such as motorbikes, cameras and laptops are to be declared at Customs
• No agricultural and animal products including live animals even for personal consumption are allowed to enter the country (RSA) without a permit. Such goods will be detained if permits are not available
• All corpses (dead bodies) need a permit to enter or depart the country;Travellers going abroad or coming into the country are only allowed to bring medicine which will last for 30 days if they are in possession of the doctor prescription
• People travelling to and from countries with the risk of yellow fever, must be in possession of a yellow fever certificate.
For media queries please Contact the following BCOCC Coordinators:

Patrick Moeng
Cell: 083 555 4536
E-mail: pmoeng2@sars.gov.za

Moses Zulu
Cell: 071 862 7794
E-mail: mzulu@sars.gov.za

Joey Monyeki
Cell: 082 923 1036
E-mail: jmonyeki@sars.gov.za
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