What type of activity requires a permit?
The import into, and export and re-export out of, South Africa’s international borders of any CITES-listed specimens (living or dead) requires the prior issuance of a CITES permit or certificate.
Why do I need a permit?
South Africa is a signatory to CITES and, as such, must comply with the import, export and re-export procedure as stipulated by CITES and in terms of the national CITES regulations. CapeNature is the CITES management authority for exports and re-exports out of, and imports into, the Western Cape from or to other countries.
Further details relating to CITES can be found at www.cites.org.
How do I go about getting a permit?
You can either email a completed application form and supporting documents (including proof of payment) to firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can apply online through the CapeNature permits portal at https://www.capenature.co.za/permits-information.
How long will it take me to get a permit?
It takes 10 working days for a permit to be issued.
What is the cost of the permit?
- R400 per application
- R2 500 per CITES personal effects book
- R8 000 per year