Make Your Border Crossing Easy
Government strictly enforces laws that require documentation when crossing a border. These apply to fully paid-up vehicles, vehicles under finance contracts and rented vehicles. This legislation is in place to limit the traffic in stolen vehicles.
Check that your insurance cover is up to date and covers cross border travel before you need it. Ensure that you have full cover outside South Africa with vehicle and medical repatriation. Verify that the insurer will collect your vehicle from where it has broken down – if your insurance doesn’t cover cross-border repatriation you may be faced with the high cost of getting it to a border post.
A cross-border letter giving permission to take the vehicle out of South Africa is a requirement.
- if you own and have paid off your vehicle get a police affidavit.
- if you have not paid your vehicle off, a letter from the financing company is required.
- if the vehicle is a rental or owned by a company, a letter from the rental company or owner is required.
If you are unsure, contact a body such as the Automobile Association or your finance company.
The Police might want to see your vehicles original registration papers or certified copies. Make sure your vehicles chassis and engine numbers match those in the registration papers.
Remember that when you leave South Africa your are an ambassador for our country. Follow these guides and you should get through border postes with ease.
- Be respectful and kind to all officials.
- Speak clearly, in English.
- Don’t wear a hat or sunglasses inside the customs building.
- Do not attempt to bribe anybody and react carefully if a bribe is solicited
- Get permission to take photos or video footage especially of buildings that could be classisfied as key points.
- Only exchange money at legimitate bureaus.
- Observe all traffic laws and do not drive at all if you have been drinking.
- Be vigilant of pedestrians and livestock on the roads. An accident could cause delays, fines and even detention.
- Be aware of police – especially at veterinary checkpoints and manning radar speed traps.
- Observe speed limits.
- Remember third party insurance for countries where required. This is available at the border posts and insurance for Mozambique can be purchased at the AA in South Africa before departure.