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What you need to know when travelling across borders

To ensure that your fleet is fully informed about all the documentation required when crossing borders, we have put together a handy checklist:

  • Do you have a valid passport and is it valid for six months after date of departure?
  • Do you need a Visa?
  • Do you have a valid driver's license and is it accepted in the country you're visiting?
  • Do you need inoculations?
  • If you are travelling with minors, do you have valid unabridged birth certificates?
  • If your vehicle or trailer is registered in South Africa, do you have a ZA sign displayed?
  • If you don't own the vehicle, do you have a copy of the vehicle license or a certified copy of the vehicle registration papers?
  • Do you have a letter from the owner of the vehicle including travel dates, that authorises you to take the vehicle across the border?
  • Do you need an affidavit from the police giving you authorisation to take the vehicle across border?

Botswana

Documents

  • International driver's license recommended

Compulsory vaccinations

  • Yellow Fever

Recommended vaccinations

  • Hepatitis A & B
  • Rabies
  • Typhoid
  • Polio
  • Tetanus

Precautions

  • Malaria risk

Mozambique

Documents

  • Temporary import permit for vehicle: Compulsory – approximately R15 payable in Meticals
  • Third-party insurance (Compulsory) R220 (valid for 30 days)
  • 2 Red warning triangles
  • ZA sticker
  • Reflective jacket (used at an accident scene, when changing a tyre or while loading.)
  • Immigration Fees: R17.50 per person
  • Declaration Form for vehicle: Cost is approximately R50

Precautions

  • Malaria risk

Namibia

Documents

  • Carnet de Passage (Compulsory if the vehicle is being shipped to Namibia.) Vehicles registered in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique and Botswana do not need to obtain a Carnet
  • Permit (if staying in Namibia for longer for than 3 months and on a working permit).
  • A payment of duties of 16.5% of the value of the vehicle has to be paid to customs. Refundable when the vehicle is exported from Namibia. The work permit must be shown on the passport and on the letter from the company in Namibia confirming that you will be working for them.

Compulsory vaccinations

  • Yellow Fever

Recommended Vaccinations

  • Hepatitis A & B
  • Typhoid
  • Polio
  • Tetanus

Precautions

  • Malaria risk

Tanzania

Documents

  • Third-party insurance (Compulsory and obtained at border post)
  • Carnet de Passage (Highly recommended)
  • If you have no Carnet, a TIP will be issued for USD 150
  • Fuel Levy of USD 5 for each entry
  • FVP Levy of USD 20
  • International driving permit (Recommended)

Compulsory Vaccinations

  • Yellow Fever

Recommended Vaccinations

  • Typhoid
  • Hepatitis A & B
  • Tetanus
  • Polio
  • Rabies
  • Meningitis

Precautions

  • Malaria risk

Zambia

Documents

  • Third-party insurance (Compulsory and obtained at border post).
  • White and red reflective tape (Two small white rectangular size strips on the right and left hand side of the front bumper as well as two small red square strips on the right and left hand side of the rear bumper.)
  • Carnet de Passage (Not compulsory but will facilitate border crossing.)
  • Two warning triangles

Compulsory vaccinations

  • Yellow Fever

Recommended Vaccinations

  • Hepatitis A & B
  • Tetanus
  • Rabies
  • Meningitis
  • Typhoid

Disclaimer: It should be noted that requirements at borders change intermittently and you should always make enquiries with the respective authorities prior to travelling.

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