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Customs Procedures and Travel Information
Here is some additional information for competitors and others going to Botswana for the Toyota 1000 Desert Race:
The Botswana Customs and Excise Department has requested that all competitors, service crews, media, etc. entering Botswana for the Toyota 1000 Desert Race draw up a list of items that are being brought into the country e.g. motor vehicles (including chassis and engine numbers), spares, tyres, lubricants, cameras (including serial numbers), etc. Please note: all tyres, new and used, must be returned to South Africa.
Download the SARS Registration of Goods for Re-importation form DA65 here
The list must include your name, address and contact details on the top, and should be completed in triplicate so that one can be handed in at each border control post (South Africa and Botswana) and the other retained by you.
Please declare money in your possession. Do not hide it. If it is found hidden and not declared it will be confiscated. Please note: Botswana only allows the equivalent of P10,000 in cash per person. Should you require more, the balance must be in traveller's cheques.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TAKE FIREARMS INTO BOTSWANA!
The border post at Tlokweng, is aware of your pending arrival. There is a section which deals with persons involved in the Toyota 1000 Desert Race.
Your passport must be valid for a minimum of three months from your date of return to South Africa and must have at least two blank pages.
If, because of your nationality, you require a visa, please note that these are not available from the Botswana border posts and have to be applied for beforehand from the relevant embassy. Check here to see the list of countries whose citizens do require visas and those who do not require visas.
Please treat all officials courteously. Border post hours are as follows:
Martin's Drift / Groblersbrug 08:00 - 18:00
Pioneer Gate / Skilpadshek 06:00 - 21:00
Tlokweng Gate / Kopfontein 06:00 - 22:00
Ramatlabama / near Mafikeng 06.00 - 20.30
Please note that the following are Non-Commercial Border Posts and should be avoided if you have anything to declare: (They will turn competitors away at these border posts below!)
Phitsane Molopo / Makgobistad 07:30 - 16:00 (not commercial - not allowed for competitors or
Parr's Halt / Stockpoort 08:00 - 16:00 (not commercial - not allowed for competitors or service crews)
Ramotswa / Swartkopfontein 07:00 - 19:00 (not commercial - not allowed for competitors or service crews)
Sikwane / Derdepoort 07:00 - 19:00 (not commercial - not allowed for competitors or service crews)
Vehicle Levy (single entry) Levies must be paid in BWP.
Road Safety Token (Valid for the calendar year of 2007)
All vehicles are subject to a road safety token
Vehicle registration Documents
You will be required to produce a copy of your vehicle registration form. If the vehicle is not in your name you need a letter of authority from the registered owner (bank or finance house).
Re-Importation of Goods
You must complete a DA 65 form, in duplicate, for all goods leaving South Africa, which you intend bringing back to South Africa. This must be accompanied by the list of items with serial numbers as mentioned above. A SARS Form DA65 is available here for download.
Temporary Importation into Botswana
You must produce a triplicate list of all items you intend taking into Botswana. Where necessary, list serial numbers etc. This list, together with the DA65, will be stamped, the original of the DA65 and a copy of your list will be returned to you. On your return to South Africa you will be required to produce the list and DA65. Customs officials may or may not check.
Ensure that your name, address, telephone number, passport number and vehicle registration are on the form.
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