• There are no parking facilities for the public at the Embassy, although street parking spaces sometime can be found nearby. However, If you plan to visit the Embassy for consular services, please plan to arrive by public transportation or drop-off.

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 Introduction to SARS

The South African Revenue Service is a government agency responsible for the administration of Tax and Customs legislation in South Africa.


The South African Revenue Service Act (No.34 of 1997) mandates SARS to:

  • Collect all revenues due
  • Ensure optimal compliance with tax and customs legislation
  • Provide a customs service that will optimise revenue collection, protect our borders and facilitate legitimate trade.


SARS is an innovative revenue and customs agency that enhances economic growth and social development that supports the country’s integration into the global economy in a way that benefits all South Africans.


SARS values are:

  • Mutual respect and trust
  • Equity and fairness
  • Integrity and honesty
  • Transparency and openness
  • Courtesy and Commitment

On this page you will be able to find useful information regarding Tax and Customs questions that you may have. This will range from general information about South Africa’s Taxations system, general questions for travellers visiting South Africa to more specific aspects such as the customs implications for temporary or permanent relocation to South Africa.

Should you find that you specific question is not addressed or you need further information please send an email to lmolefe@sars.gov.za to obtain the required information.

Tax information

The following path to the SARS website (http://sars.gov.za/home.asp?pid=54773) contains publications and brochures covering various tax types administrated by SARS. In addition to publications such as “Taxation in South Africa” you will also find information on the following tax types:

Customs information