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    We are travelling from SA to Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, and have been told by some that we don't need police clearance for our car, and others are telling us that we do. Please can someone who has been recently let us know?

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    Always have copies of vehicle registration when you go over the boarder, it may not be asked for but rather be safe. If your vehicle is owned by the bank you will need to get the documentation from them. Inform both your insurance and your vehicle tracking company

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    Hi LesleyM, I am planning a similar trip and have done quite a bit of homework on this issue.
    What I understand is that you only need a Police Clearance certificate (called a "Checking Slip Stolen Status form") at the Chirundu border. Most people have confirmed this.
    You do not need it at the Kazungula border.
    I am getting one just to be safe as people report major delays at Chirundu if you do not have it.

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    Hi there, have just been to my local police clearance office and was told the following:
    1 You only need police clearance if the vehicle is not in your name ( owner)
    2 Only need clearance if vehicle is being financed .
    3 Interpol agents are at border posts IF you are importing or exporting vehicle.

    Seems to be no definate answer from authorities because despite my insistence on a clearance I was told " what do we need to clear , the vehicle is yours ,nobody else's , what can we clear "

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    Rather get a police clearance certificate, I know of people which have been turned back at two of the borders mentioned because of no police clearance certificate.

    Also have certified copies of all your documents. Rather have it than don't have it.
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    Just got back, 10 Oct from 6 weeks to Tanzania.
    Last October I had trouble leaving Zambia at Chirundu, Interpol guy in cohoots with Zim interpol agent clearly and looking for a gift to forget all about it!
    This time I had trouble at Kasangula, had to sweet talk thru and the runner obviously helped. The interpol guy actually came and checked my vehicle. The vehicle was in my name and not financed and was carrying the Tuff Stuff territorial letter.
    Before the trip I had tried the local vehicle testing ground south of Durban, showed them the Stolen Slip Status report posted by another member. They said the document was not a legitimate police doc and they only did for permanent export?
    So, either Zambia have now enforced requirments that SA police know nothing about or its a corrupt practice but has certainly spread.

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    The administrators should make this a sticky in the Zambia or Zimbabwe Forums. There are piles of information and discussions on the subject in those forums, especially Zambia. The short answer is RSA SAPS says no but it does not help telling an Interpol official at Chirundu, Kariba or Kazungula that. The other borders have not required this yet. Get at least a vehicle verification certificate which is not too difficult if you go to the correct office.

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    We are doing an organised trip with a reputable travel group.

    Our tour takes us through the Kazungula border post from Zim to Bots. The tour company have made it a part of going on the tour that it is mandatory to have a vehicle clearance certificate. This against the fact that on the groups last trip through Kazangula, all the vehicles in the convoy were asked for clearance certificates.

    So we have been told to get a vehicle clearance certificate.

    We are doing this through a company that are specialists in vehicle paper work, referred to us by both Dekra in Strand and also Winelands 4x4. It is going to take one day to do all the paperwork and one day to get all the paperwork back - and give or take R2000.

    Your vehicle will need to have a data dot certificate (which this company also gets for you) and if you do not have one, it can be arranged as part of everything.

    I would rather get one and be safe than travel and not have one.

    There can never be to much paperwork at a border post to cover all bases.
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    To clarify, this sounds like a Zimbabwe only issue? We went took the Kazangula ferry, Bots to Zambia, last year and there was no mention of a clearance document, and we did talk to the interpol agent there.

    Does anyone know where to get one of these "checking slip stolen status"/clearance certificates in Cape Town?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slowones View Post
    The tour company have made it a part of going on the tour that it is mandatory to have a vehicle clearance certificate.
    I presume that the tour company has given you examples of the clearance certificates required.

    If not, there are 2 clearance certificates that you may need - the Private Vehicle Verification and the Not Stolen Status. Be careful that the company that specialises in vehicle paper work does not get the vehicle clearance certificate that is used if you are going to export the vehicle.

    I have always had to take the vehicle to the SAPS when getting clearance as they physically check the VIN stamped on the chassis.

    Have a great and trouble free tour.
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    Thanks Pete.

    My discussion with the company have revolved around this exact issue.

    There is loads of confusion regarding this clearance issue, mainly because of the "import/export" notion.

    The local police station had no idea what a vehicle clearance was. The traffic department thought I was selling it in Zimbabwe and then traveling to Botswana.

    If someone has a contact within the traffic department that could explain this entire issue it would be great. Just to get total clarification on what certificates one can get for a vehicle, as opposed to signed letters, insurance notes and affidavits.

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    Hi

    You need to take your vehicle, registration papers and ID to your local (or nearest) SAPS Vehicle Crime Unit (Clearance Office) to get the paper work done. It may help to phone them first and possibly make an appointment.

    Please send me a PM with your email and I will send you a copy of my certificates so that you can show them an example if they don't know what you are talking about.

    I am not sure if the Interpol Not Stolen report is a standard SAPS document. My SAPS branch had to type it from an example I gave them.
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    I have just been through Kazungula twice and was not asked for this "Stolen Status" slip although I did have one.
    It is safer to get one.
    Got it from the Langlaagte Traffic Dept here in Jhb at no charge that I can remember. Took about 30 minutes.
    I have seen on this forum that people from the Cape have struggled to find a local traffic dept that can provide this.
    I did quite a lot of homework on this issue before going to Zambia.
    You only need to get a data dot certificate if you are permanently exporting a vehicle and not returning it to RSA, not if you are just visiting a country. I am fairly certain of that. Cost of data dot for exporting a vehicle is about R600.

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    In 2013 Centurion vehicle branch (does not exist anymore) would not give me a Private Vehicle Certification without the vehicle being data-dotted and after that would not think about giving me a Police Clearance Certificate or the Checking Slip Stolen Status without a data-dot certificate. The checking slip stolen status document is not an official SAPS document. The various versions are similar but you can see that they were typed by different persons that were trying to help us with our problems with Interpol, especially at Chirundu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonS View Post
    I have just been through Kazungula twice and was not asked for this "Stolen Status" slip although I did have one.
    It is safer to get one.
    Got it from the Langlaagte Traffic Dept here in Jhb at no charge that I can remember. Took about 30 minutes.
    I have seen on this forum that people from the Cape have struggled to find a local traffic dept that can provide this.
    I did quite a lot of homework on this issue before going to Zambia.
    You only need to get a data dot certificate if you are permanently exporting a vehicle and not returning it to RSA, not if you are just visiting a country. I am fairly certain of that. Cost of data dot for exporting a vehicle is about R600.
    We passed through Kazungula on the 10 September and we were asked for our Police Clearance certificate.
    Please guys, if you are planning on using this border post, get one, it will save you time and hassles.
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    Where all can you get a clearance certificate?
    SAP or traffic dept? all of them or just in major cities?

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    SAPS Vehicle Crime Unit. Ask your local SAPS where the nearest unit is.
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    I started a thread in the Overland section to try and have a place where the details of the SAPS clearance centres can be listed for future reference.

    If you think this is a good idea and know where one can get the certificate please add to that thread.

    https://www.4x4community.co.za/forum...ficate-Centres

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