I'm flying from the U.S. with an engagement ring valued at about $5000. Because this is considered "goods exceeding R5000", the SARS guide suggests declaring it. Yet, my girlfriend will be traveling alongside me, and I would like to propose to her while we are in SA -- and keep it a secret until the special moment. How on earth do I declare the ring without her seeing? I do have to declare my medications coming in, so nonetheless, I will be filling out the TC-01 card.
Also, it appears if I bring a valuable into the country, customs may have me pay a 20% fee, that they refund upon exporting the good back to my home. That's $1000 deposit and I certainly canNOT afford that. Should I try to hide the ring?! Eek.