The following is a summary of the funds you may transfer offshore as part of your Financial Emigration:

  • Any proceeds of your retirement annuity, before age 55.

  • South African source inheritance.

  • Any proceeds of assets (must be declared in your emigration application).

  • All passive income (this includes rental income, salary, dividends, director’s fees, and income from discretionary or vesting trusts).

  • Any proceeds from a third party life policy.

The new Financial Emigration process post 1 March 2021 requires you to prove non-residency for an uninterrupted period of three years before you can encash your pension or retirement annuity funds.