Time zone: GMT + 2
Telephone services: Country Code: 27 Outgoing Code: 09
Emergency telephone numbers: Police – 1011, Ambulance – 10222, Fire – 1022
Tourist information: In the Arrivals Halls of most of the International Airports in South Africa AND South African Tourism Board (SATOUR), Private Bag, X164, 442 Rigel Avenue South, Frasmusrand, Pretoria 0001, South Africa Tel (12) 347 0600 Fax (12) 454 889 or 454 768.
Passport information: Valid passport required by all and must be valid for 6 months after proposed departure. years. Return Ticket Required. Requirements may be subject to change at short notice. Contact the High Commission before departure.
Visa information: Requirements may be subject to change at short notice, please check before travelling. Currently visas are issued on arrival for business or tourist purposes for nationals of EU member countries, or nationals of Australia, Canada, Japan, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, USA, and New Zealand. Similarly visa for visits of up to 90 days by nationals of Argentia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Israel, Malta, Paraguay, St. Helena, Urugay and Venezula. It may be possible for Nationals of other states to obtain a visa on arrival but you are advised to check with the High Commission well before travel (Allow at least ten weeks to process a visa if required in advance.)
Health information: Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended
Malaria: Exist throughout the year. Precautions recommended, falciparum form is prevalent. Resistance to chloroquine has been reported
Yellow Fever: A vaccination certificate is required on arrival by all travellers over one year of age travelling from infected areas. Passengers arriving by unscheduled flights at airports other than those used by scheduled airlines must possess a certificate
Other Health Risks: Bilharzia, Cholera and Rabies are also present. There is a very high prevalence of AIDS/HIV. Visitors should seek medical advice before travelling.
Food & drink: Water outside of municipal areas is untreated and not safe to drink. Avoid dairy products except those bought sealed from supermarkets as they are not pasteurised. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled before consumption.
Currency: South African Rand (r) = 100 cents NOTE: Import and export of Local Reserve Bank notes is limited to R500. Foreign currency must be declared on arrival.
All major credit cards are widely accepted. Travellers cheques in all currencies are accepted, including SA Rand.
ATM availability: Widely available in all cities.
Cost of living: Accommodation and other tourist facilities in the cities can be expensive. Avoid short trips in city taxis which are sometimes more expensive than long distance journeys.
Languages: English and Afrikaans with 9 other African languages, Ndebele, Pedi, Soto, Swati, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, and Zulu
Weather: Generally warm and sunny. Winds are usually mild
Electricity: 250 Volts AC in Pretoria, 220/230 Volts AC elsewhere
Post: Airmail takes 1 week although it is often much longer. Poste Restante is available throughout the country
Transport: FLIGHTS: Regular domestic flights operate between the main cities. SEA: Various cruises are operated between the major ports. ROAD: Good roads connect the main towns. NOTE: Fines are imposed for speeding. It is illegal to carry petrol unless in ‘built up’ petrol tanks. DOCUMENTATION: (IDP) International Driving Permit is required
Special information: The level of violence remains high throughout South Africa ans care should be taken when travelling to safeguard yourself against the risks of random mugging and theft – day and night. Casual remarks should not be made about the political situation; which is complex. There is a risk of car-jacking and armed robbery. It is unwise for outsiders from any race to enter into a black township without a guide. Daylight muggings are not uncommon especially in parts of Johannesburg. Unauthorised overstaying can result in arrest at departure and imprisonment until trial when a high fine is likely to be imposed. PHOTOGRAPHY: Be cautious in rural areas and ask permission before taking photographs.