Travel to South Africa
Flights to South Africa land either at Johannesburg International Airport and then fly to Cape Town International Airport or flights may also be booked directly to Cape Town International Airport. Delegates wishing to visit a game reserve such as the Kruger National Park before the conference should book flights to Johannesburg International Airport, take a domestic flight to the park and then depart from Cape Town International Airport after the conference.
Europcar, Hertz, Avis, Budget and Imperial car hire are all represented in South Africa.
Passports and visas
Nationals from most Australasian, European and South American countries, the UK, USA and Canada do not require a visa for South Africa. However, it is advisable for all visitors to check with their nearest South African Diplomatic Mission or travel agent. It is essential that the formalities of visa applications be dealt with at least eight weeks prior to the conference. VISAS CANNOT BE ISSUED ON ARRIVAL. Conference participants travelling to South Africa on passports that require visas and who plan to visit neighbouring states should ensure that they obtain multi-entry visas for South Africa, as well as visas required for the particular neighbouring state(s).
Conference participants planning to visit the Kruger National Park and surrounding areas are advised to take a course of anti-malarial treatment in advance of their visit. Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Pretoria, Johannesburg and environs are all malaria-free. No other vaccinations are needed for visitors to South Africa.
Credit cards, currency and exchange rate
Most major credit cards as well as travellers’ cheques in major currencies are accepted in shops and restaurants in South Africa. Autobanks are located at airports and in shopping centres country-wide. The local currency is South African Rand. Click here for an online currency converter.
Climate and dress
South Africa ranks high in the world as far as sunny days are concerned – 300 days out of 365 on average. Despite regional differences, South Africa’s climate is generally mild throughout the year. Overall, the Western Cape climate is typically Mediterranean, with warm, dry summers and mild, moist winters. Click here for an up-to-date weather forecast.
The standard power source in South Africa is 200/230 volts. For most foreign appliances it is best to purchase an adaptor or transformer to link with local electrical power.
South Africa is two hours ahead of Universal Time.
The organisers, the tour operator and their subsidiaries or associated companies give notice that they do not accept responsibility or liability in respect of either person or property, for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity which may be occasioned as a result of attendance of the conference and participation in the tours.
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