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Visiting South Africa

South Africa has the right to decide who may and who may not enter the country. A visa ensures that you are properly screened before entering the country, and gives immigration officials the information they need to ensure you are admitted to South Africa for the correct purpose and length of time, however a visa does not guarantee entry into the country.

What are the requirments for entering South Africa?

A valid acceptable passport or travel document.

From 1 June 2015 there are some changes to South Africa’s immigration rules.  This will affect everyone who has children 18 years and under when travelling to or from South Africa (with our without their parents or guardians).  The requirements apply regardless of nationality.  In order to be allowed to travel, customers impacted by this change must bring the necessary paperwork when travelling.  For more information:  http://www.dha.gov.za

A valid visa, if required.

Sufficient funds.

A return or onward ticket.

At least two blank pages in your passport.

Where can I make enquiries about Visas?

  • Check the list of South African offices abroad for info on where to apply in your own country.
  • Home Affairs contact centre: +27 11 461 9252 (overseas callers) or 0800 60 11 90 (within SA), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ensure you have your visa before leaving for South Africa.

If you are subject to visa requirements, you should apply at least 4 weeks before your departure to Cape Town.  Visas are not issued at South African Ports of entry and airline officials are obliged to insist on Visas before allowing passengers to board.  If you arrive without a visa, immigration officials by law are allowed to refuse you entry into South Africa and to place you on a return flight to your country

Cape Town Weather

Cape Town's climate is very much a Mediterranean climate with mild, wet winters and dry and very warm summers.  Winter months are from June to August and average temperatures are 22.6 degrees celcius and Summer months extend from November to March and experience average temperatures of 24 degrees celcius.  Cape Town can be uncomfortably hot when the Berg Wind, meaning mountain wind, blows for a couple of weeks in February and early March.

The best months to visit Cape Town is February /March  and September/October /November.

Standard Time

Throughout the year South Africa is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, 1 hour ahead of Central European Winter Time and 7 hours ahead of the USA's Eastern Standard Winter Time

Malaria

Cape Town is not a malaria area.  Should you travel through the country please consult the travel bureau to determine if the area you are visiting is a malaria risk.

Tipping

It their service is satisfactory, it is customary to tip caddies, taxi drivers, hotel porters, chambermaids, stewards, waiters and tour guides.  The accepted average is 10% - 15%.