South Africa Practical Information

Passport

All visitors to South Africa from the European Union, Switzerland and Canada are obliged to have a passport that is valid for six months after your return and includes at least two consecutive blank pages. Visitors from these three regions are also required to possess a return or continuation ticket and will only need a visa if their tourist stay is over three months. A 90-day residence permit will be issued at the border upon entry into South African territory.

With children:

According to local regulations on the entry and exit of minors, foreigners or South Africans, in force since June 1, 2015, all parents are required to present proof of parentage with their children, at the entry as at the exit of the South African territory. This measure applies at any border point in the country.

For more information on how to obtain visas and the documents to provide, please contact the South African representation closest to your place of residence.

Health

No compulsory vaccination.

Following the global pandemic, Covid measures and tests can be applied from your country of origin and in your country of destination. Please consult your Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Driving License

Local and international driving licenses are required.

Jet lag

South Africa Standard Time is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2). South Africa is in the Central Africa Time Zone (CAT).

Currency

South Africa uses the Rand (ZAR)
1 Euro (€) = around 19 Rand (ZAR)
1 Dollar (USD) = 17 Rand (ZAR)

There are offices or banks where travellers can exchange money. In large cities, it is also possible to withdraw money from banks with international Visa credit cards.

Electricity

The electric current operates at 220/230 Volts ; 50Hz and the sockets are fitted with 3 round plugs.
Depending on your country of origin, it is recommended to travel with an adapter. More info here.

Languages

Although English remains the language most spoken by the local population because it is taught in schools, there are eleven official languages in South Africa: Afrikaans, English, Southern Ndebele, Northern Sotho (Sepedi), Southern Sotho, Swati, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu.

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