ENTRY VISA REQUIREMENT
Delegates are advised to check with the Consulate/Embassy of South Africa in their country on the visa requirements. Please bear in mind that it can take anytime from 4 days to 6 weeks for visa applications to be processed. We recommend that you apply as early as possible before the conference. The organisers cannot be held liable for any failed visa applications. For more details on entry visa requirements, please visit South African Home Affairs website:
For those planning to travel with children: Please note that the South African government has implemented new laws regarding children travelling into and out of South Africa. In addition to a valid passport (and visa if applicable), all children under 18 years are required to travel with an unabridged birth certificate containing the names of both parents. A parental consent affidavit is also needed if the child is not travelling with both parents. The purpose of the law is to reduce child trafficking. For more information, please visit the SA Department of Home Affairs (www.home-affairs.gov.za) or Travel Agent Central (www.travelagentcentral.com).
South African Airways is the official carrier in South Africa. The SAA website link is: www.flysaa.com
AIRPORT TRANSFERS & TOURS
For information or to book airport transfers to the city, contact Marlyn Adriaanse of Kingdom Tours on:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / Tel: +27 (0) 21 705 6177 • Cell: +27 (0) 83 306 0550
The taxi rate varies between companies and runs at about R10/km. It is advisable to ask for a fare estimate before you agree. Some taxi companies that can be contacted:
Elite Taxi: +27 (0)21 447 9003
Exite Taxi: +27 (0)21 448 4444
Unicab: +27 (0)21 486 1600
Uber taxi service website: www.uber.com/ (this requires downloading an app)
Bus shuttles will be provided free from the main hotels to the conference venue and back each day of the conference. Those staying in other accommodation will need to make their own local travel arrangements. (Please see the accommodation page in this website for the main conference hotels and other options).
EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS
Police: 10111 | Ambulance: 10177 | Cape Town International Airport: (+27) (0)21 9371200
CURRENCY AND BANKS
The unit of currency in South Africa is the South African Rand (ZAR) and is indicated with a capital R so that, for example, three Rand and fifty cents would be written R3.50. South Africa has a decimal currency system with one Rand equalling 100 cents. Denomination of Rand notes are R200, R100, R50, R20, and R10 and of the coins are R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c.
Facilities for cashing traveller’s cheques are available at banks (operating hours are Monday – Friday 09:00 – 15:30, Saturdays 08:30 – 11:00) and at most hotels. Banks are closed on Sundays. Foreign exchange agencies are open during the week and on Saturdays. Automatic teller machines (ATM) are open 24 hours and are located at most banks and shopping centres as well as at the conference venue. International credit cards (Visa, Diners Club, MasterCard and American Express) are accepted at the majority of hotels, restaurants and shops.
The electricity supply in South Africa is 220 – 240 volts, 50 Hz. The connection for appliances is a round three-pin plug. Most hotels provide dual-voltage two-pin razor sockets (100-120 volts and 220-240 volts). Adaptors will be on loan from the registration desk.
Ebola Virus: Information about the SA policy on travel bans is available on the site of the SA National Department of Health for Travel Advisories: http://www.health.gov.za/
There are no compulsory vaccination requirements for persons entering South Africa although a certificate for yellow fever may be required if you are entering from certain South American or sub-Saharan African countries. There is no malaria in Cape Town or any part of the Western Cape. Certain northern parts of the country have been designated as malaria risk areas. If you intend travelling to one of these areas, you are advised take prophylaxis before arrival and whilst in the area.
South African doctors and dentists are highly trained professionals and hospitals are well equipped. Participants are requested to make their own arrangements with respect to health insurance prior to departure and consult their local general practitioner for personal expert advice.
It is safe to drink tap water throughout South Africa. However, for those who prefer bottled mineral water, this is readily available in various stores. Smoking is prohibited by law in most public buildings in South Africa (airports, Cape Town International Convention Centre, restaurants etc) except in designated smoking areas.
For international travel and health advisories please visit the WHO website at www.who.int/ith
The official conference language will be English. Unfortunately translation services will not be available.
For those participants who have not previously visited South Africa, or Cape Town, and are concerned about personal safety, we wish to assure all visitors that Cape Town is like any other major city with areas with greater or reduced risk of crime. Common sense will ensure a trouble free and enjoyable conference and vacation. The area around UCT and adjacent hotels is safe and well monitored at all times but we advise that you do not walk alone after dark in unpopulated streets. Ostentatious displays of wealth (such as expensive camera equipment) should be avoided at all times. The conference information desk and your hotel’s concierge will be able to assist you with information on places to visit and the appropriate means of transport.
Gratuities are expected in South Africa. A guideline for visitors is the following: Airport porters R 5.00 per item, taxis 10%, waiters and waitresses in restaurants 10%.
VAT / TAX REFUNDS
VAT of 14% is levied on nearly all goods and services and is included in most prices. Foreign tourists may claim back VAT paid on items that will be taken out of the country. Original tax invoices, foreign passport, plus all the items on which a refund is claimed, must be presented at the VAT Refund Administration Office or an appointed RSA Customs and Excise Official on departure, and the total VAT on these items will be refunded.