Below you will find important information to consider when visiting South Africa.
Cape Town International Airport
- This is South Africa’s second largest airport, serving millions of visitors arriving in Cape Town every year.
- Cape Town International Airport is world-class and was named Africa’s leading airport in the 2012 World Airport Awards.
- The airport has both domestic and international terminals. Several international airlines offer direct flights to Cape Town.
- Travelers are advised to arrive at the airport one and a half hours before the departure time of a domestic flight and at least three hours before the departure time of an international flight.
- The airport offers international standard banking and forex.
- Cape Town is never out of season, with a good long summer (November to March). In summer we have 11 or more hours of sunshine every day with the average temperature around 24 degrees Celsius.
- Spring (September/October), and Autumn (April/May) are beautiful times to visit Cape Town as they are usually in between seasons when nature is at its best.
- Cape Town’s winters (June to August) produce perfectly temperate days with the average temperature between 7 and 20 degrees Celsius. It is not uncommon in winter to experience a week of sunshine and temperatures ranging between 21 and 26 degrees.
South African Standard Time
- South African is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +2). There are no time zone differences within the country.
- Every person entering South Africa must be in possession of a valid passport that must have at least ONE unused page.
- Depending on your nationality, you may not need a visa to visit South Africa. Check the list of South African offices abroad for information on where to apply in your own country. If you are subject to visa requirements, please apply for your visa at least 4 weeks before your date of departure to South Africa. Visas are not issued at any South African ports of entry.
- Speak to your travel agent or personal insurance company, but we would recommend that you take out the necessary travel information for the duration of your visit to South Africa.
- No international immunization is required when entering South Africa. Visitors who are entering from a yellow fever area must have a valid international yellow fever inoculation certificate. Immunization against cholera and small pox are not required.
- Cape Town is not a malaria risk area. This disease is mostly under control in South Africa and the regions that are affected are the Northern Province and Mpumalanga, northern KwaZulu Natal and Zululand. There is a very small chance of you contracting malaria provided that you take the necessary precautions.
- It is important to stress that you may not take malarial medication whilst you are on the IVF programme and therefore need to avoid the malaria areas.
- South Africa’s electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 Hz.
- Three pronged plugs are universal, so it is advisable to take an adapter. Most of the hotel rooms have a 110 volt outlet required for electric shavers and small appliances.
- There are many places to buy SA plugs/adapters, so do not worry if you arrive without the required ones.
- As in many foreign countries, it may be far cheaper for you to buy or bring a small cell phone and get a local number when you arrive, than it will be for you to use your own cell phone. Using your own phone can cost a lot more in extra roaming charges and fees.
- Tipping is customary in South Africa and a good guideline is: 10-15% to waiters and waitresses in restaurants, porters R5 and taxis 10%. Parking and petrol station attendants can be given whatever small change you are carrying, any amount is appreciated.
- There are 11 official languages in South Africa, including English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Southern Sotho, Swati, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda and Zulu.
- English is spoken everywhere you go and all our road signs and official documents are in English. Staff at hotels, guest houses and B&B’s will all speak to you in English.
Currency and exchange rates
- One Rand (R) = 100 cents (c). Notes are issued in R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10. Coins are R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c and 5c. Currency exchange rates are available at most banks and are published daily in the press.
Phoning overseas from South Africa
- If you wish to make a call overseas, you need to dial 00 first, this is South Africa’s international access code. You would then dial the country code, area code of the city and then the number of the person you want to call.
Security and Safety
- South Africa is a developing country and therefore crime does exist. Please take basic precautions like locking all valuables, passports, cameras in the safe of the accommodation you are staying at. Avoid carrying large sums of cash and leaving belongings unattended. Do not allow strangers to assist you in any way at ATM’s. At night, park in a well-lit, secure area.
- Fertility Travel will advise you on the various modes of transport, whether it be a hire car or reputable taxi service.
- When driving in South Africa, we would advise that you do not pick hitch hikers up and ensure that your car doors are locked at all times.