Passports: Please note that with immediate effect, anyone travelling to South Africa must have two consecutive blank pages in their passport which lie side by side when the passport is open (i.e. a left and a right hand page). Passengers travelling to South Africa with passports which do not comply with these requirements, will either be stopped from boarding the aircraft or risk deportation on arrival in South Africa. In addition, a parent travelling with children, without the other parent, will need a letter of consent from the absent parent. The letter of consent must be certified by the police.
Credit Cards: All major credit cards are widely accepted throughout South Africa.
Foreign Currency: Foreign Currency can be exchanged at most local banks and the Bureau de Change.
Petrol / Gas: Most petrol / gas stations are open 24hours and are widespread
throughout the country. Please note that Credit Cards are not accepted as payment but most petrol stations have an ATM / Cash machine facility.
Electricity: 220/230 volts, AC 50Hz Most plugs have round pins and Adaptors can be easily purchased. US-made appliances will need a transformer.
Hospitals: There are excellent hospitals and medi-clinics in Cape Town and throughout South Africa. Local water is safe to drink but bottled water is widely available and reasonably priced.
Malaria-free: The Western Cape is a Malaria-free zone but if you are travelling to game reserves e.g. Kruger National Park then we would urge you to seek guidance from your doctor and in good time before leaving on your holiday.
Smoking: The law prohibits smoking in Public places – including airports and railway stations. Most restaurants have designated smoking and non-smoking areas.
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