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Things To Know When Visiting South Africa
 Things To Know When Visiting South Africa

To gain entry into South Africa first and foremost you will have to be in possession of a valid passport and where necessary you may need a visa where necessary. If you plan to gain entry to South Africa and other neighbouring countries and the back to SA again then you will have to apply for multiple entry visas. Tourist will need proof to say that they will be able to support themselves on visit to the country and must have a return ticket and valid health certificates.
The standard time for South Africa is (GMT+2), this is an hour in advance of central Europe and seven hours in advance of the eastern parts of the United States. All parts of the country reflect the same time zone.

You need to be advised that you need to have a yellow fever vaccine on before you enter South Africa. If you have come from a high risk area, traveller will need to carry around a yellow fever vaccine certificate if they are over the age of one. Malaria was once a common scare in South Africa but now the disease is controlled. It may still be prevalent to the Northern Province, Mpumalanga and the North of Kwa Zulu Natal. The risk of contracting the disease is low if you take the necessary precautions, which are malaria tablets, insect repellent, and use mosquito coils in and around your rooms.

The weather in south Africa is generally warm throughout the year except for the winter months were it can get bitterly cold. So you may want to check with the weather office in the city you are visiting here are some of their numbers:

Pretoria Central Forecasting Office
Aviation Weather Centre Johannesburg Int. Airport
Bloemfontein Weather Office
Cape Town Weather Office
Durban Weather Office
Port Elizabeth Weather Office
Climate Information and Data
Forecasts Longer than 7 Days
Weather line
082 233 - 9800
082 233 - 9600
082 233 - 9100
082 233 - 9900
082 233 - 9500
082 233 - 9700
082 233 - 8484
082 233 - 9000
082 - 162
The South African currency is the rand. R1 is made up of 100 cents. International exchange rates are available from banks and are published in the daily papers. The coins come in R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, 2c and 1c in notes R10, R20, R50, R100, and R200.

There are 11 official languages which are English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Southern Sotho, Swati, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda and Zulu.

Safety and security, yes South Africa does have crime but if you are aware of your surroundings and avoid getting yourself into risky situations you should be fine. The South African Police Service (SAPS) are easily recognised in their blue uniform and blue and white patrol vehicles.

When at your hotel all valuable documents and items should be locked away in the hotel safe for security reasons. Do not by gold and valuables from street vendors as these are most likely to be fake or stolen property. There are many well organised syndicates who thrive on robbing people, do not participate in street games as this is the main reason they are designed to distract you as your money is stolen.

Do not hitch-hike this can be extremely dangerous anywhere , there is public transport available in South Africa so you don’t have to worry about transport or on the other hand do not give strangers a lift either.
Tipping is customary in South Africa. As a guidelines for visitors, porters are tipped R5 an item and waiters in restaurants 10 to 15 % of the bill.

In order to make an international call from S.A you will have to dial 00 first, which is the countries international code access. You then will dial the countries code area code of the city or region and the number of the person you wish to contact.

Travellers Cheques are accepted in the country as long as they are in the valid currency and can be cashed at most banks. A lot of hotels and shops also offer this service.

Banking hours are from 09h00 to 15h30 Monday to Friday, 09h00 to 11h00 on a Saturday. Banks are closed on a Sunday. Automated teller machines are found in most towns and operate on a 24 hour basis.

ATM’s can be found in most shopping complexes and petrol stations.

Article by Alishka Rabinarain

Sourced From:   www.sa-venues.com


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