Here is some information about traveling to South Africa:
- WikiVoyage guide to South Africa
- “Need to Know” by South Africa’s Tourist Board
- Visitor information from the city of Johannesburg
Visas & DocumentationDo I need to get a visa for South Africa?
Though many countries are exempt from a visa requirement for short stays in South Africa, visas are required for some visitors.
If you require a visa, it cannot be obtained on arrival in South Africa. Please see this website for information on applying for a visa.
Please do check on the requirements for documentation for entry to South Africa. There are requirements for yellow fever vaccinations, as well as new requirements if you are travelling with children. See travel information pages from the US or UK, or information from South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs.
Get Your BearingsWhere is the School?
Arriving in JohannesburgAirport Transfers
Up arrival at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport there are a number of official car services available from the public transport information desk in the domestic arrivals public concourse. We would avoid using private individuals when travelling from the airport and while there is a taxi rank outside arrivals, car services have proven much more reliable in the past.
In general taxis are fairly expensive in South Africa and difficult, if not impossible to attract on the street. Many people have started using Uber with no reported issues (though it is difficult to get someone to pick you up at the airport.)
A car service will cost roughly R600 to hotels in Fourways, the suburb closest to the school which is roughly thirty km from the airport. The journey can take anywhere between thirty minutes and an hour depending on traffic
AISJ is located about eight kilometres from the Indaba and eleven from the City Lodge. The conference will provide daily transport for two hotels, the City Lodge and the Indaba. Conference delegates will receive an email asking for their preference of collection point, if required.
firstname.lastname@example.org (083 349 7771 Patrick)
email@example.com (Sindi 072 108 5869)
ElectricityWhat kind of plugs/sockets does South Africa use?
South Africa uses 240V electricity and has two types of sockets: the European 2 pin and a 3 round pin (Type M) exclusive to South Africa. Participants should plan to bring their own adapters or can purchase them here – they are readily available in South Africa. We can get power outages but there is a generator on campus.
Cell Phones and SIM cardsHow can I make phone calls in Johannesburg?
South Africa has many cellular service providers and participants should be able to be on roaming depending on the service providers contract in their country of origin. Local SIM cards can be purchased at the airport and also at various cellular shops.
If you want to buy a SIM card, you will have to undergo the RICA process and will need to provide your passport details and proof oh where you are staying while in SA. This site has a lot of useful information.
CurrencyHow can I get local money?
South Africa currency is the Rand, which is approximately R12:$1 (as of April 2014). You can exchange money easily at the airport and ATMs are everywhere.
SafetyHow safe is Johannesburg?
As with all major cities, it is wise to take sensible precautions, such as:
- Stick to well populated, well lit areas
- Do not take local transport (unless it’s a “safe cab” +27(0)86 166 5566, we can give you other numbers too when you arrive)
- Keep your belongings close to your body (place them in the trunk of the car if you’re travelling)
- Be incredibly vigilant with your credit card in every setting–Never take your eyes off your card! (foreign cards are very attractive to fraudsters)
- Only use ATMs in well lit, populated places. Ensure no one can see your PIN
it is safe to drink water from the tap (we have some of the cleanest tap water in the world).
there is a wide variety of local foods
there is no risk of malaria in Jo’burg or Cape Town, so you don’t need to take malaria tablets whilst in the cities, but seek medical advice if you will be travelling on safari or in remote areas
South Africa has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS in the world.
Jo’burg is 5741 ft (1750m) above sea level.
Jo’burg is at altitude and in the southern hemisphere and the sun is extremely strong. Use of sunscreen and sun protection is recommended.
Jo’burg is a big city with malls, shopping strips and street hawkers. Shops are generally open from 9am-6pm Monday to Saturday and 9am-3pm on Sundays.