Visitors should ascertain visa requirements
before travelling to South Africa. Some neighbouring states, Namibia,
Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mocambique, Swaziland, Lesotho have individual
visa requirements. Check with their consulates.
Cape Town International
Airport (CPT) copes well with international flights. Security
conducts 24-hour patrols of the airport and parking facilities.
Corporate aircraft park at the southern end of the airport in
an area visible from the control tower.
The airport is located 22 km or 13.7 miles
from the city with a travel time of 30 minutes, depending on traffic.
Taxis, buses and rental cars are widely available. If you plan
to rent a vehicle, be sure to drive on the left side of the road.
Traffic drives on the left-hand side of the
road. Maximum speed limit on highways is 120km/hour, 80km/hour
on freeways, and 60km/hour in urban areas. Foreign drivers' licenses
are valid in South Africa, provided that they include a photograph
of the driver.
South African Rand (ZAR, or R) .100 S. A. cents
= R1.00 Get
the Latest Exchange Rate.
Most hotels, shops, restaurants and airlines
accept internationally recognised credit cards.
Hours of Business
Most businesses operate from 08h30 to 17h00
daily, and to 13h00 on Saturdays. Major shopping centers and convenience
stores open on Sundays. In most towns, all-night pharmacies are
open for extended hours, but the hours may vary from business
to business. Liquor stores are not open on Sundays. Most banks
operate from 09h00 to 15h00 daily, and from 09h00 to 11h00 on
Value Added Tax
14%, included in prices of goods and services.
Foreigners may claim VAT refunds at departure points upon leaving
Cellular telephones are available for hire
at South African International Airports. South Africa is standardised
on GSM, and there are presently four major network operators, namely
Vodacom, MTN, Cell C and Telkom. There are also some other operators who piggy-back on the network system. International roaming is supported.
South Africa has many ISP's. It is possible
to purchase prepaid vouchers from cellphone stores, and many other businesses enabling convenient access to the WWW while visiting South
Africa. There are also many Internet cafe's located in major centers.
English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, Setswana,
South Sotho, North Sotho, Tsonga, SiSwati, Venda, Ndebele.
220V AC, 50Hz