Practical information

Here is some practical information for your South Africa trip, which may be good to know before you visit the country. Read this out well in advance of your departure so that you are well prepared. Do you travel with children under the age of 18? Please read carefully what documents are requiered for entry when special regulations apply.

Passport/Visa

As a Swedish citizen you can visit South Africa visa-free for up to 90 days. Make sure your passport is valid for at least 30 days after your return journey. It must also have at least two blank pages for stamps. By June 1, 2015, all children (under 18 years) must have a full birth certificate when traveling in / out of South Africa. A so-called “Personal certificate 120 with all relations”, where all information about parents is included. Check with the embassy to get more information. Already at the airport you can be stopped if the right documents are not included. Are you / the children of another nationality or if the children are born abroad, keep in mind that it may take time to get the right document.

Vaccination

Regardless of which parts of South Africa you intend to visit, an adequate vaccination protection is highly recommended. Contact your nearest vaccination center 4-6 weeks before your trip to review your needs.

Safety

Although the level of crime in South Africa is high, you are relatively safe as a tourist as long as you take recommended precautions. You should pay extra attention to traffic, evening and night time and when handling valuables and money. Avoid visits to neighborhoods that are known for great poverty and high crime. Demonstrations can occur anywhere in the country and should be avoided as far as possible. Finally, you should follow local news reporting during your stay so that you stay up to date on the security situation in the country.

Climate

South Africa is relatively spared from extreme weather conditions, but we still recommend that you keep track of the weather forecast in order to get the most out of your stay. Christmas and New Year? Be sure to book your trip in time. Much becomes fully booked soon, when it is high season, and that all local South Africans have free time and celebrate Christmas.

Travel insurance

Normally, your home insurance covers travel protection for stays in South Africa. Check this out before you go so you can take separate insurance if required.

Currency

Rand (ZAR)

Electricity

South Africa uses a different standards than most countries of Europe on electrical outlets. So it’s better to take adapter.

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