South African Visas:
Visas are issued by the South African missions abroad and must be affixed in the applicant’s passport before departing for South Africa. Visas are not issued on arrival at South African ports of entry. Many nationalities do not require a visa to enter South Africa, therefore it is best to check with the South African mission or with a travel agent if a visa is required.
For further information, please visit: www.services.gov.za
Also please check the South African Home Affairs website for exact details as—in principle—the countries on this list may change without notice. Passport holders of countries not on the above list should follow the links for a visitor’s visa or a conference visa. General information on applying for a visa may be found here.
Should you require a visa support letter, please contact the Conference Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
For information and advice on malaria and precautions to take, please go to the SANPARKS page.
The majority of goods sold in South Africa are subject to a 15% Value Added Tax (VAT). Visitors are not exempt from paying VAT although they can claim it back if the value of the goods bought exceeds R250. To claim the VAT, the goods must be taken out of the country within 90 days from the date of purchase. Visitors who wish to claim VAT should go to the VAT Refund Administration Office or customs official at the port of exit.
For more information, please visit: http://www.taxrefunds.co.za/
The Rand is the official currency of South Africa and foreign currency can be exchanged at the Cape Town International Airport, at commercial banks and at any Bureaux de Change.
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