18-20 March 2019
J Block
Africa/Johannesburg timezone

Travel to Cape Town

International travel

Cape Town Airport, also known as Cape Town International (CPT), is the 2nd largest airport in South Africa. It is a major gateway for tourism in the country seeing millions of visitors arriving in the city of Cape Town annually. Cape Town Airport standards are world-class and the airport was ranked the leading airport in Africa for 2012 at the World Airport Awards.

Many airlines offer direct flights to Cape Town from various locations around the globe. Alternatively, one can fly to OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in the city of Johannesburg and next take a local flight to Cape Town. All airlines operating in South Africa fly to Cape Town Airport.

Somerset West is located approximately 20km from iThemba LABS and 30km from the airport.  Uber / Taxi services are available.

South African Visas

Passport holders from most countries are not required to apply for a visa before arriving in South Africa for a temporary (<30 day) visit. Please check: http://www.home-affairs.gov.za/index.php/countries-exempt-from-sa-visas 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.

Medical information

With its Mediterranean climate, Cape Town is malaria-free and no vaccinations of any sort are necessary. The only region with a risk of malaria in South Africa is the north-east corner of the country. Therefore, if you are planning to visit the famous Kruger National Park (www.sanparks.co.za), you need to take appropriate medical precautions.