Travel Information

The port of entrance will be Cape Town International Airport. 

Click on image to go to Cape Town International Airport's webpage.

 

Cape Town International Airport is the primary airport serving the city of Cape Town, and is the second busiest airport in South Africa and third busiest in Africa. Located approximately 20 kilometres (12 mi) from the city centre, the airport was opened in 1954 to replace Cape Town's previous airport in the suburb of Wingfield. Cape Town International Airport is the only airport in the Cape Town metropolitan area that offers scheduled passenger services.

The airport has direct flights from South Africa's other two main urban areas, Johannesburg and Durban, as well as flights to smaller centres in South Africa. Internationally, it has direct flights to several destinations in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. The air route between Cape Town and Johannesburg was the world's fifth busiest air route in 2007 as well as the busiest in Africa, with the air route between Cape Town and Durban being the fifth busiest in Africa.

In 2009, Cape Town International Airport received the Skytrax award for the best airport in Africa. The airport has domestic and international terminals, linked by a common central terminal.

IMMUNISATIONS

No international immunisation is needed when entering South Africa. The only inoculation requirement is a yellow fever vaccination certificate from travellers over one year of age entering South Africa within six days of leaving an infected country. Visitors who travel through or disembark in these areas are advised to be inoculated against the disease before visiting South Africa.

MALARIA RISK AREAS

This disease is to the larger extent under control in South Africa. Regions that are affected are the Northern Province and Mpumalanga, northern KwaZulu-Natal and Zululand. The risk of contracting the disease is negligible provided that you take the standard precautions. Malaria tablets, a good insect repellent particularly in the evening, long-sleeved shirts and mosquito coils are advisable precautions. Please consult you Health Practitioner prior to traveling to these regions.

 

LOCATION AND CLIMATE

Stellenbosch is situated 50 km NorthEast of Cape Town and during November, the climate is moderate (night temperature 9-13 degrees;  day temperature 19-28 degrees.)  

However, be prepared for exceptions!

SHOPS IN STELLENBOSCH

As most of Stellenbosch's shops are centrally located, the best way to explore them is on foot. There is a wide range of shops and small shopping centres, e.g. Eikestad Mall. Stellenbosch has some very traditional shops as well as modern shops, furniture, jewellery, gift and curio shops are all found within the town, as well as clock makers and farm shops. The newest mall in Stellenbosch is Stellenbosch Square in Jamestown. If this is too small for you then only 15 minutes away is the regions largest shopping centre, Somerset Mall in Somerset West.

Try Oom Samie se Winkel (Uncle Samie's Shop). At this famous old shop, one can purchase anything from sweets to alcohol, clothing and fruit. This shop is a true reflection of how locals use to trade 200 years ago.

 

PASSPORTS AND VISAS

Every person seeking to enter South Africa must be in possession of a valid passport for travel to South Africa and, where necessary, a visa. Enquiries can be directed to South African diplomatic representatives abroad or the Department of Home Affairs in Pretoria. For visa forms, go to Immigration Services. Visitors who intend travelling to South Africa's neighbouring countries and back into South Africa are advised to apply for multiple entry visas.

In terms of existing arrangements, passport holders of certain countries are exempt from visa requirements. Tourists must satisfy immigration officers that they have the means to support themselves during their stay, and that they are in possession of return or onward air tickets. They must also have valid international health certificates. Please contact the conference organisers if you would require a letter of invitation for visa purposes, following confirmation of registration (after payment has been made).

 

CURRENCY

Local currency is the South African Rand (ZAR).  

Many exchange facilities in Stellenbosch are available and all major credits cards can be used.

 

1 rand (R) = 100 cents (c).

Notes issued R500, R200, R100, R50, R20, R10; coins R5, R2, R1, 50c 20c, 10c, 5c.

Currency exchange rates are available at banks, hotels and published daily in the press. Use the currency converter to see how much your money is worth in SA currency.

VAT AND REFUNDS

As a visitor to South Africa, you can spend as little as ZAR 250.00 on goods intended for export, and claim a VAT refund. The user-friendly procedure allows you to claim your money before you even leave South African territory.

Non-residents on a temporary visit to South Africa are eligible to claim a VAT refund in respect of movable goods exported through a designated point of departure within 90 days from the date of purchase.

Maximum payment by cheque will be for an amount of ZAR3,000.00. Claims exceeding this limit or claims requiring further audit, will be posted.

PLEASE NOTE

  • Goods consumed in South Africa or services rendered in the country do not qualify for VAT refunds.
  • Only original Tax Invoices will be considered for refunds.
  • The goods must be presented for inspection on departure.
  • Goods must be exported within 90 days of the date of purchase and the claim lodged within 3 months from the date of export.
  • An administration fee of 1.5% of the inclusive value of the claim will be deducted, subject to a minimum of ZAR 10.00 and a maximum of ZAR 250.00.
  • Diplomats posted to South Africa should contact their embassies for details of the applicable refund scheme.
  • Special provisions apply to antiques, 2nd hand goods and registerable goods.

HOW TO CLAIM YOUR TAX REFUND

Simply identify yourself as a tourist to shop assistants, and request a Tax Invoice for the goods you have purchased.

A VALID TAX INVOICE MUST CONTAIN ALL THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:

  • The words "Tax Invoice"
  • A Tax Invoice number
  • The seller's VAT Registration number
  • Date of Issue of the Tax Invoice
  • The seller's name and address
  • The buyer's name and address
  • A full description of the goods purchased
  • The cost of the goods in Rands
  • The amount of VAT charged or a statement that VAT is included in the total cost

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Contact: VAT Refund Administrator (Pty) Ltd
Postal Address: P.O. Box 107; OR Tambo International Airport
Postal code: 1627
Telephone: +27 (0)11 394 - 1117 
Facsimile: +27 (0)11 394 - 1430
E-Mail: info@taxrefunds.co.za This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

ELECTRIC APPLIANCES

220/230 volts AC at 50 cycles per second. Three pronged plugs are universal and specific to South Africa, so bring an adapter. Most British/American/Australasian/European plugs will not work. Visit kropla.com for details. Adapters are easily available at hotels, airport shops and travel shops. Most hotel- and guesthouses have 110 volt outlets for electric shavers and small appliances. Unfortunately adapters won't be available at the conference venue - please bring your own.

 

INTERNATIONAL CALLS AND INTERNET ACCESS

International Calls from South Africa

If you wish to make a call to an international destination, you must first dial 00, which is South Africa's international access code. You then dial the country code, area code of the city or region and the number of the person you wish to call, e.g. if you make a call to Sydney, Australia, telephone number 456 1234 you must dial 00 612 456 1234.

Internet access

Broadband internet access is available throughout South Africa. Enquire at your hotel/guest house. Wireless Internet access will also be available at the conference venue.

 

SAFETY AND SECURITY

We trust that you will have an enjoyable stay in our country.  Please take normal precautions as one would, when visiting a foreign country.

As South Africa is a developing country, crime does exist, so we would advise you to take a few basic precautions. The town of Stellenbosch is regarded as a relatively safe environment, although petty crimes do occur from time to time. All valuables, passports, cameras, should be locked in the safe of your hotel. Valuables should be carried discreetly when walking in cities. Gold and other expensive items offered for sale by street vendors are likely to be fakes or stolen property. Do not participate in pavement games as they are operated by well organised gangs and money can be stolen while you are distracted.

Public transport is available in South Africa so there is no need to hitch-hike. Your hotel/guest house will be able to advise you on safe transport. If driving, do not pick up hitch-hikers and ensure that your car doors are locked at all times. The South African Police are easily recognised in their blue uniforms and by their white and blue patrol vehicles.



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