General travel information

Every person wishing to enter South Africa must be in possession of a valid passport for travel to South Africa and, where necessary, a visa.

    • Passengers traveling to South Africa must be in possession of a passport with two unused pages required for endorsements. The two unused pages when presented for purposes of endorsing a port of entry visa, visa, permanent residence permit, or entry of departure stamp.

    • The passport must be machine readable however, the foreigner may be admitted into or depart from South Africa with a non-machine-readable passport provided that:

    • He or she is from a foreign country that is issuing machine-readable passports and has not completely phased out the non-machine-readable passports; and On entry to South Africa, a visa is considered to be a visitor’s permit. The permit’s period of validity is calculated from the date of entry into the country and will be set out under the heading “conditions” on the visa label.

Please ensure that you apply for the correct visa/permit. Entry into the country may be refused if the purpose of the visit was not correctly stated. Requirements for visitor visas differ from country to country (click here to see which countries are currently exempt), and the requirements are subject to change. Each application is treated individually. You should make an appointment with your nearest South African consulate. There is a fee charged for processing a visa, so you should check beforehand what this will be (it differs from country to country.) The fee is payable in different currencies in different countries.

If required, upon request, the Conference organiser is willing to send you a letter of invitation. It should be understood, that this letter will be sent only to help participants to raise travel funds or to obtain a visa. A letter of invitation is not a commitment on the part of the organizers to provide any financial support. Please note that only registered delegates who have paid their Conference registration fees will be issued with a letter of invitation.


Getting Around in Cape Town

MyCiTi is Cape Town’s safe, reliable, convenient bus system. It is the perfect way to connect with the city from the airport and GROUND TRAVEL to explore some of the destinations Cape Town has to offer.

The city is ideal to explore on foot and this is the perfect way to experience the energy and vibrancy of the city.

Cape Town offers a wide selection of car rental companies with good road systems. An international driver’s license is required and driving is on the left hand side of the road.

Cape Town Station is situated within walking distance of most of the city centre hotels. The Metro Rail system connects the city centre with the northern suburbs, southern suburbs and Cape Flats.

The City of Cape Town is working to develop its bicycle infrastructure, and there are a growing number of safe cycling routes and places to ride in the city and surrounds as well as a number of bicycle hire shops.