Please be aware of the following important information regarding travel to South Africa
• Every person entering South Africa should be in possession of a valid passport. Passports should have longer than 6 months before their expiry date and at least one blank page in that passport.
There are numerous countries that do not need a visa to travel to South Africa if they are visiting for less than 90 days for tourist or business purposes and some that do not need a visa if they are visiting for less than 30 days for tourist or business purposes. Please click here
for a list of countries exempt from needing a visa for travel to South Africa.
• Click here
to find out how to apply for a South African visa, should you need one.
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU CHECK VISA REQUIREMENTS WITH YOUR TRAVEL AGENT AND SOUTH AFRICAN DIPLOMATIC MISSION WITHIN YOUR COUNTRY BEFORE YOU TRAVEL. VISAS ARE NOT ISSUED AT SOUTH AFRICAN PORTS OF ENTRY.
Please note that there are very strict border controls for children under the age of 18 years entering or exiting the country. All children need to have a valid passport and a copy of their full (unabridged) birth certificate. Click here
to find out more about these requirements.
Yellow Fever Certificate
You will only need a Yellow fever certificate to enter South Africa if your journey starts or entails passing through the yellow fever belt
of Africa or South America. Please check with your travel agent and/or local Travel Clinic before you travel.
General safety information
Like most big cities in the world, there is a crime problem in Durban and in towns and cities throughout South Africa. Although there is a very strong security presence on the Durban beachfront, it is best is to avoid walking alone, particularly at night, and do not walk or drive into areas without checking first with hotel or conference staff as to its safety. Always be alert when walking, keeping your belongings (handbags, backpacks, etc.) closed and close to your body.
Never accept any offered assistance from strangers at ATM’s (Automated Teller Machines). Try to stand as close as possible to the machine to avoid strangers seeing your pin number. It is safest to never let your CREDIT card out of your sight.
In case of property theft or a lost or stolen credit card, contact a member of the conference team immediately in order that they may assist you in reporting the theft as soon as possible at a police station.
Car hire & parking
It is possible to hire a car from numerous car rental companies situated at Durban’s King Shaka International Airport. You will need to arrange for secure parking for the car with your hotel.
The King Shaka International Airport website
provides information on various car hire options. You will need to be in possession of an international driver’s licence if should you wish to hire a car. Please remember that in South Africa cars are driven on the left side of the road.
For locals using a car to travel to the conference, free parking is normally available along Marine Parade. Cars are watched over by local car guards.