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Travel to South Africa can be an unforgettable experience. Here is everything you need to know to prepare for your trip.
CDC: Center for Disease Control Travelers’ Health
GOVERNMENT TRAVEL WARNINGS & ADVISORIES:
United States Department of State
Government of Canada Travel Advice
SOUTH AFRICAN REQUIREMENTS FOR MINORS TRAVELLING INTERNATIONALLY:
Home Affairs Department, Republic of South Africa
PASSPORT VALIDITY: Minimum of 6 months after intended date of departure
BLANK PASSPORT PAGES: 2 consecutive empty visa pages per entry
TOURIST VISA REQUIRED: No, if visiting 90 days or less
VACCINATIONS: Yellow fever at least 10 days before arrival is required for travelers originating from or transiting through WHO-designated yellow fever countries
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY: ZAR 25,000; Foreign currency unlimited if declared; No Kruger coins.
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT: ZAR 25,000; Foreign currency unlimited if amount was declared on entry; Up to 15 Kruger coins if proof purchased with foreign currency
If you follow these guidelines you will feel totally safe. Some areas you visit will be quite poor by our standards and it is thoughtless to flash money or jewelry. Leave jewelry at home and carry only small amounts of cash. Leave valuables and passports in the hotel safes or with camp managers.
You will find the people very friendly, helpful and eager to please. The beauty and tranquility of the land, the magnificent wildlife, and the hospitality of the people will all contribute to a lifetime of memories!
Citizens of Canada and the United States have visas/entry permits issued free of charge on arrival in South Africa.
All Non-South African passport holders are required to have at least two, entirely blank (unstamped) visa pages in their passport, each time entry is sought in South Africa. These pages are in addition to pages that are required for other countries you are visiting on the same trip
Passports must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after intended date of departure. If you are extending your journey to other countries, please estSouth establish entry requirements for those countries as well.
Children: Children traveling in and out of South Africa are required to carry an unabridged birth certificate reflecting the details of both parents, as well as a valid passport.
In many parts of South Africa the water is perfectly safe but because this depends on location, we do suggest that you drink bottled water.
This will depend on where you will be visiting. We suggest that you check with your travel consultant.
Yellow Fever Information:
Exempt from yellow fever vaccination:
Yes, you can feel secure in knowing that we arrange for a “meet and greet” for all our clients. With our local offices in South Africa providing 24-hour emergency assistance and having personnel on hand to deal with any issues that may arise, our clients can feel safe and secure in traveling with us.
We recommend purchasing travel insurance. A comprehensive travel policy is available through our insurance partners—your South Africa Specialist will be able to direct you to more information. Cancellation fees are charged by our suppliers and are beyond our control. Insurance will cover you for costly cancellation penalties, trip interruption, and missed connections, and offer you protection in the event of illness or accident while abroad. Read more on Travel Insurance here.
We suggest you get local currency on arrival at your first destination at the bank/exchange bureau or ATM in the airport. Read more on what to talk to your bank about before traveling here.
South Africa – South African Rand
VAT is 14%, levied on most products and services. Foreign tourists can have VAT refunded at a port of exit provided the value of each invoice purchased exceeds ZAR 50.00 and the total value of all items exceeds ZAR 250.00 You must have a valid passport, valid tax invoices and must produce the goods if requested. The invoice must stipulate that it is a VAT invoice and show the amount charged.
The safari vehicles are very safe as long as you take heed of your guide’s instructions – no standing in the vehicle and no loud talking or shouting.
Children under the age of 6 are rarely accepted at lodges and it is not recommended to bring young children on safari. If they are accepted, they will not be allowed to go on game drives and will have to be left at the lodge under the care of a babysitter or guardian. Some lodges will allow children 6 and over to go on game drives and other lodges only allow children over the age of 12. It is best to check with your Lion World safari consultant as to which lodge is the best for you to consider.
South Africa produces some of the world’s finest wines so if you are a wine lover we suggest you have a box shipped to you. Both Canada and the USA have restrictions on how much can be brought in duty-free, and anything over that amount will be charged import duties.
One American liter (33.8 fl. oz.) of alcoholic beverages may be included in your returning resident personal exemption if:
Only one of the following is allowed:
In most cases, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are widely accepted.
Do not take photographs of the local people without their consent. Never take photographs of military, military institutions, armed forces barracks, policemen, any government official, or airports.
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