ISAKOS: 2021 Congress in Cape Town, South Africa

Hotels & Tours

 

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International Airport

Cape Town International Airport
Matroosfontein
Cape Town, 7490
South Africa
Airport Code: CPT


Cape Town International Airport (IATA: CPT, ICAO: FACT) is the main international gateway of Cape Town in South Africa and surroundings. It is the second busiest airport in the country and the third one in Africa. Located approximately 12 miles (20 km) from the city centre of Cape Town, CPT airport operates with international and domestic flights. CPT airport is the only airport in the Cape Town metropolitan area that offers scheduled passenger services.

Customs Procedures at Cape Town International Airport

On arrival at a South African airport, you have to pass through customs control, where you may be questioned and your baggage may be scanned or searched for dutiable, restricted or prohibited goods.

Travellers with goods to declare must complete a Traveller Card and make a verbal declaration of their goods to a customs officer, who will then generate a Traveller Declaration.

If you're found with undeclared, restricted or prohibited goods, you could be fined or even face prosecution.

Entry Into South Africa

Foreigners who wish to visit South Africa must have passports / travel documents valid for thirty (30) more days after the intended return date from South Africa. The passport must contain at least two (2) unused (blank) pages labeled Visa when presented at the Embassy or Consulate; One page is for affixing the visa or permit at the Embassy/Consulate and the other page is for endorsement of entry/departure stamp by the South African Immigration Services. Note: Visa pages referred to above do not include pages reserved for Endorsements, Amendments or Observations.

Foreigners must check the list of visa exempt countries to see if they need to apply for visas. If the names of their countries are not listed, it means they need to apply for visas. There are also countries that are visa exempt if applicant is traveling to South Africa for a period of 30 days or less.

There are countries which are required to apply for visas but are exempt from visa fees, e.g. India, Colombia, Mexico, etc. Please refer to the list of countries that pay for visa and if your country is not listed it means you do not need to pay for visa.

Note: If your visit would exceed ninety days or if you want to travel to South Africa to study or to work, you will need to apply for a temporary residence visa instead of a visitor's visa. Requirements for a temporary residence visa are not the same with visitor's visa.

Yellow fever certificate is required only if the applicant is passing through yellow fever belt area before entering South Africa.

*Information provided on this webpage regarding visas and passports, is supplied as a courtesy. ISAKOS is NOT responsible for any errors, changes or omissions in the information listed above. Please contact your consulate when planning your travel.

Cape Town Travel Tips

Transportation

Trains

Metrorail - The metrorail is one of the most popular means of transportation in Cape Town although it isn't famous for being on time. If you have to be somewhere at a specific time, maybe it's better to seek an alternative transportation or leave your hotel with time to spare. Still, thousands of people use it every day so it works, partially. Similar to many countries, watch your belongings and do not show valuables when you're taking the metrorail.

Train - The train connects Cape Town with other locations around the country. Most carriages are comfortable and the trip is enjoyable. In addition, the train is famous for being on time, and is a very good method of transportation if you have to travel a large distance in the country.

Buses

Golden Arrow Bus - The Golden Arrow Buses company is a bus company that runs and has many bus stops in Cape Town. The bus is a good alternative to get around the city although the vehicles timeliness sometimes are not the scheduled ones. Still, the ticket price is very affordable and if the stops are near the area you want to visit the bus is a good choice.

The City Sightseeing Bus - The City Sightseeing Bus is a tourist bus that goes around Cape Town. The bus is designed, above all for tourists and the route goes through many of the city's landmarks. It is a good option to get a general idea of the legislative capital of South Africa and to know neighborhoods that perhaps you wouldn't be able to see if you were walking.

Taxis - Taxis are a convenient and easy way to get around Cape Town. Although the price is higher than most of the other means of transportation, it is a comfortable ride. There are many taxis in the city so it is not hard to find one on the street. It is important that you ask if the price is metered or agreed beforehand. Depending on the distance the payment method might change.

Car - The car is one of the most efficient ways to get around Cape Town and there are different companies that rent vehicles. These companies are also at the airport. It is important that you ask if your driver license is valid in South Africa. If it is not, or you don't dare to venture through Cape Town streets, you can hire a driver so the drives will be safe and efficient.

Weather

Cape Town has moderate weather, so the temperatures aren't extreme. Winter is from May to August, with relatively cold temperatures ranging between 44,6ºF and 62,6ºF (7 and 17 °C). This is the cold, rainy and windy season, mainly due to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. Summer is from December to March and is usually hot. The average temperature is about 77ºF (25°C) although the humidity also plays a role in increasing the sensation of heat.

Currency

Rand (ZAR). The Rand is the national currency and most local institutions and services work with it. Exchanging foreign currency in Cape Town might be a little exhausting, so it is best to bring cash to pay on your first days there. Fortunately, many local businesses and institutions take credit cards, which will ease the daily life in this city. But you mustn't, forget to tell your bank you're visiting this country. It will save you lots of possible headaches. At the airport there are exchange houses for Rands and hotels and banks also exchange currency, but as expected, they do charge a commission.

Travel Advisory

ISAKOS would like to remind all conference attendees that it is your responsibility to exercise increased caution when traveling abroad. As a first step in planning any trip, please check the Travel Advisories issued by your home country for your destination. For example, you may access the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs Travel Advisories.

Conditions can change rapidly and at any time. Be sure to note country-specific details that could affect your travel, including entry/exit requirements, local laws and customs, required vaccinations, health conditions, transportation information, and other travel tips. In general, please be vigilant whenever leaving a hotel. Be aware of your surroundings, particularly in crowded public areas, at large events, and when using public transportation (including taxis). ISAKOS encourages all attendees to travel with increased caution and to always exercise good, common sense.

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