ISAKOS: 2021 Congress in Cape Town, South Africa
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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.

Welcome to Cape Town!

 

Cape Town is a port city on South Africa’s southwest coast, on a peninsula beneath the imposing Table Mountain. Slowly rotating cable cars climb to the mountain’s flat top, from which there are sweeping views of the city, the busy harbor and boats heading for Robben Island, the notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela, which is now a living museum. Hikers’ paths crisscross the slopes and also climb the mountain, via forests and manicured lawns at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, the lush wine-producing suburb of Constantia, and steep Platteklip Gorge. In town, the V&A Waterfront is a chic shopping and entertainment district that includes the Two Oceans Aquarium. Historic sites include the Dutch-built, 17th century Castle of Good Hope. City beaches range from ritzy Clifton to Boulders, where there’s a penguin colony. Popular out-of-town trips take in Chapman's Peak Drive, with coastal views, and the Cape of Good Hope, where craggy cliffs meet the ocean.

What to Visit in Cape Town?

Table Mountain National Park

Table Mountain is a mountain that is integrated into Cape Town. The shape of this mountain is very characteristic because the top is a flat area of more than 3 kilometers leading to huge cliffs. This makes it one of the most representative symbols of the legislative capital of South Africa and maintains a very close relationship with the city. The mountain is part of Table Mountain National Park, a green and wild space surrounding Cape Town. There are some hiking trails to reach the peak, or if you don't want to walk, another option is to take the cable car. The views of the city from here are frankly stunning; the valley, Cape Town and the only thing that can be seen as the background is the horizon over the ocean.

Bo-Kaap

Bo-Kaap is one of Cape Town best known neighborhoods thanks to, among other things, its long history especially for the Cape Malay culture, a South African ethnic community. Most of the houses facades are of very bright colors so the neighborhood has an atmosphere of joy. Another distinguishing feature is the cobblestone streets and multiculturalism across the district. The mix of ethnicities and traditions can be seen on every corner so walking through the neighborhood is quite an experience. In addition, there is the Bo-Kaap Museum that stands out because of its Islamic influence. The building is one of the main features, and it dates back from 1760, it is the oldest one in the area. Of course, visiting this part of the city will make you a participant of the South African way of life.

Cape Point Light House

At one end of Cape Town's Natural Reserve, entering the sea there is the old Cape Town lighthouse known as Lighthouse Cape Point or Cape Maclean. The curious thing about this tower is that it is no longer in operation and there's a reason for that. The lighthouse was built on Cape Point’s highest point, more than 260 meters above sea level. When it first opened in 1860, they thought their location was ideal to fulfill its main function: to tell the boats where land started and sea ended, but it did not achieve that. Being so high, often fog or weather conditions prevented the light from the lighthouse to be seen from the sea, prompting many casualties because ships crashed against the rocks. After a serious incident with a Portuguese ship, the Lusitania, they immediately began to build another lighthouse at less than 100 meters above sea level. Today, the Cape Point Lighthouse serves as the control center to monitor the other lighthouses in this part of South Africa and the truth is that its panoramic view of the sea would stun anyone.

Waterfront V&A

Cape Town's Waterfront V&A is an alternative option to the malls we all know of. What makes this place special is that local shops are on docks, which creates a very special maritime environment. Many of the buildings date back to the eighteenth century and they host a number of markets, craft products, shops, bars and restaurants. This is one of the most important places of the South African city and you don't need to shop to enjoy your visit. It also allows you to calmly walk near the sea. In addition, product's prices are very affordable and is one of the best places to taste South African cuisine cooked by Cape Town chefs. It is important to note that Waterfront V&A is open from 9 am. to 9:00pm, so it is important to organize yourself to visit this place. Also, this place is where the boat to Robben Island sails.

Two Oceans Aquarium

The southern tip of the African continent is the meeting place of two mighty and bountiful oceans, the Indian and the Atlantic. The Two Oceans Aquarium on the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town is ideally positioned to showcase the incredible diversity of marine life found in these two oceans. The awe-inspiring exhibits aim to encourage love, respect and understanding of our oceans so that people are motivated to take action for their future well-being and to use marine and other natural resources sustainably. Immerse yourself in the wonders of the ocean. Visit the exhibits and learn about marine life. Even better, join us during feeding time to see a frenzy of activity, accompanied by a short talk from one of our staff.

17th Century Castle of Good Hope

The oldest colonial building in South Africa, the Castle of Good Hope, is a pentagonal fortress built by Dutch colonialists in the 17th century. The well-known landmark is central to the history of Cape Town, having served as the seat of government and military operations for two centuries. A tour of the Castle’s two museums and expansive grounds offer fascinating insight into Cape Town’s military and cultural past.

Robben Island Museum

For many years Robben Island, Cape Town, served to isolate political prisoners in South Africa. Among these prisoners was Nelson Mandela, South African politician and anti-apartheid champion who spent 18 years in prison, along with others. The island is stunning and remembers the history and tough events that South Africa lived during the racial equality fight. The island is about 7 kilometers west of Bloubergstand coast in Cape Town and there are boats from the mainland that go there.

The island is small and offers a different perspective of the city and it has the Robben Island Museum, which displays a historical overview of the events and living conditions of the prisoners over the centuries. One of the interesting things is that today there are some guides who were prisoners along with Mandela, which give more power and reality to their stories.

Robben Island has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO because it is a symbol of sacrifice, freedom and commitment to equal rights in the country and around the world.

Beaches

Clifton Beaches - Clifton Beaches are a group of beaches-all correlative ones- in Cape Town, South Africa. One of their attractions is their proximity and easy access from the city and of course, the landscape and the water are simply spectacular. They have all the amenities to enjoy a drink in the sun, eat at a restaurant overlooking the sea or lie in a hammock. Clifton Beaches are a good choice if you want a place to rest and relax on your trip to the legislative capital of South Africa and the plan fits all audiences.

Bloubergstrand Beach - Bloubergstrand Beach is another hidden corner in Cape Town and one of the favorite beaches for those who practice water sports. One of its best things, apart from its beauty, water and proximity to the city, is its views. From this beach you can see Robben Island perfectly, the island was a prison for political prisoners for centuries and Nelson Mandela, among others, was a political prisoner there for 18 years. It also offers a spectacular view of Table Mountain and it has a wide range of nocturnal amenities to have a nice and quiet evening.

Vineyards and Wine Routes

Clifton Beaches - Clifton Beaches are a group of beaches-all correlative ones- in Cape Town, South Africa. One of their attractions is their proximity and easy access from the city and of course, the landscape and the water are simply spectacular. They have all the amenities to enjoy a drink in the sun, eat at a restaurant overlooking the sea or lie in a hammock. Clifton Beaches are a good choice if you want a place to rest and relax on your trip to the legislative capital of South Africa and the plan fits all audiences.

Bloubergstrand Beach - Bloubergstrand Beach is another hidden corner in Cape Town and one of the favorite beaches for those who practice water sports. One of its best things, apart from its beauty, water and proximity to the city, is its views. From this beach you can see Robben Island perfectly, the island was a prison for political prisoners for centuries and Nelson Mandela, among others, was a political prisoner there for 18 years. It also offers a spectacular view of Table Mountain and it has a wide range of nocturnal amenities to have a nice and quiet evening.

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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