South Africa : Factfile


GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from the first Sunday in September to the first Sunday in April)


English, Afrikaans, Zulu and many other local languages are widely spoken


South African Rand


South African Airways, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, KLM, Air France, Kenya Airways and most European airlines

Flight time from UK

Approximately 10-12 hours

Visa requirements

UK, Australian, Canadian, USA passport holders do not require a visa for South Africa. Some EU countries do require a visa. Your passport must have at least two blank pages for entry stamp. This cannot include the 'endorsement' page at the back. If you require a visa your passport must have two blank facing pages, one for the visa and one for their entry stamp. Anyone attempting to enter South Africa without the required pages will be returned to their country of origin.

For further information contact the South African High Commission:
Tel: 020 7451 7299

Health requirements

South Africa is generally considered a safe place to travel health-wise but there are certain recommended inoculations. You should seek advice regarding inoculations and health precautions from your GP or travel clinic as soon as your departure date is known.

The MASTA (Medical Advisory Services for Travellers Abroad) website (09068 224100) will give you up-to-date advice, as well as the location of your nearest Travel Clinic. Another good website to visit for travel health advice is the NHS website

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