Travel Information

CLIMATE

Durban has a subtropical climate, meaning that most days are warm to hot. Summer is their rainy season.

The average temperature in April ranges from a minimum of 17°C to a maximum of 26°C.

CREDIT CARDS, SHOPPING

The South African Rand (ZAR) is the local currency. All major credit cards are accepted throughout South Africa.

CURRENCY AND EXCHANGE

The South African Rand (ZAR) is the local currency. Foreign exchange can be done in any of the hotels. Notes come in denominations of R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200; and coins come in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2 and R5. There are two R5 coins in circulation, both of which are legal currency. All transactions are rounded down to the nearest 5c. Rand (ZAR). 100 cents equals one rand. A passport will be required for ALL transactions made by non-South African citizens.

ELECTRICITY/VOLTAGE

The voltage throughout South Africa is 220V/50hz. Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, in both cases with round pins. If you're bringing anything electrical, bring an adapter. Most hotels have 110 volt outlets for electric shavers and appliances. Adaptors can be bought at the airport on your arrival, and may be available at your hotel.

LIABILITY AND INSURANCE

Registration for the Congress implies that delegates agree that neither the Local Organizing Committee nor the Professional Conference Organizer assume any liability or responsibility for any losses, accidents or damage to person's private property. Delegates are requested to make their own arrangements for medical, travel and personal insurance.

MALARIA

Malaria risk in South Africa is confined to the northeastern parts of the country (the Lowveld of Mpumalanga and Limpopo and on the Maputaland coast of KwaZulu-Natal). The time of the congress coincides with the dry season in that region, therefore the risk of malaria is low. Antimalarial chemoprophylaxis is not recommended during the dry season, but measures to prevent mosquito bites should be taken.

MEDICAL SERVICE

South Africa does not have a national health scheme. The patient is individually responsible for settling all accounts. Travel insurance covering accidents, illness or hospitalization during your stay is strongly recommended.

Access to medical care for Congress participants will be available should there be a need.

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE

South Africa has 11 official languages but at the Congress only ENGLISH will be spoken. No simultaneous translation will be provided.

PLACES OF WORSHIP

Freedom of religion is enshrined in the South African constitution, and places of worship span all the world's major religions and some lesser ones too.

SMOKING

Smoking is prohibited in public spaces and is restricted to specific areas.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

South African telecommunications include four mobile service providers that ensure countrywide coverage and generally good reception in urban areas.

For outgoing international calls, dial 00 plus the country and area codes of the destination concerned. Refer to telephone directories for international dialling codes, or obtain 24-hour assistance by calling 10903.

For incoming international calls, the code for South Africa is +27 followed by the city code or cell phone code, dropping the first 0. Durban's city code is 031.

As regards internet, most international hotels offer wireless connections in guestrooms, business centres or restaurants. However, most hotels and public areas will charge for WiFi internet access.

TIME ZONE

Central European Time (GMT+2 hours)

TIPPING

Tipping for a range of services is common in South Africa. In restaurants the accepted standard is 10% to 15% of the total, although a gratuity will sometimes be included. Hotel porters are tipped around R20. It is also appropriate to tip taxi drivers, tour guides and hairdressers.

VACCINATIONS

Visitors entering South Africa from a yellow fever zone must have a valid international yellow fever inoculation certificate. Immunization against cholera and small pox are not required, nor are other vaccinations required when visiting South Africa.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

For the majority of foreign nationals who travel to South Africa, entry is straightforward and hassle-free. All visitors must be in possession of a valid passport in order to enter the country and in some cases, a visa. To determine whether you require a visa to enter South Africa, visit the comprehensive South African Home Affairs Department.

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WATER

Tap water is drinkable in all parts of South Africa. Bottled mineral water, both sparkling and still, is readily available at the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani.