Getting Here

Getting Here

International visitors usually get to Durban via Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport or Cape Town International Airport. Most international airlines fly into these major hubs, and onward local flights to Durban, which take approximately 1 hour 10 minutes (from Johannesburg) and two hours (from Cape Town), are readily available. Airport taxes are included in flight tickets.

Local flights land at Durban’s King Shaka International Airport at La Mercy on the north coast, which is approximately 32 km (20 miles) north of Durban city centre. Various shuttle buses and taxi services are available, and there are a number of car hire companies to choose from should you wish to make your own way. View about Durban

An application for a South African visa can be made:

  • Online by securing a personal appointment at a VFS centre
  • In person at a South African foreign mission (embassy or consulate) in all countries where VFS centres are not available
  • In person at the nearest South African foreign mission in another country if South Africa does not have a mission in the traveller’s home country

An applicant’s biometrics will be taken and interviews will be carried out, where necessary, at the relevant mission or VFS centre.

Travelling with children
New requirements for visiting South Africa – particularly for children – came into effect on 1 June 2015. All children under the age of 18 years who travel into or out of South Africa need the consent of both their parents, and to produce an unabridged birth certificate to get a visa or at a port of entry.

All children under the age of 18 – both local and foreigners – must travel with a valid passport and an unabridged (full) birth certificate stating both parents’ names. If the child is travelling alone or with only one parent, then they must also carry an affidavit filled out by the missing parent or parents.

If a child applies for a visa inside South Africa or at a South African embassy abroad, all supporting documents must be submitted before the visa is issued.

If a child is a national of a country exempt from South African visas, all the supporting documents must be presented at a port of entry, or the child will be refused entry.
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The currency in South Africa is the South African Rand (1 Rand = 100 cents).
The airports, banks and most hotels have foreign exchange facilities. Credit cards are accepted at most of the large hotels, restaurants and shops, but not by street vendors.