Useful travel information

 

 

Consult this page for some helpful tips regarding travel to South Africa:  http://country.southafrica.net/country/us/en/travel_tips

GETTING AROUND CAPE TOWN

Century City is well serviced by various modes of public transport. A primary public transport interchange operates off Ratanga Road, and a second off Century Avenue.

Both have designated lanes for minibus taxis and MyCiTi busses, and a terminus building with public toilets, waiting areas, public telephones, a ticket office and vending machines.

Commuter buses and minibus taxis are not permitted on the Century City road network.

Their operations are restricted to the transport interchanges.

MyCiTi Bus Service:

The MyCiTi bus provides a link from the Century City Railway Station to a number of convenient stops along the Century Boulevard ring road, and from there, a route via the West Coast line to the CBD. Transport between the CBD and Cape Town International Airport is also provided by the MyCiTi service.

 Taxi Services:

Metered taxis are permitted on the Century City road network. A limited number of registered operators have been given staging areas at Canal Walk.

 Uber:

Uber is very popular in Cape Town and used widely with the locals and tourists.

MEDICAL EMERGENCIES

A medic will be available for the duration of the Congress . Should you have a medical condition which you would like to inform the Congress Organisers of you are welcome to inform us. This information will be confidentially recorded for in case of an emergency.

You can email the details to vanessa@confco.co.za.

SAFETY AND SECURITY

Most parts of the South Africa can be safely visited by travellers, provided they take common sense safety precautions, much as recommended in most countries and big cities.

Here is some good South African safety advice:

Avoid deserted areas at night, stick to busy and well-lit streets.

Don’t wear flashy jewellery – in fact leave it at home.

Keep photographic equipment close to you at all times.

Keep car doors locked and windows closed, and carry a map in case you should get lost.  Don’t leave bags or valuables on the seat next to you – rather lock them in the boot.  Park in well lit areas.

Don’t leave luggage unattended.

Store valuables in the hotel safe and leave your hotel room door locked at all times, even when you are in it.

Limit the amount of money you carry on your person.  Don’t accept offers of assistance at ATMs and keep your pin numbers out of the view of others.

When using a credit card in restaurants, ask the waiter to bring a portable credit card machine to your table.  Report stolen or lost cards immediately.

If you’re in doubt about a place you wish to visit or how to get there, have a word with your hotel concierge first or contact the National Tourism information and Safety Line on 083 123 2345. If you need a taxi, ask the hotel to order one on your behalf from a reliable service.

In rural areas, watch out for wild or farm animals – road signage will warn you when you need to take care.

VISAS

Information about applying for a South African visa can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website at: http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/immigration-services/apply-for-a-south-african-visa

Visas are issued by the South African missions abroad and must be affixed in the applicant’s passport before departing for South Africa. Visas are not issued on arrival at South African ports of entry.

Many nationalities do not require a visa to enter South Africa. For a list of exempt countries, please visit: http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/countries-exempt-from-sa-visas

Visa Letters

You will need to register and pay for the conference before requesting a letter. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Note: The conference cannot contact or intervene with any South African Embassy or Consulate on your behalf, so please begin your visa application as early as possible to ensure sufficient processing time.