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, therefore it is best to check the visa requirements online or with the South African mission or your travel agent.
The Western Cape is not a malaria region and there are no tropical diseases to be aware of and no special vaccine requirements for visitors. Visitors are requested to have the relevant yellow fever vaccination certificate should they have travelled from or to an affected area prior to entering South Africa. There are private and government Emergency units located within 5 minutes of the Stellenbosch CBD, in addition to one Emergency Centre and a Campus Health clinic. The town has two ambulance services.
It is safe to drink the tap water in South Africa although bottled water is readily available as well.
The Rand is the official currency of South Africa and foreign currency can be exchanged at the Cape Town International Airport, at commercial banks and at any Bureaux de Change.
The majority of goods sold in South Africa are subject to a 15% Value Added Tax (VAT). Visitors are not exempt from paying VAT although they can claim it back if the value of the goods bought exceeds R250. To claim the VAT refund, the goods must be taken out of the country within 90 days from the date of purchase. Visitors who wish to claim VAT should go to the VAT Refund Administration Office or customs official at the port of exit.
South Africa offers a sophisticated internet network and Wi-Fi is readily available throughout the Western Cape. There are a number of mobile networks available and SIM cards can be bought at airports and shopping centres. The electric current is 240 volts AC so visitors should bring a plug adaptor for three-pin sockets for
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