Here you will find important tips and useful information for South Africa.
in Swiss francs (CHF)
For ATM cash withdrawals
For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online
in local currency
For minor expenses on arrival in country of destination
Local currency / ISO Code
Currency exchange rate
ZAR 1 = ~ CHF 0.07 ; CHF 1 = ~ ZAR 15.38 (07/2020)
Customary credit cards are accepted in most places. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.
Use credit card with caution. Unauthorized use is widespread.
Credit cards are recommended for car rentals. Prepaid cards are generally accepted for payment but not for reservations. Please check the possible payment methods with the car rental company in advance.
Keep exchange and transaction receipts for reconversion.
Cash in euro or US dollar can be exchanged everywhere.
Prior to leaving the country, it is advisable to spend local banknotes or to exchange them back into hard currency. Exchanging ZAR in Switzerland may cause problems and result in considerable exchange loss.
Relatively high crime rate, especially in the cities.
Walking the streets after nightfall is not advised.
Do not carry valuables (watches, jewelry, expensive cameras, etc.) on you.
Avoid demonstrations and large crowds.
Avoid nighttime driving.
+ 1 h; +/- 0 h during our summer time
11 official languages
Pretoria (Tshwane) and Cape Town
009 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)
220 volt / adapter recommended
Passport still valid 1 month or more after end of stay (at least 1 empty page necessary), return or onward travel ticket as well as proof of sufficient funds for stays up to 3 months.
Pretoria, 225 Veale Street, Parc Nouveau, New Muckleneuk 0181
Tel. +27 12 452 06 60 / +27 12 452 06 61 / +27 12 452 06 62 / +27 12 452 06 99
9.00 - 15.30 h (Mon - Fri)
8.30 - 11.00 h (Sat)
Mostly shorter opening hours outside the city.
9.00 - 17.00 h (Mon- Fri)
9.00 - 13.00 h (Sat)
Swiss driver's license accepted; international driver's license recommended.
Minimum age for car rentals: 21 - 25 (at least 1 - 3 years' driving experience depending on rental company).
Blood alcohol limit: 0.5 ‰.
Do not drink tap water.
Mosquito protection advised.
Year-round risk of malaria in the northern and eastern flat country areas, in the Krüger National Park as well as in Kwazulu-Natal up to the river Tugela.
Vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A, polio and measles recommended.
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