Travel advice for South Africa.

Here you will find important tips and useful information for South Africa.

No results de Germany mt Malta es Spain ee Estonia ir Iran gr Greece ie Ireland ru Russia dk Denmark be Belgium bg Bulgaria ba Bosnia and Herzegovina xk Kosovo is Iceland it Italy at Austria lt Lithuania md Moldova me Montenegro si Slovenia hu Hungary fi Finland fr France al Albanie by Belarus pt Portugal il Israel jo Jordan om Oman sa Saudi Arabia ae United Arab Emirates id Indonesia mm Myanmar ge Georgia kz Kazakhstan mo Macau mn Mongolia ph Philippines Lesser Antilles bb Barbados do Dominican Republic ht Haiti bz Belize sv El Salvador ni Nicaragua bo Bolivia ec Ecuador co Colombia sr Suriname ml Mali ke Kenya mr Mauritania ci Ivory Coast eg Egypt ao Angola mz Mozambique bw Botswana cd Congo Dem. Rep. ng Nigeria tz Tanzania zw Zimbabwe za South Africa td Chad cm Cameroon cv Cape Verde gw Guinea-Bissau us USA ch Switzerland / Liechtenstein ly Libya na Namibia ca Canada mx Mexico hr Croatia lv Latvia lu Luxembourg mk Macedonia mc Monaco nl Netherlands no Norway pl Poland ro Romania se Sweden sk Slovak Republic cz Czech Republic ua Ukraine tj Tajikistan cy Cyprus tm Turkmenistan vn Viet Nam bs Bahamas bm Bermuda ky Cayman Islands gd Grenada gp Guadeloupe jm Jamaica mq Martinique pr Puerto Rico tt Trinidad and Tobago gt Guatemala hn Honduras pa Panama ar Argentina br Brazil cl Chile gy Guyana py Paraguay pe Peru uy Uruguay ve Venezuela gn Guinea et Ethiopia dz Algeria bj Benin bf Burkina Faso ga Gabon gm Gambia gh Ghana km Comoros cg Congo (Brazzaville) ls Lesotho sd Sudan so Somalia sc Seychelles tn Tunesia ug Uganda ne Niger mu Mauritius mg Madagascar ck Cook Islands mw Malawi zm Zambia re Réunion sn Senegal tg Togo pf French Polynesia nc New Caledonia nz New Zealand th Thailand tr Turkey jp Japan bh Bahrain cu Cuba ye Yemen qa Katar / Qatar kw Kuwait lb Lebanon pk Pakistan sy Syria am Armenia az Azerbaijan bd Bangladesh my Malaysia cn China in India hk Hong Kong kh Cambodia kg Kyrgyzstan kr South Korea la Laos mv Maldives np Nepal sg Singapore lk Sri Lanka tw Taiwan uz Uzbekistan aw Aruba lr Liberia dj Djibouti ma Morocco au Australia fj Fiji rs Serbia cf Central African Republic cr Costa Rica gb-nir Northern Ireland gb-eng England gb-sct Scotland

Travel money:

Prepaid Travel credit card

in Swiss francs (CHF)

  • For ATM cash withdrawals

  • For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online

ATM Search

Banknotes

in local currency

  • For minor expenses on arrival in country of destination

Local currency / ISO Code

Rand ZAR

Currency exchange rate

ZAR 100 = ~ CHF 5.45 ; CHF 1 = ~ ZAR 15.38 (09/2022)

Further Information

Credit cards

 

  • 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.

ATM Search

Find out more about Travel

Useful tips from our experts:

Transfer money worldwide with Send.

Send is the convenient and reliable money transfer service: you can send money quickly and securely to your relatives and friends abroad using your smartphone.

More about Send

Practical Information:

Other information

Security

  • 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.

Time difference with Switzerland

+ 1 h; +/- 0 h during our summer time

National language

Official language

11 official languages

Language capabilities

English

Capital

Pretoria (Tshwane) and Cape Town

Country code for calling Switzerland

009 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)

Voltage

220 volt / adapter recommended

Travel documents for Swiss citizens

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.

Swiss Embassy / Consulate

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

Opening hours

Banks

9.00 - 15.30 h (Mon - Fri)
8.30 - 11.00 h (Sat)
Mostly shorter opening hours outside the city.

Stores

9.00 - 17.00 h (Mon- Fri)
9.00 - 13.00 h (Sat)

Driving
  • Left-hand driving.

  • 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 ‰.

Health situation
  • 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.

Ideal for your journey: the Travel card.

Travel is the secure prepaid card for use away from home – without any annual fees. In the event of loss, the card including the balance will be replaced worldwide.

Find out more about Travel

Important

While every precaution has been taken to verify the information provided, Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of Country Information. Swiss Bankers therefore shall not be held liable for any damage or loss sustained in connection with any errors or omissions contained therein.

Suggest a change