South Africa international travel guide in 2024

South Africa international travel guide in 2024

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South Africa has a population of 56M with main currency as South African Rand. The languages spoken are Southern Sotho. South Africa travel safety advice is Exercise a high degree of caution. Automatic teller machines are very common in South Africa. Tipping is expected in South Africa since staff depend on tips to supplement their often minimum wages. Internet speed in South Africa is on average 4.1 Mbps.In South Africa you drive on the left side.

South Africa travel advice

Exercise a high degree of caution
South Africa’s national elections are scheduled for 29 May. Protests and large gatherings can occur anywhere. Avoid areas affected by protests, demonstrations or large public gatherings. Monitor media for updates and follow advice from local authorities. Use major roads where it's safe to do so and verify that alternate routes recommended by your GPS are safe prior to travel. We advise: Exercise a high degree of caution in South Africa due to the threat of violent crime.

Issue Date : May 13, 2024

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South Africa essential details

Plugs

South Africa uses 230V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C, Type D, Type M and Type N.

Languages

The languages that are typically spoken are Southern Sotho

Money in South Africa

Currencies

South Africa uses the South African rand (symbol: R), code ZAR.Banknotes come in denominations of 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10 rand. Rand is subdivided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 5, 2 and 1 rand and 50, 20 and 10 cents.

ATM

Automatic teller machines are very common in South Africa. You can find them in both large & small cities, tourist areas etc.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.

Tipping

Expected to tip Tipping is expected in South Africa since staff depend on tips to supplement their often minimum wages.

Internet in South Africa

Internet

Internet speed in South Africa is on average 4.1 Mbps. WiFi coverage in South Africa is moderate. It's relatively easy to find one when needed.

Phones

You can buy a SIM card for about 98.07 ZAR, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 4 telecoms: Cell C, MTN, Telkom or Vodacom. South Africa uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900 and GSM 1800. If you don't want to buy SIM card in South Africa upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.

Calling

To call South Africa, dial +, then 27 (the country code for South Africa), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number. For local calls within South Africa, start with the area code (with the initial 0). In the case above area code is 10 .

Driving in South Africa

Road rules

In South Africa you drive on the left side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick). Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 120 km/h (74 mph) on motorways, 120 km/h (74 mph) on expressways, 40 km/h (24 mph) in all built-up areas and 80 km/h (49 mph) on undivided highways.

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South Africa map

South Africa visa advice

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