South Africa international travel guide

South Africa

South Africa is part of Africa with main city at Cape Town. It's usually 🌤️ 22.99 °C in South Africa with a rainfall of 🌧 65.20 mm. 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. Its Developing country with a population of 56M people. The main currency is Rand. The languages spoken are Southern Sotho, Swati, Tswana, Tsonga and Venda. Automatic teller machines are very common in South Africa. Current travel safety advice is Do not travel. Get other useful information like socket plugs, SIM cards and emergency numbers.
👍 Developing   🌤️ ~22.99 °C   🌧 ~65.20 mm  👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 56M people

Advice

🛡️ Travel safety

Do not travel

Borders remain closed, and international travel is prohibited. Only essential domestic travel is permitted. You're still required to wear a cloth mask at all times when you're out in public. A curfew is in force from 9pm to 4am. The sale, dispensing and distribution of alcohol is suspended. Monitor local media, follow the advice of local authorities and minimise your risk of exposure to COVID-19. Stay in touch with family and friends so they know you're safe and well. Register with the Australian High Commission, and follow the High Commission's website and social media for updates (see Local Contacts). We advise: Do not travel to South Africa.

issued date: July 14, 2020

General

🔌 Sockets

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, Swati, Tswana, Tsonga and Venda

Money

💱 Currencies Used

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.

🏧 ATMs

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.

Calling

📡 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

🛣️ 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.

🆘 Emergency

Police

112

Ambulance

112

Fire department

112

Last updated: January 1, 2021

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