South Africa

Entry allowed but some restrictions may apply. Test required.
Quarantine is not required. Find more details on official websites.

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What is the COVID situation in South Africa?

+1,662 New COVID cases in South Africa
+19 New COVID deaths in South Africa
31.06% Fully vaccinated

Data source: Our World In Data / Data updated on May 23, 2022

Data last reviewed on: 20 October 2021

Basic facts about South Africa

South Africa is a very large country located in Southern Africa. The capital of South Africa is Pretoria and the most spoken language is Afrikaans. The national currency in South Africa is South African rand (ZAR).

What taxi apps are available in South Africa?

If you are not a local, you may have difficulty making the best use of public transportation. Using a taxi app such as Uber or Bolt is unquestionably a better method to go about cities without getting into too much touch with strangers. There may be also other local taxi apps available in South Africa.

Uber is available in 30 cities of South Africa. Bolt is available in 23 cities of South Africa.

See the full list of cities where Uber operate. See the full list of cities where Bolt operate.

Practical information

South African rand (ZAR)Official currency
1 EUR~16.86 ZAR
1 USD~15.8 ZAR

Check with your bank to determine if there are any costs for international transactions. When you use a foreign ATM, your home bank will typically charge you a fee. While some banks don't charge a fee, some charge a fixed fees for every withdrawal or provide a limited amount of free withdrawals.

When you spend money abroad with your card, you're unlikely to get the interbank exchange rate. This implies that each time you spend in a foreign currency, you may be paying a significant fee. Varying service providers may charge different markups, but they should not exceed 3% of the transaction value on average.

To reduce the transaction costs, you may choose to consider one of the travel cards offered by the following mobile banks:, Revolut, N26 or Monose

Do people speak English in South Africa?

There are 10 common languages spoken in South Africa: Afrikaans, English, South Ndebele, Southern Sotho, Swati, Tswana, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu. Although English isn't the official language, the majority of people in South Africa are good English speakers. You will not have any difficulty to find an English speaker to talk to or help you out if you are in South Africa. Almost everyone who works in the service/tourist sector in the bigger towns and attractions will be able to communicate well in English in their field.

EF EPI's 2020 rankings placed South Africa 12th among 100 nations out of non-native English-speaking countries.

What socket types are used in South Africa?

There are 4 common plug types used in South Africa:

Type C 230 V, 50 Hz  Type D 230 V, 50 Hz  Type M 230 V, 50 Hz  Type N 230 V, 50 Hz

The sockets' shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

What countries need visa to enter South Africa?

Currently, citizens of 76 countries can enter South Africa without obtaining a visa. This figure includes nationals who can acquire a visa on arrival.

What are visa requirements to enter South Africa?

Use the list below to check visa requirements for your country to enter South Africa.

Data last reviewed on: 20 October 2021

Is it safe in South Africa?

The U.S. State Department uses a four-level travel advisory system. The levels show how safe it is to travel throughout the world. The countries with the lowest level (1) are considered safe for visitors, while those with the greatest level (4) should be avoided, at least temporarily.

On April 19, 2022, the risk level for South Africa was changed to Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution.

Emergency phones in South Africa

10111 Police
10177 Ambulance
10177 Fire police

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