Know before you fly

Here is some general information about traveling to South Africa and Gauteng in particular:

Flying into Johannesburg

O.R. Tambo International Airport is a major international airport in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, South Africa, near the city of Johannesburg

OR Tambo Airport is the hub for most international and domestic travel from and in South Africa and is able to cope with 28 million passengers per year. The OR Tambo Airport is also the centre for South African Airways which is South Africa’s largest domestic and international flight carrier as well as local airlines that fly domestically.


O.R. Tambo International Airport Contact details

Telephone 011 921 6262


Immigration and Customs

How do I get a Visa?

Letters of Invitation to the Conference – A letter of invitation is issued solely for the purpose of assisting participants with visa applications and/or to obtain funding for their attendance at the conference. Such a letter does not imply any financial obligation on the part of the conference organizers. If you require a letter of invitation, please use the following email address –  – requesting a letter of invitation to the conference. Please note that your registration must be complete and paid in full before an invitation letter will be issued.   Please visit the Department of Home Affairs, Republic of South Africa website at to determine if you will require a visa to enter South Africa.  Please note that it can take up to 90 days for a visa to be processed.  Therefore, we will not be issuing Letters of Invitation after April 10th, 2017.  If you apply for a visa before April 10th, 2017 and your entry is denied, we will refund your full registration fee amount.  If you chose to apply for a visa after the April 10th, 2017 deadline and your entry is denied or your visa does not get processed in time, we will not refund your registration fee.


The following Customs channels must be followed, depending on your circumstances: 

If you have in your possession any prohibited/restricted goods and/or goods which fall outside your duty-free allowance, or if you are unsure whether any goods in your possession fall within these categories, please proceed to the Red Channel.


Examples of prohibited goods: 

  • Narcotic and habit-forming drugs in any form
  • Fully automatic, military and unnumbered weapons, explosives and fireworks
  • Poison and other toxic substances
  • Cigarettes with a mass of more than 2kg per 1000
  • Goods to which a trade description or trademark is applied in contravention of any Act (for example, counterfeit goods – see below)
  • Unlawful reproductions of any works subject to copyright
  • Prison-made and penitentiary-made goods


Examples of restricted goods: 

  • Currency: South African bank notes in excess of R25 000, gold coins, coin and stamp collections and unprocessed gold.
  • Endangered plants and animals: Species of plants or animals that are listed as endangered, whether they are alive or dead. The restriction includes any parts of or articles made from them.
  • Food, plants, animals and biological goods: All plants and plant products, such as seeds, flowers, fruit, honey, margarine and vegetable oils. All animals, birds, poultry and products thereof, for example, dairy products, butter and eggs.
  • Medicines: Travellers are allowed to bring in no more than three months’ supply of pharmaceutical drugs and medicines for their personal use. All other pharmaceutical drugs and medicines have to be declared and have to be accompanied by a letter or certified prescription from a registered physician.


If you have something to declare, your Traveller Card and passport are scanned and you make a verbal declaration, which is captured on the system by a Customs officer. This information forms the basis of a Traveller Declaration form (TRD1). The TRD1 will also be used as a Temporary Import Permit (TIP) and Temporary Export Permit (TXP).

If the traveller is happy with the information on the TRD1, they are asked to sign on an electronic signature pad and their signature is captured on the system. The signed TRD1 is then printed and given to the traveller.

If the goods in your possession fall within your duty-free allowance, you do not have any prohibited or restricted goods in your possession, you are not in possession of any commercial goods (imported for trade purposes) and you are not in possession of gifts, carried on behalf of others, please proceed to the Green Channel, unless instructed otherwise by a Customs Official.

You may be stopped, questioned or searched by a Customs Officer at any time in the Red or Green channel.


Duty-free allowances:

Goods falling within the following allowances may be brought in without the payment of customs duty and VAT as accompanied baggage:


  • No more than 200 cigarettes and 20 cigars per person
  • No more than 250g of cigarette or pipe tobacco per person
  • No more than 50ml perfume and 250ml eau de toilette per person
  • No more than 2 litres of wine per person
  • No more than 1 litre in total of other alcoholic beverages per person


In addition to personal effects and the above consumable allowances, travellers are allowed new or used goods in accompanied baggage to the value of R5 000.

A traveller is entitled to these allowances once per person during a period of 30 days after an absence of 48 hours from South Africa.

The tobacco and alcohol allowance is not applicable to persons under the age of 18 years.

Travellers may import their personal medications provided it is for not more than three (3) months’ use. This must be accompanied by a prescription issued by a medical doctor.



Please note that when changing currency in South Africa with money changers, you are required to show your passport. Most commonly accepted forms of currency are as follows:



By far, the most accepted cards are VISA and MasterCard. American Express and Diners Club cards have global networks but acceptance can vary.


Time Zone




The average temperature in Pretoria in July is quite mild at 11 °C (51.8 °F). Afternoons can be somewhat warm with average high temperatures reaching 19 °C (66.2 °F). Overnight temperatures are generally very cool with an average low of 3 °C (37.4 °F).

The weather in July is dry with virtually no rain.

Go to for full forecast of weather.


Area code

Lewende Woord Centurion area code: 0014

Dialling code: 012

The mobile network code (leaving out the first zero), if you’re calling a cellular/mobile network. So, for example, to phone South African Airways’ call centre from abroad, you’d dial +27 11 978 5313 (Johannesburg’s area code is 011, but if you’re phoning from abroad, you drop the zero).


Emergency Numbers

Police 10111
Ambulance 012 310 6300
Fire & Rescue 10177
Police Station (Wierdabrug) 012 654 4031
Centurion Day Hospital 012 663 2010
Netcare Unitas Hospital 012 677 8000
Centurio Med 012 663 8820