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    Airlines & Customs Information Description

    For overseas visitors, the most obvious way of getting to the Cape of Africa and Cape Town is by plane.It is vital that you understand the flight times and any transfers so that you arrive or depart at a time that is convienent to your other arrangements.


    Many international airlines fly DIRECT into Cape Town International airport ( CPT ) with British Airways ( BA ) and Virgin Airways (VA) being the most popular choices especially from the UK and if you are departing from London Heathrow ( LHR ).

    SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS NOW ONLY FLY INTO CAPE TOWN VIA JOHANNESBURG.
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    The flight time for a direct flight is 11 hours 30mins to 12 hours

    SAA, BA & VA are generally overnight flights, however you can now fly during the day with BA & VA.

    NOTE - Virgin Airways flights to Cape Town are seasonal.

    Other major airlines landing at CPT include KLM, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Swissair and Qatar. All of these will depart from their own country so if you are traveling from a UK airport this will involve a change /transfer in another country. For those travellers that do not live in the south of England, you may want to consider travelling from Leeds / Manchester airports to Schiphol, Amsterdam via KLM or to Fankfurt via Lufthansa. With transfers you should check actually how long the whole of your journey & flying hours will be and to be aware of what actual time you land in Cape Town.

    Most experienced overseas travellers will have a source for obtaining the best flight prices,however it is always worth getting a check price and "The Flight Centre Shops", in most UK towns are a good starting point.
    Also the following websites may prove useful -:

    South African Airways - www.flysaa.com

    British Airways - www.ba.com

    Virgin Airways - www.virginatlantic.com

    IMPORTANT NOTE -
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    EMIRATES Airlines fly into Cape Town, via Dubai. Watch out for special offers on their webiste.
    www.emirates.com

    AIR FRANCE fly into Cape Town, via Paris. Watch out for special offers and flight schedules on their website.
    www.airfrance.com

    TURKISH AIRLINES fly into Cape Town, via Istanbul.Watch out for special offers and flight schedules on their website.
    www.turkishairways.com



    PLEASE NOTE -
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    If you are a UK visitor / tourist to South Africa and as you pass through passport control, Immigration will stamp your passport with a visitors visa for 90 days ( providing your passport has an expiry date of more than 6 months following your departure date ) Visitors / Tourists in all cases must have a return ticket.
    FOR ALL OTHER NATIONALITIES PLEASE CHECK WITH ANY SOUTH AFRICAN EMBASSY FOR SPECIFIC VISA REQUIREMENTS

    PLEASE NOTE - PLEASE NOTE - PLEASE NOTE
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    Your PASSPORT must have at least ONE clean page (Both Sides ) for South African Immigration visitor permit sticker. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THIS YOU WILL NOT BE GRANTED ENTRY INTO SOUTH AFRICA

    Your PASSPORT MUST an expiry date of MORE than 6 months following your departure date from South Africa. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THIS YOU WILL NOT BE GRANTED ENTRY INTO SOUTH



    **************SA’s REVISED VISA REGULATIONS --- UPDATE 26th OCTOBER 2015**************
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    Cape Town - South Africa is overhauling its controversial visa regulations that saw a 6% decrease in arrivals, the worst industry performance since 2009 at the height of the global financial crisis – but the changes are not in effect as yet.
    The Cabinet approved recommendations by the Inter Ministerial Committee (IMC) tasked with evaluating the immigration rules and its unintended consequences are expected to be implemented during the next three months.
    Cabinet said all other administrative issues affecting the relevant departments will be resolved through inter-departmental engagements, without compromising the safety of the children travelling to and from the country.
    Introduced in June, the new rules required visitors to apply for visas in person at South African embassies to have their biometric information taken as well for children travelling in and out of South Africa to produce an unabridged birth certificate, which details the particulars of both the mother and the father of the child.

    NOTE -- IMC DECISION TAKEN: Visa requirements for foreigners travelling to SA revised -:

    Here's what you need to know about the department of home affairs changes to SA's visa rules:
    - In countries where there is no South African mission, the department of home affairs will accept applications by post.
    - This will apply for tourist and medical visitors only.
    - Postal applications will see biometrics of travellers, including finger prints and photos, captured on arrival at ports of entry.
    - Biometric pilot site ports of entry are OR Tambo Airport, King Shaka Airport, Cape Town International Airport.
    - Countries like China, India and Russia, certain measures will be put in place to ease the process of application, in particular for tourists.
    - South African children travelling out of the country will still be required to submit the current child-travel requirements, including a parental consent affidavits as a means to protect the minors
    - The validity of this affidavit will be extended to no longer than 6 months.
    - Details of parents will also be printed in passports, so that parents whose particulars are printed would therefore not be required to carry the birth certificates. (However the DHA advises that this form of identification still be carried as a form of proof.
    - For inbound travellers, the proof of original birth certificates or certified copies would only be required during the application process, as this is in line with practise in many other countries. (As is the case with the South African Children travelling in and out of South Africa, the DHA advises that this form of identification still be carried and will reserve the right to investigate suspected child trafficking on a case by case basis.)
    - Cabinet also approved changing the term “unabridged birth certificate” to “birth certificate containing parental details”.
    - DHA is also considering long-term multiple entry visas for frequent travellers.
    The DHA said, “Cabinet has mandated DHA to put in place the necessary legal instruments to give effect to this decision. The status quo will remain until such time the DHA has provided a legal instrument for this category of travellers. In the meantime travellers are encouraged to comply.”





    CHILD TRAVEL LAWS ---- WITH EFFECT FROM 1st JUNE 2015 *** SEE REVISED VISA UPDATE ABOVE WEF 26th OCT 2015***
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    PEOPLE TRAVELLING OR TRANSITING WITH CHILDREN (UNDER 18 )TO THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA
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    (a) Where parents are travelling with a child, such parents must produce an unabridged birth certificate
    of the child reflecting the particulars of the parents of the child.

    (b) In the case of one parent travelling with a child, he or she must produce an unabridged birth
    certificate and-:

    (i) consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent registered as a parent on the birth
    certificate of the child authorising him or her to enter into or depart from the Republic with the child
    he or she is travelling with;
    (ii) a court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship in respect of
    the child, if he or she is the parent or legal guardian of the child; or
    (iii) where applicable, a death certificate of the other parent registered as a parent of the child on the
    birth certificate; Provided that the Director-General may, where the parents of the child are both
    deceased and the child is travelling with a relative or another person related to him or her or his or
    her parents, approve such a person to enter into or depart from the Republic with such a child.

    (c) Where a person is travelling with a child who is not his or her biological child, he or she must
    produce-:
    (i) a copy of the unabridged birth certificate of the child;
    (ii) an affidavit from the parents or legal guardian of the child confirming that he or she has
    permission to travel with the child;
    (iii) copies of the identity documents or passports of the parents or legal guardian of the child; and
    (iv) the contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the child,
    Provided that the Director-General may, where the parents of the child are both deceased and the
    child is travelling with a relative or another person related to him or her or his or her parents,
    approve such a person to enter into or depart from the Republic with such a child.

    (d) Any unaccompanied minor shall produce to the immigration officer-:
    (i) proof of consent from one of or both his or her parents or legal guardian, as the case may be, in
    the form of a letter or affidavit for the child to travel into or depart from the Republic: Provided that in
    the case where one parent provides proof of consent, that parent must also provide a copy of a
    court order issued to him or her in terms of which he or she has been granted full parental
    responsibilities and rights in respect of the child;
    (ii) a letter from the person who is to receive the child in the Republic, containing his or her
    residential address and contact details in the Republic where the child will be residing;
    (iii) a copy of the identity document or valid passport and visa or permanent residence permit of the
    person who is to receive the child in the Republic; and
    (iv) the contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the child.


    BRINGING FOREIGN CURRENCY OR CASH INTO SOUTH AFRICA
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    As at 2017 you are allowed to bring up to R25,000 of local currency. You are also allowed to bring other currencies to the value or equivalent of 10,000 USD



    INBOUND DUTY FREE
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    Due to ongoing security measures at airports the only liquid allowed onboard an aircraft are those obtained in the Duty Free Area.

    Allowances per person are -: 2 litres of Wine, 1 litre of Sprit, 200 Cigarettes, 50 cigars, 250g of Tobacco, 50 ml Perfume, 250 ml Eau de Toilette, New or used goods not exceeding R3000 in value. Cash not exceeding R5000.

    OUTBOUND DUTY FREE
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    Due to ongoing security measures at airports the only liquid allowed onboard an aircraft are those obtained in the Duty Free Area.

    Allowances per person are -: 2 litres of Wine, 1 litre of Sprit, 200 Cigarettes, 50 cigars, 250g of Tobacco, 50 ml Perfume, 250 ml Eau de Toilette, New or used goods not exceeding R3000 in value. Cash not exceeding R5000.


    VAT Refunds may be claimed back by foreign tourists / non residents on items being taken out of the country. You are required to have the original VAT Invoice, Passport, Flight Ticket, plus the items available for inspection. They must be presented at a VAT or Customs and Excise office. In Cape Town, there is a refund office in the V & A Waterfront, which is situated on the second floor of the Clock Tower Centre. In order to complete the paper work, you would need to produce all your invoices, passport as well as confirmation of flight details. The operating hours of this office are: Monday to Saturday 09h00am – 17h30pm; Sundays 10h00am – 17h30pm.
    Or if you have time, at Cape Town Airport CPT or Johannesburg JHB, prior to departure and you are required to fill out a VAT refund control sheet (VAT255)

    For a full explanation on DUTY FREE FOR TOURISTS please visit -: www.taxrefunds.co.za