Durban as a Destination
Africa’s leading conference destination – is a vibrant city where a blend of local cultures – African, Asian and European – is reflected in a mosaic of architectural styles, a melting pot of traditions and colourful cuisine.
Its’ easy access from the King Shaka International Airport and privileged location on the eastern seaboard of Africa makes Durban a great choice for conference planners. Durban, with its subtropical climate, averages about 320 days of sunshine a year. Durban is most famous for its beaches, collectively known as the Golden Mile.
Do read up on the safety and security tips before you make travel plans.
South Africa operates two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time throughout the year, making it an hour ahead of Central European Winter Time, seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Winter Time and seven hours behind Australian Central Time.
For more information on Durban as Destination we suggest you visit the Tourism KwaZulu-Natal and Durban Tourism websites.
Passport & Visa
Every visitor to South Africa must have a valid passport. Passport holders from more than 80 countries, including the USA, Canada, UK, Japan and the EU, can visit South Africa without a visa. To determine whether you require a visa to enter South Africa please make sure to read the Rules for Visa Requirements and Application carefully.
Please see below the requirements for entering South Africa applicable to all people intending to attend the World Whale Conference (as per SA Home Affairs):
- A valid and acceptable passport or travel document for your intended stay.Passports need to be valid for a minimum of 6 months after your departure date from South Africa.
- At least one blank page in your passport for endorsements.Failure to have a clear page can result in entry being refused
- A valid visa, if required.Visas cannot be obtained on arrival.
- Sufficient funds to pay for your day-to-day expenses during your stay
- A return or onward ticket
- Yellow fever certificates if your journey starts or entails passing through the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America.
If you require Visa in order to attend this event we will request your Passport details during registration. This will enable us to provide you with a detailed Visa Letter to assist you with your Visa Application.
Travelling with Children
You will be able to find more information on the requirements when travelling with children also on our Visa Information page.
You must have a yellow fever certificate issued at least 10 days before arrival in South Africa if you have travelled from a country with yellow fever, or if you have transited more than 12 hours through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. This includes when entry is solely to transit through a South African airport. If you don’t have a valid certificate, you’ll be denied entry to South Africa.
In January 2015, the South African authorities removed the requirement for proof of yellow fever vaccination for travellers arriving from Zambia, Tanzania, Eritrea, Somalia and Sao Tome & Principe.
A valid driving licence is required before driving on South African roads. Overseas licences are acceptable providing they are printed in English and contain a photograph. Visitors whose licences do not comply with these requirements should obtain an International Driving Permit prior to arrival in South Africa.
Banks & Money
The currency unit is the Rand, denoted by the symbol R, with 100 cents making up R1 (one Rand). Foreign currency can be exchanged at local banks and Bureau de Changes. Most major international credit cards such as American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa and their affiliates are widely accepted.
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Traveller Tips & Safety Advice
If you would like to get more information on the destination, you will be able to download the Travellers Tips & Safety Advice PDF Booklet kindly provided by the Durban Convention Bureau.
Please note that more useful Traveller’s Information will be uploaded on the website as the date of the event approaches.
With the kind support of Durban KwaZulu-Natal Convention Bureau and eThekwini Municipality.