About Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is the seat of South Africa’s Parliament and the home of the Western Cape Provincial Government and has a population of 3,740,026. It is home to four of South Africa’s Leading universities and is a hub for academic and research excellence. Rich in diversity and steeped in history, the city offers something for everyone.

Visa Requirements

You will need the following if you wish to visit South Africa:

Requirements for visitor’s visas differ from country to country and number of countries are exempt from South African Visas. Please visit for the complete list of countries whose passport holders are exempt from visas for South Africa.

United States Citizens: U.S. citizen visitors to South Africa for stays of up to 90 days for tourism, short business meetings, or in transit do not require visas in advance.  A visitor visas will be issued at the port of entry in South Africa.

If you are traveling from a country that does require you to obtain a visa in advance; documents required to apply for a visa include:

For more information, please visit the Depart of Home Affairs for the Republic of South Africa website at for more information. 

Cape Town International Airport

Cape Town International Airport (CPT) is the main airport serving Cape Town, South Africa.  About 12 miles (20km) from the city center, CPT is approximately 20 minutes by taxi or shuttle.  The Cape Town International Airport is served by more than 20 international airlines on a weekly basis with nearly 100 destinations, as well as a wide variety of connections through Johannesburg.

Airport transfers can be booked through Dekon Congress & Tourism, our partners in Cape town at


There are 11 official languages in South Africa, but English, Afrikaans and Xhosa are the most commonly spoken in the Western Cape Province where Cape Town is located.


Located in the Southern Hemisphere, July is wintertime in Cape Town and is on average the coolest month and rain is common.  On the Average July temperatures in Cape Town range from 62°F (17°C) to 47°F (8°C).

Time Zone

Cape Town is in South Africa Time Zone (SAST), which is two (2) hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, GMT +2hrs and seven (7) hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time.


The unit of currency is the South African Rand, indicated as 'ZAR'.

The Rand (ZAR): R1 = 100 cents

Visit for the latest exchange rates.

Currency can be exchanged at airports, commercial banks; exchange facilities are also common in most shopping centers and hotels.

ATMs are located in major bank, airports, shopping malls, etc.  It is best to check with your bank before traveling for service fees that may apply.


Voltage is 230V AC at 50 cycles per second.  Plugs have either two or three round pins.

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