Passports and Visas
Every visitor to South Africa must have a valid passport. Passport holders from more than 80 countries, including USA, Canada, UK, Japan and the EU can visit South Africa without a visa. Information regarding visas can be obtained from your travel agent or the South African diplomatic or consular representative in your area. Passports should have at least 2 completely empty pages otherwise entry may be denied. Passports must be valid for at least 30 days after your intended date of departure. Delegates requiring visas, and who intend taking tours to neighbouring Southern African countries, are advised to secure a multiple entry visa. Tourists must satisfy immigration officers that they have the means of support for the duration of their stay in the country and return /onward tickets. Visas cannot be obtained on arrival. A list of countries that currently do not require a visa can be found at the SA Government website.
Please note that with immediate effect, anyone travelling to South Africa must have two consecutive blank pages in their passport, which lie side by side when the passport is open (i.e. left and a right hand page). Passports must also be valid for at least six months. Passengers travelling to South Africa with passports, which do not comply with these requirements, will either be stopped from boarding the aircraft or risk deportation on arrival in South Africa.
To check if you require a visa, please visit the Department of Home Affairs website.
Transport and Airport Transfers
Delegates attending the 20th International Congress of Linguists will be responsible for their own airport transport arrangements. Transport will be arranged between the CTICC and social venues (where applicable).
To book an airport transfer please contact Quality Touring Services: Taxi's are readily available at the airport, but if you want to book a book dedicated airport transfer, please click here.
Getting to Cape Town by Aeroplane
Most international airlines arrive at the Oliver Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) in Johannesburg. A few international airlines fly directly to Cape Town International Airport, but otherwise Cape Town could easily be reached with a two hour domestic flight from Johannesburg's ORTIA.
South Africa's low cost airlines also have regular flights to Cape Town:
- Mango Airlines
- Kulula Airways
The MyCiti airport-to-city service runs between the Cape Town International Airport and the Civic Centre bus stations via the N2 and Nelson Mandela Boulevard. This service will operate between 20 and 24 hours a day at a cost of R57,00 one way. It will depart every six to 30 minutes, depending on demand. The MyCiti inner-city bus service provides convenient transport to hotels, accommodation nodes, restaurants, entertainment areas, parking areas, and places of interest. Buses depart every 10 to 30 minutes and operate between 20 and 24 hours a day.
Cape Town offers a wide selection of car rental companies with good road systems. An international driver's license is required and driving will be on the left hand side of the road.
Metered taxis are readily available in the city centre.
Uber is also available in Cape Town.