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Visitor Guide

 

 

Have a look at our comprehensive visitor guide for information on laws, regulations and local customs in general.

 

 
 
Applying for a South African Visa
Applying for a South African Visa

Visitors’ visas are for international travellers (citizens of other countries) who have permanent residence outside South Africa and who wish to visit the country.

 
Opening & Closing Hours
Opening & Closing Hours

 

Most shops in Johannesburg are open between 09h00 and 17h00 on weekdays and until 13h00 on Saturdays. Click below for more information and specifics.

 

 
Local Etiquette
Local Etiquette

 

Although Johannesburg has a rich and varied cultural heritage, there are certain customs that are universal across all groups. Click below to learn more about local etiquette.

 

 
 
Financial Services
Financial Services

 

Opportunities exist for a diverse range of business and consultancy services in Johannesburg, from legal, accounting and insurance to architecture and engineering.

 

 
Custom Clearance
Custom Clearance

 

There are certain rules that apply when bringing goods into and taking goods out of South Africa. Click below to learn more about the regulations that apply.

 

 
VAT Reclaims
VAT Reclaims

 

When taking unused goods out of South Africa, overseas visitors may reclaim the 14 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) that has been levied on the purchase price.

 

 
 
Duty Free Shopping
Duty Free Shopping

 

Certain goods may be imported into South Africa without paying customs duty or Value Added Tax (VAT). Click below to find out more.

 

 
 
Climate
Climate

 

Johannesburg has a lovely, mild climate with temperatures rarely going into the extremes. Sunny, clear skies are synonymous with this region.

 

 
Exchange Rates
Exchange Rates

 

The rand (R) is South Africa's currency and is the only legal tender in South Africa. To find the latest exchange rate, click below.

 

 
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