South Africa

South African insurance

Political regime: Republic

Capital: Cape Town

Area:1,219,912 sq km

Population: 57 million

Languages spoken: Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, northern sotho (Sepedi), sesotho, setswana, siSwati, tshivenda, xitsonga.

Currency: Rand

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Vaccine and health

Compulsory vaccines and certificates

The yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers over one year of age from an endemic area.

Recommended vaccines and certificates

For adults, don’t forget vaccines for tetanus, polio, hepatitis A and B, typhoid and for at-risk groups: tuberculosis and rabies.

For children, don’t forget vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, tuberculosis, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis A and B, (long stay), typhoid (long stay for 5-year-old travelers and older).

Local diseases

In South Africa, the following diseases are common: Amibiase, spider bites, snakes, fish and scorpions, ascaris, bilharziosis, dengue, hepatitis A and B, sexually transmitted diseases, malaria, polio, rabies, AIDS, tetanus, tuberculosis, typhoid.

When to leave?

The best season for safaris in South Africa is summer, between June and September.

Visas and diplomacy

If you are a French national, you do not need a visa for tourist stays or business (indeterminate duration). All you need to do is have your passport, which is valid for at least six months after the end of your planned stay. You must be able to justify a Return or Continuation ticket (with visas or residence permit for the country of return or continuation if necessary).

French Consulate in Cape Town

2 Dean Street Gardens – P.O. Box 1702

8001 Cape Town

Tel: [27] (21) 488 50 80

Fax: [27] (21) 42 48 470



South African Embassy in Paris

59, Quai d’Orsay

75343 Paris Cedex 07





Food and drink

Good hygiene in restaurants, markets and shops. Tap water is safe to drink. You can also consume bottled water, local brand: Schoon Spruit, Van Riebeeck Water.

Don’t miss

The city of Johannesburg, Greenmarket Square and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town, the Cape of Good Hope, the Garden Route that follows the coast and runs from Still Bay to Plettenberg Bay, the city of Durban and Kruger National Park.

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