To enter South Africa, you must be in possession of a valid passport and a visa. Visitors who intend traveling to South Africa's neighboring countries and back into South Africa are advised to apply for multiple entry visas.
Traveler's cheques are accepted in most stores, hotels and restaurants and may be cashed in most banks.
South Africa has an excellent banking system and there are ATM's scattered throughout South Africa and with any major credit or debit card you can withdraw money.
Hotels will exchange foreign notes for you but you will get a better exchange rate at a bank or travel agency.
South African shops and restaurants all accept Visa and Mastercard. Check first for America Express or Dinners Club cards.
VAT of 14% is levied on nearly all goods and services. Foreign tourists may claim on items that will be taken out of the country. Original tax invoices, foreign passport items on which a refund is claimed, must be presented at eh VAT refund administration.
No international immunization is needed when entering South Africa.
Although this disease is to the larger extent under control in South Africa, precautions against Malaria should always be taken when visiting Africa. It is advised that you seek advice to whether you will be traveling to a Malaria infected area and if so to take anti- malaria prophylactics. A general list of the areas in South Africa that are prone to Malaria include: