Travel Advice

International travel

Cape Town Airport, also known as Cape Town International (CPT), is the 2nd largest airport in South Africa. It is a major gateway for tourism in the country seeing millions of visitors arriving in the city of Cape Town annually. Cape Town Airport standards are world-class and the airport was ranked the leading airport in Africa for 2012 at the World Airport Awards.

Many airlines offer direct flights to Cape Town from various locations around the globe. Alternatively, one can fly to OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in the city of Johannesburg and next take a local flight to Cape Town. All airlines operating in South Africa fly to Cape Town Airport.

 

Transport from the Cape Town Airport to your accommodation in the City of Cape Town:

The Protea Hotel Fire & Ice provides a hotel airport shuttle service for a fee, and a reservation is required. Should you choose to make use of this service, please make the necessary arrangements directly with the hotel.

Alternatively you could select the conference airport shuttle option available when you register for the conference, which is available for an additional fee.

Buses from the Cape Town MyCiTi  bus service departs from the airport every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour, and terminate at the Civic Centre. Note that this service only operates from 05:30 – 21:30 on weekdays, and from 06:30 – 21:30 on weekends and public holidays.  From the Civic Centre there are numerous MyCiTi bus lines that can be utilized to get to your final destination.  The two closest MyCiti bus stops to the conference venue (coming from the direction of the Civic Center) are Upper Long (on Routes 101 and 107) and Lower Kloof (on route 107), both being within 500m of the hotel. For routes going towards the Civic Center, the closest bus stops are Lower Kloof (on route 107) and Upper Loop (on Routes 101 and 107).

Alternatively you can use Uber, metered taxis or rent a car (see below for more information).

 

Transport within the City of Cape Town:

We suggest that you utilize the MyCiti bus service, Uber, metered taxis or a rented vehicle as the safest forms of transport during your stay  in the City of Cape Town.

MyCiTi – the two closest bus stops to the conference venue (coming from the direction of the Civic Center) are Upper Long (on Routes 101 and 107) and Lower Kloof (on route 107), both being within 500m of the hotel. For routes going towards the Civic Center, the closest bus stops are Lower Kloof (on route 107) and Upper Loop (on Routes 101 and 107).

Uber – please ensure that you are already registered as an Uber user prior to visiting South Africa.  In order to use Uber we also suggest that you acquire a sim card at the airport for internet access, since access to WiFi is not yet as ubiquitous in South Africa as elsewhere in the world.

Metered Taxis  – we suggest you make use of the services of either of the following companies:

Car Rental Companies:


Medical information:

With its Mediterranean climate, Cape Town is malaria-free.  The only region with a risk of malaria in South Africa is the north-east corner of the country. Therefore, if you are planning to visit the famous Kruger National Park (www.sanparks.co.za), you need to take appropriate medical precautions.

 

South African Visas:

Passport holders from most countries are not required to apply for a visa before arriving in South Africa for a temporary (<30 day) visit. Please check the South African Home Affairs website for exact details as—in principle—the countries on this list may change without notice. Passport holders of countries not on the above list should follow the links for a visitor’s visa or a conference visa. General information on applying for a visa may be found here.
Should you require a visa support letter, please contact the Conference Manager at comex6@tlabs.ac.za