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Travel Information 


Official Airline Network

Star Alliance 1

The Star Alliance member airlines have been appointed as the Official Airline Network for the World Congress of Nephrology 2015.


To obtain the Star Alliance Conventions Plus discounts please follow the below steps to access the Convention Plus online booking tool:


Registered participants plus one accompanying person traveling to the event can qualify for a discount of up to 20%, depending on fare and class of travel booked.

The participating airlines for this event are: Adna Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Blue1, Brussels Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EgyptAir, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS International Air Lines, TAM Airlines, TAP Portugal, THAI, Turkish Airlines, United, and US Airways.

Discounts are offered on most published business and economy class fares, excluding website/internet fares, senior and youth fares, group fares and Round the World fares.

Please note, for travel to/from Japan and New Zealand special fares or discounts may be offered by the participating airlines on their own network. To obtain these special fares or discounts and for booking office information please visit www.staralliance.com/conventionsplus/delegates/ and:

  • Click on “Conventions Plus Booking Contacts”, and enter the conventions code SN03A72
  • Choose one of the participating airlines listed
  • Call the respective reservation contact listed and quote the conventions code SN03A72


When making your travel plans please present confirmation of your registration or proof of attendance for the Event/Convention.


News on Ebola

The ISN leadership, together with the organizing committee of the WCN 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa (SA), are closely monitoring the situation of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. There has been no spread of the outbreak into Southern Africa and more specifically, South Africa remains free of Ebola infection. Click Here for more information.


Passports and Visas

Every visitor to South Africa must have a valid passport. Passport must have at least TWO blank facing pages in it and be valid for at least 6 months after your intended date of departure, otherwise entry may be denied.
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 at the SA Government website: www.dha.gov.za, a travel agent or the South African diplomatic or consular representative in your area. Visas cannot be obtained on arrival.
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.
If required, upon request, the Congress Secretariat will send delegates a letter of invitation in order to help raise travel funds or obtain a visa.It is not a commitment on the part of the organizers to provide any financial support. Please note that only registered delegates who have paid their Congress registration fees will be issued with a letter of invitation.
Please note that as an effort to reduce child trafficking, the South African Government has requested that children under the age of 18 need to travel with an unabridged birth certificate.


CLICK HERE to read important information about Visa Applications. 


Travel Advisory

Important Notice

  • The passport must be machine readable however, the foreigner may be admitted into or depart from South Africa with a non-machine readable passport provided that:
    • He or she is from a foreign country that is issuing machine readable passports and has not completely phased out the non-machine readable passports; and
    • His or her passport was issued after 24 November 2005 and its date of expiry is before 24 November 2015.


Traveling with Young Adults and Children (up to 18 years)

Please note that as an effort to reduce child trafficking, the South African Government has requested that children under the age of 18 need to travel with an unabridged birth certificate.

A number of changes have been made to the South African Immigration Act with regard to traveling with children. In brief the following regulations now apply:

  • Any child who is in alternative care as defined in the Children's Act, shall, before departing from South Africa, produce a certified copy of an authorization letter from the Provincial Head of the Department where the child resided as contemplated in Section 169 of the Children's Act.
  • An immigration officer shall refuse any person who does not comply permission to depart from South Africa.
  • Where parents are traveling with a child, the parents need to produce an unabridged birth certificate for the child reflecting both parents particulars.
  • Where one parent is traveling with a child, he or she must produce an unabridged birth certificate and consent in the form of:
    • an affidavit from the other parent registered as a parent on the child's birth certificate authorizing him or her to enter into or depart from South Africa with the child.
    • A court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship in respect of the child, if he or she is the parent or legal guardian of the child, or 
    • Where applicable, a death certificate of the other parent registered as a parent of the child on the birth certificate.
  • Where a person is traveling with a child who is not his or her biological child, he or she must produce:
    • A copy of the unabridged birth certificate of the child
    • An affidavit from the parents or legal guardian of the child confirming that he or she has permission to travel with the child.
    • Copies of the identity documents or passports of the parents or legal guardian of the child and 
    • The contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the child.


Airport Transfer Services
Turners Conferences, the Official Housing Bureau of WCN 2015, provides a range of services for the event participants including airport transfers. For more information CLICK HERE.


Currency and Banks
The unit of currency in South Africa is the South African Rand (ZAR), one Rand equaling 100 cents. Facilities for cashing traveller's cheques are available at banks (operating hours are Monday - Friday 09:00 - 15:30, Saturdays 08:30 - 11:00) and at most hotels. Banks are closed on Sundays. Foreign exchange agencies are open during the week and on Saturdays. Automatic teller machines (ATM) are open 24 hours and are located at most banks as well as at the Congress Venue. International credit cards (Visa, Diners Club, MasterCard and American Express) are accepted at the majority of hotels, restaurants and shops.


Electricity Supply
The electricity supply in South Africa is 220 - 240 volts, 50 Hz. The connection for appliances is a round three-pin plug. Most hotels provide dual-voltage two-pin razor sockets (100-120 volts and 220-240 volts).

Plugs 1


Appliances with a type C plug (European rectangular 2 plug standard ) are very commonly found and used with a plug adapter in order to fit type M sockets. Type N sockets are compatible with C plugs.

Plugs 2


There are no compulsory vaccination requirements for persons entering South Africa although a certificate for yellow fever may be required if you are entering from certain South American or sub-Saharan African countries. Certain parts of the country have been designated as malaria risk areas. If you intend traveling to one of these areas, it is essential that you take prophylaxis before arrival and whilst in the area. Cape Town is a malaria risk free area. South African doctors and dentists are highly trained professionals and hospitals are well equipped. Delegates are requested to make their own arrangements with respect to health insurance prior to departure and consult their local general practitioner for personal expert advice. For international travel and health advisories please visit the WHO website at www.who.int/ith. It is safe to drink tap water throughout South Africa. Smoking is prohibited by law in most public buildings in South Africa except in designated smoking areas.


Prices will vary, but the following is an indication of what delegates might expect:

  • Tea or coffee ZAR 15.00 € 1.00 US$ 2.00
  • Restaurant meal ZAR160.00 € 14.00 US$ 20.00
  • Sandwich ZAR 25.00 € 2.30 US$ 3.50


We wish to assure all delegates that Cape Town is like any other major city with good and bad areas. Common sense will ensure a trouble free and enjoyable congress. The area around the CTICC and adjacent hotels is safe and well monitored at all times but we advise that you do not walk alone after dark in unpopulated streets. Ostentatious displays of wealth should be avoided at all times.


Shopping in Cape Town
Most shops in the city center and suburbs open between 08.00 and 17.00. Shops in major shopping malls open at 09.00 and close at 19.00 or later (), even on Sundays and most public holidays. Government agencies still keep to traditional weekday only hours.


Gratuities are expected in South Africa. A guideline for visitors is the following: Airport porters ZAR5.00 per item, taxis 10%, waiters and waitresses in restaurants 10%.


Traveller's Cheques
Most international traveller's cheques are accepted, provided they are in an acceptable currency and may be cashed at most banks. Many hotels and shops also provide this service.


VAT / Tax Refunds
VAT of 14% is levied on nearly all goods and services. Foreign tourists may claim back VAT paid on items that will be taken out of the country. Original tax invoices, foreign passport, plus all the items on which a refund is claimed, must be presented at the VAT Refund Administration Office or an appointed RSA Customs and Excise Official at the airport on departure, and the total VAT on these items will be refunded.


March in Cape Town is autumn. The weather is generally fair but occasional rainy and windy days can occur. Mornings are crisp, evenings can be cool especially if there is a breeze. Maximum daytime temperatures range from 15C to 25C.


Emergency Phone Number
In case of emergency (police, ambulance, fire), dial 107.


Time Zone
Cape Town is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (+2GMT).


English, Afrikaans and Zulu are the 3 most widely spread languages amongst the 11 official languages of South Africa.


International direct dialing, internet and e-mail facilities are easily accessible in Cape Town. Most of the mobile telephone systems used around the globe operates in Cape Town. Local SIM Cards can be purchased at convenience stores or at the Airport on Arrival.


Discover Cape Town
For the most updated tourist information, please visit the website of the Cape Town Tourism (www.capetown.travel/)