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2014 World Cup Tournament: General information to South Africans travelling to Brazil

Registration of South Africans Abroad (ROSA)

South Africans travelling abroad are encouraged to register their trips online via Registration of South Africans Abroad (ROSA)

ROSA allows the Department of International Relations and Cooperation to locate you and offer consular assistance in case of emergencies.

ROSA link:

VISA Requirements

South African passport holders are not required to obtain a visa before travelling to Brazil. Visa free entry into Brazil is valid for 90 days. It may be required that tourists satisfy immigration officers by proving that they have the means to support themselves during their stay and that they are in possession of return flight tickets. Please ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months with enough blank pages. To carry additional passport photographs is useful should you need a temporary passport or emergency travel certificate.

Yellow Fever Certificate

Visitors from the yellow-fever belt in the Americas and other countries as well as those, who travel through or disembark in these areas, have to be inoculated against the disease. It is recommended that you have the required inoculation at least 10 days before you travel .You will need to prove your inoculation status when you arrive back in South Africa by presenting a certificate.

Travel Insurance

It is strongly recommended that you take out travel insurance before travelling abroad. Travel insurance should cover hospitalisation and related medical costs as well as a possible emergency evacuation.


Portuguese is the official language of Brazil and is spoken by more than 99% of the population. Knowing a couple of words in Portuguese will be beneficial. Learn at least a few key phrases. A modest command of the local language will go a long way. English is also spoken by some Brazilians.

Transportation in Brazil

Brazil is a huge country covering a total area of 8,514,215 km2. FIFA matches will be played in 12 cities which are very far from each other. South African Airways (SAA) flights land in São Paulo's, Guarulhos (GRU) International Airport. Other airliners from Europe land at the international airports such as São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Recife or Salvador, where there are connecting flights to most other major Brazilian cities. Should you plan to watch games in different cities you are strongly advised to book domestic flights carefully in advance due to long distances in between the cities. As for local ground transportation, major airports such as in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo have bus services and taxis which can be used to transfer to the city centre. A bus is relatively cost effective and it may be better than hiring a car and driving yourself. Taxis are also reliable, well regulated and fairly priced.

Hotel Accommodation

You are advised to confirm your hotel stay way in advance before the trip is undertaken as there will be high demand for accommodation during the period of the FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil.

South African diplomatic missions are not responsible for making accommodation bookings for travelers abroad. Hotel bookings can also be made via FIFA Official Hospitality Programme, Match.


The operation of a foreign mobile phone number in Brazil depends on the technology used and on compatibility with Brazilian operators. Service tariffs vary depending on the operator. Before travelling please check with your South African service provider the conditions for using a mobile phone in Brazil. The following mobile service providers are available in Brazil: TIM (41), Claro (21), Oi (31), Vivo (15) and Nextel.

Phoning out of Brazil to South Africa

To make an international call to South Africa, the mobile number must be preceded by an international access code depending on the mobile operator followed by 27, South Africa’s international country code. For example in case of Tim mobile operator, the number is 00 41 (operator code) then 27 followed by the relevant phone number excluding the zero.

Currency and Exchange

The Brazilian currency is the Real (R$). There are bills of R$2, R$5, R$10, R$20, R$50 and R$100. Dollars and travelers checks can be exchanged at the airports, banks, travel agencies and authorized hotels. All major credit cards can be used. Brazilian banks have developed an efficient Information Technology infrastructure, holders of major credit cards can use Brazilian ATMs to access their accounts and withdraw cash (other transactions are limited). Pin-based debit cards are accepted too and please remember to notify your bank in advance that you will be travelling abroad.


The electricity supply in South Africa is 220/230 volts AC 50Hz. Voltage in Brazil varies between 110V and 220V 60Hz, depending on the region. Adapters are obtainable locally. Voltage distribution varies in Brazil. Both Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo use 110V although some hotels might have plugs catering for 220v appliances.

Time Difference

There are regional variations in Brazil in terms of time. During the period of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the South African Standard time will be five hours ahead of the Brasília time in the majority of the hosting cities except for Manaus and Cuiabá (6 hours ahead). 

Lost passports

It will not be a bad idea to travel around with certified photocopies of your valuable documents, keeping the originals in a safe place in a hotel. If you lose your passport, report the loss as soon as possible to the local police station. Take a copy of the police report to the Embassy/ Consulate to apply for a temporary passport/emergency travel document.

Personal Security

We are exposed to crime everywhere in the world and basic precautionary measures will contribute to ensuring your safety.

  • Do not accept or carry parcels, baggage or any items that you have not packed personally.
  • Do not offer to collect parcels on behalf of other persons.
  • Never leave your luggage and other possessions unattended.
  • Possessing or smuggling drugs is a criminal offence in almost all countries.
  • In case of prescribed medication, carry a copy of the doctor’s prescription.
  • Obtain information from the hotel in which you are staying on security related precautions in the area.
  • Remember to store valuables in the safety deposit box and keep your room locked at all times.

In case of any security related emergencies please contact: Colonel F. H. S. Labuschagne: South African Police Representative in Brazil on mobile no: 0055 11 (98417- 8889)

Preparation and knowledge are key to a successful trip abroad. When travelling abroad the laws of the foreign country apply to everybody. South Africans are not exempt from local foreign legislation and will not receive special treatment.

South Africans are encouraged to learn about the financial, customs, political, cultural and economic environment of Brazil to have a most enjoyable stay.

The above information serves as a guide only.

Consular Contact information:

Consular Hours: 09h00-12h00 (Monday to Friday)

Av. Paulista, 1754 - 12th floor - Zip code: 01310-920 - São Paulo - SP.
Tel: (11) 3265-0449 Fax: (11) 3285-1185

Cel: (11) 98691-1638

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Mesmo sendo a terceira maior cidade da África do Sul, Durban é um dos destinos de férias mais populares do país, até mesmo para os sul-africanos.  O segredo é o tempo bom durante todo o ano e o litoral propício para diversão que a cidade oferece.

A enorme população de indianos de Durban faz com que a cidade tenha uma cultura bem diferente daquela do resto do país, oferecendo aos turistas o melhor de dois mundos.  Em Durban, visitantes podem se deliciar com a comida africana tradicional na hora do almoço, e com os pratos exóticos indianos à noite.  Objetos de arte Zulu são vendidos lado a lado com os temperos e tecidos indianos nos mercados espalhados pela cidade.

A Golden Mile de Durban, uma praia onde estão situados hotéis de luxo, restaurantes, casas noturnas e lojas, é para onde os turistas vão, mas há muito mais para ser visto na cidade, que reúne também algumas das melhores lojas de artesanato do país.  Não perca:

The Golden Mile:  Apesar do seu apelo comercial, essa praia atrai visitantes durante o ano todo.  Todas as tardes, as ruas ficam cheias de vendedores ambulantes, crianças que querem ir ao parque e riquixás coloridos, carrinhos de duas rodas puxados por homens para o transporte de pessoas.  De manhã, a Golden Mile é quieta e tranqüila e o maior movimento é feito pelos surfistas que vêm a Durban em busca de suas ondas famosas.  O Funworld, com suas montanhas-russas, o parque aquático Waterworld e as atrações Seaworld Aquarium e Seaworld Dolphinarium são verdadeiras fontes da juventude.

Killie Campbell Africana Museum:  Situado em Berea, área nobre de Durban, esse museu é a melhor atração da cidade.  O Killie Campbell Africana Museum já foi a residência do barão do açúcar Sir Marshall Campbell e foi inspirado na influência holandesa da região do Cabo.  Quadros pintados a óleo, móveis exóticos da época e uma grande coleção de bordados, além de utensílios, armas, máscaras e instrumentos musicais africanos, são exemplos do que pode ser visto pelos visitantes. 

Victoria Street Market:  Situado na esquina das ruas Queen e Russell, esse mercado está perto do Indian District e é muito movimentado.  Os vendedores de carnes e peixes competem por fregueses gritando o preço de suas mercadorias, e lojinhas bizarras oferecem de tudo para quem está à procura de um souvenir.  Aqui também é um bom lugar para quem gosta de música e tecidos indianos.

Jumah Mosque:  Jumah é a maior mesquita encontrada no hemisfério sul. Aqui, varandas com conjuntos de colunas, um minarete com cúpula de ouro e uma pequena torre definem o caráter da vizinhança.  A única forma de visitar essa impressionante atração arquitetônica é fazendo reserva com antecedência.

Durban Art Gallery:  Nos anos 70, essa galeria foi a primeira a reconhecer o artesanato africano como arte legítima.  Hoje, os visitantes encontram exposições de arte em cerâmica, imagens, esculturas, quadros e bordados.  Várias oficinas de artesanato para crianças e adultos são realizadas freqüentemente, bem como a apresentação de filmes, palestras e tours com guias.

Durban Harbor:  Local cada vez mais atraente para turistas, o Durban Harbor é o porto mais movimentado da África do Sul.  Aqui, os visitantes podem relaxar e assistir às atividades do porto de algum dos muitos restaurantes com vista para o mar.  Os jacarandás da área residencial Berea Ridge, que podem ser vistos do porto, complementam a paisagem.

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