General Travel Information


All attendees are responsible for obtaining the appropriate visas for entry to South Africa. Please be advised that all visitors to South Africa are required to have a passport or travel document valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry of your intended visit and your passport must have at least one unused page for entry/departure endorsements

If you do not have one full empty page in your passport you will be denied entry. For more information about applying for a visa and the requirements, please click here. To apply for a visa, you will need to contact your local South African High Commission or Embassy. To view a list of South African Missions abroad, please click here. The organisers will be able to assist you with an invitation letter on the conference letterhead, but this can only be issued once full payment for all conference fees have been received.


The Event Organizers cannot accept liability for personal injuries sustained, or for loss or damage of property belonging to participants (or their accompanying persons), either during, or as a result of the ISBGMO 2014 Conference. Attendees are strongly advised to purchase adequate travel insurance for the duration of their travel to South Africa.


Cape Town, home to Table Mountain, one of the seven natural wonders of the world will make you fall in love with it from the moment you arrive! With its natural beauty, vibrant people and many cultures, Cape Town is the perfect city to host ISBGMO 2014.

Cape Town and the Western Cape is located at the South Western tip of Africa, and is considered to be one of the most beautiful places on Earth. The destination offers a diverse range of sights and attractions. From lavish and luxurious hotel accommodation, a world-class Convention Centre, top class meeting venues, modern infrastructure to accredited service providers, there are an endless amount of reasons why Cape Town and the Western Cape is the ideal destination for any Business Event.

Cape Town and the Western Cape is an unforgettable destination for a variety of incentive travel programmes, large international congresses, exhibitions, sporting and cultural events to the ideal pre or post leisure destination for guests visiting another destination in Southern Africa. The oldest city in South Africa, Cape Town is enveloped by the exquisite Table Mountain. The diverse scenery the city offers ranges from beaches to mountains, wild life and forests, which have the ability to appeal to many different tastes. With a National Park within city limits and two World Heritage Sites, the wide range of attractions becomes obvious.

Cape Town and the Western Cape has something for everyone. From the landmark beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay to the vibrant V&A Waterfront and Cape Town city centre and the award winning wine farms of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, the peaceful and scenic towns of the West Coast, Garden Route, Overberg and the Karoo areas - time spent in the Western Cape will not be forgotten.

The top ten reasons to visit are:

  1. Pure natural beauty
  2. Mediterranean climate
  3. Affordability
  4. Cultural melting pot
  5. Superb cuisine (and, of course, wine)
  6. Assorted adventure & cultural experiences
  7. Easy access
  8. Exquisite beaches
  9. Exceptional infrastructure
  10. Security and safety

Source: The Cape Town and Western Cape Convention Bureau


To date, there are no Ebola cases in South Africa. However, as part of enhanced precautionary measures to prevent occurrence or spread of Ebola into the country, the Department of Health has issued a travel advisory to prevent the importation of Ebola into South Africa that applies to all travelers coming to or leaving South Africa to or from affected countries.  The travel advisory can be downloaded here. Additional updates, FAQs and resource materials can be found on the Department of Health website:
Update 5 - Ebola Virus from SAACI
The Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI) has posted information here on concerns over the Ebola Virus and travel in Africa.



South Africa has a relatively salubrious climate and our levels of water treatment, hygiene and such make it a pretty safe destination.



If you're an adult, you won't need any inoculations unless you're travelling from a yellow-fever endemic area (the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America), in which case you will need certification to prove your inoculation status when you arrive in South Africa.

It is recommended that you have the required inoculations four to six weeks before you travel to South Africa (a yellow fever inoculation certificate only becomes valid 10 days after inoculation - after which it remains valid for 10 years).

Hepatitis B inoculations are recommended for children up to the age of 12 who have not completed the series of injections as infants. Booster doses for tetanus and measles can also be administered.

Medical facilities

Medical facilities in cities and larger towns are world-class. Located close to the Convention centre and all the hotels in the city is the Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital.

Can I drink the water?

High-quality tap (faucet) water is available almost everywhere in South Africa, treated so as to be free of harmful micro-organisms, and in any area other than informal or shack settlements, is both palatable and safe to drink straight from the tap.

In some areas, the water is mineral-rich, and you may experience a bit of gastric distress for a day or two until you get used to it. Bottled mineral water, both sparkling and still, is readily available in most places.

Drinking water straight from rivers and streams could put you at risk of waterborne diseases - especially downstream of human settlements. The water in mountain streams, however, is usually pure and wonderful.

In the Cape, particularly, the water contains humic acid, which stains it the colour of diluted Coca-Cola - this is absolutely harmless, and the water is wonderful. You may also find this colouring in tap water in some areas. It's fine - it just looks a bit weird in the bath.

Do I need to take malaria tablets?

Many of the main tourist areas are malaria-free, so you need not worry at all. However, the Kruger National Park, the Lowveld of Mpumalanga and Limpopo, and the northern part of KwaZulu-Natal do pose a malaria risk in the summer months.

Many local people and some travellers do not take malaria prophylaxis, but most health professionals recommend you do. Consult your doctor or a specialist travel clinic for the latest advice concerning malaria prophylaxis, as it changes regularly.

Whether you take oral prophylaxis or not, always use mosquito repellent, wear long pants, closed shoes and light long-sleeved shirts at night, and sleep under a mosquito net in endemic areas (the anopheles mosquito, which carries malaria, operates almost exclusively after dark). It is advisable to avoid malarial areas if you are pregnant.

Other health issues

Bilharzia can be a problem in some of the east-flowing rivers, but it is easily detected and treated if it is caught early. Perhaps it would be a good idea to have a routine test a month or two after you get home - just to reassure yourself.

Ticks generally come out in the early spring and may carry tick bite fever, which is easily treated. You should also be aware of hepatitis, for which you can be inoculated.



Crime in South Africa, like many other places in today's world, can be a problem, but all you really need to do is take the usual sensible precautions and follow some basic safety rules.

Know where you're going before you set off, particularly at night, watch your possessions, don't walk alone in dodgy areas, lock your doors at night.

And, like anywhere else, there are some areas of the major cities which are known to be more risky than others. It is easy to avoid these and still have a good time.

If you cannot avoid such areas, then avoid wearing visible jewellery or carrying cameras and bags over your shoulder. Keep mobile phones and wallets tucked away where no one can see them.

Check beforehand that the areas you plan to visit are safe by asking hotel staff or police.

Other sensible advice is not to hitchhike, or accept or carry items for strangers.




The official language of the ISBGMO13 is English.


Due to its coastal position, Cape Town enjoys a Mediteranean type climate for most of the year. Summers can be very hot, although often moderated with a cool sea breeze and mid-winter can be very cold with snow falling in the surrounding mountains. However, whichever time of year you choose to visit Cape Town, expect a surprise or two - Cape Town is known to have four seasons all in one day.

Cape Town enjoys a long summer from mid October to March. Temperatures vary from mid 20's to mid 30's with little rain over the period. The south-easterly wind blows fairly often, more so in November and December than in February and March. Days are long and perfect for evening entertainment, sundowners and long days on the beach.


With a favourable exchange rate for many international currencies, you'll find South Africa a very inexpensive destination. And an easy one – our financial institutions are world-class, with no shortage of banks, bureaux de change and automatic tellers.

South Africa's unit of currency is the Rand. The banks are generally open from 9am to 3.30pm Mondays through Fridays, and 8.30am to 11am on Saturdays, but those at the airports adjust their hours to accommodate international flights.

All major credit cards can be used in South Africa, with American Express and Diners Club enjoying less universal acceptance than MasterCard and Visa. In some small towns, you may find you'll need to use cash.


The Star Alliance member airlines are pleased to be appointed as the Official Airline Network for ISBGMO 2014.

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


Under "Delegates login" enter conventions code SA02S14.             

The online booking tool opens in a separate window*
*Should the online booking tool not open, please ensure that your Pop-Up blocker is disabled.

Registered participants plus one accompanying person travelling 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: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, AviancaTaca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS International Air
Lines, TAP Portugal, THAI, Turkish Airlines, United, 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 and:

  • Click on "Conventions Plus Booking Contacts" and enter the conventions code SA02S14.
  • Choose one of the participating airlines listed

Call the respective reservation contact listed and quote the conventions code SA02S14 when requesting the special ticket

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