Travel and entry requirements



With only a month before the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016), we would like to provide you with some urgent practical information about entry requirements to South Africa. Please read the following carefully.
Documents required for entering the country
  • A valid and acceptable passport or travel document for your intended stay with at least two blank pages in your passport for endorsements
  • A valid visa if required
  • A yellow fever vaccination certificate or a waiver letter from a doctor if required
  • Sufficient funds to pay for your day-to-day expenses during your stay
  • A return or onward ticket

 We also strongly recommend that delegates acquire medical travel insurance.

Visa information

Delegates are requested to check relevant South African visa requirements as soon as possible. It is the delegate’s responsibility to investigate visa requirements and to apply for a visa, if necessary.

For more information on visa processes and for a list of countries that are exempt from applying for a visa please click here.

Transit visa information

Citizens of certain countries also need an airport transit visa in order to transit through an airport in a Schengen Area country or in the United States. In case you are transiting through one of these countries please contact the relevant consulate to request a transit visa. For further details please click here.

Yellow fever vaccination requirements

Delegates travelling from or through certain World Health Organization (WHO) designated countries with risk of yellow fever transmission will have to provide proof that they were vaccinated against yellow fever. AIDS 2016 delegates travelling from these countries are advised to review the country list, and assess their vaccination requirements at least two to three weeks prior to travel. For more information and a list of the WHO designated countries please click here.

Delegates who have a medical reason to not receive a yellow fever vaccination must obtain a medical waiver. Yellow fever vaccination is contraindicated in a minority of persons. To learn more about the contraindications click here.

Customs requirements

Certain goods are illegal to bring into South Africa and others require a duty payment. For South African customs requirements and for information on travelling with medication please click here.

Harm reduction services

Onsite harm reduction services will be made available to conference delegates. For more information on access to opioid substitution therapy (OST) and our needle/syringe programme (NSP) please click here.
Please note that we have recently updated the Terms and Conditions for AIDS 2016 delegates. 
We look forward to seeing you in Durban!

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