- You will need a passport valid for six months after your proposed return date, with sufficient unused pages for visa, entry and exit stamps. If you need a new passport, bear in mind that the Department of Home Affairs' processing time is at least six to eight weeks. Frequent flyers can apply for a maxi-passport with additional pages.
- If your new passport isn't likely to be ready in time, you can apply for an emergency passport. This generally takes about seven days and the passport will be valid for about 12 months. Note, however, that a number of foreign embassies are not keen to grant visas on an emergency passport.
- If you are a foreign passport holder with permanent residence in South Africa, make sure that your re-entry permit is still valid.
- Application processes can be cumbersome, and for a multi-country trip, costs may add up. Some embassies require that you apply in person or attend a personal interview. The best approach is to fulfil each embassy application requirements to the letter.
- Most embassies publish their requirements, fees and preferred methods of payment on their websites. Take care to apply for the right type of visa, for example single entry, multiple entry, tourist or business.
- When applying for a visa, you may be asked to provide a visa letter from your bank. Our customers can obtain this letter from any of our foreign exchange outlets. Also, if you buy your foreign exchange from us we will provide this service to you free of charge.
Travel insurance and health
- Immunisation against diseases, such as yellow fever, tetanus, cholera, typhoid and hepatitis A, may be a compulsory entry requirement at your destination, or recommended by health authorities. It is worth doing a pre-departure check on the health regulations and conditions of your destination.
- Leaving home without medical cover can be risky and expensive and the implications of falling ill in strange surroundings are considerable. It is advisable to take out travel insurance with medical cover before you leave. If you would like to know more about the travel insurance cover we offer, call Standard Bank Insurance Services at 0860 123 999.
- Remember, if you pay for your ticket with your Standard Bank credit card you will receive free basic travel insurance cover (terms and conditions apply).
- The weight allowance for baggage is generally dependent on the airline you are going to travel with. They often specify the maximum suitcase dimensions permitted, so check baggage requirements with them.
- If your bags exceed the weight limit, you may be liable for excess baggage charges and these are applied to varying degrees by the airlines.
- Hand luggage: As a general rule, passengers have been allowed to board an aircraft with one overnight bag of 6kg to 7kg. In the past, laptops, handbags or small briefcases could be carried separately, but a new wave of stricter airport security regulations has seen this fall away in some instances.
- If you are travelling overseas you will need to follow new international security regulations, commonly known as LAGs. LAGs stands for liquids, aerosols and gels and refers to the new international security regulations that limit the quantity of these items allowed in your hand luggage.
Here is what you have to do
- When taking any LAGs in your hand luggage you must ensure they are in containers of maximum 100ml each.
- They must be packed in a 20x20cm transparent, re-sealable plastic bag. The total bag capacity must be a maximum of 1 litre.
- Only one bag is allowed per passenger and it must be shown at airport security.
- LAGs apply only to international flights.
Here are some tips to help you make your trip as comfortable as possible, and avoid jetlag:
- Drink plenty of water
- Avoid crossing your legs
- Walk around the cabin whenever you can
- Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes.
- Entry and customs declaration forms are usually distributed by cabin staff during the flight. We suggested that you complete these and have them ready when you disembark, along with your passport. Your first stop on landing will be passport control. You will then pick up your luggage from the designated carousel and pass through customs.
Make us your first stop to convert your foreign exchange back to rand.
We accept foreign notes in the following currencies:
British Sterling Lesotho Loti Euro Mauritian Rupee United States Dollar Namibia Dollar Australian Dollar Norwegian Kronor Botswana Pula New Zealand Dollar Canadian Dollar Saudi Riyals Swiss Franc Swedish Kroner Danish Kroner Singapore Dollar Hong Kong Dollar Swaziland Lilange Israeli Shekel Indian Rupee Thai Baht Japanese Yen United Arab Emirate Dirham
- We are an agent for American Express Travellers Cheques; however, we will also accept other types of Travellers Cheques such as Thomas Cook and Visa.
- The process to deposit travellers cheques is similar to depositing rand cheques. It could take some time before the funds reflect in your account, as the cheques must be cleared before your account is credited (terms and conditions apply).
- You will be charged a fee to convert foreign notes and travellers cheques.
- You can exchange foreign notes and travellers cheques at any Standard Bank foreign exchange outlet.