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Everybody is responsible for their own visa arrangements. For many countries South Africa is visa free for short stay visitors, please see: for the list of visa-free countries.


For those guests requiring a letter of invitation to obtain a visa, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the header "VISA" to get a prompt response. 


Travellers from Asia, Europe and North America do not require vaccine certificates. The Western Cape is not a malaria area.

Currently, South Africa has only one mandatory vaccine requirement: Yellow Fever. All travellers journeying from yellow fever risk countries must show proof of yellow fever vaccination by means of a valid yellow fever certificate. Only the African and South American continent includes designated Yellow Fever risk countries. Countries for which a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for entry into South Africa are Angola, Argentina, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Guinea-Bissau, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, French Guyana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guyana, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Suriname, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Venezuela, and Zambia.

Airport arrival

The only reasonable airport for arrival is Cape Town International (see Cape Town airport), which is 105 km from Hermanus. The road trip to Hermanus takes at least 1.5 hours (there are no trains), depending on the traffic in Somerset West and conditions on Sir Lowrey's Pass and Houwhoek Pass. We will meet all guests arriving at Cape Town airport on Sunday 13 September (EISCAT SOC members on Thursday 10 September, Radar school participants on Friday 11 September), both international and domestic arrival halls. We can not provide a meeting service for any other arrival method or days.

Free Airport Shuttle

The conference will provide a free airport shuttle service for arrivals on Sunday 13 September (EISCAT SOC members on Thursday 10 September, Radar school participants on Friday 11 September) and departures on Saturday 19 September. Participants arriving earlier for vacation purposes can make use of the shuttle service by coming to the airport on Sunday 13 September. Participants staying on after the conference for vacation purposes can make use of the shuttle service to the airport on Saturday 19 September.

For arrivals, the shuttles will be timed to coincide with maximum demand. Hence, guests may have to wait at the airport for a couple of hours.

For departures, we will depart Hermanus promptly NO LESS than 4 hours prior to the first departure flight for a group of guests.

Guests may also use rental cars (see Cape Town airport) or commercial shuttle services at their own risk.


There are many ways to get to Cape Town. There are some direct international connections but most flights stop over in Johannesburg. Below are some options personally tested by Mike:

  • Direct from Europe (Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Zurich). Flight time is 11 hours.
  • Emirates via Dubai (no Johannesburg stopover). Flight time from Dubai to Cape Town direct is 9.5 hours.
  • Ethiopian Airlines via Addis Ababa (change in Johannesburg). Flight time from Addis Ababa to Johannesburg is 6 hours. Flight time from Jonannesburg to Cape Town is 2 hours.
  • Turkish Airlines via Istanbul (stopover in Johannesburg but donot disembark). Flight time from Istanbul to Cape Town is 12.5 hours (including stop in Johannesburg).

Commuting in Hermanus

Please note that we cannot provide transport between your accommodation and the conference venues. There is no public transport in Hermanus. Hermanus town is very flat and walking is both safe and popular. Other transport options are given below. Limited public parking is available at both venues.

Hermanus Car Hire

Hermanus has Europe Car, Avis, Budget and Imperial Car hire locally. 

Hertz - 028 312 4479

Europe Car - 028 370 0526

Avis - 028 316 4180

These are the details for the car rental agencies in Hermanus. If you want to rent a car from the airport it would be better to book from one of the above mentioned agencies situated at Cape Town International Airport (see Cape Town airport).

Please note: South African police are very enthusisatic about enforcing the speed limit and often will do so from hidden locations. The road to Hermanus has many fixed speed traps, some concealed, as well as two long average speed traps. It is also mandatory to carry your driving license with you at all times whilst driving.

Taxi's, Tuk Tuk and Shuttle Services in Hermanus

This is the most popular mode of transport for tourists to use as you hire the shuttle to drop you off exactly where you wish to go.
Transport suppliers listed hereunder are accredited members of the HTB and have met the minimum required statutory requirements in the interests of your safety.

  Percy Tours   072 062 8500
  Johns Shuttle    082 845 2746
  Magical Mystery Tours   083 245 1657
  Bernardus Tours and Transfers     083 658 7848
  Nkosi Safaris   028 314 1876
  TUK TUK   084 6885 885
  Splash   082 658 5375


 These are the details for the services in Hermanus.