Travel Information

Visa Requirements

It is the delegate’s responsibility to investigate the visa requirements for South Africa and apply for a visa, if necessary.

Click here for the list of nationalities which do not require a visa for a stay of up to 90 days.

If your nationality does not benefit from a visa exemption, click here to find the South African Visa requirements. Requirements for visitor’s visas differ from country to country, and the requirements are subject to change.

While processing time depends from country to country, delegates are advised to apply for their visa as soon as possible, if required, to ensure adequate processing time.

While registering for WOC2020, you will be able to request an invitation letter stating that you will be traveling to South Africa in order to attend the 37th World Ophthalmology Congress. This letter will help facilitate the visa process. Please note that letters of invitation are only issued to registered and paid/approved delegates.

If you have any questions, please contact WOC@icowoc.org 

Airline Travel Discounts

oneworld® is pleased to be the official airline alliance of 37th World Ophthalmology Congress.

Attendee benefits

  • Discounts on flights for attendees and one travel companion.
  • Travel up to seven days before and seven days after the event.
  • Flights available from all oneworld member airlines and affiliates.
  • Enjoy a user-friendly booking tool showing the most convenient flight options.
  • 24-hour support via email or phone.
  • Earn rewards and tier status points on eligible oneworld flights.
  • Frequent flyer privileges including access to some 650 premium airport lounges worldwide, fast track at security lanes in selected airports and extra baggage allowance.*
  • Seamless connections and quality service on oneworld member airlines.

Take advantage today

Visit www.oneworld.com/events, select ‘Attendee’ and enter event code OW70A19 to access our online booking tool.

oneworld, the premier global airline alliance, brings together 13 leading airlines from around the world – American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LATAM Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines and SriLankan Airlines. Together with around 30 affiliate members, oneworld’s network currently serves more than 1,000 destinations in 150 countries. For more information please visit www.oneworld.com.

*Privileges depend on your oneworld tier status level. For more information visit www.oneworld.com/benefits.

Transport options

There is only one airport in Cape Town which operates both domestic and international flights. The main terminal building has three floors the departures are located in the upper floors and arrivals in the lower floors.

For more information, visit the Cape Town Airport website.

Airport Transfers

The option of booking Airport – Hotel – Airport transfers is available. You can book your transfer through our Accommodation, Tours and Airport Transfers link.

Other transport options at Cape Town Airport include shuttles as arranged privately with hotels or agencies, metered, Uber-style cabs, airport transfers in general, and the MyCiti mass rapid transport bus system which runs into town. MyCiti is convenient should you be travelling lightly. If not, a pre-arranged transfer, taxi or car hire are your best options.

It is an appealingly simple way to get around: just download the app, call up a car, and be on your merry way. You do not even need to carry cash (although that is now an option).

For more information regarding Uber, visit their website.

For more information regarding Bolt (Taxify), visit their website.

Transport to and from the airport is also provided by metered and authorized taxis. Travel time between Cape Town Airport and downtown is about 20 minutes. Taxis at Cape Town Airport can be found outside the Arrivals level (ground level).

Touch Down Taxis is the officially authorised airport taxi company and travellers. To request the service in advance, please call: +27 (0)83 652 0786 or +27 (0)82 569 7555. Opening hours: 24 hours.

For passengers’ convenience, it is better to pre-book a taxi.  It is one of the cheapest ways to get around in terms of private transportation. The ride should cost between R260.00-R310.00. There are various companies that provides the services as: Rikkis, Excite, Sport, Kestrel, among others.

Please, bear in mind that the taxi fares are based on the cab category and the location of the cab (if it is stationed at the airport or need to pick up passengers). A trip to downtown Cape Town from the airport cost between R 300.00 and 400.00.

Still a fairly new addition to Cape Town, the MyCiTi integrated rapid transport network offers an easy and affordable way to get around the city. These modern buses offer good public transport options for the city centre and a host of nearby landmarks. The service extends to the Cape Town International Airport.

The fares on the MyCiTi buses are calculated according to the distance traveled, and you’ll need to buy one of the MyConnect cards (available at the stations or select retailers) and load enough money for your trip. For more information, visit their website.

The sights of Cape Town are spread far and wide. For those who would like to explore the area at their own pace, one of the best option is to get around would be through car hire. There are numerous international and local vehicle rental agencies at the airport. These include Budget car hire, Avis, First car rental For more information on the car rental companies available at the airport, visit this webpage.

Walking around Cape Town

While many of the attractions available in Cape Town require transport beyond the city bowl, there’s also a lot to see in town itself. The small size of the city centre makes walking an easy way to see the sights, and will often turn up hidden gems not found by travelling in a taxi or car.

Another good option to visit the city is the Hop On-Hop Off Tour which is perfectly designed and a professionally operated way to see the major sites in Cape Town. With over 30 stops, and taking you to over 50 of Cape Town’s top attractions, the bus allows you to hop-on and hop-off at your leisure. One of the Hop-on-Hop Off stop is located just next to the congress venue (CTICC). For more information, visit their website.