Check you have all your travel documentation in place before leaving home. The most important in our opinion are:
- Passports/ Visas
You will require a valid Passport for travel into South Africa and between the countries in your itinerary. In all cases (regardless of the countries being visited) your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months from the date of travel, and should have at least 2 blank pages available for entry / exit stamps, and visas. Please ensure that you have up-to-date information regarding visa requirements for each country visited, as different countries have different arrangements – depending upon the nationality of your passport. It’s advisable to leave a copy of your passport with a friend or relative in case of emergency, and make sure you have the contact details for your embassy or consulate in the countries you are visiting.
- Travel Insurance
Make sure you are comprehensively covered for emergency evacuation, medical emergencies, repatriation, loss or theft of your luggage and all contents, replacement of your travel documents, cancellation and curtailment. If you have booked your plane tickets with a credit card you are often automatically covered for some of these items. Your personal medical insurance may also cover you for medical expenses whilst abroad, but if not a travel insurance policy is relatively cheap and easy to arrange. The peace of mind it will give you is well worth the extra expense.