1-5 October 2018
Africa/Johannesburg timezone
International Conference on Physics Education (ICPE) 2018

Travel and VISA Information

Universality of Science Principle

The co-hosts SAIP and the University of the Witwatersrand adheres to the ICSU Principle of Universality in Science. The co-hosts understands that Internationals make important contributions to the advancement of science and physics in South Africa. Meaningful collaborations with international scientists is fundamental for the development of science in South Africa.  

No delegates applying to participate in ICPE-SAIP-WITS 2018 will be excluded from participation based solely on  grounds of religion, gender, national origin or citizenship.

VISA requirements

VISA to South Africa are issued by the South African Department of Home Affairs. When applying for a VISA delegates will require a letter confirming registration and payment for the conference. An invitation letter will be issued upon request – please contact Carlamani Conferences:

Email Address: carla@carlamani.co.za or Tel. +27 83 376 2368

Where the need arises an announcement of the conference and requests will also be sent to South African consular representatives abroad requesting them to issue visas to delegates provided all the visa requirements are met.

The applicant will be required to submit this letter of invitation along with other documentation in time. Click Here For More Information on How to Apply For South African Visa.

Passports: Please note that you must have two blank pages in your passport next to each other to enter the country. For further information and assistance please contact: the South African Department of Home Affairs, 0800 60 11 90 (toll free from South Africa); or your local South African Embassy.

Foreign exchange

Please ensure that you exchange cash at the foreign exchange services at the airport.  Emergency arrangements can be made with Misty Hills hotel for foreign exchange with a 2 working days lead time.

South Africa Electric Power  Wall Sockets

  1. The South African electricity supply is 220/230 V AC 50 Hz.

  2. US-made appliances may need a transformer.

  3. Most hotel rooms have 110 V outlets for electric shavers and appliances.

  4. Most plugs are 15 A with 3 round pins “Type M” . If an adaptor is called for, consider bringing one with you, although they can be purchased locally Electrical wall sockets (outlets) in the Republic of South are the "Type M " South African SABS1661 ("Large" 15 amp BS-546) sockets. The "Type M " South African plug and socket is not to be confused with the "Type D " Indian plug and socket. In pictures, they look very similar, but the South African type is much larger than the Indian type, and they are physically incompatible. If your appliance's plug doesn't match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in. Travel plug adapters simply change the shape of your appliance's plug to match whatever type of socket you need to plug into.