East London Eastern Cape South Africa
East London - Tourism

East London - Travellers Information

 

Emergency Numbers:
Police Flying Squad. Tel: 10 111
Ambulance. Tel: 10 177
Fire Station. Tel: 043 705 9000 / 043 705 9098
National Sea Rescue. Tel: 043 700 2100
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For South African Online telephone directory go HERE


Safety Tips:
East London is like any major city in the world , it has it's areas of high crime rate and more safer areas , if in doubt ask a local.
Do not carry large sums of cash.
Try to keep valuables ,(cameras,video recorders) , out of sight.
Be even more vigilant in secluded areas (parks ands trails) and at night.
If possible , keep in groups (safety in numbers).
Do not park your car in a secluded area.
Do not leave valuable belongings in plain sight in the car , lock them in the boot(trunk).
Beggars will approach you for handouts , if you feel the need , don't give cash but rather food.
Do not leave belongings unattended anywhere , especially on the beaches.


Medical Services:
It is strongly advised that any visitor has medical insurance in place before they arrive. Our state hospitals , while adequate , leave something to be desired and private hospitals are better equipped. Doctors can be found under "Medical" in the Telephone Directory.
Transportation:
Public transportation cannot be relied on as a means of getting around the city , although taxi company's are available it is advised to rent your own car from one of the many car rental agencies in town - see Airport. East London has an excellent road infrastructure that allows the motorist to get where they want easily and quickly. Petrol(Gas) stations are everywhere, providing not only petrol but essentials a traveler might need. Be aware - drunk driving is not tolerated and the punishment is severe. We drive on the left hand side of the road, speed limits are 120kmph on the open road, 100kmph on smaller roads and between 60 and 80kmph in towns.


Visas:
Passport holders from more than 80 countries, including the USA, Canada, Japan and the European Union countries can visit South Africa without visas. For further information contact your local office of the diplomatic or consular representative of the South African Government. If you intend traveling to South Africa's neighbouring countries and back into South Africa you are advised to apply for multiple entry visas. Tourists must satisfy immigration officers that they have the means to support themselves during their stay, and that they are in possession of return or onward air tickets. A law has been passed stipulating that all visitors to South Africa are required to have a minimum of two blank pages in their passport to enable the entry visa to be issued. If there is insufficient space in the passport entry will be denied and the person is likely to be detained pending return to their country of origin. A law has been passed stipulating that all visitors to South Africa are required to have a minimum of two blank pages in their passport to enable the entry visa to be issued. If there is insufficient space in the passport entry will be denied and the person is likely to be detained pending return to their country of origin.


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Foreign Exchange:
Travellers cheques and foreign currency notes of all major currencies can be exchanged at airports, commercial banks as well as major hotels. American Express, Diners Club and Thomas Cook operate in South Africa. Fluctuations in foreign exchange markets are reflected in rates quoted on a daily basis.
Commercial Banking Hours:
Operating hours for banks are from Mon. to Fri. (08h30 to 15h30)


Airport:
Airport Tel Number:
Tel: +27 (0)43 706 0306

http://www.acsa.co.za/home.asp?pid=232

There is no hotel at the airport.
Metered taxis are available.
Car rental agents: Car Hire:
Avis
Contact: Christopher Cloete
Tel no: 043 - 7361344
Budget
Contact: Molley
Sanform
Tel no: 043 - 7362364
Europcar
Contact: Sharol Ekron
Tel no: 043 - 7362686
Hertz
Contact: Sonika Swanepoel
Tel no: 043 - 7025700
Imperial
Contact: Riveen Klaasen
Tel no. 043 - 7362230
National
Contact: Emma Johnson
Tel no. 043 - 7362900
Tempest
Contact: Marie Naude
Tel no: 043 " 7361320
Bus shuttles are available at the airport.
Isabelle's Shuttle
(H) 043 726 4844
Gateway Shuttle
Cell no. 082 335 6636
(H) 043 748 3883


Electricity:
220/230 volts AC at 50 cycles per second.We use three pronged plugs, so bring an adapter. Most hotel rooms have 110-volt outlets for electric shavers and small appliances.


Cell Phones:
South Africa utilises the GSM system for cellular phones thereby enabling foreign visitors to use their cell phones in the country. Cell phones can be rented through various outlets and at major airports.
Toll Free Cellular Helplines:
MTN: 0800 000 0070
Vodacom: 0800 111 234
International dialling codes can be found in all local telephone directories.


Eastern Cape Region - Metrorail - Trains
Telephone: (043) 700 2030
Fax no: (043) 700 2038
Postal address:
P.O. Box 266
East London
5200
Physical address:
Station Building
Station Street
East London
5201

http://www.metrorail.co.za/http://www.eastlondon.org.za


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