2nd Southern African Regional Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL)

2 - 3 April 2020, Parys, South Africa

Weather

The conference takes place in April, which is during the South African autumn. Autumn in Parys is generally sunny with little rain. The evenings tend to cool down a bit, especially next to the river. It is advisable to bring a light jacket or jersey along.
 

Visa requirements

Many nationalities do not require a visa to enter South Africa for a short stay. However, it is best to check if your country qualifies for free access. You can check your country’s status here. But verify this with the South African mission in your country before you start your travel arrangements.
If you intend on travelling with a minor, please make sure about South Africa’s entry requirements for minors, which is very strict. You can find some information here
 

Money

The South African currency is called the Rand (ZAR). Both banknotes (R10, R20, R50, R100, R200) and coins (10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2, R5) are used. Click here to see the exchange rate with your currency. Credit cards like Master Card and Visa can be used almost anywhere and ATM’s are widespread.   
 

Medical services

Medical services in South Africa are excellent. Parys has a few general practitioners in town, but Potchefstroom has many medical facilities close by. Please make sure that your medical insurance covers treatment in South Africa, because it is quite expensive.
Visitors are required to have received a yellow fever vaccine if they have been in a yellow fever prone country before entering South Africa.
Please keep in mind that the conference venue will be close to water; there may be plenty of mosquitoes. Come prepared.
 

Water

It is generally safe to drink tap water. But bottled water is widely available