The South Africa exchange rate is favourable with one UK pound equivalent to about 11 South African Rand. It is recommended that you exchange money before you arrive in Johannesburg and it is not advised to change it at the airport where they take a large commission. Banks and ATMS are abundant throughout the city.
South Africa has 11 official languages. Although English is widely spoken in Johannesburg, you will also hear Afrikaans, Xhosa, Zulu and Sotho.
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Johannesburg has some dangerous areas that are not recommended. Pay close attention to your belongings at all times as muggings are quite common, even in the daylight. Be vigilant and don't display signs of wealth (watches, jewellery etc). Do not walk around alone late at night. Don't be put off though - most of the crime occurs in areas that tourists have no reason to go to. The majority of visitors have a trouble free stay.
HIV infection rate is high in South Africa, avoid having unprotected sex at all costs. Tap water is safe to drink. Travellers must carry a yellow fever certificate, but other than that, no other vaccinations are required.
British nationals need a passport valid for 30 days beyond intended travel, but no visa is needed for stays of up to 90 days. Passports must be valid for at least six months beyond the period of intended stay. An onward or return ticket is required. Note that visitors to South Africa must have at least two consecutive blank (unstamped) pages in their passport, each time entry is sought. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.