GICS IV: Getting there

Yellow Fever Card

Everyone who enters South Africa will be expected to hold an “International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis” (yellow card).  When you land at OR Tambo Airport, you might be denied entry to the country if you do not hold the card.  It is extremely important that you obtain this card before travel to South Africa!  If you have been vaccinated against Yellow Fever at any time in the past, there is no need for re-vaccination.  It is good for the lifetime of the patient (see WHO amendment stating Yellow Fever vaccination good for the life of the patient).


Delegates will purchase their own plane tickets to Johannesburg.  There might be travel funds available to subsidize air travel for providers from low- and middle-income countries.  If you wish to apply for funding for your air travel, complete the application form and email it to

Glenda Weglo at Rabtim Humanitarian Travel (now Key Travel) can book travel for you, using industry discounts on many airlines.  Please email her before purchasing your tickets to see if she can obtain a more competitive airfare for you.

Transport from airport

Representatives from the Local Organizing Committee will greet you upon your arrival to Johannesburg at O. R. Tambo International Airport.  Once you purchase your plane ticket, please send the details of your arrival and departure times to 

The current plan is for delegates to take public transportation (the Gautrain) to the Capital Empire Hotel in Sandton.  Details will be provided closer to the event.


Citizens of many countries require visas to enter the Republic of South Africa. 

Click here for a list of countries that do not require visas.

If you require a letter in order to obtain a visa, please email us at