Entry Requirements for Swaziland
A traveller entering Swaziland requires a valid passport for up to 3 months minimum.
Visas for Swaziland are not required by the following nationals : Australian,British,Canadian, USA and other EU for stays of up to 30 days, excluding Bulgaria and Romania.
Nationals are advised to contact the embassy /high commission to confirm visa requirements.
Types of entry and cost are : Single-entry visa: E80; multiple-entry visa: E300 (three months), E700 (six months), E1,000 (nine months) or E1,300 (12 months).
- The currency in Swaziland is the Lilangeni plural Emalangeni (E)
- South African Rands are accepted everywhere and it is not necessary to exchange them.
- Credit cards such as Mastercard Visa and American Express are accepted in most places but not for the purchase of petrol.
Taxes and Refunds Within Swaziland
Swaziland sales tax rate is 14%
Tourists who purchase goods within swaziland and take goods out of the country, are required to declare goods. They would need to purchase a form and fill it in for the declaration processes (form cost 41.50 ZAR) The allowance for goods out of Swaziland should be to the value of 250 ZAR per person.
What To Wear in Swaziland
- Dress code is general informal casual wear, if you are going on a safari natural neutral colours are recommended over light/ bright colours.
- In winter especially in the uplands region, it gets very cold in the evening. Extra sweaters and a warm jacket may be required. Early morning drives and night drives can be very cold so warm clothing would be essential.
Languages Spoken in Swaziland
Swazi and English are Swaziland's two official languages spoken widely across the country, minority languages spoken are Zulu, Tsonga and Afrikaans.
Health Services In Swaziland
It would be wise to be up to date with vaccinations on tetanus, polio, diphtheria and hepatitis A. If you are travelling from a yellow fever epidemic region, a proof of vaccination against yellow fever is needed. However a yellow fever vaccine is not needed for Swaziland alone. Vaccinations against Cholera is no longer required for Swaziland.
If you are travelling to the Eastern side of Swaziland (the lowveld and Lubombo Mountains) including reserves of the Lubombo Conservancy, Anti-Malarial pills are required.
Banking Hours in Swaziland
Banks are generally open between Monday to Friday 8:30AM - 3:30PM and Saturdays until 1PM
Useful Numbers For Tourist In Swaziland
Tourism Office Tel: +266 2231 2427
Tourism and Safety Information Line - ?
Police - 999 / 112
Fire Brigade - 2404 3337
Ambulance - 977
Interesting facts about Swaziland
This tiny country is nestled between South Africa and Mozambique. Its grand mountains, lush pristine forests, wildlife, birds and fantastic game reserves make the Royal Kingdom of Swaziland such an interesting country.
The rich culture of the Swazi people and their warm hospitality make visitors feel relaxed and at home. A trip to the Swazi Cultural Village takes you on a journey into their way of life, their customs and rituals, dance, music, folklore, traditional healing, arts and crafts.
Swaziland is perfect for 4x4 enthusiasts and keen hikers, backpackers and horse riders, as there are many trails that are off the beaten track that nearly always lead to beautiful scenic places hidden in the mountains and countryside.
Other adventure activities include golf, abseiling and white-water rafting. At the Cuddle Puddle in the Ezulwini Valley you can relax in a pool filled with alkaline soda carbonate water and soak away your worries or treat yourself to a massage at the Swazi Spa.
All in all a very fascinating country with fascinating people and scenic beauty, wildlife sanctuaries teeming with game, birds and interesting insects. Swaziland is not to be missed when touring Southern Africa, whether travelling by; car, 4x4, overlander, motorhome or on a camping safari.