Travelling in South Africa - Local Laws & Customs

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Local Laws & Customs

Always carry your identity documentation or a copy of your passport.  You must be able to produce valid identification on request by South African officials.

If it needs saying, drug-taking and smuggling is a legal offence.

Men generally greet each other with a firm handshake, while women will do the continental kiss on the cheek.  In tribal areas, it tends to be more conservative, with a handshake or even a nod sufficing across both genders. 

Other than on a few designated beaches, nude sunbathing is illegal – although women is semi-acceptable along Clifton and Camps Bay beaches in Cape Town.  Thong bikinis are commonly used.

Eating places are casual except when otherwise indicated.  Johannesburg tends to be the dressiest city, but follow European dining standards and you’ll be fine.

 

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