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Country Information

Border Posts

Oshoek - Ngwenya 07h00 - 22h00
Nerston - Sandlane 08h00 - 18h00
Houdkop - Sicunusa 08h00 - 18h00
Bothashoop - Gege 08h00 - 16h00

Mahamba - Mahamba 07h00 - 22h00
Onverwacht - Salitje 08h00 - 16h00
Golela - Lavumisa 07h00 - 22h00 Bordergate - Mananga 07h00 - 18h00

Jeppe´s Reef - Matsamo 07h00 - 20h00
Josefdal - Bulembu 08h00 - 16h00
Namaacha - Lomahasha 07h00 - 20h00

Currency

One Lilangeni = One Rand
Swaziland is part of the Rand Monetary Area. The currency, the Lilangeni (plural Emalangeni), is interchangeable with the South African Rand (South African notes are accepted but not coins). Although South African Rands are accepted currency in Swaziland, Emalangeni are not accepted in South Africa; so do ensure to change your Emalangeni back to South African Rand before leaving the country.

Climate

Swaziland has one of the most pleasant climates in the world and due to the countries’ four distinct regions, visitors will experience significant differences in temperature within a small area. With a mild summer and winter, the climate in Swaziland is mostly pleasant all year. Rain is more frequent from October to May, but with plenty of sunshine, low humidity and temperatures around 25°C (77°F). Winters can get quite cold at night but are relatively dry. Closer to Mozambique in the lowlands, conditions become more tropical. The three regions are sub-tropical and also have wet summers and dry winters. Here summer temperatures can become very high, while the winters are mild and very pleasant.
Average temperatures
Spring September - October 20 degrees Celsius
Summer November - March 25 degrees Celsius
Autumn April - May 20 degrees Celsius
Winter June - August 15 degrees Celsius

Driving in Swaziland

Traffic travels on the left side of the road. Foreign driving licences are valid provided they show a photograph of the holder.

Religion

Swaziland is predominantly Christian, with Zionists being the largest denomination.

Safety and Security

Swaziland is known as a safe country and is blessed with a low crime rate. Tourists in Swaziland are generally safe in any part of the country.

Airport Tax

On departure from King Mswati International Airport, all passengers must pay an airport tax of E50.00

Road Tax

A road tax of E50 is payable upon entering Swaziland for non-Swazi registered cars.

Visas & Immigration Requirements

All visitors to Swaziland require a valid passport or travel document. Visitors from the United Kingdom and most British Commonwealth countries, including African states, do NOT require visas. Do not proceed to Swaziland without establishing your visa status. Visitors who wish to remain in the country for more than 60 days must apply for a temporary residence permit from the Chief Immigration Officer at the Ministry of Home Affairs in Mbabane, or from a Swazi diplomatic mission in the country of origin.

Those travelling with small children, please note, if travelling through South Africa an unabridged birth certificate and/or additional documentation is required! Please contact the South African High Commission for more information.


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