Traveller’s cheques and foreign currency can be exchanged at most banks. Businesses, tour operators, airlines and hotels generally accept international credit cards, including Visa, Master, American Express and Diners Club cards. There is also a facility at the Johannesburg International Airport arrivals hall.
Most major credit cards and traveller’s cheques in major currencies are accepted.
Foreign exchange can be purchased 60 days prior to departure from South Africa.
i) Valid passport
ii) Proof of travel arrangements
iii) Green bar-coded identity document/temporary resident permit
iv) Proof of residential address (not older than three months)
The SARB’s current exchange control limits (discretionary allowance) for South African residents is a maximum of R1 000 000 per calendar year (1 January to 31 December) for adults and a maximum of R200 000 per calendar year for those residents that are under the age of 18.
This discretionary allowance is designed for the payment of travel expenses, gifts, donations and maintenance.