Travel Advice for Swaziland
Swaziland
Capital: Mbabane

Time Zone GMT + 2
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 268
IDD: International Direct Dialling is available
Outgoing Code: International calls must go through the operator
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
Not present.
Tourist
Information
Ministry of Broadcasting, Information and Tourism, PO Box 338, Mbabane, Swaziland,
Tel: 42761 Fax: 42774 or 46 953.
Passport
Information
Valid passport required by all. Return Ticket Recommended though not essential. Requirements may change at short notice. Contact the embassy before departure.
Visa
Information
Required by all except nationals of : Britain, Australia, Canada, USA, Bahamas, Barbados, Botswana, Cyprus, Fiji, Gambia, Grenada, Ghana, Guyana, Iceland, Israel, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, San Marino, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sweden, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, Uruguay, W. Samoa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Health
Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Malaria : Exists throughout the year in certain areas in the Falciparum variety. resistance to chloroquine has been reported.
Yellow Fever: A vaccination certificate is required for travellers arriving from infected areas.
Other Health Risks: Bilharzia, Meningitis (recommended), Rabies.
Food
& Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink. Avoid dairy products as they are not pasteurised. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled before consumption.
Currency Lilangeni (E) = 100 cents.
South African Rand is also accepted as legal tender
Amex and MasterCard are widely accepted. Visa is accepted on a more limited basis. Travellers cheques are accepted in Pound sterling preferably.
ATM availability: Unavailable.
Cost of
Living
Hotels and recreational facilities in the Holiday Valley complex in Ezulwini are expensive.
Languages English and Siswati.
Weather Weather can be changeable due to the high altitude. Lowlands are the hottest and the higher lands have the most rain between Oct - March.
Electricity 20 Volts AC 50 Hz, Plugs = 15amp round pin.
Post Up to 2 weeks.
Transport ROADS: Generally in good condition.
BUS: Numerous buses connect various parts of the country some of which are non - stop.
CAR HIRE: A number of companies operate.
DOCUMENTATION: National driving licences are valid for up to 6 months provided they are printed in English. IDP is recognised.
Special
Information
Those wanting to camp in villages should see the village chief.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Permission should be asked. Photos of national buildings and the royal family are prohibited. Do not camp near houses or graveyards without being granted permission. Avoid downtown areas of Mbabane and Manzini after dark.