Getting to South Africa
Getting to South Africa from the United States is an easy undertaking with South African Airways and Delta providing daily service to OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg. Prepare for a flight of 17-19 hours that will land in a time zone six hours ahead of eastern standard time (EST).
Entry into South Africa requires a valid passport with at least two unused VISA pages. United States nationals do not need a formal visa to enter the country for a visit of 90 days or less.
Travelers from the U.S. require no vaccinations to enter South Africa unless they enter the country within six days of leaving a country infected with yellow fever. Most parts of South Africa are malaria free including but a small risk exists if traveling to the Lowveld of Mpumalanga and Limpop, or the Maputaland coast of KawZulu-Natal.
Soccer Star Freddy Adu encourages U.S. fans to support his team in South Africa for the coveted World Cup:
How significant would it be for you to have fans in the stadium supporting the team?
That would be absolutely incredible. As in every sport it’s important to have fans there. During the games you need them in the stands wearing the colors and cheering you on; when you’re tired the fans pump you up. It would be absolutely amazing to look up from the field and see United States fans in the stands.
What would you say to Americans who aren’t football fans?
Just watch the games, especially the U.S. games, and see what it’s about. The matches are very passionate and the fans are great; they’re singing and cheering and the atmosphere is incredible. The product from the U.S. team is also incredible, we have a lot of young players, who’re playing in Europe and they’re playing with a lot of confidence. We’re competing with some of the world’s best teams, the World Cup is by far the biggest event there is in sports, so fans should support us.