ISAKOS: 2021 Congress in Cape Town, South Africa

Congress Travel

 

Official Congress Hotels & Tours

View the Official ISAKOS Congress Hotels and exclusive ISAKOS Congress attendee rates. Please read all disclaimers and general information prior to booking.

Through our official partner, Tourvest, ISAKOS has secured exclusive rates for Congress attendees at select Hotels in Cape Town. Please book your hotel accommodations directly through Tourvest using the link below.

In addition, Tourvest has arranged opportunities for Day Tours of Cape Town and the surrounding areas. Please visit the Day Tours page for more details. Post Congress Tours and Airport Transfers are also available.

Please note: In order to avoid disruption and delays when booking Congress accommodations, ISAKOS and Tourvest recommend notifying your bank and credit cards of travel transactions prior to booking accommodations and tours online.


International Airport

Cape Town International Airport
Matroosfontein
Cape Town, 7490
South Africa
Airport Code: CPT


Cape Town International Airport (IATA: CPT, ICAO: FACT) is the main international gateway of Cape Town in South Africa and surroundings. It is the second busiest airport in the country and the third one in Africa. Located approximately 12 miles (20 km) from the city centre of Cape Town, CPT airport operates with international and domestic flights. CPT airport is the only airport in the Cape Town metropolitan area that offers scheduled passenger services.

Customs Procedures at Cape Town International Airport

On arrival at a South African airport, you have to pass through customs control, where you may be questioned and your baggage may be scanned or searched for dutiable, restricted or prohibited goods.

Travellers with goods to declare must complete a Traveller Card and make a verbal declaration of their goods to a customs officer, who will then generate a Traveller Declaration.

If you're found with undeclared, restricted or prohibited goods, you could be fined or even face prosecution.

Discounted Airfare Offers

ISAKOS has partnered with various airlines to offer you discounted airfare for the 2021 ISAKOS Congress.

Delta Airlines

Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounts for The International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery & Orthopaedic Sports Medicine.

You may also call Delta Meeting Network® at 1.800.328.1111* Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (CT) and refer to Meeting Event Code NMUW2

*Please note there is not a service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via our reservation 800 number.

Lufthansa (Austrian, Swiss, Brussels, Eurowings)

The Lufthansa Group airlines bring people together - every day, all around the world. The global route network of Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS, Brussels Airlines, and Eurowings offers optimal connection and combination options, so you will benefit from quick and direct flights to the event.

Use the Lufthansa booking platform and enter the event code: USZLWGQ. The reduced fares will automatically displayed.

NOTE: Please enable pop-ups in your browser while booking, otherwise, the window in the booking platform will not open.

Of course, you can also book through your IATA travel agency. The travel agency can request the ticketing instructions by sending an email to lufthansa.mobility@dlh.de, stating the event code: USZLWGQ.

United Airlines

We are pleased to partner with United Airlines for air travel to the 2021 ISAKOS Congress.

Please download the United ISAKOS Meeting Instructions and click discount code ZK36340157

You may also call United Meeting Reservation Desk at (800) 426-1122

  • Monday - Friday; 08:00 - 22:00 (Eastern) Time
  • Saturday - Sunday; 08:00 - 28:00 (Eastern) Time

Booking fees are waived for Meeting reservations. International customers may contact their local United Reservation Desk.


Travel Advisories

ISAKOS would like to remind all conference attendees to exercise increased caution when traveling abroad. As a first step in planning any trip, please check the Travel Advisories issued by your home country for your destination. For example, you may access the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs Travel Advisories.

Cape Town is open for international travel. The City has established a set of safety protocols for ensuring people adhere to health and safety guidelines. All international travelers arriving must provide a valid certificate of a negative COVID-19 test, recognized by the World Health Organization, obtained no more than 72 hours before the date of travel to South Africa. Wearing a mask in public is mandatory. People are also requested to sanitize their hands before entering any public space and maintain social distancing of 1.5 meters. Visit the sacoronavirus.co.za portal for the official statistics, toolkits and designated hospitals relating to the virus in South Africa.
Emergency Hotline: 0800 029 999
Whatsapp Support: 0600 123 456

Conditions can change rapidly and at any time. Be sure to note country-specific details that could affect your travel, including entry/exit requirements, local laws and customs, required vaccinations, health conditions, transportation information, and other travel tips. In general, please be vigilant whenever leaving a hotel. Be aware of your surroundings, particularly in crowded public areas, at large events, and when using public transportation (including taxis). ISAKOS encourages all attendees to travel with increased caution and to always exercise good, common sense.

Entry into South Africa

All international travelers arriving must provide a valid certificate of a negative COVID-19 test, recognized by the World Health Organization, no more than 72 hours before the date of travel to South Africa.
All travelers will be required to complete a Traveler Health Questionnaire (THQ) ahead of arrival in South Africa.
All arriving travelers will undergo a health screening upon entry. Arriving passengers who fail to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test will be required to quarantine, at their own expense. Travelers presenting symptoms will be required to remain in quarantine until a repeat COVID-19 test is conducted.

Is a COVID test needed?

A negative PCR test, no more than 72 hours from the time of departure from the country of origin, is required for entry into South Africa. Tests should include the name and signature of the conducting certified medical practitioner.

Departure from South Africa

Travelers will be asked to complete an exit travel health questionnaire no more than 2 days before departure from South Africa.
Please note: PCR tests are subject to availability and at traveler's own expense; return results may take more than 72 hours, depending on testing facility. Further details regarding entry and exit regulations can be found here: https://sa-covid-19-travel.info/.

South Africa Visa Requirements

Foreigners who wish to visit South Africa must have passports / travel documents valid for thirty (30) more days after the intended return date from South Africa. The passport must contain at least two (2) unused (blank) pages labeled Visa when presented at the Embassy or Consulate; One page is for affixing the visa or permit at the Embassy/Consulate and the other page is for endorsement of entry/departure stamp by the South African Immigration Services. Note: Visa pages referred to above do not include pages reserved for Endorsements, Amendments or Observations.

Foreigners must check the list of visa exempt countries to see if they need to apply for visas. If the names of their countries are not listed, it means they need to apply for visas. There are also countries that are visa exempt if applicant is traveling to South Africa for a period of 30 days or less.

There are countries which are required to apply for visas but are exempt from visa fees, e.g. India, Colombia, Mexico, etc. Please refer to the list of countries that pay for visa and if your country is not listed it means you do not need to pay for visa.

Note: If your visit would exceed ninety days or if you want to travel to South Africa to study or to work, you will need to apply for a temporary residence visa instead of a visitor's visa. Requirements for a temporary residence visa are not the same with visitor's visa.

Yellow fever certificate is required only if the applicant is passing through yellow fever belt area before entering South Africa.

*Information provided on this webpage regarding visas and passports, is supplied as a courtesy. ISAKOS is NOT responsible for any errors, changes or omissions in the information listed above. Please contact your consulate when planning your travel.


Cape Town Travel Tips

Transportation

Trains

Metrorail - The metrorail is one of the most popular means of transportation in Cape Town although it isn't famous for being on time. If you have to be somewhere at a specific time, maybe it's better to seek an alternative transportation or leave your hotel with time to spare. Still, thousands of people use it every day so it works, partially. Similar to many countries, watch your belongings and do not show valuables when you're taking the metrorail.

Train - The train connects Cape Town with other locations around the country. Most carriages are comfortable and the trip is enjoyable. In addition, the train is famous for being on time, and is a very good method of transportation if you have to travel a large distance in the country.

Buses

Golden Arrow Bus - The Golden Arrow Buses company is a bus company that runs and has many bus stops in Cape Town. The bus is a good alternative to get around the city although the vehicles timeliness sometimes are not the scheduled ones. Still, the ticket price is very affordable and if the stops are near the area you want to visit the bus is a good choice.

The City Sightseeing Bus - The City Sightseeing Bus is a tourist bus that goes around Cape Town. The bus is designed, above all for tourists and the route goes through many of the city's landmarks. It is a good option to get a general idea of the legislative capital of South Africa and to know neighborhoods that perhaps you wouldn't be able to see if you were walking.

Taxis - Taxis are a convenient and easy way to get around Cape Town. Although the price is higher than most of the other means of transportation, it is a comfortable ride. There are many taxis in the city so it is not hard to find one on the street. It is important that you ask if the price is metered or agreed beforehand. Depending on the distance the payment method might change.

Car - The car is one of the most efficient ways to get around Cape Town and there are different companies that rent vehicles. These companies are also at the airport. It is important that you ask if your driver license is valid in South Africa. If it is not, or you don't dare to venture through Cape Town streets, you can hire a driver so the drives will be safe and efficient.

Weather

Cape Town has moderate weather, so the temperatures aren't extreme. The average temperature is about 77°F (25°C) although the humidity also plays a role in increasing the sensation of heat. As the non-official start to the summer season, November has fantastic weather with very little rain and relatively gentle winds. As the peak of summer has not yet arrived in November, many visitors from cooler parts of the world will find the weather just right. In November, the average daily temperature maximum is 75°F (24°C), while the average daily minimum temperature is 55°F (13°C). Cape Town is a summer paradise, with balmy temperatures and sunny days. Cape Town gets almost all it's rainfall in winter, so expect warm and cloudless days. It can also get windy at this time of year, and kite-surfing is a popular summertime activity.

Currency

Rand (ZAR). The Rand is the national currency and most local institutions and services work with it. Exchanging foreign currency in Cape Town might be a little exhausting, so it is best to bring cash to pay on your first days there. Fortunately, many local businesses and institutions take credit cards, which will ease the daily life in this city. But you mustn't, forget to tell your bank you're visiting this country. It will save you lots of possible headaches. At the airport there are exchange houses for Rands and hotels and banks also exchange currency, but as expected, they do charge a commission.

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The 13th Biennial ISAKOS Congress will be planned in accordance with all current Health and Safety Protocols. View the Health & Safety Resources to learn more.

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