Passport: is generally required for trips to Swaziland, the passport must be valid for at least 6 months upon entry.
Visa: not required for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This applies to stays of up to two months, both for tourists and business travelers. EU citizens from Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Portugal receive a free entry visa.
Validity: Single visas and multiple visas are valid for 3 months from the date of issue. Anyone staying in the country for 6 months or more should apply for a temporary residence permit at the Immigration Office in Swaziland.
Application: In person or by post to the responsible consular mission (see Swaziland – important addresses).
Documents for travelers who need a Visa: – a visa application – fee – passport that must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of issue of the visa – 2 passport photos.
A franked envelope (registered mail) and visa fees in cash should be attached to the application.
Processing time: As a rule, the issue takes place on the same day. The postal application takes a few days longer.
Residence permit: Applications to the Immigration Office in Mbabane or the Embassy in Brussels (see Swaziland – important addresses).
Vaccinations: Information on international vaccination certificates that are required for entry can be found in the Swaziland – Health chapter.
Entry with children
Germany: The German children’s ID card is recognized with a photo, but it is recommended that children from the age of 6 have their own passport.
Austria: own passport for children.
Switzerland: own passport for children.
The same visa requirements apply to children as to their parents
Entry with pets: Information on the import permits for pets can be obtained from the State Veterinarian, Customs House, Fraser Street, Johannesburg, South Africa or Veterinary Services, POBox 162, Mbabane, Swaziland.
National currency: 1 Lilangeni corresponds to 100 cents.
Currency abbreviation: E, SZL The majority of Lilangeni is Emalangeni. – ABBREVIATIONFINDER.ORG
Banknotes of 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 2 U are issued. Coins are in circulation in the nominal amounts of 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 2 E as well as 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cent.
Swaziland forms a monetary union with South Africa and Lesotho. The exchange rate of the Lilangeni against the South African rand is 1: 1. Emalangeni should be exchanged before departure, this is difficult outside of Swaziland. South African rand are accepted everywhere in Swaziland.
Exchange rate Lilangeni:
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Credit Cards: are American Express, MasterCard, Euro Card and sometimes Visa accepted.
Traveler’s checks: Travelers checks in US dollars are recommended. NedBank and First National exchange travelers checks. The original purchase receipt is required.
ATMs: Few ATMs in Swaziland accept international cards, including at the Standard Bank in Swazi Mall, Mbabane.
Foreign exchange regulations: The import of the national currency and foreign currencies is only allowed up to an amount of 5,000 E. The export of the national currency and foreign currencies must be declared.
Bank opening times: Mon – Fri 8.30am – 2.30pm, Sat 8.30am – 11am.
Health and Diseases
The health service of the Foreign Ministry recommends a vaccination against tetanus, diphtheria, polio and hepatitis A, for long-term stay over three months also hepatitis B. With special exposure (stay in the country, hunting, jogging etc.) vaccination protection against rabies and typhoid can also be useful. These and other questions should be decided in a personal consultation with the tropical doctor or the vaccinator with tropical and travel medicine experience.
A valid yellow fever vaccination is required when entering a yellow fever area.
HIV / AIDS is a major problem in the country and a great danger for everyone who runs the risk of infection: Sexual contact, dirty syringes or cannulas and blood transfusions can pose a considerable life-threatening risk.
Malaria risk all year round in the lower regions, especially in Big Bend, Mhlume, Simunye and Tshaneni. The predominant, more dangerous form Plasmodium falciparum is said to be highly resistant to chloroquine. Various prescription medications (e.g. malarone, doxycycline, Lariam) are available on the marketfor malaria prophylaxis. The selection and personal adjustment as well as side effects or intolerance to other medications should be discussed with a tropical or travel doctor before taking chemoprophylaxis.
The medical care in the country can not be compared with Europe and is often technically, in terms of apparatus and / or hygienic problem. Adequate global health insurance coverage and reliable travel return insurance are strongly recommended. An individual first aid kit should be taken with you. Here, too, individual advice from a tropical doctor or travel doctor makes sense.
Bilharzia germs can occur in ponds and rivers, swimming and paddling in fresh water should be avoided. Well-maintained swimming pools with chlorinated water are harmless.
The tap water is chlorinated in the big cities and harmless to health, if not particularly tasty, slight stomach upset can occur. In rural areas, however, tap water is not always germ-free and should be sterilized. Milk is pasteurized and dairy products, meat products, poultry, seafood, fruits and vegetables can be eaten without worry. However, meat and vegetables should be cooked and not just warmed up.
In addition to my general disclaimer, please note the following important note:
A guarantee for the correctness and completeness of the medical information as well as a liability for possible damage cannot be assumed. You stay responsible for your healthy.
Tourist highlights in Swaziland
Mbabne and the surrounding Area: The landscape of the Ezulwini valley is the biggest attraction of Swaziland. In this charming valley, visitors will find, among other things, the Royal Swazi golf course, a casino, a hot mineral spring, a fitness studio and many hotels. Mbabne, the country’s administrative capital, is located in the north of the Ezulwini Valley. Attractions in Mbabne are limited to the Mall, the New Mall and the main street Allister Miller (named after the first European born here).
Manzini, the industrial center of Swaziland, lies east of the valley. The way there leads past the most beautiful waterfalls in the country, the Mantenga Falls with the nearby Mlilwane Game Reserve.
Mlilwane is the oldest reserve in Swaziland. Great efforts have been made to reintroduce certain animal species into the country. In addition to Milwane, there are two other protected areas: Hlane with large herds of animals in the northeast of the country and Malolotsha in the north at Piggs Peak, on top of a mountain range in a magnificent landscape. Both protected areas can be easily reached by car.
Piggs Peak and the West: One of the most beautiful regions in Swaziland is characterized by hills, rivers and waterfalls. Piggs Peak is a town named after the French gold prospector William Pigg. An old mine outside the city shows where gold was mined until 1954. Not far away is the Ngwenya glass factory, where the famous Ngwenya glass is made.
A good hotel with a casino can be found in Nhlangano (about 120 km south of Mbabane). The nearby Mkondo river winds through gorges and shoots over waterfalls and rapids. This region has the best rock carvings of the Swaziland bushmen. More drawings can be found in the mountains north of Mbabane.