Tourist Information Umhlanga
Tourist Information Umhlanga. On this page Umhlanga Rocks Tourism gives helpful things the traveller may need to know.
For instance, find contact details for our information centre and other tourism bodies. Or read up on banking, foreign exchange and VAT. And see contact details for embassies, emergencies and municipalities.
Banks - Tourist Information Umhlanga
In addition to holiday information we give details on banking here.
All major South African Banks have branches in the main towns. Banking hours are: Monday to Friday 9am to 3.30pm. Saturdays: 8.30am to 11am. Further, cash machines work all hours. And you can find them in most shopping centres.
Bidvest Bank is a good choice for travellers. This is because the bank has been in foreign exchange for many years. Also, it has all major currencies. And import/export foreign exchange. Additional services include trade, foreign money transfers and exchange.
Tel: +27 27 5611012
Fax: +27 27 5611013
Fax2Email: +27 86 5354070
BIDVEST BANKING PRODUCTS
As well as ordinary banking, travellers can use:
- Foreign Exchange, or
- Travel Insurance, or
- Money Gram, or
- World Call Cards, or
- Investment Accounts, or
- Telegraphic Transfers, or
- Spot & Forward Cover Contracts, or
- Trade Services, or
- Exchange Control Services.
FOREIGN EXCHANGE - TOURIST INFORMATION UMHLANGA
You can, further, change traveller's cheques and foreign currency notes at any bank. Similarly, offices of American Express and most hotels have exchange facilities.
AMERICAN EXPRESS FOREIGN EXCHANGE - TOURIST INFORMATION UMHLANGA
Because American Express is the world's biggest Foreign Exchange agency it is very skilled. It also has a large branch network.
MUSGRAVE - 031 2028733
UMHLANGA -031 5661412
WESTVILLE - 031 2670797
PAVILLION - 031 2651456
PIETERMARITZBURG - 033 3945608
When it comes to using credit cards, most stores, shops, hotels and restaurants accept international credit cards. These include, for instance, American Express, VISA, Diners Club, MasterCard.
VALUE ADDED TAX 15% - TOURIST INFORMATION UMHLANGA
Tax is another important know-how for travellers. Sales tax (VAT) is charged on goods and services. Foreign tourists can subsequently have this amount refunded when they leave. This is if the items are over R250. In order to qualify, visitors must have a foreign passport, tax invoices and the goods. They can then present these items at the VAT office. The office is in the International departures section at Durban International Airport. But VAT for restaurant, places to stay or car hire will not be refunded.
CONSULATES AND EMBASSIES IN DURBAN
Along with holiday information we provide embassy numbers here:
Australia 031-208 4163 Austria 031-261 6233 Canada 031-303 9695 Denmark 031-202 9396 Germany 031-305 5677 Italy 031-368 4388/9 Netherlands 031-202 0461 Norway/Sweden 031-207 6900 United Kingdom 031-305 2929 USA 031-305 7600
LOCAL MUNICIPAL OFFICES - TOURIST INFORMATION UMHLANGA
While it is unlikely, you may just need to contact local municipal offices on holiday:
Umhlanga Municipal Office Tel: (031) 561 1101.
Also good to know is that South Africa has good communications. On hand, for example, are international dialling, telex, fax, and email. There is also full mobile phone coverage in Umhlanga. And handsets can be hired in shopping centres. In addition, local SIM cards can be bought at shops.
TRANSPORT - TOURIST INFORMATION UMHLANGA
Another good thing to know are the transport options for your Umhlanga holiday. Direct flights from overseas land at King Shaka International Airport. And domestic services include Kulula.com, SAA, British Airways and others. Contact King Shaka on 032 436 6758. As well as aeroplanes there are coaches and trains. These are well priced. They leave daily for different places. Finally, the People Mover is a local bus service that carries people around Durban and the suburbs.
Tel: (031) 311-7344, or Umhlanga Tourism (031) 561 4257/6943.
Lastly, in case you need it, please make use of www.safe.kzn.org.za or use the emergency numbers below:
Police and Flying Squad 10111 Ambulance 10177 Fire & Ambulance 031-361 0000 Tourist Support Unit 080-561 1297 Weather Bureau 082-231 1603 Department of Home Affairs 031-3087900 Tourism KZN 031-366 7500 Durban International Airport 031-451 6584 Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife 033-845 1000 or 031-304 4934 National Sea Rescue 031-332 9772 Mountain Rescue 031-307 7744