FAQ | World News Media Congress 2017

World News Media Congress 2017

07 Jun 2017 to 09 Jun 2017
South Africa

World Editors Forum

FAQ | World News Media Congress 2017


Do I need a visa?

Over 80 countries do not need a visa and can visit South Africa without any restrictions. Please click here to see if you require a Visa.

Please note, visa applications can take up to 2 months.

If you are from Egypt, India, Kenya, Pakistan, Nigeria, Mexico please contact the South African mission in your area to see how to secure a visa.
Please write an e-mail to Ilona Gümperlein (ilona.guemperlein@wan-ifra.org), if you need an invitation letter for your visa. She will let you know what additional visa information is required. Please note that visa invitation letter will not be issued until registration and payment are complete.

What vaccinations do I need?

If you are travelling from a yellow fever area (such as Kenya), you will also need a yellow fever certificate of inoculation. Other vaccinations are not necessary for Durban.

Will there be an airport transfer to the Hilton Hotel, International Convention Center and nearby hotels?

If you are joining us in Durban, you may want to make use of WAN-IFRA’s free shuttle service. Our staff will welcome you at Durban’s airport at a special Welcome Desk. We will help you to find your way to the shuttle service and give you any information needed. It will take you from King Shaka Airport to the Hilton Hotel, International Convention Center and nearby hotels and when the event is over, back to the airport from the International Convention Centre. The shuttle will leave every hour or when it is full (15-seater). Please inform the driver about the location of your hotel. 

Times from Airport to Durban
Tuesday, 6 June:  06:00 - 20:00 h
Wednesday, 7 June: 06:00 - 15:00 h

Times from ICC to Airport
Friday, 9 June: from 17:15 h on

What is the convertion rate in South Africa?

1 ZAR =0.0678506 EUR (Source: xe.com; Date of exchange rate 06 April 2017)

What are the best restaurants in Durban?

Here are our 13 favourites!

The Oyster Box Hotel - Indian, Seafood, Continental

The Oyster Box Hotel offers three different opportunities for fine dining: the Grill Room, the Ocean Terrace and the Palm Court. They are all located on the coast of KwaZulu-Natal and serve fresh seafood, steaks and Indian cuisine prepared with the freshest seasonal ingredients.

The Grill Jichana - Grill House

The Grill Jichana offers its guests traditional grill-house favourites that are combined with flavours of the African East Cost spice route. The menu includes a range of meat, fish and poultry dishes as well as fresh salads and vegetarian dishes. It's located at Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani in Durban.

Cafe 1999 - Mediterranean

Cafe 1999 serves modern Mediterranean-inspired cuisine with fresh and innovative seasonal dishes including meat, pasta and fish meals as well as salads in a vibrant ambiance. The restaurant is found in the heart of trendy Berea (Durban).

Bel Punto - Italian

The modern, casual chic restaurant called Bel Punto offers a range of seafood, steaks, poultry, game and Italian dishes. In addition to a large indoor dining area, there's an equally large terrace with unobstructed views of the ocean.

Jack Salmon Fish House - Seafood, Sushi

Jack Salmon Fish House is well-known for its seafood dishes and sushi which include fresh fish straight out of the sea. The restaurant with the ocean in view is located in Glen Ashley, Durban.

9th Avenue Bistro - Continental

9th Avenue Bistro offers its guests a seasonal and creative cuisine with fresh and locally sourced ingredients including meat, fish and vegetarian dishes. The restaurant's wine list includes South African wines as well as a selection of international ones. 9th Avenue Bistro is located in the heart of Morningside, Durban.

Little Havana - Steakhouse

Little Havana is one of the best steakhouses in South Africa located in the Umhlanga Village nearby the coast of KwaZulu-Natal. The menu offers grilled dishes and seafood combined with local South African wines.

Ile Maurice - Mauritian, Seafood

Ile Maurice is a restaurant located in Umhlanga (Durban) serving fresh seafood and Mauritian specialities with French influence. It's also a nice place to be because of its ocean view, which can be enjoyed while having dinner.

Daruma - Japanese

Daruma serves a range of Japanese cuisine including sushi, sashimi, teppanyaki, tempura and other tantalising Asian dishes. Located in Greyville, the restaurant is very close to the ICC Durban.

Canvas Grill - Traditional, Grillhouse

Canvas Grill (previously Maestro’s) is a halaal restaurant located in the heart of Morningside (Durban). The menu offers unusual and unique dishes including a seasonal menu with ostrich, duck or oxtail.

 Butcher Boys - Steakhouse

A new Butcher Boys restaurant opened in the Umhlanga Village in 2017. On the menu? Beef that is either wet or dry aged between 25 and 35 days depending on the cut, basted and grilled on an open flame to your liking.

Olive and Oil - Mediterranean

The intrinsically Mediterranean menu at Olive & Oil includes fresh, seasonally available ingredients, the cultural philosophy of social dining and, of course, olives, remain the key factors.

Harvey's - Grillhouse, Modern Cuisine, Bar

Award winning restaurant and bar in Durban, yet casual enough to chill with your feet up on a couch. Mains might include lamb bordelaise with roasted shallots and parsnip purée, or an elegant seafood casserole in a Noilly Prat (vermouth) and truffle cream.

What is the power voltage in South Africa?

The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins. If an adaptor is called for, consider bringing one with you, although they can be purchased locally. US-made appliances may need a transformer. Most hotel rooms have 110 volt outlets for electric shavers and appliances.

What are the weights and measurements in South Africa?

The units of measurement used in South Africa are metric - road distances are measured in kilometers, petrol in liters and solid food in grams.

What is the potential climate in June?

South Africa is a subtropical location and a high interior plateau. The average temperature is 23 degrees Celsius (73 degrees Fahrenheit). Record high: 36 degrees Celsius (97 degrees Fahrenheit); Average rainy days 5.

World News Media Congress 2017