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The walls within: working with defenses against otherness

Online Conference 5-11 July 2021

ISPSO AM 2023 Conference

26 June - 2 July 2023
South Africa




South Africa requires either a business or tourist visa for entry into the country. Some countries are exempt and do not require a visa for entry.  Follow this link to see if you are exempt from having to apply for a visa.

Visa processing times can be slow. Please ensure that you apply at least 3 months in advance to ensure that there is sufficient time for your visa to be processed. Visas can take an average of 6 weeks to issue. 

The e-visa online system is currently reserved for some countries The online e-visa system may experience technical issues in its pilot phase. You will need to apply at your nearest consulate in person.

You will need the following documents:

  • A notarised invitation from the ISPSO AM 2023 organising committee; and
  • Proof of your hotel booking. 

Please contact Calum McComb for these documents. 

You will need to complete Form BI-84 as part of your application process and submit this to your nearest South African Consulate together with other required documents as follows:

Documents required to apply for a visa

  • A passport or travel document valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry of your intended visit
  • Your passport must have at least TWO unused pages for entry/departure endorsements
  • A completed Form BI-84 (application for a visa)
  • Payment of the prescribed fee
  • A yellow-fever vaccination certificate (if required)
  • Statement and/or documentation confirming the purpose and duration of your visit
  • Two colour passport photographs
  • A return or onward ticket if you are traveling by air
  • If you have children (minors) traveling with you or joining in South Africa, you will need to provide the following additional documents:
    - Proof of guardianship or custody or
    - Consent from the guardian in the case of an unaccompanied minor
  • Proof of financial means to pay for your living expenses while in South Africa in the form of:

Bank statements, Salary advances, Undertakings by the host(s) in South Africa, Bursary, Medical cover or Cash available (including credit cards and travellers’ cheques)

Requirements for entering South Africa

  • A valid and acceptable passport or travel document for your intended stay
  • At least one blank page in your passport for endorsements
  • A valid visa, if required
  • Sufficient funds to pay for your day-to-day expenses during your stay
  • A return or onward ticket
  • Yellow fever certificates if your journey starts or entails passing through the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America.


If you are vaccinated for covid-19 you will need to produce a vaccination certificate on departure and on arrival. If you are not vaccinated, you will need to obtain a negative PCR test within 48 hours of departure and provide evidence of your negative test. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for South Africa: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia, and influenza. The shot lasts 2 years.

Useful link:   


There are various international airlines servicing South Africa. The main international airport, which is nearest to our AM2023 venue, is OR Tambo International Airport (ORT). ORT is in Johannesburg in the Gauteng Province. There are airports in most other main cities in other provinces should you wish to travel locally prior to or post the AM.

Please make sure that you have the correct visa entry requirements to enter South Africa, either from your country of origin or from your last transit country. Please check the visa details above for countries exempt from visa requirements.  

Getting to the Conference and Accommodation Venue

You will need to arrange your own transfer between the airport and 26 degrees South. While there are Ubers and taxis available from OR Thambo International Airport to the venue, there are no Ubers or taxis available for your return leg. We urge you to pre-arrange your transfers to and from the venue. 

Please make sure you book your transfer only using the following company:
Transfer Company:
New Tidal Transfers 
Contact Details Contact No: +27 (0) 81 716 3379
Address: 1 Chadwick Avenue, Sandton, 2090

Conference Venue and Accommodation

The accommodation is at the same venue where the 2023 AM will be taking place (26 degrees South, Boho Hotel). Please see venue and accommodation 

This is a residential AM and the organising committee recommend that you stay onsite at 26 degrees South. This makes it easier to access the conference. It will also contribute to your overall immersive experience of the AM2023. Be reminded that you cannot book Uber or Taxis to pick you up at the venue!

Only for South Africans: If you do plan to stay elsewhere, and travel in and out at your convenience and cost, please be aware of traffic congestions in, and around, Johannesburg. 

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