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An England fan’s South African checklist

An England fan’s South African checklist

Category: Travel

Updated: 28/10/2010
First Published: 17/06/2010

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While most of us are content to watch England from our settees with friends and family, or in pubs and bars, other hardy souls are planning on travelling to South African shores to cheer on the side.

Thousands of England fans packed into Rustenburg's Royal Bafokeng Stadium to watch the 1-1 draw with the USA last Saturday, a scene which will be replicated in Cape Town tomorrow evening when the Three Lions take on Algeria.

However, research conducted by M&S Money found there are potentially millions more who would be prepared to travel to the Rainbow Nation if England were to make the latter stages of the tournament.

But those who are tempted to cheer on Mr. Capello's boys should take care of a few key matters before they jet off.

Making sure you have the relevant travel insurance is absolutely crucial. The Association of British Insurers has warned that reparation back to the UK from outside Europe can cost more than £25,000, so it is important to check the terms of your cover.

Fans have also been urged to detail any medical problems they suffer from before they travel as failure to do so could affect their policy.

Travel insurance will also cover you in the event of losing your valuables, but you can help negate the possibility of such an event by remaining vigilant, staying in a group and not drinking to excess.

It is worth sorting out your travel money before you arrive at the airport to secure the best rate for your money. You will need to change your sterling into South African Rand, but it should be remembered that the country has a limit of 5,000 Rand (around £450) that can be taken in.

While this may or may not be enforced, it would certainly be worth considering alternative forms of payment, such as a foreign usage credit card (also see our cards to use abroad tip), which allow travellers to spend without incurring interest charges.

As long as the balance is paid off in full in the allotted time, they offer a decent option when spending any length of time abroad.

Those planning on travelling should also be sure to book their accommodation before they arrive and consider car hire as a mode of getting around, as public transport in South Africa is limited. would like to wish anybody travelling to South Africa a safe and enjoyable time.

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