Fast Facts: Swaziland

Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.

Do I need a passport? What is required for entry?
What is the weather like?

Swaziland's climate is very moderate, ranging from subtropical to temperate depending on the altitude. June through September are cool and dry. October through May tend to be warm and wet. Take a sweater for evenings and elevations.

What is required for entry?

U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport, proof of onward passage and proof of sufficient funds.

Are there any health precautions I should take?

Malaria is present in Swaziland. See your doctor about obtaining Malaria suppressants and vaccinations for cholera, typhoid and hepatitis. There is a high incidence of AIDS in Swaziland. Avoid swimming in the freshwater rivers and lakes, parasites are present.

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What is the currency?

The currency in Swaziland is the Lilangeni. One American dollar is worth approximately 6 Lilangeni.

Are tips & service charges customary?

Tip 10% in restaurants. Tipping taxis is not necessary.

What are the best items to shop for?

Shop for carvings, beadwork, calabashes, drums, battle axes, walking sticks, batiks, mats, gemstones, potter, artificial flowers made from natural materials, clothing, and caftans.

What are the voltage requirements?

230 volts. Plug M. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. Click here for more information about electrical standards around the world.

Can I take my cell phone?

See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.