Eswatini Travel Information
Eswatini coronavirus has been confirmed, and Eswatini
authorities have imposed entry bans for a number of
confirmed cases. For more information about coronavirus
and entry, see the section Health.
Most trips to Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) are made
without special problems. The greatest risk is related
to lack of transport safety, and there are many car
Norway is represented by an honorary consulate in
Mbabane. The responsible Norwegian embassy for Eswatini
is the embassy in Maputo (Mozambique).
The risk of terrorist incidents in Eswatini is
There is little crime targeting tourists in Eswatini,
but thefts, robberies and assaults occur. Travelers are
asked to take reasonable precautions, especially when
traveling in the urban areas of Mbabane and Manzini.
Traveling outdoors on foot after dark is not
There are often severe penalties for drug offenses.
It is a left-hand drive in Eswatini. Car accidents
pose a great danger and travelers are required to
exercise great caution in traffic. Public transport
means are of a low standard and rarely comply with
Eswatini is an absolute monarchy. There are rarely
public demonstrations. During demonstrations or peaceful
markings (eg May 1), participants are often arrested.
This has so far not affected foreign nationals, but
Norwegian citizens are encouraged to exercise caution
and stay away from large crowds.
Homosexuality is illegal in Eswatini.
- Countryaah: Mbabane is the capital
of Swaziland. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Large parts of the country are recurrently affected
by drought, which affects the food and poverty
situation. The rainy season is in the period Oct/Nov to
March/April. The country is often hit by lightning
during the rainy season, and people are regularly
injured/killed by lightning. Minor earthquakes can
occur, but rarely cause personal injury.
Norwegian citizens staying for a shorter or longer
period in Swaziland are encouraged to register on
Norwegian citizens are encouraged to have valid
In crisis and emergency, the public can contact the
embassy in Maputo by email email@example.com or by phone
+258 21 48 01 00. Outside the opening hours of the
embassy, the public can contact the UD's 24-hour
operating center Tel: +47 23 95 00 00, e- mail: UDops@mfa.no
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegians do not need a visa to stay in Swaziland.
Upon entry, a stamp is issued in the passport which
allows stays of up to 30 days. The permit can be
extended by the authorities. During work/study breaks,
one should consult with the employer/study site, which
should ensure proper permission.
Passports should be valid for at least three months
after entry. It is the traveler's responsibility to
ensure that travel documents are valid.
Emergency passports are accepted in Eswatini, but
please note that emergency passports cannot be used when
traveling to or via South Africa.
Coronavirus (covid-19: Coronavirus
has been confirmed in Eswatini. Eswatini authorities
have imposed entry bans for a number of confirmed cases.
Eswatini has introduced mandatory quarantine for all
high-risk country residents. update the websites
continuously as further information is received.
Norwegians staying in Eswatini should keep abreast of
the development of the corona virus. Follow local
authorities' advice, guidance and instructions on how to
deal with the situation.
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
The public health service has a low standard.
Travelers are advised to use private services/clinics,
and in severe cases evacuation to South Africa is
Eswatini is one of the countries in the world with
the highest incidence of HIV/AIDS. Travelers should be
aware of this and take the necessary precautions.
Tuberculosis, also multi-resistant tuberculosis, is a
Eswatini's malaria risk is low, but travelers are
advised to use mosquito repellent and to wear covering
clothing after sunset, especially in low lying areas.
Gulf vaccine is required if arriving from a country
at risk of yellow fever infection. Hepatitis A vaccine
is also recommended when traveling in the country.
See also the Norwegian Institute of Public Health's
website for health professional travel advice and
The availability of medicines, including medicines
for HIV/AIDS, may be restricted for periods. Travelers
are advised to bring the necessary medicines, if
necessary, to buy this in South Africa.
The area code for calls from Norway to Eswatini is
+268. Eswatini's time difference is + one hour in
winter, the same time in summer.
The electricity is 220 volts, and the connectors are
usually the same as in South Africa (three large, round
holes). The mobile network in Eswatini is relatively
well developed, but coverage may be deficient in
peripheral areas. Cash cards and mobile phone starter
kits are readily available.
The Internet domain in Eswatini is.sz
The local currency lilangeni (plural emalangeni) is
tied to the South African rand and has the same value.
As of January 2017, NOK 1 = ZAR 1.60. It is possible to
use South African banknotes in Eswatini.
ATMs are found in big cities. Credit cards (mostly
Visa) are generally accepted at hotels, restaurants and
in major stores.
Normal opening hours are Monday-Friday: 08: 30-13: 00
and 14: 00-17: 00, Saturday: 08: 30-13: 00.
Holidays: January 1 - New Year's Day, second Monday
in March - Commonwealth Day, April 25 - Flag Day, July
22 - King Sobhuza II's birthday, last Monday in August -
Umhlanga Day, September 6 - National Day, October 24 -
UN -day, 25. -26. December - Jul. Variable Holidays:
Good Friday, Easter Eve, Easter Day, Ascension, and the
The people of Eswatini have deep respect for
traditions and for the royal family. In the worst case,
derogatory publicity or treatment of the king is
punishable. Most residents are also believers, mostly
Protestants or belonging to a Christian faith that
emphasizes local traditions.
Both English and Siswati are official languages.
It is forbidden to take pictures of government
buildings, soldiers in the armed forces, royal
residences, official ceremonies and members of the royal
family without the permission of the authorities.
Always carry a passport or a certified copy of the