Currency: Swaziland Lilangeni (SZL) – plural Emalangeni (E)
The Lilangeni is fixed to and equals the South African Rand, and the Rand is accepted as payment throughout the country, but not the other way around. In larger cities there are ATMs where you can withdraw cash with international debit and credit cards (Visa & Mastercard). Your card needs to have a chip and pin. Payment by credit card is mainly accepted in larger cities in hotels, restaurants and supermarkets, debit cards are not often accepted for direct payments. It is a good idea to always have some cash with you in case of emergencies or when shopping in remote areas. In addition, some petrol stations do not accept international cards.
While changing money at a Bureau de Change is possible, it is not recommended as it is often a complicated and lengthy process.
Please be sure to advise your bank before you travel that you will be using your card in a different country as they may block access to your card if they do not know that you are currently travelling.
For current exchange rates please use this website.
Official Languages: Swazi (siSwati) and English
Visa: Citizens of most Commonwealth countries, the USA, Japan, and most EU countries don´t need a visa. Please check this list to see whether you need a visa.
Please also consult the Swaziland Embassy or Consulate for any updates before departure, especially when travelling with children.
Independence: 6 September 1968 from Britain
Religion: Christian 90%, Muslim 2%, Other 8%
Souvenirs: Swazi bead work, jewellery, candles, wood carving
Agricultural Products: Sugarcane, cotton, corn, tobacco, rice, citrus, pineapples, sorghum, peanuts
Main Industries: Coal mining, forestry, sugar, soft drink concentrates, textiles, and apparel
Best time to visit: Swaziland is a year-round destination, but if you’re hoping to see wildlife, the best time to go to Swaziland is in the dry winter months of May-Sep. Summer (Oct-Apr) is hot and wet, but the scenery is gorgeously green and there’s abundant birdlife and local culture.