Travel Facts

US State Dept Travel Advisory

The US Department of State currently recommends US citizens exercise increased caution in Eswatini due to crime and civil unrest. Consult its website via the link below for updates to travel advisories and statements on safety, security, local laws, and special circumstances in this country.

Passport/Visa Requirements

For the latest passport and visa requirements for this country, please consult the U.S. State Department’s “Learn About Your Destination” search tool, available through the link below.

US Embassy/Consulate

(268) 2417-9000, US Embassy Mbabane, Corner of MR 103 and Cultural Center Drive, Ezulwini, P.O. Box D202, The Gables, H106, Eswatini;;

LGBTQIA+ Travelers

Telephone Code


Local Emergency Phone

Emergency 999; Police 999; Fire 933


The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Eswatini: 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.


Varies from tropical to near temperate

Currency (Code)

Emalangeni (SZL)

Electricity/Voltage/Plug Type(s)

230 V / 50 Hz / plug types(s): M

Plug Type M

Major Languages

English (used for government business), siSwati

Major Religions

Christian 90% (Zionist - 40%, Roman Catholic 20%, other 30% - includes Anglican, Methodist, Mormon, Jehovah's Witness), Muslim 2%

Time Difference

UTC+2 (7 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)

Potable Water

Opt for bottled water

International Driving Permit


Road Driving Side


Tourist Destinations

Hlane Royal National Park; Mbuluzi Game Reserve; Mlawula Nature Reserve; Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary; Malolotja Nature Reserve, Phophonyane Falls Nature Reserve

Major Sports

Soccer, rugby, cricket

Cultural Practices

If sitting on the ground, it is considered very rude to point one's feet at another person.

Tipping Guidelines

Service charges are not normally included in bills, but tips of 10% are customary.


Woven rugs, clay pots, sisal woven baskets, traditional dyed cloth or hand-loomed mohair items, glass-bead or precious-metal jewelry, carved wooden statues, sheet-metal toys

Traditional Cuisine

Karoo roast ostrich steak — thinly sliced ostrich steaks marinated in red wine and juniper berries with salt and pepper then fried in butter and served with onions sautéed with peppercorns, white wine, and heavy cream; traditionally accompanied with a pumpkin and ground maize mash

Please visit the following links to find further information about your desired destination.

World Health Organization (WHO) - To learn what vaccines and health precautions to take while visiting your destination.

US State Dept Travel Information - Overall information about foreign travel for US citizens.

To obtain an international driving permit (IDP). Only two organizations in the US issue IDPs:
American Automobile Association (AAA) and American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA)

How to get help in an emergency? 
Contact the nearest US embassy or consulate, or call one of these numbers:
from the US or Canada - 1-888-407-4747 or from Overseas - +1 202-501-4444

Page last updated: Thursday, May 09, 2024