Visa Requirements

ALL VISITORS (irrespective of whether they need a visa or not) MUST have 2 adjacent blank pages in their passports, which must be valid for 6 months after their departure from South Africa. These pages must be entitled “Visas”. (Note that some passports have an “Endorsement” page, often towards the end, which is not valid for this purpose). This requirement is strictly enforced.



Visitors’ visas are required for international travelers who have permanent residence outside South Africa and who wish to visit the country on a temporary basis for tourism or business purposes for a period of 90 days or less. (Click here to read more about applying for a visa to South Africa and plumbing in Amherst, NY.)

Requirements for visitor’s visas differ from country to country (click here to see which countries are currently exempt) and the requirements are subject to change.  As each application is treated as an individual case, you should make enquiries with your nearest South African mission or consulate abroad or any office of the Department of Home Affairs to see whether or not you are required to apply for a visa.

Remember that there is a fee charged for issuing a visa, and you should check the cost with the office as well, as this is updated annually.  The fee is payable in different currencies in different countries.

Visas for people attending a conference in South Africa

  • Normal procedures must be followed for applying for a visitor’s visa (Form BI-84)
  • The application for a visa must be supported by a letter of invitation for the conference
  • The conference organizer will notify the Department of Home Affairs that the conference is taking place – giving all the relevant details and a list of delegates, if possible.
  • The Department of Home Affairs will then notify all South Africa representatives abroad, authorizing them to issue visas to the delegates providing that
    nothing detrimental is known about the delegate, and that
    all visitor visa requirements are met

All delegates from outside Africa are encouraged to take an inter-continental flight directly into Cape Town or Johannesburg on well-known carriers or their alliance partners.

Important documents
Make two copies of all your important documents, like passports. Take one with you, in a different bag to the original, and leave one at home with a responsible, easily reachable person. Try to memorize all your important numbers – passport numbers, credit card numbers, etc – or store them securely (some smartphones have “password keeper” applications). If you lose your bag, this could be an enormous help.

How to register

All delegates are encouraged to make use of the Early Bird discounted rate and register online before the closing date for early registrations on April 14.

Please note that late registrations can only be accepted at the congress office up to May 23.  Thereafter, delegates must register on-site.

Online registrations will be acknowledged by e-mail. (Please ensure your email address is correctly uploaded when registering online)

Once you register for BioEM2014, refunds and cancellations are not permitted except in the case of a medical emergency.

Your registration includes:

  • Entry to all meeting sessions & exhibits
  • Official program booklet
  • Online access to abstracts
  • Welcome Reception
  • Lunch
  • Coffee and tea
  • Conference dinner

While it will be possible to register on site, we strongly recommend that participants and their accompanying persons take advantage of the convenience of registering in advance.
Special meals cannot be arranged for on-site registration.

Method of Payment
Payment of fees must accompany all registration forms. Registrations will not be confirmed until full payment is received.

You’re Invited!

The BioEM2014 Local Organizing Committee, The Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS) and the European BioElectromagnetics Association (EBEA), welcome you to Cape Town, South Africa, for the Annual Joint Meeting of our two societies from June 8-13.

As the premier international conference in the area of bioelectromagnetics, BioEM2014 is expected to stimulate further research in this field through the exchange of ideas and lively debate on state-of-the-art knowledge, as well as gaps to be filled.

With the increased presence of electromagnetic fields (EMF) in our everyday lives, the meeting aims at presenting and advancing high quality research in basic and applied aspects of bioelectromagnetics to address the health concerns, regulations and medical applications associated with EMF. The program of the meeting will provide a comprehensive overview of the field of bioelectromagnetics – from fundamental research topics on the interactions between living tissue and EM energy to medical applications. BioEM2014 will feature invited plenary talks by world-renowned scientists, a variety of special sessions and panel discussions aligned with the most pressing issues in the field of bioelectromagnetics as well as informative technical sessions, poster sessions, and social functions. Student competitions are also a focus of the conferences. Students from around the world will have the opportunity to present their work in an oral or poster session while developing their technical communication skills and networking with the bioelectromagnetics community.

We look forward to meeting you at the Table Bay Hotel, situated in the V&A Waterfront. It started off with a small jetty, built by Jan van Riebeeck in 1654 as part of his task to establish a refreshment station at the foot of Africa for the Dutch East India Company. The Cape had become a stopover for Dutch ships sailing to Eastern Africa, India and the Far East on their quest for exotic goods. From these humble beginnings the harbour and city continued to be further developed and in 1988 parts of the historic docklands were redeveloped to establish the V&A Waterfront.

Cape Town also offers many other tourist attractions, such as Table Mountain and the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years in prison.

We trust that this will be a fruitful scientific meeting against the backdrop of one of the best loved cities on the African continent.