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About New York

New York is a power city and is the residency of more than eight million people. ‘The Big Apple’ is the most densely populated city in the United States, an amazing city to wonder around in. Be mesmerized by the twinkling lights of Times Square, behold the beauty of Central Park and climb the iconic Empire State building.

Cheap flights to New York are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to be captivated by this beautiful city. New York is home to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), which is approximately a 50-minute drive from the city center. John F. Kennedy Airport serves a multitude of airlines - including South African Airways, British Airways and KLM. Non-stop flights to New York departure from Johannesburg. Flight duration from Johannesburg is approximately 16 hours and 10 minutes.

Why visit New York

Statue Of Liberty

Sightseeing

The Statue of Liberty, enlightening the world, was a gift from the people of France to the United States and is recognized as a worldwide symbol of freedom and democracy.

New York 4th of July

Arts & Culture

July 4th, also known as Independence Day, marks the adoption of the Declaration of Independence for the United States. On this day their independence is celebrated with fireworks.

Hamburger With Chips

Cuisine

Don’t leave New York without trying their mouthwatering hamburgers, pizzas, steaks, barbecues and pastas. Make sure you have a ravenous appetite before you go, remember, “Go big or go home”.

General Information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country New York
Currency US Dollar
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.07 USD
Language English
Hub Airport John F Kennedy International Airport
Airline Delta Airlines
Time Zone GMT -5
Travel Adaptor Standard US Adaptor Plug

Best time to visit New York

The best time to visit New York is during January to March, these are the months in which New York has the closest experience to an off-season. During the summer season prices for accommodation and flights increase. There are super cool events around this time of year like concerts, parties and Americans celebrate St Patrick’s Day. Generally, any time of the year is a great time to visit New York. The people are fun-loving, caring and outgoing and there is almost always a crowd everywhere you go. The city is so alive, it never really sleeps. There are restaurants, bars and nightclubs open till early hours of the morning. Summer brings out the best in New York City with the hallowed courts of the US Open. School holidays in New York is a great jumble, there are crowds of people everywhere, and some parents with children also schedule their annual holidays round about this time of year.

Weather & Climate in New York

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low (°C) -3°C -2°C 2°C 7°C 12°C 18°C 20°C 20°C 16°C 10°C 5°C 0°C
High (°C) 4°C 4°C 5°C 10°C 16°C 22°C 26°C 29°C 28°C 24°C 18°C 12°C
Rainfall (mm) 95 80 110 115 105 110 115 115 110 110 100 100

Overview

New York is a global power city, and is the residency of more than eight million people. This metropolis is also the most densely populated city in the United States. Situated on one of the world’s largest natural harbours, New York consists of five districts, each of which is a separate county of the New York State.

There is so much to do in the city whilst visiting, like seeing the iconic statues, monuments and major museums, like the Statue of Liberty and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. From the Wall Street concrete giants to the neon lights of Time Square to Central Park’s exquisite foliage, the City of New York pulses with an irrepressible energy. This destination moves to the beat of Traditional reserves and shops, historic streets and majestic brownstones.

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Visa & Customs

SA passport holders can apply for a Visa by visiting the official website for Visa Services of the United States of America in South Africa: southafrica.usvisa-info.com.

Processing times for a Non-immigrant U.S.A. Visa take approximately 2 - 3 working days, though your appointment should be scheduled at least 60 days before your departure date.

Remember Visa interviews are by appointment only and you need to complete the online application form, schedule and pay for your appointment online, and print out the bar coded confirmation document.

The basic checklist for a USA Visa application is as follows; however, requirements and documents you choose to submit may differ according to the type of U.S. Visa you are applying for.

• Your current passport with at least 6 months validity from the date of your return and at least 2 blank pages. • The application confirmation page from your online Visa application. • A copy of the bar coded confirmation document showing proof of payment and appointment. • Your old passport (if possible) to show your travel history and previous US Visa’s. • A recent photo (50 mm x 50 mm). • Your New York flight ticket (optional – applicants are advised to obtain a Visa BEFORE purchasing tickets or making binding travel plans).

Health & Safety

Safety precautions should be taken in any country, and New York City is no different. Whilst there are no vaccination requirements for visitors to the United States, it is recommended that you check the city which you are visiting for any locally based outbreaks. Upon your arrival in New York, it is best to avoid any ride invitations, especially those in unmarked vehicles. Get to the hotel as soon as possible so that you can leave your luggage in a safe place.

If you are keeping very valuable items with you, like a laptop, it is best to keep it in the hotel safe. Avoid answering the hotel door for anyone, make sure you look through the peep hole before opening. With so many yellow taxis in New York, it is best to avoid any unmarked taxis that do not represent a taxi organization. Bear in mind that it is always good to tip your driver.

Cost of Living

Item Cape Town Johannesburg New York
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R 90.00 R 100.00 R 236.17
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 78.72
Cappuccino (regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 56.12
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 22.42

Where to stay?

Where you stay in New York will not only impact how much you pay, but will also shape your experience of the city. If you like things quiet, then Manhattan is the place to be. The Financial district is mostly recommended for those on business vacations and those who like things a bit more peaceful, the only drawback is that it’s a long drive to many attractions. The Lower East side claims some of the city’s most vibrant shops and restaurants and is farther away from sightseeing. In the Soho area, the neighborhood is quite charming and the hotels are solely high end.

Greenwich Village still has that romantic appeal, great for people who want to spend time in intimate dining spots, its ideal and close to restaurants and shops and can get a bit crowded over weekends. A good range of accommodation both high end and moderate, can be found in Chelsea. Lake George is on the southern end, and is a major tourist attraction, sightseeing cruises are also a fun way to see the lake.

Getting Around

The city’s transportation network is run by the Metropolitan Transport Authority and they make use of many forms of transit. Most visitors often confine themselves to one area, but you can rest assured that it is safe to take the metro-train, subway, bus or even a ferry and marked taxis. There are also the express trains you can take if you are in a real hurry. Express trains often skip about three stops for each one they make and are often indicated in a white circle on subway maps.

There is one free ride available from the Downtown New York Connection, which as a bus running daily every 15 minutes and it will take you to areas like Battery Park City, World Financial Center and South Street seaport. Taxis can be hailed at any street, if you can find an empty one. The only time when this becomes difficult is at 5 pm when the taxi drivers actually change shifts. You can also bike ride to and from where you want to be, New York is actually a cool bicycling city.

Main attractions in New York

Empire State

Empire State

Central Park

Central Park

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art

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