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Direct flights from South Africa to Northern Ireland are not available however there are options for 1-stop flights from Johannesburg to Belfast. To book a cheap flight to Northern Ireland:
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You can fly from Johannesburg to Belfast George Best Airport (BHD) with Emirates/Aer Lingus (via Dubai & London), Etihad/FlyBe (via Abu Dhabi & Manchester), Qatar Airways/Aer Lingus (via Doha & London), Swiss/Helvetic/FlyBe (via Zurich & Birmingham), SAA/Aer Lingus (via London), BA/FlyBe (via London), Virgin/Aer Lingus (via London) and Air France/FlyBe (via Paris).
Options for flying from Cape Town to Belfast George Best Airport (BHD) are Emirates/Aer Lingus (via Dubai & London), Swiss/FlyBe (via Zurich & Manchester), SAA/Aer Lingus (via Cape Town & London), Virgin/Aer Lingus (via London) or BA/FlyBe (via London).
Options for flying from Durban to Belfast George Best Airport (BHD) are Emirates/Aer Lingus (via Dubai & London), SAA/Aer Lingus (via Johannesburg & London), Virgin/Aer Lingus (via Johannesburg and London) and BA/FlyBe (via Johannesburg and London).
You need to apply for a UK visa, not one specific to Northern Ireland.
Keep these contact details handy in case you lose your passport, or something happens in Northern Ireland requiring embassy assistance. There is no office in the country; the embassy resides in England.
Physical address: South Africa House, 9 Duncannon Street, Trafalgar Square, London
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone number : + 44-20-7451-7299
The currency used in Northern Ireland is the Great Britain Pound.
English is the primary language spoken.
Places of interest in Northern Ireland include:
The Antrim Coast makes for a scenic drive by coastal towns and tiny villages, waterfalls, soaring cliffs, a famous rope bridge, and endless seaside vistas. There’s plenty of history to take in too. This is the place to experience picturesque rural Northern Ireland at its best.
Giant’s Causeway is actually not a roadway but a natural feature. This atmospheric rock formation is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a major draw for tourists. Spring and autumn are the best time to visit to snap a photo.
Belfast is full of cosmopolitan attractions such as a lively nightlife, swank hotels, a major arts festival and great food. Shop at the new city centre mall and prepare for a late night listening to live music at one of the many pubs. Belfast is also known for its Victorian architecture and pleasant modern waterfront.
Derry is another popular city in Northern Ireland, primarily for its riverside location and historical sights. The 17th century walls and Bogside murals will immerse you in Derry’s rich history such as the Siege of Derry and the Battle of Bogside. After a day of walking the walls and seeing the sights, settle into one of the city’s famous pubs, take in a live concert, and socialize with the city’s hospitable citizens.
Northern Ireland has a cool climate with abundant rainfall, warmer summers, and cold winters. Summer (May to August) is the best time to travel, as it's warmer and there's less rain. May and June are particularly enjoyable as these months tend to receive the most sunlight (especially in the south-east of the country). July is noted for its warm temperatures as it can reach up to 20°C.
You may either want to time your visit to Northern Ireland to coincide with a public holiday and join in the fun, or avoid the date so as to avoid additional travel costs (and possible crowds):
17 March (St Patrick's Day)
12 July (Orangeman's Day)
Early May bank holiday
Spring bank holiday
Summer bank holiday
Where public holidays are on weekends, the following Monday usually becomes a public holiday.
Author is Bronwyn Kienapple