The XLI Symposium of the International Society of Dermatopathology (DermPath 2020) will take place at The Westin Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa. 

To learn more about the venue, click on the venue tab in the menu.

International & Domestic Air Travel

A number of international carriers operate direct flights to Cape Town International Airport. Cape Town is also easily accessible by air from OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, as there are several daily flights between OR Tambo International Airport and Cape Town International Airport. Please contact your local Travel agent to arrange flights to Cape Town International Airport.

For a list of international carriers/airlines operating directly out of Cape Town International Airport use the following link:

For a list of international carriers/airlines operating out of O.R Tambo International Airport following link :

PLEASE NOTE: South African Airways (SAA), the country’s national carrier, was recently placed under business rescue, and has since been forced to reduce flights along certain routes or cancel them entirely. Please be mindful of the airline’s precarious financial position when planning your trip. Should you choose to fly SAA, please ensure that you are fully informed of your rights as a passenger, and check if you are sufficiently covered by your travel insurance for unforeseen circumstances such as flight cancellation, etc.

Although much of South Africa is blessed with glorious sunny spring weather during the month of October, this is not necessarily true of Cape Town. The average temperature in October is 16°C (61°F), and visitors can anticipate that the warmest time of day will be at an average maximum temperature of 21°C (70°F). October sees an average of nine rainy days, but these are generally associated with overcast skies rather than much by way of precipitation. A jacket and a small umbrella are useful items to bring along. Should you be going on safari to the Kruger National Park or elsewhere prior to or after the meeting, however, cool clothing for the day, a light jacket for night game drives, a hat and sunscreen are essential items.

Malaria Advice
For those visiting the Kruger National Park and environs, please be aware that the Kruger National Park is regarded as a moderate risk area for falciparum malaria. SanParks has issued the following statement on their website: “Please note: As of late September 2017 we have noticed an increase in the amount of Malaria diagnoses in Kruger National Park. We therefore advise all travellers to cover themselves by taking chemoprophylaxis whilst visiting the Park. Your family physician will be able to advise you on the most suitable medication. The risk of contracting malaria is often a concern when visiting the Kruger National Park. The Kruger is one of the two South African National Parks that are situated in malaria risk areas.” The map is provided highlights the regions of South Africa where malaria is known to occur.

Entry requirements for South Africa
Although citizens of the United States of America, Canada, the United Kingdom and many European countries do not require a visa to visit South Africa, citizens from certain countries do. For the latest information on South African entry requirements, please select this link: Department of Home Affairs for the Republic of South Africa. Should you find that you do indeed require a visa, please be mindful of the following:

  • Apply early! South African embassies frequently require appointments and/or in-depth biometrics, which can add weeks to the visa application process. The recommended visa application processing time is 4 to 6 weeks. However, this is subject to change.
  • South Africa does not process visas upon arrival. Only select countries are able to enter without visas, and you must check with your local embassy or consulate to determine your individual entry requirements.
  • Contact your local South African Embassy or Consulate for current information. For a list of locations, please select the following link: South African Representation Abroad.
  • DermPath 2020 is not responsible for assisting with visa processes. A Letter of Invitation can, however, be requested during the online registration process. Please note that members of the DermPath 2020 Organising Committee cannot contact an embassy or consulate on your behalf.

Obtaining your “Letter of Invitation”

XLI Symposium of the International Society of Dermatopathology (DermPath 2020) Letter of Invitation

Your letter of invitation is sent upon request during the online registration process for XLI Symposium of the International Society of Dermatopathology (DermPath 2020)

Should you require an official Letter of Invitation, please feel free to direct your request to the following e-mail address: Please include your registration confirmation number when doing so. Alternatively, the request can be made via the Registration for Content Access tab once you have registered to attend the Symposium. Kindly ensure that your full names, passport number and the name of the S.A. consulate are provided if the letter is required in support of a visa application.


DermPath 2020 has pre-arranged accommodation at the congress venue (The Westin Hotel, Cape Town) at a negotiated preferential rate. Since there is a limit on the number of rooms that are available, delegates are encouraged to reserve their accommodation as soon as possible. Please click on the Accommodation tab provided. 

Airport Transfers

Transfers to and from Cape Town International Airport can be arranged directly with the Transport Desk at The Westin Hotel, via the following e-mail address:  Alternatively, taxi and Uber services are available from the Airport.

Waterfront Shuttle
A free shuttle service to/from the nearby Cape Town Waterfront with its plethora of shops and restaurants and the excellent Cape Town Aquarium is available for guests staying at The Westin Hotel.

A variety of exceptional day tours and pre- and post-Symposium tour packages and safaris are available. Simply click on the Tour Packages tab for further information and to secure your booking(s). 

Conference attire is business casual for all days.

Internet Access
WiFi and internet access will be available at the Symposium venue and for guests staying at The Westin Hotel.  

Morning and afternoon tea breaks as well as lunch will be provided at the Symposium. The conference dinner with a uniquely African theme will take place at the Gold Restaurant on Friday, 16th October, and is open to all delegates who have registered to attend the full Symposium registration (i.e. no additional fee is required).

The local currency is the South African Rand (ZAR).  

Safety and Security
Cape Town, like many big cities the world over, is not free of crime. The City of Cape Town Tourism Information Bureau has made the following recommendations: 

  • Keep your valuables such as jewellery and mobile phones hidden whenever possible.
  • Keep high-tech equipment such as cameras on your person at all times.
  • Try to walk in groups as far as possible, especially at night.
  • Pickpockets usually operate where there are large crowds. Be sure to keep your valuables safely tucked away on your person.
  • Try to follow main routes when travelling and stay in well-lit areas at night.
  • Hitch-hiking is dangerous. Do not pick up strangers or accept rides from people you don’t know.
  • When driving, stow your bags and other valuables out of sight, keep your doors locked and be vigilant when stopping at intersections.

Cancellation policy

Refunds of registration fees for cancellation of attendance are subject to the following cancellation policy:

  • A 75% refund will be processed for cancellations received on or before 31st July 2020 
  • A 50% refund will be processed for cancellations received between 1st and 31st August 2020
  • A 25% refund will be processed for cancellations received between 1st and 30th September 2020
  • NO REFUND will be processed for cancellations received after 30th September 2020


  • The DermPath 2020 Organising Committee and participating societies accept no liability for any damage, injuries and/or losses of whatever nature incurred by participants and/or accompanying persons.
  • Arrangements for travel insurance and international health cover are the sole responsibility of the delegate.