Current travel advisories for South Africa

Last Update: Wednesday, 11. December 2019 at 07:22

We advice caution when travelling to South Africa.

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Travel warnings for this region [to world map].

Current situation : 2.7 / 5

South Africa is a country in Africa (Southern Africa) with around 44 million citizens and a land mass of 1,219,912 km². We detected travel advisories from 6 sources for this country.

Bordering countries: 2.0 / 5

South Africa shares land borders with 6 neighbouring states. For this country, the Danger Index is 2.0 (average value for all countries). All countries habe been reported as somehow dangerous: Zimbabwe (2.6), Lesotho (2.3), Mozambique (2.2), Swaziland (2.0), Namibia with (1.8) and Botswana with (1.3 of 5). See danger map of the region.


Single advisories / travel warnings

US American government

http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/south-africa-travel-advisory.html

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Exercise increased caution in South Africa due to crime, civil unrest, and drought. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, rape, carjacking, mugging, and "smash-and-grab" attacks on vehicles, is common. There is a higher risk of violent crime in the central business districts of major cities after dark. Demonstrations, protests, and strikes occur frequently. These can develop quickly without prior notification, often interrupting traffic, transportation, and other services; such events have the potential to turn violent. South Africa’s Western, Eastern, and Northern Cape Provinces are experiencing a severe drought. Water supplies in some areas may be affected. Residential water-use restrictions are in place in Cape Town and other municipalities. Please see links below for current information. Please see our Alerts for up-to-date information. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

Danger level: 2

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New Zealand government

https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/south-africa

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Exercise increased caution in South Africa due to violent crime.

Danger level: 2

Exercise increased caution / Some Risk.

Canadian government

https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/south-africa

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
The Canadian goverment suggests: Exercise a high degree of caution.

Danger level: 3

Exercise a high degree of caution.

Irish government

https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/a-z-list-of-countries/south-africa/

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
High degree of caution

Danger level: 3

High degree of caution.

Finnish government

https://um.fi/resemeddelande/-/c/ZA

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Iaktta särskild försiktighet - Brottslighet och våld är stora problem i Sydafrika. Var ständigt på din vakt då du rör dig ute. Förutom guidade turer undvik besök i förorter (township). Var också försiktig i trafiken.

Danger level: 3

Travel with higher caution..

Danish government

http://um.dk/da/rejse-og-ophold/rejse-til-udlandet/rejsevejledninger/sydafrika/

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Når du rejser til Sydafrika, bør du til enhver tid være opmærksom på din personlige sikkerhed, især pga. risikoen for voldelig kriminalitet, herunder væbnede røverier, overfald, bilkapringer og tyverier. De fleste danskere har ingen problemer under besøg i landet.

Danger level: 3

Be extra cautious..

If there is more than one advisory/message of a single government for a given country, it indicates regional differences in means of security for your personal health and well-being. Single messages can indicate specific regions to be safer or less safe as mentioned in the main advisory. In these cases it's advisable to consult your own governments information.


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Country information

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Basic facts

Citizens
around 44 million
Covering landmass
1,219,912 km²
Electricity
220V - 50Hz
Currency
Rand (ZAR)
ISO 2-Letter Code
ZA
Phone prefix
+27
Top Level Domain
.za
Mobile frequencies (MHz)
900/1800

Airports in South Africa (extern)

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Note of the displayed travel advisories
These trabel advisories are automatically gathered. We use the RSS Feeds of the corresponding authorities of the single countries. In some cases, we analyse the website itself. Since the information originates from different countries and different countries have different understanding of danger and danger levels. Thus, the information displayed is an automized and normalized representation with no right to completeness and correctness. If a country is not shown, it doesn't necessarily mean it's safe. The information shown if a first indicator.