Current travel advisories for South Africa

Last Update: Wednesday, 28. September 2022 at 08:20

Please reconsider your need to travel to South Africa.

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Travel warnings for this region [to world map].

Current situation : 3.4 / 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 7 sources for this country.

Bordering countries: 2.9 / 5

South Africa shares land borders with 6 neighbouring states. For this country, the Danger Index is 2.9 (average value for all countries). All countries habe been reported as somehow dangerous: Zimbabwe (3.2), Lesotho (3.0), Mozambique (3.0), Botswana (2.8), Namibia with (2.8) and Swaziland with (2.7 of 5). See danger map of the region.

Current informationen on Covid-19

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control currently reports of no cases of COVID-19 (infection with SARS-CoV-2 or Coronavirus).

Source: www.ecdc.europa.eu


Single advisories / travel warnings

New Zealand government

Quelle: 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.

US American government

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

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Last Update: Reissued with updates to health information. Exercise increased caution in South Africa due to crime and civil unrest. Country Summary:  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. Please see our Alerts for up-to-date information. Read the country information page for additional information on travel to South Africa. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined South Africa has a moderate level of COVID-19. Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

Danger level: 2

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Canadian government

Quelle: 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.

Finnish government

Quelle: 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 när du rör dig ute. Undvik besök i förorter (township). Även trafikkulturen är farlig.

Danger level: 3

Travel with higher caution..

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. Additional Disclaimer: Since the evaluation is an automated process, it can only provide first steps for your own research. Please make sure to consult the sources.


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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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Frequently asked questions

This section gives some brief answers to common questions regarding travel safety in South Africa.

Is South Africa safe to travel in 2020?

We see a slighty raised risk with traveling to South Africa. The risk index is at 3.4 (out of 5). We recommend you check the single sources.

How many countries have issued advisories for South Africa?

We currently know of 7 countries having issued advisories for South Africa.

What countries does South Africa share land borders with?

South Africa shares land borders with 6 neighbouring states. For this country, the Danger Index is 2.9 (average value for all countries). All countries habe been reported as somehow dangerous: Zimbabwe (3.2), Lesotho (3.0), Mozambique (3.0), Botswana (2.8), Namibia with (2.8) and Swaziland with (2.7 of 5). See danger map of the region.


Note of the displayed travel advisories
These travel 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 is a first indicator. Additional remark: the websites address does not endorse the situation of a 'Reisewarnung' (with its name). Often, it's just formal notifications by other countries. These can be the reason a country reaches scores of aorund 2.0 and still be a generally safe country to visit. Lower risk grades are usually no sign of a immanent threat!