FCO Travel Advice for - South Africa

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  • There has been an increase in strike action in South Africa and some demonstrations have turned violent. Follow developments in the local media and avoid all demonstrations, rallies and large public gatherings.

  • There is a very high level of crime, but the most violent crimes occur in townships and isolated areas away from the normal tourist destinations.

  • The standard of driving is variable and there are many fatal accidents.

  • Most visits to South Africa are trouble-free. See Consular assistance statistics.

  • There is an underlying threat from terrorism. See Terrorism.

  • Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.
  • • Make sure you have at least 2 blank pages in your passport on arrival.
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