COVID-19 Information (Updated November 12, 2020)

COVID-19 Information (Last updated: November 12, 2020) Country-Specific Information: The South African Ministry of Health has confirmed 742,394cases of COVID-19 within its borders. The government of South Africa lowered the lockdown alert level for South Africa to level 1 on September 20, 2020.  COVID-19 health and safety protocols must be followed at all times, including …

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Demonstration Alert:  U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (October 29, 2020) 

Demonstration Alert:  U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (October 29, 2020) Location: Pretoria, South Africa Event: The U.S. Embassy is aware of a demonstration scheduled for Friday, October 30th, between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm at the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria. The Embassy would like to remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and …

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South Africa Travel Advisory Level 3: Reconsider Travel — U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (October 20, 2020)

The Department of State revised its Travel Advisory for South Africa on September 15, 2020. The Department continues to advise travelers to exercise normal precautions in South Africa. Reconsider travel to South Africa due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in South Africa due to crime, civil unrest,  and drought. Read the Department of State  COVID-19  page before you plan any international travel. The Centers …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Johannesburg (October 7, 2020)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Johannesburg (October 7, 2020) Location: From Consulate General of Nigeria to U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg Event:  The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens of a planned protest at the Nigerian Consulate on Thursday, October 8, 2020 between approximately 9:00 A.M and 1:00 P.M., with a potential …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By

Message for U.S. Citizens – Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW! Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States – but …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Americans Can Vote Wherever They Are!

Americans Can Vote Wherever They Are!   If you have not received a requested absentee ballot in time to return it to your state, you can use The Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) as a backup ballot to vote for federal offices. The FWAB is available online at this link: https://www.fvap.gov/eo/overview/materials/forms .  Hard copies of the FWAB are also …

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Alert: Travel Advisory Level 3: Reconsider Travel – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (September 16, 2020) 

Alert: Travel Advisory Level 3: Reconsider Travel – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (September 16, 2020) The Department of State revised its Travel Advisory for South Africa on September 15, 2020. The Department continues to advise travelers to exercise normal precautions in South Africa. South Africa – Level 3: Reconsider Travel      Reconsider travel to South Africa due to COVID-19.  Exercise increased …

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Health Alert: Upcoming Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (September 1, 2020)

Health Alert: Upcoming Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (September 1, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health has confirmed 625,056 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Announcing Additional Repatriation Flights: We have been notified of multiple upcoming special commercial repatriation flights operated by different airlines. Some of the below flights have been included in previous announcements. …

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Health Alert: Upcoming Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (August 19, 2020)

Health Alert: Upcoming Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (August 19, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health has confirmed 592,144 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Announcing Additional Repatriation Flights: We have been notified of multiple upcoming special commercial repatriation flights operated by different airlines. Some of the below flights have been included in previous announcements. …

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Health Alert: Upcoming Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (August 5, 2020)

Health Alert: Upcoming Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (August 5, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health has confirmed 521,318 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Announcing Additional Repatriation Flights: We have been notified of multiple upcoming special commercial repatriation flights operated by different airlines. Some of the below flights have been included in previous announcements. Flight information: DATE DEPARTURE ARRIVAL …

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U.S. Citizens: Your vote counts!

Act early and take the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections! In order to vote in the November 2020 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to request a ballot through their state’s online portal or complete a  Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)  in 2020.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted …

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Health Alert: Upcoming Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (July 21, 2020)

Health Alert: Upcoming Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (July 21, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health has confirmed 373,628 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Announcing Additional Repatriation Flights: We have been notified of multiple upcoming special commercial repatriation flights operated by different airlines. Some of the below flights have been included in previous announcements. …

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Health Alert: Repatriation Flights on Emirates Airlines – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (July 16, 2020)

Health Alert: Repatriation Flights on Emirates Airlines – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (July 16, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health has confirmed 311,049 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Announcing Additional Emirates Airlines Repatriation Flight Emirates Airlines has notified us of upcoming special commercial repatriation flights on Tuesday, July 21; Friday, July 24; and Tuesday, July …

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Health Alert: Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (July 14, 2020)

Health Alert: Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (July 14, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health has confirmed 276,242 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Announcing Additional Repatriation Flights We have been notified of multiple upcoming special commercial repatriation flights operated by different airlines. Flight information: DATE DEPARTURE ARRIVAL AIRLINE 18 July 2020 Johannesburg …

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Health Alert: Repatriation Flight on Emirates Airlines – U.S. Embassy Pretoria (July 13, 2020)

Health Alert: Repatriation Flight on Emirates Airlines – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (July 13, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health has confirmed 276,242 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Announcing Additional Emirates Airlines Repatriation Flight Emirates Airlines has notified us of an upcoming special commercial repatriation flight on Sunday, July 19. Flight information: DATE DEPARTURE …

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Health Alert: Repatriation Flight on Turkish Airlines – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (July 10, 2020)

Health Alert: Repatriation Flight on Turkish Airlines – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (July 10, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health has confirmed 238,339 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Announcing Additional Turkish Airlines Repatriation Flight Turkish Airlines has notified us of an upcoming special commercial repatriation flight on Tuesday, July 14. Flight information: DATE DEPARTURE …

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Health Alert: Upcoming Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (July 8, 2020)

Health Alert: Upcoming Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (July 8, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health has confirmed 215,855 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Announcing Multiple Upcoming Repatriation Flights We have been notified of multiple upcoming special commercial repatriation flights operated by different airlines. Flight information: DATE DEPARTURE ARRIVAL AIRLINE 09 July …

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Health Alert: Announcing Upcoming Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa

Health Alert: Announcing Upcoming Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (June 25, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health has confirmed 111,796 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Announcing Multiple Upcoming Repatriation Flights We have been notified of multiple upcoming special commercial repatriation flights operated by Lufthansa, KLM, Emirates, Turkish Airlines, and Ethiopian Airlines. Flight …

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Health Alert: Announcing June 28 Repatriation Flight on Ethiopian Airlines – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa

Health Alert: Announcing June 28 Repatriation Flight on Ethiopian Airlines – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (June 23, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health has confirmed 101,590 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Announcing June 28 Ethiopian Airlines Flight We have been notified of a special commercial repatriation flight operated by Ethiopian Airlines to Chicago, United …

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Health Alert: Announcing June 27 Repatriation Flight on Lufthansa – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (June 20, 2020) 

Health Alert: Announcing June 27 Repatriation Flight on Lufthansa – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (June 20, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health has confirmed 83,890 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Announcing June 27 Lufthansa Flight  We have been notified of a special commercial repatriation flight operated by Lufthansa from Cape Town to Frankfurt and onward connecting destinations on Saturday, June 27, …

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Health Alert: Announcing June 18 Repatriation Flight on Ethiopian Airlines — U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (June 12, 2020)

Health Alert: Announcing June 18 Repatriation Flight on Ethiopian Airlines – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (June 12, 2020)  Location: South Africa  Event:  The South African Ministry of Health has confirmed 58,568 cases of COVID-19 within its borders.  Announcing June 18 Ethiopian Airlines Flight  We have been notified of a special commercial repatriation flight operated by Ethiopian Airlines to Chicago, United States on Thursday, June 18.  Flight information:  Potential passengers must book …

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Demonstration Alert:  U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (June 11, 2020)

Demonstration Alert:  U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (June 11, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The U.S. Embassy is aware of a march and protest against police killings planned for Friday, June 12, beginning at 9:00 am in front of the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria. The Embassy would like to remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful …

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Health Alert: Announcing June 14 Repatriation Flight on South African Airways – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (June 8, 2020) 

Health Alert: Announcing June 14 Repatriation Flight on South African Airways – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (June 8, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health has confirmed 48,285 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Announcing June 14 South African Airways Flight We have been notified of a special commercial repatriation flight to the United States operated by South African Airways on Sunday, June 14. Flight …

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Demonstration Alert:  U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg, South Africa (June 5, 2020) 

Demonstration Alert:  U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg, South Africa (June 5, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The U.S. Embassy is aware of protests planned for Monday, June 8, 2020, beginning at 09:00 am in front of the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg, and U.S. Consulate General in Cape Town in response to ongoing civil unrest in …

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Demonstration Alert:  U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (June 2, 2020) 

Demonstration Alert:  U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (June 2, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  We are aware of social media calls for protests at U.S. facilities in South Africa related to ongoing civil unrest in the United States.  These protests could occur as soon as June 3, 2020.  Due to South Africa’s current Level 3 lockdown regulations, protesters are unable to …

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Health Alert:  Announcing May 29 South African Airways Flight – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 27, 2020)

Health Alert:  Announcing May 29 South African Airways Flight – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 27, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Department of Health has confirmed 24,264 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. South African Airways Flight – May 29, 2020 South African Airways (SAA) has notified the U.S. Mission of a special repatriation flight on May 29, …

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Health Alert:  Lockdown Reduction to Level 3 on June 1, 2020 – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 26, 2020) 

Health Alert:  Lockdown Reduction to Level 3 on June 1, 2020 – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 26, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Department of Health confirmed 23,615 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. On May 24, 2020, the government of South Africa announced the lockdown alert level for South Africa will be lowered to level 3 with …

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Health Alert: Announcing Additional Repatriation Flights via Amsterdam – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 21, 2020)

Health Alert: Announcing Additional Repatriation Flights via Amsterdam – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 21, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health has confirmed 18,252 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. May 22 Ethiopian Airlines Flight If you have booked a ticket for this special repatriation flight and have not yet received a travel letter and assembly …

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Health Alert: Update on Special Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 20, 2020)

Health Alert: Update on Special Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 20, 2020)  Location: South Africa  Event:  The South African Ministry of Health confirmed 17,200 cases of COVID-19 within its borders.  Ethiopian Airlines Flight    We have been notified by Ethiopian Airlines that there is an abundance of seats available on their special repatriation flight this Friday, May 22.  If you registered interest in this flight …

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Health Alert: Update on Ethiopian Airlines and Qatar Airways Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa

Health Alert: Update on Ethiopian Airlines and Qatar Airways Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 18, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health confirmed 15,515 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Ethiopian Airlines Flight If you submitted your information via the online form, your information has been passed to Ethiopian Airlines and they will be contacting you …

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Health Alert: Announcing Repatriation Flight to the United States – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 16, 2020)

Health Alert: Announcing Repatriation Flight to the United States – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 16, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health confirmed 13,524 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. May 22 Ethiopian Airlines Flight from Cape Town and Johannesburg to Washington, D.C. We have been notified of a special commercial repatriation flight to the United …

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Health Alert: Update on Special Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 14, 2020)

Health Alert: Update on Special Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 14, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health confirmed 12,074 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. May 16 Qatar Airways and May 17 SAA Flights The airlines have notified us that these flights have been sold out.  The airlines are working directly with customers on ticketing for the …

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Health Alert: Update on South African Airways Repatriation – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 12, 2020)

Health Alert: Update on South African Airways Repatriation – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 12, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health confirmed 11,350 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. South African Airways Flight South African Airways (SAA) has confirmed its special repatriation flight that it coordinated with the U.S. Mission to South Africa.  The U.S. Mission to South Africa is aware that …

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Health Alert: South African Airways Repatriation Flight Canceled – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 7, 2020)

Health Alert: South African Airways Repatriation Flight Canceled – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 7, 2020)  Location: South Africa  Event:  The South African Ministry of Health confirmed 7,808 cases of COVID-19 within its borders.  South African Airways Flight It was announced that South African Airways will be required to cease all operations on May 8.  Unfortunately, due to that timeline, SAA informed us …

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Health Alert: Qatar Airways Flights Canceled – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 6, 2020)

Health Alert: Qatar Airways Flights Canceled – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 6, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health confirmed 7,572 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Qatar Airways Flights We have received notification from Qatar Airways that all flights scheduled for May 7 and beyond have been canceled. If you have already booked a …

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Health Alert: May 9 South African Airways Flight Details – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 6, 2020)

Health Alert: May 9 South African Airways Flight Details – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 6, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health confirmed 7,572 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Please read the following information carefully.  Due to the high volume of enquiries we are currently receiving, we will not be able to respond to individual emails if your …

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Health Alert:  Update on Today’s (May 5) Repatriation Flight via Doha on Qatar Airways  – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa

Health Alert:  Update on Today’s (May 5) Repatriation Flight via Doha on Qatar Airways  – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 5, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health confirmed 7,220 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. For passengers who have booked a ticket on today’s (May 5) repatriation flight on Qatar Airways: Please …

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Health Alert: Updates on Repatriation Flights to the United States – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa

Health Alert: Updates on Repatriation Flights to the United States – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 4, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health confirmed 6,783 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Please read the following information carefully.  Due to the high volume of enquiries we are currently receiving, we will not be able to respond to individual emails if …

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Health Alert: Announcing Repatriation Flights to the United States – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa

Health Alert: Announcing Repatriation Flights to the United States – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 3, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health confirmed 6,783 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Fellow Citizens, We have been notified of a likely commercial flight to the United States to be operated by South African Airways, tentatively scheduled …

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Health Alert:  Repatriation Flights Via Doha Available to Book – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 3, 2020) 

Health Alert:  Repatriation Flights Via Doha Available to Book – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 3, 2020)  Location: South Africa   Event:  The South African Ministry of Health confirmed 6,336 cases of COVID-19 within its borders.   Qatar Airways has confirmed commercial repatriation flights via Doha.  The flights are available to book via this link:  https://www.qatarairways.com/getyouhome   The flights will sell on a first come-first-served …

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Health Alert: Announcing Possible Repatriation Flights Via Doha – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 2, 2020) 

Health Alert: Announcing Possible Repatriation Flights Via Doha – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 2, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health confirmed 6,336 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. We have been notified of Embassy of Qatar-coordinated repatriation flights to Doha in the coming weeks.  It is not confirmed as a certainty; however, we are …

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Health Alert: Assessing Interest in Potential Future Repatriation Flights — U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (April 29, 2020)

Health Alert: Assessing Interest in Potential Future Repatriation Flights – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (April 29, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health confirmed 4,996 cases of COVID-19 within its borders.  All repatriation flights organized by the U.S. Department of State have departed.  We have been made aware of the possibility of a privately organized …

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Health Alert: Information on Repatriation Flight to London (April 20, 2020)  

Health Alert: Information on Repatriation Flight to London – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (April 20, 2020)  Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health confirmed 3,158 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. Operating Status:  Effective March 26, 2020, U.S. Consulates General  JohannesburgCape Town , and  Durban  have suspended routine consular services.  For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our websites …

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Health Alert: Consulate Johannesburg Status During Lockdown – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (April 20, 2020)

Health Alert: Consulate Johannesburg Status During Lockdown – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (April 20, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health confirmed 3,158 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. On April 9, 2020, the government of South Africa announced an extension to its period of “lockdown” for an additional two weeks until April 30.  The lockdown measures were …

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Health Alert: Repatriation Flight Announcement – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (April 8, 2020 | 11:00) 

Health Alert: Repatriation Flight Announcement – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (April 8, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:   Repatriation Flight Announcement The South African Ministry of Health has confirmed 1749 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. We can now announce that repatriation flights have been confirmed for this week. On Thursday, April 9, we will have departures from …

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Health Alert: Repatriation Flight Interest Request (April 8, 2020 | 9:00 )

Location: South Africa  Event:   Repatriation Flight Interest Request The South African Ministry of Health has confirmed 1749cases of COVID-19 within its borders. We can now announce that repatriation flights have been confirmed for this week. On Thursday, April 9, we will have departures from Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban. On Friday, April 10, we will have …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Hotels Accepting New Reservations at this Time (March 28, 2020)

Message for U.S. Citizens: Hotels Accepting New Reservations (March 28, 2020) We understand many guesthouses and hotels are closing or have already closed during the 21-day lockdown. We’d like to share the following list of hotels who have contacted us and are still accepting new reservations at this time: Country-wide AirBnB Johannesburg 1. Bannister Hotel – Address: …

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Health  Alert: Evacuation Information – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (Updated Mar 28 | 12:15 SAST)

Health Alert: Evacuation Information – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (March 28, 2020 | 12:15 SAST) Location: South Africa Event:  Evacuation Information The South African Ministry of Health has confirmed 1170 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. We want to thank you for your patience during these challenging times. Be assured that we are working diligently …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: “Lockdown” Clarifications (March 26, 2020)

Message for U.S. Citizens: “Lockdown” Clarifications – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (March 26, 2020) The government of South Africa has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 by announcing a 21-day lockdown beginning 23:59 on Thursday, March 26, 2020.  Q&As: What does it mean to on “lockdown?” The lockdown is basically a governmental order to stay …

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Health Alert: 21 Day Lockdown (Updated) – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (March 25, 2020) 

Health Alert: 21 Day Lockdown (Updated) – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (March 25, 2020) Location: South Africa Event:  The South African Ministry of Health confirmed 709 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. The government of South Africa has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 by announcing a 21-day lockdown beginning 23:59 on Thursday, March 26, 2020.  This includes: All borders will be closed to human activity except …

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Message to American Citizens Regarding National Lockdown

March 23, 2020 In response to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, tonight South African President Ramaphosa announced a 21-day lockdown effective  midnight on Thursday, March 26, 2020 , for all of South Africa. Most private Individuals will only be allowed to leave their homes under very controlled circumstances, including to seek medical care, buy food, or buy medicine. Additionally, the President …

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Message to American Citizens Unable to Secure Commercial Flights to Depart SA (March 21, 2020)

If you are a U.S. citizen attempting to depart South Africa but have been unable to secure a commercial flight, please send the following information to ACSJohannesburg@state.gov : Full Name: Telephone No: Email Address: Passport No: Current Location: Number of U.S. Citizens in Party/Group: Please continue to attempt to secure a ticket on a commercial flight. Please …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (March 18, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (March 18, 2020) Location:  South Africa Event: The government of South Africa has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.U.S. citizens who are considering returning …

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Global Level 3 Health Advisory – Reconsider Travel

March 15, 2020 The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported …

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Security Alert – U. S. Consulate General Johannesburg (March 17, 2020)

Security Alert – U. S. Consulate General Johannesburg (March 17, 2020) Location: South Africa – Johannesburg Event:    The City of Johannesburg government issued a warning regarding a new trend with regard to home invasions.  Some criminal groups are posing as healthcare workers going door-to-door claiming to provide COVID-19 screenings.  Please be aware that no private or public healthcare …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa

Location:  South Africa Event:  On March 5, the South African National Department of Health announced one confirmed case of COVID-19 in South Africa.  The patient is in self-quarantine in Kwa-Zulu Natal Province. Actions to Take: Consult the  CDC website  for the most up-to-date information. For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 please see the  CDC’s latest recommendations . …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate Johannesburg

Location: Sandton Event: A demonstration is expected in Sandton on Friday, February 28, from approximately 9:00AM – 3:00PM. Protesters will march from Innesfree Park to Megawatt Park in Sunninghill. Roads impacted by the march include (but are not limited to): Katherine St, Grayston Dr, Rivonia Rd, and Witkoppen Rd. Actions to Take: Avoid the area …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria (February 14, 2020)

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria (February 14, 2020) Location: South Africa – Botswana Border Event:    Recent reports on social media indicate increased criminal activity on the R49 and N4 highways at the South Africa – Botswana border.  These robberies, usually occurring at night, involve an “unmarked police” vehicle with a flashing blue magnetic “bubble” light on top …

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Demonstration Alert for February 14: U. S. Consulate General Cape Town, South Africa

Demonstration Alert: U. S. Consulate General Cape Town, South Africa (February 14, 2020) Location:  Near the Steenberg Road entrance gate, U.S. Consulate General, Cape Town Event:  On Friday, February 14 between 11:00am and 12:00pm, a group plans to hold a demonstration outside the Steenberg Road entrance gate. Although local police will be present, disruptions to …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria (February 3, 2020)

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Pretoria (February 3, 2020) Location: Fort Klapperkop Nature Reserve Event:  There are reports of increased criminal activity at the Fort Klapperkop Nature Reserve.  In recent months there have been several incidents of a group stopping and robbing hikers and cyclists within the park.  The U.S. Embassy recommends travelling in large groups …

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Security Alert: Crime Trend – U.S. Embassy Pretoria

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Pretoria (January 21, 2020)  Location: Gauteng Province Event: Crime Trend Fraud and bank scams are common in South Africa, including ATM scams.  Recent incidents of ATM scams have been reported in the Menlyn Main and Menlyn Mall areas of Pretoria, but such crimes are not limited to those locations. For example, perpetrators …

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Message for U.S. Citizens- Registering to Vote and submitting a ballot is fast, easy, and can be done from anywhere in the world!

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Worldwide Caution

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Demonstration in Pretoria on November 2, 2016

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Potential Protests/Avoid University Campuses October 21, 2016

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Student Demonstration in Sandton on Friday, September 30, 2016

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American Citizen Services: No Routine Services on June 6, 2016

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Internal Revenue Service Webinar Announcement

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Demonstration Activity in Durban Central Business District on April 20, 2016

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Planned Demonstration Activity in Durban Central Business District on April 7, 2016

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Message for U.S. Citizens: 2016 Tax Filing Guidance

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution Update

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Town Hall for U.S. Citizens with Ambassador Patrick Gaspard, March 9, 2016

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Demonstration in Pretoria on February 19, 2016

Security Message for U.S. Citizens Planned Demonstration in Pretoria on February 19, 2016 February 19, 2016 The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens of a demonstration planned for today, Friday, February 19 at 10:00a.m. in Pretoria.  The demonstration is organized by the African National Congress (ANC) to mobilize support for economic and social issues.  Tshwane …

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Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters? All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt …

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Holiday Safety and Security

With the approaching holiday season, the U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa reminds U.S. citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.  Criminals are aware that many people at this time of year are carrying gifts, such as expensive electronic items and jewelry.  The criminals may …

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Planned Demonstrations in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth, and Cape Town on December 16, 2015

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens of demonstrations planned for Johannesburg, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth, and Cape Town on Wednesday, December 16, 2015, starting at 10:00 a.m. and ending at noon.  The demonstrations are organized by a variety of local non-governmental organizations to protest corruption in government.  Disruptions to motor vehicle traffic …

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Worldwide Travel Alert

Last Updated: November 23, 2015 The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats. Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.  These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional …

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Student Demonstrations

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens of on-going student demonstrations taking place at University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg), University of Cape Town (Cape Town), Stellenbosch University (Stellenbosch), Rhodes University (Grahamstown) and Eastcape Midlands College (Grahamstown).  The demonstrations may spread to other universities and their surrounding areas, causing disruptions in motor vehicle …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Elimination of U.S. Passport Extra Pages

The U.S. Department of State will discontinue the service of adding additional visa pages to U.S. passports as of January 1, 2016.  Requests for additional pages will be accepted for existing passports only through December 31, 2015.  The determination to eliminate the visa page insert service was made to enhance the security of the U.S. …

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Planned country-wide demonstrations planned on October 7, 2015 to mark World Day for Decent Work

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens of possible country-wide demonstrations planned for 9 am on October 7, 2015 to mark World Day for Decent Work.  The demonstrations are organized by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).  The total number of expected participants in each march is unknown at this …

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As the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaches, the U.S. Mission to South Africa reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security. While there are threats against U.S. citizens everywhere, there are groups in the region who are intent on harming U.S. citizens and U.S. interests. Review your personal security …

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The U.S. Consulate General in Durban informs U.S. citizens of a demonstration planned for August 21, 2015 in Durban’s central business district. A group, Silent Protest Durban 2015, is planning to march to raise awareness of gender-based violence. The organizers expect several hundred people to attend. The march will start at the DUT city campus …

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Planned Demonstration by Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Johannesburg

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens of a demonstration planned for Tuesday, October 27 at 9:00 a.m. in Johannesburg. The demonstration is organized by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to protest corruption. The City of Johannesburg has issued a permit for 2,000 participants. Disruptions to motor vehicle traffic are expected in …

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The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is occurring at the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg on June 12, 2015, beginning at approximately 11:00 a.m. and lasting for up to five hours. The South African Communist Party (SACP) is protesting against U.S. foreign policy. Participants are expected to gather …

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Demonstration at U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is occurring at the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg on June 12, 2015, beginning at approximately 11:00 a.m. and lasting for up to five hours.  The South African Communist Party (SACP) is protesting against U.S. foreign policy.  Participants are expected to gather …

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The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens that the 25th African Union (AU) Summit will take place in Johannesburg from June 7 through June 15. Many of the Summit events will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre. The AU Summit will draw large numbers of official delegates, media personnel, and observers. …

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Demonstration at U.S. Embassy in Pretoria on May 21

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration will occur outside the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria on May 21.  The group is protesting against recent developments in Burundi. Participants are expected to gather from  10:30 a.m – 12:00 noon at the corner of Pretorius and Orient Streets.   Local authorities …

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Demonstration on May 8 in Durban Central Business District

U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is expected to take place in the Durban Central Business District on Friday, May 8.  Protestors are expected to begin marching at approximately 11:00am from Botha’s Garden and proceed to City Hallto demonstrate against “The Colonization …

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Protest-related Violence in Soweto

U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa Protests over service delivery in Soweto, Gauteng, have continued into a second day with individuals burning tires, blocking roads, confronting motorists, and threatening to burn down houses in the area.  The protestors have been engaging in sporadic violent clashes with police. Media reports indicate that the protests involve approximately …

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Planned Demonstration/Political Activities in Durban – May 1 and 2, 2015

Cape Town This message is issued to alert U.S. citizens to demonstrations and political activities in Durban over the holiday weekend that will attract large numbers of people. On May 1st the Congress of South African Trade Unions will commence a march at 09:00 from the Workshop in Durban’s central business district and end at Currie’s …

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Violence Against Foreign Nationals

U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa On April 15, there were incidents of violence and protest directed at foreigner nationals in the Johannesburg central business district (CBD).    The South African Police Service (SAPS) has responded with increased staff and patrols.  In the afternoon of April 16, there were additional reports of attacks against immigrants …

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Planned Demonstration in Durban Central Business District – April 16, 2015

This message is issued to inform U.S. citizens to a demonstration planned for April 16 in Durban’s central business district. The planned demonstration is to protest against xenophobia. Marchers will gather at Currie’s Fountain at 10:00 a.m. and proceed to City Hall where they will hold a rally. Several thousand marchers are expected. The U.S. …

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Entry and Exit Requirements for Children in South Africa

U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa This message serves as a reminder that on June 1, 2015, the South African Department of Home Affairs will institute new immigration regulations for the entry and exit of minors in South Africa, regardless of nationality.  The Department of State has updated the “Entry, Exit, & Visa Requirements” information for South Africa …

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Planned Demonstration in Durban Central Business District

U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa This message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens to a demonstration planned for April 8 in Durban’s central business district. The South African Police Service (SAPS) has confirmed that there will be a protest march on April 8, 2015.  The protest is against xenophobia. Marchers will gather at …

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Armed Robberies of Visitors to Durban’s Japanese Gardens

This message is being issued to inform U.S. citizens of numerous armed robberies that have taken place in Durban’s Japanese Gardens. Since March 2014, 13 armed robberies have been reported in the Japanese Gardens. In each case, visitors were held up at knife point and robbed. At least two victims were stabbed. A spokesperson for …

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Demonstration at Sandton Convention Center

U.S. DIPLOMATIC MISSION TO SOUTH AFRICA Security Message for U.S. Citizens Demonstration on March 8, 2015 at Sandton Convention Center The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is expected to take place at the Sandton Convention Center, 151 Maude Street, Sandton, Johannesburg, from 08:00 a.m. to 13:00 noon on …

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Brush Fires in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs

U.S. Diplomatic Mission South Africa City of Cape Town emergency services continue to battle a very large wildfire on the slopes of the mountains in the vicinity of Muizenberg, Boyes Drive, Tokai, Ou Kaapse Weg, Noordhoek, Chapman’s Peak, and Hout Bay. As of 1 PM on Monday, March 2 city officials characterize the fire as …

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Travel Alert – Lesotho

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Lesotho to the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for February 28, 2015. U.S. citizens are urged to exercise caution and remain abreast of the security situation throughout the electoral period. This Travel Alert expires on March 21, 2015. As a result of a political and …

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Emergency Preparedness for U.S. Citizens Living Abroad

U.S. citizens living abroad face a host of challenges, but no matter where we live, we are wise to be prepared for emergency situations that can result from natural disasters, technological & accidental hazards, terrorist attacks, social unrest, pandemics, or other reasons. The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa is providing this information about emergency …

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Vandalism and Looting in Soweto and Other Areas

Security Message for U.S. Citizens Violent acts of vandalism and looting have occurred in Soweto over the past few days. There are also reports that similar acts have occurred in Roodepoort and other nearby areas in Gauteng Province. South African Police Services (SAPS) are responding to these incidents, but U.S. citizens should avoid all areas …

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Worldwide Caution January 12, 2015

The following Worldwide Caution was issued by the Department of State on January 9, 2015. The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, …

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Potential Implications for Travel Due to Ebola in Parts of West Africa

The following travel alert was issued by the Department of State on December 2, 2014. The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to screening procedures, travel restrictions, and reduced aviation transportation options in response to the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Mali. This Travel Alert will expire on …

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Planned Demonstration in Durban

Messages for U.S. Citizens U.S. CONSULATE GENERAL, DURBAN SECURITY MESSAGE FOR U.S. CITIZENS: Planned Demonstration This message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens to a demonstration planned for November 21 in Durban’s central business district. There is a planned protest march by COSATU (Congress for South African Trade Unions) on Friday, November 21st.  The …

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Protest in Vicinity of U.S. Consulate General Cape Town

Security Message for U.S. Citizens There is currently an ongoing peaceful demonstration of approximately 20 persons at Steenberg Golf Estate opposite the Consulate’s emergency gate.  The Security Manager of the Steenberg Golf Estate has reported to the Consulate  that employees there are conducting a strike related to a labor dispute.  The Estate informed the South …

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Protest March to U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg

Security Message for U.S. Citizens The South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) has announced a protest march to the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 12, 2014. Approximately 1,400 marchers are expected to begin the march from George Lea Park, situated at the corner of William Nicol and Sandton …

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