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) 

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Update: Mission South Africa Visa Processing

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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)

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

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

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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)

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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) 

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

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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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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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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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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate Johannesburg

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate Johannesburg February 25, 2020 Location: Soweto Event: A demonstration is expected in Soweto on Wednesday, February 26, from approximately 8:00AM – 1:00PM. Up to 5,000 protesters will march from Khumalo St in Orlando West to Eskom offices on Chris Hani Road in Diepkloof. Roads impacted by the march include …

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

Registering to Vote and submitting a ballot is fast, easy, and can be done from anywhere in the world! Start by confirming your voter registration with your state.  Some states require absentee voters to register annually so you may need to re-register.  Go to FVAP.gov to connect to your state’s voter portal to register to vote, …

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Town Hall for U.S. Citizens with Chargé d’Affaires Jessye Lapenn, March 15, 2018

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Checklist for Mail-in Passport Applications

Individuals applying for qualifying services will not have to make an in-person visit to their local consulate. Detailed instructions on who qualifies and how to apply by mail are given below. These expanded services are offered as part of the Mission’s continuing effort to offer the best and most efficient service to American citizens. DS-82 …

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

The U.S. Mission to South Africa advises U.S. citizens to continue to monitor carefully the situation on university campuses. Over the last several weeks, violent protests on and around university campuses, including residential facilities, have continued across South Africa. U.S. citizens are advised to exercise caution and avoid campuses, including residential facilities, in the areas where protests have turned violent. …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: March in Pretoria on October 20, 2016

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens of a student protest march taking place today, Thursday, October 20, 2016 in Pretoria between the hours of 8:00 and 13:00.  The possible route will be between Church Square and the Union Buildings.  It is anticipated that up to 3,000 protestors will be in the …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protests and Property Damage Around the Area of the University of the Witswatersrand, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Security Message for U.S. Citizens October 15, 2016 The U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg notifies U.S. citizens that it has advised employees to avoid the Braamfontein neighborhood of Johannesburg due to protests and property damage around the area of the University of the Witswatersrand, for as long as these protests continue. U.S. citizens are reminded …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Final Opportunity to Return Voted Ballots!

U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg Message for U.S. Citizens 5 October 2016 Final Opportunity to Return Voted Ballots! 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.  The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election …

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Demonstration in Pretoria on September 1, 2016

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Messages for U.S. Citizens: IRS Webinar on Data Theft Today, August 17 at 7:00 p.m. (CAT)

IRS Webinar on Data Theft Today, August 17 at 7:00 p.m. (CAT) Messages for U.S. Citizens August 17, 2016 The U.S. Diplomatic Mission in South Africa wishes to inform U.S. citizens that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will host a webinar on “Protect your clients and yourself from data theft” on Wednesday, August 17, 2016, …

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Demonstration in Sandton on August 11, 2016

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Demonstration Activity in Durban Central Business District on July 13, 2016

Planned Demonstration Activity in Durban Central Business District on July 13, 2016 A demonstration will take place in the Durban Central Business District today, Wednesday, July 13, 2016.  The demonstrators are street venders.  The march is scheduled to start at 10:00 in Botha’s Garden.  The demonstrators will march down Dr. Pixley KaSeme Street to present …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Sandton on July 1

Demonstration in Sandton on July 1 Security Messages for U.S. Citizens June 30, 2016 The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is expected to take place at the corner of West Street and Fredman Drive in Sandton from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, July 1. Several groups will …

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Election-Related Demonstrations and Disruptions

Election-Related Demonstrations and Disruptions Security Message for U.S. Citizens June 21, 2016 The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens that municipal elections are scheduled to take place in South Africa on August 3, 2016.  Spontaneous civil disruptions, including demonstrations and protests, are occurring and may continue to occur before and during the …

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Planned Demonstration in Vicinity of U.S. Consulate General Cape Town – June 17, 2016

Security Message for U.S. Citizens June 17, 2016 Planned Demonstration in Vicinity of U.S. Consulate General Cape Town – June 17, 2016 The U.S. Consulate General Cape Town informs U.S. citizens that a demonstrations is expected to take place at at the U.S. Consulate General Cape Town from 1100 – 1300 hours on Friday, June …

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Demonstration Activity in Durban Metro Area Expected to Continue – June 7, 2016

Demonstration Activity in Durban Metro Area Expected to Continue – June 7, 2016 The June 6th demonstration and protest activities that disrupted traffic on major thoroughfares in the Durban metro area are expected to continue at least through tomorrow, June 7th. The timing, extent, and location of these demonstrations is unknown, but significant traffic disruptions …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Threats to Shopping Areas and Malls

Threats to Shopping Areas and Malls Security Message for U.S. Citizens June 4, 2016 The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens that the U.S. Government has received information that terrorist groups are planning to carry out near-term attacks against places where U.S. citizens congregate in South Africa, such as upscale shopping areas …

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

U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg Message for U.S. Citizens 1 June 2016 The U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg wishes to inform U.S. citizens that the American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit will not be accepting appointments for routine services on Monday, June 6, 2016.  Only U.S.  citizen emergency cases will be considered for processing. For further information: See …

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Internal Revenue Service Webinar Announcement

Message for U.S. Citizens: Internal Revenue Service Webinar Announcement 24 May 2016 The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa wishes to inform U.S. citizens that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will host a webinar on “Overseas Filing for U.S. Taxpayers” on May 25, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT To register and attend …

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

Security Message for U.S. Citizens Today, April 20, 2016, Metro Police are responding with anti-riot gear to a demonstration that is taking place in the Durban Central Business District.  Workers from the municipality have blocked Dr. Pixley Kaseme (West Street) and Dorothy Nyembe (Gardiner Street) Streets with their city vehicles.  The number of protestors is …

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

A protest will take place in the Durban Central Business District today, Thursday, April 7, 2016.  The protest is directed against possible mining activities along the coast.  Participants will start assembling at 11:00 a.m. outside of 330 Anton Lembede (Smith Street).  They are expected to be at this address protesting until around 12:00 p.m.  The …

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

Message for U.S. Citizens: 2016 Tax Filing Guidance   The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provides the following 2016 tax filing guidance for U.S. taxpayers living abroad.  Links to further IRS guidance are available on the Federal Benefits and Obligations Abroad page on travel.state.gov , or on the Embassy’s web page at https://za.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/u-s-taxes/ .   Who Must File? If you are a U.S. citizen or resident …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: VOTING IN 2016 U.S. ELECTIONS

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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