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Security Alert: The U.S. Mission to South Africa continues to closely monitor security developments in KwaZulu
July 15, 2021

Security Alert: U.S. Mission to South Africa (July 15, 2021)

Locations:  KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng Provinces

Event: The U.S. Mission to South Africa continues to closely monitor security developments in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, and across South Africa. Local media reporting indicates that the recent unrest is negatively impacting some supply chains within South Africa. Because of disruptions to the Port of Durban and overland transportation routes, there may be some disruptions to retail supply chains even in parts of the country not directly experiencing unrest. Ensure you have sufficient food, fuel, and medical supplies should logistical disruptions occur.

We have received many inquiries from U.S. citizens exploring flight options. King Shaka, OR Tambo, and Cape Town International Airports remain open with domestic and international flights available. Roads to these airports remain accessible. Safair, Airlink, and Cemair are running regional flights and Qatar Airways is offering limited, international flights from King Shaka International Airport in Durban. KLM, United Airlines, Lufthansa, Air France, and Qatar Airways have regular international flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town most weekdays. Contact airlines directly for the most up-to-date information.

Airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. COVID testing centers are available at King Shaka International Airport (banking section) as well as at Johannesburg and Cape Town international airports for PCR and rapid antigen testing. To request a waiver of the COVID-19 testing requirements, visit https://za.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

Actions to Take:

Avoid areas of unrest.
Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings.
Monitor local media for updates.
Keep a low profile.
Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive updates
For information regarding emergency preparedness, please see: https://www.ready.gov/kit


U.S. Embassy to the Republic of South Africa
(Note: The Embassy does not provide consular services)
877 Pretorius Street, Arcadia, Pretoria
Tel: +27-12-431-4000