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 for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for South Africa due to COVID-19.

South Africa has resumed most transportation options, (including airport operations and re-opening of borders) and business operations (including day cares and schools). Other improved conditions have been reported within South Africa. Visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 page for more information on COVID19 in South Africa.

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.

Parts of South Africa are experiencing a drought.  Water supplies in some areas may be affected. Residential water-use restrictions are in place in Cape Town and other municipalities.

Please see our Alerts for up-to-date information.
Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to South Africa:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

 

Assistance:

  • United States Consulate General, Johannesburg
    (Covering Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, North West, and Free State provinces)
    1 Sandton Drive (corner of Rivonia and Sandton Drive)
    Sandhurst, Johannesburg
    ACSJohannesburg@state.gov
  • Tel: 011-290-3000 (outside South Africa: +27-11-290-3000)
  • After-hours emergencies: 079-111-1684 (outside South Africa: +27-79-111-1684)
  • https://za.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/johannesburg/