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Last verified: Sunday, 26. January 2020 at 07:22 AM

South Africa Travel Advisory

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Warning Level Icon We advise caution when travelling to South Africa

Local Situation: 2.7 / 5

We advise caution when travelling to South Africa. We detected travel advisories from 6 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 2.1 / 5

South Africa shares a land border with 6 neighbouring states. For this region of countries (including South Africa), the Advisory Index is 2.1 (average value over all countries). All countries have some reported advisories: Zimbabwe (2.6), Lesotho (2.3), Mozambique (2.2), Swaziland (2), Namibia with 1.8 and Botswana with 1.3 (of 5).

Advice scoring history for South Africa

Chart of the risk level over that last 200 days. This is the daily calculated travel risk for South Africa.

Chart of the number of sources over that last 200 days. This is the daily number of advisory sources (of any rating) that have been active on that day.

Note: Changes happening on the 28th/29th of July 2019 are related to a change in the software and number of sources processed.

Rating Details (single travel warnings)

These are the individual advisories published by other countries about the destination South Africa from a travellers perspective. The scoring of all messages combined is the foundation for the current rating 2.7 out of 5.0.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: United States

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Exercise increased caution in South Africa due to crime, civil unrest, and drought. Country Summary: 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 townships and the central business districts of major cities after dark. Demonstrations, ...

Source: http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/south-africa-travel-advisory.html

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: New Zealand

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Exercise increased caution in South Africa due to violent crime.

Source: https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/south-africa

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Canada

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The Canadian goverment suggests: Exercise a high degree of caution.

Source: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/south-africa

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Ireland

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Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Finland

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Iaktta särskild försiktighet - Brottslighet och våld är stora problem i Sydafrika. Var ständigt på din vakt då du rör dig ute. Undvik besök i förorter (township). På grund av den farliga trafikkulturen är det också viktigt att vara försiktig i trafiken.

Source: https://um.fi/resemeddelande/-/c/ZA

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Denmark

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Når du rejser til Sydafrika, bør du til enhver tid være opmærksom på din personlige sikkerhed, især pga. risikoen for voldelig kriminalitet, herunder væbnede røverier, overfald, bilkapringer og tyverier. De fleste danskere har ingen problemer under besøg i landet.

Source: http://um.dk/da/rejse-og-ophold/rejse-til-udlandet/rejsevejledninger/sydafrika/

Individual rating changes for South Africa

This is the recent history of individual changes of travel advices that affected the total asessment of South Africa. Most recent events first.

Changes from September 25th 2019

The total rating for South Africa changed from 0.0 to 0.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The United States government issued a new warning for South Africa with a rating of 2.0.

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The Canadian government issued a new warning for South Africa with a rating of 3.0.

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The New Zealand government issued a new warning for South Africa with a rating of 2.0.

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The Irish government issued a new warning for South Africa with a rating of 3.0.

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The Finnish government issued a new warning for South Africa with a rating of 3.0.

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The Danish government issued a new warning for South Africa with a rating of 3.0.

About South Africa

South Africa with its capital Pretoria is a country in Africa (Southern Africa), slightly less than twice the size of Texas (1,219,912 km²). The country is located Southern Africa, at the southern tip of the continent of Africa. The climate can be described as mostly semiarid; subtropical along east coast; sunny days, cool nights. The landscape is vast interior plateau rimmed by rugged hills and narrow coastal plain. With a population of about 43.79 million citizens.

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Basic Statistics and Facts

Topic Value
Capital Pretoria
Population about 43.79 million
Size 1.219.912 km²
Size comparable to slightly less than twice the size of Texas
Common languages Afrikaans, English, Southern Sotho, Tswana, Tsonga, Xhosa, Zulu
Currency Rand (short: ZAR)
Common voltage (electricity) 220V - 50Hz
Used GSM Frequencies 900/1800
International phone prefix +27
Internet Top Level Domain .za
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 2 ZA
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 3 ZAF
Countrycode: ISO Numeric 710

Environmental problems and natural hazzards

These are problems South Africa is facing. Environmental issues refer to damages of the nature due to industry and society. Natural hazzards refer to potential dangers originating in nature.

Environmental problems

  • air pollution resulting in acid rain
  • desertification
  • growth in water usage outpacing supply
  • lack of important arterial rivers or lakes requires extensive water conservation and control measures
  • pollution of rivers from agricultural runoff and urban discharge
  • soil erosion

Natural hazzards

  • prolonged droughts
  • the volcano forming Marion Island in the Prince Edward Islands, which last erupted in 2004, is South Africa's only active volcano

Top Industries and Agricultural Products

These are the main product industries and agricultural products of South Africa. This list indicates what this country is good at producing.

Industries

  1. automobile assembly
  2. chemicals
  3. chromium
  4. commercial ship repair
  5. fertilizer
  6. foodstuffs
  7. gold
  8. iron
  9. machinery
  10. metalworking

Agriculture products

  1. beef
  2. corn
  3. dairy products
  4. fruits
  5. mutton
  6. poultry
  7. sugarcane
  8. vegetables
  9. wheat
  10. wool

South African Imports and Exports

These are the main product categories of imports and exports to and from South Africa.

Export products

  1. diamonds
  2. equipment
  3. gold
  4. machinery
  5. minerals
  6. other metals
  7. platinum

Import products

  1. chemicals
  2. equipment
  3. foodstuffs
  4. machinery
  5. petroleum products
  6. scientific instruments

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current travel advisory for South Africa?

South Africa is currently rated at 2,7 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 6 official sources. We advise caution when travelling to South Africa.

Is it safe to travel South Africa in 2020?

Visiting the country South Africa is usually fine. The score is at 2,7 Just keep an eye open, obey local rules and you'll most likely be fine.

How many travel advisories do you know for South Africa?

We currently evaluate 11 official sources each morning. Today, we know of active advisories from 6 individual sources for South Africa.

What is the size of South Africa?

South Africa has a size of 1,219,912 km² or 471,010 mi² which is slightly less than twice the size of Texas.

Common Frequently Asked Questions

For non-country specific questions, please check our global F.A.Q.