South Africa Travel Alerts and Warnings

Get the latest information on natural disasters, political instability, civil unrest and how it may affect your trip to South Africa.

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Riots in Johannesburg, September 2019

There have been recent attacks on foreign-owned shops in and around Johannnesburg, leading to sometimes deadly riots. Be extra careful if you are traveling to Johannesburg or other major cities in South Africa, as tensions may arise. Keep up to date with local news and avoid protests, demonstrations and stay away from any violence if you see it occur on the streets. Here are a few tips on what to do if you are traveling in a country experiencing civil unrest

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Severe Drought in Cape Town: January 2018

Cape Town is currently experiencing a serious drought. When and if the dams drop below a certain level (“Day Zero”), taps will be shut off, and residents will have to line up to collect daily water rations. As of December 18, based on consumption and expected rainfall, Day Zero was projected to be April 29, 2018.

Water restrictions are now in place, limiting residents to 87 liters per person per day, but this might not be enough to avert a crisis.

Travelers to Cape Town should be aware of the situation, and help do their part by following the rules laid out in the city's Save Like a Local campaign – these include re-using towels, limiting showers to two minutes, and seeking out accommodations that have water-saving measures in place.

Warning 4th June 2016: Possible Terror Attack

The US government has advised that it has received information that terror groups plan to attack places where US citizens gather such as shopping centres and malls in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

The US warning says the threat is "near-term" and linked it to the worldwide call by ISIS for its followers to carry out attacks during the month of Ramadan.

This year Ramadan begins on the night of June 6th and lasts 30 days until July 5th.

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