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South Africa Travel Advice

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Please find attached a new travel advisory for South Africa. This has been issued as part of a general review of advice for a number of countries in Africa. The advice now notes that there is `some risk' in travel to South Africa, requiring travellers to exercise caution.

For further information please see www.safetravel.govt.nz


South Africa Travel Advice
Consular Division
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Wellington, New Zealand


As at 7 September 2006.

There is some risk to your security in South Africa.

Crime is a serious issue throughout South Africa. Travellers should be vigilant at all times, especially at bus stations, airports (especially Johannesburg International Airport), as organised gangs are known to operate there.

In Johannesburg visitors should be especially vigilant in the central business district as muggings and carjackings are prevalent. Be very careful in city centres after dark when the risk of crime markedly increases.

Caution should be exercised in Pretoria. You should be careful at all times in the city of Durban and by the beachfront. Carjackings are common in this city. Muggings can occur anywhere at any time.

If visiting Kruger Park be aware of the danger of carjackings on roads leading into the park.

Capetown visitors who go to Table Mountain should only go in groups to minimise the risk of attack.

Those wishing to visit the townships should only do so as part of an organised tour by a reputable company.

It is recommended that you avoid large gatherings and demonstrations as they could quickly turn into violence.

See our regional advice for Africa.

New Zealanders are invited to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

New Zealand High Commission Pretoria, South Africa

Contact details are:

Street Address Block C (2nd floor), Hatfield Gardens, 1110 Arcadia Street, Hatfield, Pretoria 0083, South Africa
Postal Address Private Bag X17, Hatfield, Pretoria 0028, South Africa
Email enquiries[at]nzhc.co.za
Telephone +27 12 342 8656/7/8/9 Facsimile +27 12 342 8640
Office Hours Mon - Thu 0800 - 1230 hrs, 1300-1630; Fri 0800-1330


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