• Health information

    Entry requirements:

    You must have a yellow fever certificate issued at least 10 days before arrival in South Africa if you have travelled from a  country with yellow fever, or if you have transited more than 12 hours through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. This includes when entry is solely to transit through a South African airport. If you don’t have a valid certificate, you’ll be denied entry to South Africa.

    It is recommended that you have the required inoculations four to six weeks before you travel to South Africa. A yellow fever inoculation certificate only becomes valid 10 days after inoculation – after which it remains valid for 10 years.

    Do I need to take malaria tablets?

    Many of the main tourist areas are malaria-free, so you need not worry at all. Many local people and some travellers do not take malaria prophylaxis, but most health professionals recommend you do. Consult your doctor or a specialist travel clinic for the latest advice concerning malaria prophylaxis, as it changes regularly.


  • Safety information

    Safety recommendations:

    Visitors to South Africa may face safety and security risks that would be unexpected in countries in Europe, North America or Oceania, but with the proper precautions, your trip will be safe and enjoyable. The South African authorities give high priority to protecting tourists and tourism police are deployed in several large towns.

    Some useful information and tips to remain safe during your visit to Johannesburg:

    • There are particularly high levels of crime in the Berea and Hillbrow districts of Johannesburg and around the Rotunda bus terminus in the Central Business District. Try to avoid those areas.
    • Be vigilant about your personal security and possessions in public places and take sensible precautions, like keeping money and valuables out of sight and avoiding unnecessary displays of wealth.
    • ATM and credit card fraud, including skimming, can also occur. Try to keep your credit card in sight to ensure your details are not copied. Avoid using ATMs that open onto the street and instead use ATMs in controlled areas such as banks, shops and shopping centres.
    • Use only officially licensed and reputable taxis. Be wary if you are approached at the airport by private drivers. Travellers are advised to only use official taxi companies that can be booked by phone or at major hotels and from inside airports.
    • Crime rates are generally high in the townships, you should only visit township areas with an organised tour run by a reputable company. You should also avoid isolated beaches, lookouts and picnic areas.


    Call the police (on 10111 or on 112 from a mobile phone) at the first sign of danger.


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