Kingdom of Swaziland
Travel Warnings: Issued when Protracted situations make a country dangerous or unstable. Defer or reconsider travel.
Travel Alerts: Issued when short-term conditions pose imminent threats. Defer or reconsider travel.
Embassy Messages: Issued when local security issues arise.
No, if staying 30 days or less
Yellow fever, if entering from a yellow fever country
A passport is required. Visas are not required for travelers staying less than 30 days. Travelers visiting Swaziland generally enter through South Africa.
Please note: Travelers to/through South Africa should have at least two unstamped visa pages in their passports upon each entry into the country. Visitors who do not have two blank visa pages risk being denied entry and returned to the United States at their own expense. Also, South Africa has recently passed new legislation requiring additional documentation for children traveling to or transiting the country. If arriving to South Africa from a yellow fever country, you must have proof of a yellow fever vaccination. See South Africa’s Country Specific Information for details.
Contact the Embassy of the Kingdom of Swaziland at 1712 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20009; phone (202) 234-5002, for the most current visa information
The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Swaziland.
Public protests, demonstrations, and strikes occur from time to time in Swaziland, mostly in response to on-going labor relations/difficulties. Armed law enforcement personnel have been known to use force to disrupt or control such events. During the course of such events, police may or may not distinguish between “innocent bystanders” and protesters. You should avoid crowds, political rallies, and street demonstrations.
CRIME: Incidents of petty crime and violent crime are prevalent throughout Swaziland and is the most significant threat to U.S. citizens. Criminals will resort to force, including deadly force, in order to accomplish their goal. Gangs are not deterred by confrontations with their intended victims. Carjackings may become violent if victims do not immediately cooperate.
Victims of Crime:
Report crimes to the local police at 999 and contact the U.S. Embassy at 268-2417 9000.
Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crime.
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.
For further information:
Medical facilities are limited throughout Swaziland and emergency medical response capabilities (including ambulance transport) are almost non-existent. The Mbabane Clinic in the capital is small but it is well-equipped and well-staffed for minor procedures, as is the Manzini Clinic in Matsapha. For advanced care, U.S. citizens often choose to go to South Africa where better facilities and specialists exist. Most prescription drugs are available locally or can be imported from South Africa. Travelers are advised to bring sufficient quantities of their required medications in their original bottles.
We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.
Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
We strongly recommend supplemental insurance (our webpage) to cover medical evacuation.
If traveling with prescription medications, check with the government of Swaziland to ensure the medications are legal in Swaziland. Always, carry your prescription medications in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Further health information:
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.
The Monarchy: There are special laws related to sedition against the monarchy in Swaziland. U.S. citizens should be aware of these laws and abide by them while in Swaziland.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.
Photography: It is illegal to photograph Swaziland’s government buildings, members of the Swazi armed forces, royal residences, and official ceremonies without prior permission from government authorities.
Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:
LGBTI Travelers: While colonial-era legislation against sodomy remains on the books, no penalties are specified, and there have been no arrests. The government of Swaziland denounces same-sex relationships and acts as illegal but have not prosecuted any cases. Societal discrimination against LGBTI persons is prevalent, and LGBTI persons generally conceal their sexual orientation and gender identity. See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: No laws mandate accessibility to buildings, transportation (including air travel), information, communications, or public services. Government buildings under construction may have some improvements for persons with disabilities, including access ramps. Public transportation is not easily accessible for persons with disabilities, and the government has not provided any means of alternative accessible transport. There are no programs in place to promote the rights of persons with disabilities.
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.
Road Conditions and Safety: Traffic accidents in Swaziland may pose an even greater hazard than crime. You should use extreme caution when driving, given the high rates of speed on major thoroughfares. Other hazards include poor lighting and irregular traffic signals; presence of pedestrians, animals, and slower moving vehicles; aggressive driving behavior; and erratic stopping for pedestrians and animals. Exercise caution when driving at night and in fog, especially in rural areas. Rural and suburban areas are poorly lit and pose additional safety hazards, such as pedestrians and animals crossing the road. Many vehicles are poorly maintained and may lack working headlights.
Traffic Laws: Cars travel on the left in Swaziland, which requires U.S. drivers to exercise particular caution. Always carry your driver’s license as failure to do so will result in a fine. Cell phone use while driving is illegal in Swaziland.
The Royal Swaziland Police Service sets up periodic road blocks and uses radar to monitor speed. If you are pulled over for a moving violation you are responsible for the consequences.
Public Transportation: Extreme caution is recommended if using mini-bus taxis, locally known as khumbis, which follow fixed routes and are flagged down by passengers almost everywhere in Swaziland. Many of these vehicles fail to meet minimal safety standards. Drivers frequently overload the vehicles and travel at excessive speeds. Fatal accidents involving these conveyances are very common.
See our Road Safety page for more information.
Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Swaziland, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Swaziland’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.