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South Africa

South Africa
Republic of South Africa
Do not travel to South Africa due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in South Africa due to crime and civil unrest

Do not travel to South Africa due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in South Africa due to crime and civil unrest.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for South Africa due to a very high  level of COVID-19 in the country. Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine. Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC's specific recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.

Due to COVID-19, transportation to/from South Africa may be limited. Please contact your transportation provider/air carrier for information. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 and travel related restrictions in South Africa.

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 the central business districts of major cities after dark.

Demonstrations, protests, and strikes occur frequently. These can develop quickly without prior notification, often interrupting traffic, transportation, and other services; such events have the potential to turn violent.

Please see our Alerts for up-to-date information.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to South Africa:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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We are in the process of updating our country specific information on intercountry adoption.  If you require immediate assistance, please contact our office by emailing Adoption@state.gov.

Last Updated: November 4, 2019

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg
1 Sandton Drive (opposite
Sandton City Mall)
Johannesburg 2196
South Africa
Telephone
+(27)(11) 290-3000 (from South Africa 011-290-3000)
Emergency
+(27) 79-111-1684 / 079-111-1684 (from within South Africa)
Fax
+(27)(11) 884-0396 / 011-884-0396 (from within South Africa)

South Africa Map