Exercise increased caution in South Africa due to crime, civil unrest, and drought.
Country Summary: 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 townships and the central business districts of major cities after dark.
Demonstrations, protests, and strikes occur frequently. Such events have the potential to turn violent. These can develop quickly without prior notification, often interrupting traffic, transportation, and other services.
Parts of South Africa are experiencing severe weather conditions, including drought and/or flooding. Water supplies in some areas may be affected and there may be restrictions on water usage in some municipalities.
Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.
If you decide to travel to South Africa:
Last Update: Reissued after periodic review with updates to a Risk Indicator and “If you decide to travel” section.