Travel Security in South Africa

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Health Precautions

Obligatory Vaccination and Other Recommendations
- A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travelers over one year of age arriving from an infected area. There are no other obligatory vaccinations.

- Malaria risk exists throughout the year in the low altitude areas of the country. Risk is highest from October to May.

- Avoid swimming and paddling in stagnant or slow-moving water as there is a low risk of contracting bilharzia.

- Vaccinations against tuberculosis and hepatitis B are recommended.

For Further Information
Department of Health
World Health Organization about South Africa
Health Information for South Africa

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Safety Conditions

Criminal activity, often violent, occurs routinely. Organized crime gangs target individuals at shopping centers and at the International Airport.
Terrorist Risk
Risk of Natural Disaster
Disasters such as droughts, floods, and famines are common occurrences.
Traveling Women Conditions
Women traveling alone in South Africa are likely to experience some difficulties and harassment from men but it's usually more annoying than dangerous.
For Further Information
Travel Report South Africa
U.S. Department of State

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