There has been an increase in strike action in South Africa and some demonstrations have turned violent. This could continue in the run-up to elections in 2014. Follow developments in the local media and avoid all demonstrations, rallies and large public gatherings.

There is a very high level of crime, but the most violent crimes occur in townships and isolated areas away from the normal tourist destinations. See Safety and Security

There have been incidents involving foreigners being followed from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg to their destinations by car and then robbed, often at gunpoint. Be vigilant in and around the airport and when driving away.

The standard of driving is variable and there are many fatal accidents. See Road travel

Most visits to South Africa are trouble-free.

There is an underlying threat from terrorism. See  Terrorism

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

Make sure you have at least 2 blank pages in your passport on arrival.

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