Australia: ‘Exercise a High Degree of Caution in South Africa’

Australia has issued a Travel Advisory to Australians in and traveling to South Africa. This follows the travel alert for US Citizens, released on Saturday, 4 June 2016.

Australian Travel Advisory

Australian Travel Advisory

“The U.S. Government issued a terrorism alert to its citizens in South Africa on 4 June 2016. The warning notes that ‘the Government has received information that terrorist groups are planning to carry out near-term attacks against places where U.S. citizens congregate in South Africa, such as upscale shopping areas and malls in Johannesburg and Cape Town.’ Be particularly vigilant in areas frequented by foreigners at this time (see Safety and Security). The level of this advice has not changed. We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in South Africa.” -The Australian government said in a statement on their website.

It’s Summary highlights key Security Risks to Travelers

“We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in South Africa due to the high level of serious crime. You should pay close attention to your personal security at all times. Monitor the media and other sources about possible new security risks.”

“On 4 June 2016, the U.S. Government issued a terrorism alert to its citizens in South Africa. The warning notes that ‘the Government has received information that terrorist groups are planning to carry out near-term attacks against places where U.S. citizens congregate in South Africa, such as upscale shopping areas and malls in Johannesburg and Cape Town.’ You are advised to be particularly vigilant in areas frequented by foreigners at this time. See Safety and Security.”

“Demonstrations can quickly turn violent and become dangerous. You should avoid large gatherings and demonstrations. Monitor the media and other local information sources for information about possible demonstrations or public gatherings and avoid these areas.”

“There has been an increase in the number of robberies at shopping centres in and around Johannesburg and Pretoria. While these have been mostly non-violent, visitors to big malls should remain vigilant at all times.”

“The rate of HIV/AIDS infection in South Africa is very high. You should exercise appropriate precautions if engaging in activities that expose you to risk of infection.”

Listen: SA State Security spokesperson & an analyst on US terror threats on Radio 702

‘No need for panic’, says South African State Security spokesperson.

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