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Johannesburg has improved in recent years crime-wise, but it's still not particularly safe. However, remember that a lot of people who live there are 'white'. You'll learn reasonably fast that there are areas that you don't go into, but places like Sandton or Morningside and other affluent suburbs are (relatively) fine. Yes, you'll be in a house with ...


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If the rule of thumb would be to not stop at a red light (in South Africa), traffic lights would be pointless. if there is a rule of thumb in relation to this, it's that if you are driving and you feel threatened, if running a red light will diminish the threat, it's reasonably ok to run a red light. I lived (and drove) in Johannesburg for about 2.5 ...


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Roundabouts are called 'traffic circles' Traffic lights are called 'robots' There are many more 4-way stop signs, including on major roads. Arrows painted on roads are used to indicate lane splitting into two rather than an upcoming intersection in the road. There are people in parking lots wearing fluorescent vests who "look after the cars". They may ...


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As a white South African I can categorically state that you are not in more danger here because you are white. As the other posters have noted, you will have to get used to taking some basic safety steps but that just gets to be part of how you live your life. But race really doesn't have anything to do with it. You can have a look at ...


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Disclaimer: I have never driven in South Africa. This BBC article says that half of all South African carjackings occur in Gauteng, and elliptically suggests that local drivers will disregard stop signs and stop lights in this province to avoid becoming a victim to the practise. Carjacking is a category of danger that would be novel to most visitors ...


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To keep it less subjective, I wanted to give an answer that mentions an existing numerical index based on data. Numbeo lists its safety index for mid-2015 at 29.64. You may want to compare it with other cities that you have visited. For instance, since your profile mentions UK, Buenos Aires and Tel Aviv: Tel Aviv 66.86 London 51.83 Buenos Aires 37.43 Cape ...


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From Bergville, you probably have to rely on the kindness of strangers, but from Johannesburg to Bergville should not be a problem. One option is to take the Joburg to Durban train and get off in Ladysmith (at 2:45am). Another is to take the 8:15am Greyhound to Harrismith, which is scheduled to arrive at 11:25am. That should be early enough to get you to ...


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South Africa now has a traveler card (14+ MB download) which has to be filled out on arrival. They state that you should declare all goods. This is from the SA government page here. More info here. The relevant section is here: I don't see a section to enter goods value or description, but if asked you should, of course, answer truthfully.


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VFS Global is the official agent for visa applications on behalf of the High Commission of South Africa in India and the South African Consulate-General Mumbai. Accordingly, everything must go through VFS Global, and they would be the ones to update you on your application's status after the appropriate time has passed. You seem very nervous about this ...


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A follow up to my prior note as requested. I emailed Home Affairs every week between March & May 2015 requesting that my overstay be waived due to valid medical reasons. I included all the required documentation from doctors & hospitals. I also included a cover letter to make it as clear as possible that my absence from my post as a Peace Corps ...


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Based on the article you linked and WHO documents, if you are entering South Africa through Zambia, Yellow Fever vaccination isn't required anymore. According to WHO 2015, Zambia is not considered a country with risk of infection. You can see the changed requirements from South African immigration here (search for South Africa): 2013 where Zambia was ...


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I was born in Johannesburg, and lived in South Africa for 22 years. I drove my self around since I was 18. I have spent time in all the major cities and driven the Johannesburg-Cape Town road (~1500 km) at least 10 times. From my experience, you certainly should stop for red traffic lights and generally obey all rules of the road. The only possible ...


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I backpacked from Cape Town to Cairo in 2013, and found this a challenge for myself as well. It ended up not being a big deal. Even though they technically require a return ticket, it was only the flight attendant who asked me about it. Since I was coming in on a one way ticket with plans to backpack, I bought a Greyhound bus ticket online from South ...


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There is a better one called Landmark shuttles, free wifi with meal on board, travels daily to Johannesburg from swaziland and return. Call +26878051207


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Since they changed the regulations in June 2014, they don't make you pay a fine anymore but you become an undesirable person for up to 5 years. Happened to me too, and I also have a fiancé there. I appealed 3 months ago and havn't heard back yet.


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You can: Apply for a visa in the UK once you live there (i.e. have some sort of long-stay visa or permit, not merely a visitor visa). That's the regular procedure for foreign residents in the UK who need a visa to visit the Schengen area and is not a problem at all. Since you said that you are “moving” to the UK, I assume you will have some sort of ...


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I'm honestly not sure it particularly matters, as it appears that the actual application form you fill out is the same for all short-term visits. There's a rather short field on the form for "purpose of visit," where you can indicate that you're attending a particular conference. That said, the primary purpose of your trip is to attend a conference, so it ...


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Car wise, look at services like "rentacheapie", much cheaper than your usual rental agencies. Another option is the bazbus (Google it). Public transport is useless in South Africa, but there are systems in place to transport tourists. Secondly, I would not rent a local guide in South Africa, most people's knowledge is very limited to their local region, ...


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We ended up having to go to the consul, he proceeded to cancel the first visa and issued a new one.


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The idea that Cape Town is safer than Guateng is actually pure myth when you consider the actual crime statistics. As as the case with these things the socio-economic factors are huge in deciding what area you can consider safe. THIS article give huge guidance as to where murder happens in SA. While many people think that Johannesburg is the most ...


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You don't need to surrender your passport, you need to just show a copy of the page where it has your name and photo. This is to make sure your name is spelled correctly on the reservation, and frankly this is common practice across most travel agents. They do not want to risk you not being boarding because of a spelling mistake or reversal of the family ...


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I have family and friends in Pretoria and Johannesburg, and they all stop at a red lights. But this is my opinion


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Yes ofcourse, we do stop when the traffic signal shows red light as it clearly means to Stop. I have relatives staying at South Africa and I have never heard of them saying they do not stop at red light of traffic signal. But yes,different countries have different traffic rules so it would be better if you would hire a driver for your own safety.


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True. But not always enforced. I've traveled to South Africa many times. I've never seen South African immigrations care about this rule. However, I did once have an awful hassle getting on a plane in Zimbabwe, flying to South Africa. They were not letting me on because I only had one empty page in my passport, even though I would not have needed a visa ...


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This appears to be still true. From travel.state.gov, which is generally a reliable source: Your passport must be valid for at least 30 days after your intended date of departure from South Africa. South African law requires travelers to have two fully blank visa pages. Blank “endorsement” pages are not sufficient. The blank pages must be “visa” ...


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They may not have levied a fine. To find out, you can try several alternatives... Apply for a visa Make a personal data access to the South African government Instruct a South African solicitor to check it for you All of these will work given enough time. If you are sure a fine was levied, then you can ask for them to send you the payment details. You ...


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You must go to one country removed, meaning not a neighboring country, to renew your 90 day visa. You don't have to return to your home country. For example, you cannot renew your South African tourist visa by visiting Botswana, Nambia, Zimbabwe, or Mozambique. However you may renew it by traveling to Mauritius island, Zambia, Zanzibar, Madagascar, ...



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