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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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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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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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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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The rule here is that Laptops are not subject to Customs however the quantities must not be of a commercial nature. Whether five laptops constitutes commercial quantities is basically subject to the Customs Officer's discretion. However you will have a very difficult time getting Customs to believe that you need five laptops for personal and/or work use. ...


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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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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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You can get an extension, but not a full 90 day one. The whole point of the 90 day visa limit is that is the maximum reasonable time (according to them) for a tourist to see what they want, and prevents illegal workers from staying in the country. The US does the same thing, and so do many other countries. Now, yes, you can exit and come back in, much ...


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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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The South Africa High Commission website states that you only need a transit visa through SA if you do not go through a port of entry (such as a land border). An airport is a port of entry. Thus, you should not need a transit visa to transfer in the airport, and you should not have to go through immigration. Passport holders who want to transit a South ...


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It seems that "resolved" is just confusing wording and they are not finished with my application. Someone else who has just been through the process told me he received three emails, the first of which was this one. Another one with wording about a decision being made and a third about it being ready to collect came before the process was completed.


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Based upon what's written, you will not be successful in applying for a Schengen visa. This is because your status in the UK is visitor. Even though your visa has a two year duration, the limit of 6 months does not qualify as a South African who is resident in the UK, and hence the French will refuse your application. You may be able to qualify for a ...


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I overstayed by two hours (missed my flight connection in Joburg) and I'm banned for a period of 12 months. However, I did't get a fine. I would have absolutely loved to pay the fine, because now i'm not able to visit my fiancé in SA up until Januari 31 2016. My advice: pay the fine, especially when you met someone there.


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My experience with overstay undesirable status:I am a USA citizen & Peace Corps Volunteer and I was serving in Lesotho when I had an accident & broke several bones. I was transported to Bloemfontein where I was hospitalized for 5 weeks before returning to the USA to complete my recovery. When I initially crossed the Lesotho-South Africa land border, ...


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There was a kombi from the airport to Swaziland (Mbabane and Manzini) for 400 rand


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For people who require a visa prior to arriving in South Africa, a disclosure must be made on the application form. For people who can obtain a visa upon arrival in South Africa, criminal history does not form part of the landing interview, so if it does not flag up when they scan your passport then you're good to go... with some reservations... If ...


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According to the FAQ on South African Airways website (see number 5 below), A) What do the regulations say about parents travelling with children? Regulation 6 (12)(a): Where parents are travelling with a child, such parents must produce an unabridged birth certificate of the child reflecting the particulars of the parents of the child. ...


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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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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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I live in South Africa and Visa & MasterCards are accepted here. As mentioned by some people in the blog, you will need to have cash for street Vendors and Small shops on the street. The most you will usually spend in a proper restaurant: Breakfast less than R100, Lunch less than R180 Dinner R180 But you can easily spend the Day with around R350 ...


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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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Australia does not require visa labels to be put in your passport. Furthermore, as a South African passport holder you can apply on-line. This means you would not need to send your passport anywhere at all.


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As with all popular tourist destinations, the Christmas to New Years Day period will be extremely busy in Cape Town. Be sure to book ahead for any activities that you would like to experience as well as for accommodation. Unfortunately, while it may be true that many Capetonians are holidaying somewhere else, the rest of the country as well as around 100 ...


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Yes, the immigration officer can see all the stamps in your passport, and can, at their discretion, refuse you entry into the country (even if you have a valid visa to enter). Further, some countries share databases with this information that might effect your ability to get a visa in the first place. If you just want to get rid of the overstay stamp, you ...


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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 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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