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As a Zimbabwean citizen, you should apply for an Emergency Passport that allows for a one time trip back to your home country. Note that sometimes an exit visa may be needed by the host country (South Africa) or by any third country you may be travelling through. Should this not be possible: the reason why the passport cannot be issued, in writing, should ...


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That's aiming more at preventing the import of things like fake-branded or illegally copied goods to be sold in SA, for example a box full of ripped-off DVDs or articles of clothing with trademarked branding (like the Nike swoosh) which aren't made or sold by the real manufacturer. The customs official is not going to have you power up your laptop and ...


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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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Your hunch is right - that adaptor will not work in South Africa (it will, however, work for South Africans travelling to other countries: it has the right round holes to take a South African plug but not the prongs to plug into a South African socket). I have the exact same type, and some similar models, and needed to buy special South Africa adaptors. It'...


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I face similar problems travelling to winter locations. Stay hydrated. Keep water right where you sleep. Practice good skin care, moisturizers, lip balm, nasal moisturizer (yes, that's a thing ;) Bring/buy a room humidifier. Even boiling a pot of water will help. Sleep with you head under a sheet On the plus side, every day will be a great hair day!


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Yes, the lack of passenger briefing is a breach of one of the following technical standards from the "South African Civil Aviation Authority": SA-CATS 121 Air Transport Operations: Carriage on Aeroplanes of more than 19 Passengers or Cargo SA-CATS 135 Air Transport Operations: Carriage of less than 20 Passengers or Cargo It seems impossible to deep-link to ...


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Customs duty is most commonly applicable to goods being brought into a country. For non-US citizens there are quite strict limits ($100) on the value of goods that can be brought into the USA before duty is payable. (Note that this only applies to goods that will stay in the USA; it does not apply to any item which you'll be taking out of the country when ...


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I would not anticipate any problems with security upon departing the UK. People travel with those sorts of items all the time, and none of them are listed as prohibited by the UK Civil Aviation Authority, as far as I can tell When you arrive in South Africa, you will need to declare these goods by going through the red channel, as their value exceeds ZAR ...


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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 years,...


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While English isn't the most common mother's tongue language in South Africa, it is the most understood language. This is actually the case in most African countries. While many people speak the languages of their ethnic group in private, a European language became the main language for public communication. So many people are bilingual. Before the age of ...


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If you want a passport from another country, that usually means becoming a citizen of that country. This is usually rather difficult, and in most cases getting a new passport from your old country will be much easier than getting a new citizenship.


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Yes, quiet rural spots in South Africa are absolutely the places you should most be careful, and more so than other countries. Several guidebooks recommend avoiding such places completely although it depends somewhat on area. I think that advice is a little out of date, crime in South Africa is much lower than it was, but those safety warnings definitely do ...


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There is no requirement to apply for a UK visa from a country you're a citizen of. Applying from a country where you are resident and not a citizen is common, but it is not mandatory even to be resident for visit visas. Since you will need to give evidence of your studies in Russia, it will be easier to apply from Russia, since the visa application centre ...


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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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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 http://www....


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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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Most airlines allow you to book up to exactly 12 months in advance. This means you can buy a ticket where your outbound flight is today and your return (inbound) flight is exactly one year from today. Any other dates would be outside of this range. i.e. even an outbound flight tomorrow with an inbound flight of one year from tomorrow would be more than 12 ...


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Pilanesberg offers the Big Five and more wildlife and is a relatively small park compared to for instance Kruger National Park. This allows you to cover most of the park in a few days and see plenty of animals. We even saw wild dogs! The park is owned by the North West province and entrance for the day will cost you R65 per adult, which is about 5 Euros. ...


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Places like Europe have a rule like "maximum 90 days in any 180-day period", so taking a day trip to the next country will not produce another 90 days. Other places (Japan, for example) will provide another 90 days after a weekend trip elsewhere. However, few countries appreciate people staying too long. You do not have to return to your country of origin, ...


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I like that you are keen to try different food and local customs, but as a South African, I can tell you that "game" meat is not such a big deal or favorite for us as you might think. Most South Africans eat the "normal" western meat options, ie beef, pork, lamb, chicken, and only rarely will you find variations on those. We see most game meats as a type of ...


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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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I know this is a very late answer to the question, but would like to add to what was said so far for future readers interested. Visible crimes that are very common in South Africa are rapes, car jackings, house and business robberies often leading to murder of the victims, farm murders, and "gang related" crimes like territorial conflicts, drug abuse etc. ...


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There are three major areas of risk in South Africa at the moment, I will devote a paragraph to each... The risk associated with the Ebola outbreak is overwhelmingly prominent. Two weeks ago the South African government introduced travel restrictions and a general advisory was issued by the Department of Health. The next area of risk is the rampant crime ...


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According to South Africa's Department of Home Affairs, Brazilian passport holders are exempt from visas, whether in transit or for a stay of less than 90 days in South Africa. So yes, you should be able to get admitted through passport control, and leave the airport at your convenience. There are several companies which market Jo'burg tours to people on ...


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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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According to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), South Africa uses 4 types of plugs: Type C Used in Europe and around the world. The adapter you have supports Type C sockets via its type C plug. Type D Used mainly in Asia and Africa. The adapter you have does not support type D sockets. Type M Used in a few countries in Asia and fewer in ...


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In the UK security knows what computer parts are and how they look on the screens. If in doubt they might ask you to unpack an item so they can actually see it. You should bring these items in your hand luggage, as valuables and breakables should not be packed in your hold luggage. But you seem to have too much for your hand luggage. In that case you will ...


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Our family of three had a three-week trip to Botswana, flying in and out of Johannesburg. Our trip was a hybrid of self-drive and budget safari package. We rented a normal road car in Johannesburg, drove to Gaborone and visited a friend, then drove with the friend up to Kasane in the north-east. We stopped in various places and took group safari expeditions ...


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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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