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US eases travel warning for SA – but doesn’t paint the country in a good light

By Clinton Moodley 1h ago

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has eased travel recommendations for more than 110 countries, including South Africa.

South Africa moved from its highest level 4 to level 3, which prompts its citizens to ‘Reconsider Travel’.

“Reconsider travel to South Africa due to Covid-19. Exercise increased caution in South Africa due to crime and civil unrest,” the CDC said on its website.

It further stated that “violent crime, such as armed robbery, rape, carjacking, mugging, and “smash-and-grab” attacks on vehicles, is common.”

Furthermore, it stated that there is “a higher risk of violent crime in the central business districts of major cities after dark” and that “demonstrations, protests, and strikes occur frequently.”

According to the travel advisory, “these can develop quickly without prior notification, often interrupting traffic, transportation, and other services; such events have…

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