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Do You Need Travel Insurance for South Africa?

Do You Need Travel Insurance for South Africa?

Do You Need Travel Insurance for South Africa?
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South Africa is a large and diverse country with a troubled past and a bright future. Throughout the country, you can find many monuments and museums about Apartheid, when the country was forcefully segmented by race and skin color.

Today, the country is rebuilding with inclusivity in mind and celebrating the many diverse cultures and tribes that coexist in South Africa.

Travel Requirements for the South Africa

No. Travel insurance for South Africa is not mandatory, but it's highly recommended that you get travel health insurance for South Africa. Because your trip to South Africa may include adrenaline-inducing sports or a safari, purchasing health insurance will ensure that you're covered in case you become injured or sick.

However, if you plan on staying in South Africa for more than 90 days, you'll need to apply for a visa. Purchasing travel insurance is usually a requirement to obtain a longer-stay visa.

COVID-19 in South Africa

For the most up-to-date information on entry requirements, please visit South Africa's official government page. If you're traveling to South Africa, here are some Covid safety precautions to take. For the most up-to-date information on Covid restrictions for traveling, please follow CDC guidelines.

If you have to visit the country, consider Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) insurance so that you may recoup some of your costs if you need to cancel, postpone or cut short your original travel plans for any reason, including COVID-19-related concerns.

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Covid information for your trip

Do you know the Covid situation for your destination? Keep up with country-specific advisories and notifications.

Health & safety

South Africa has relatively high crime rates, but it's certainly navigable, especially by savvy travelers. In large cities, it's a good idea to stay away from dark alleys and backstreets, particularly after dark. Avoid walking around alone after dark and do not wear flashy jewelry or expensive brands that may attract unwanted interest. Don't take out your wallet often or publicize where you keep your money as it will only make you an easier target for pickpockets.

Necessary vaccinations

Make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before your trip. Here are some common vaccination recommendations for South Africa.

  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Flu (influenza)
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Meningitis
  • Shingles
  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • Rabies
  • Hepatitis B
  • Yellow fever
  • Pneumonia

For the most up-to-date information on required vaccinations and other health requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.

Visas & documentation

Most people visiting South Africa for 90 days or less do not need a special visa to enter the country. This includes travelers from the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan and India. For more information, please visit the South African Government's page on visas.

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