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May 13, 2021

Safety tips when travelling

Travelling to Cape Town is one of the most rewarding things you could ever do. From hiking up Table Mountain to visiting our stunning winelands, your trip is guaranteed to leave a lasting impact. We urge you, though, to remain safe while visiting our beautiful city. That’s why we’ve put together this list of safety tips to follow when travelling.

safety tips when travelling

1. Masks are mandatory

As of 1st February 2021, it has been legislated that not wearing a mask in public is a direct criminal offence in South Africa. The National Department of Health recommends that everyone in South Africa should wear a cloth face-mask when in public. The mask must cover both your nose and mouth.

For more information on this, follow this link.

2. COVID-19 Public safety

When in public, all people in South Africa are expected to practice COVID-19 best practices. Here are 6 things to remember when travelling in the time of COVID:

  1. Wash hands frequently with soap and water (20 seconds),
  2. In the absence of soap and water, use an alcohol based hand sanitiser with a minimum of 70% alcohol content,
  3. Refrain from touching your nose and mouth,
  4. Wear a face-mask,
  5. Practice strict social distancing with a minimum distance of 1m apart, and
  6. When coughing or sneezing, cover your nose and mouth with a flexed elbow or paper tissue; disposing of the tissue in a closed bin thereafter.

3. Transport

When travelling via our public transport system (or even using a rental vehicle), the following tips will help you stay safe:

  1. Wipe down the seat, door handles and other frequently touched surfaces using an alcohol base sanitise (minimum 70%),
  2. Keep windows slightly open to ensure adequate ventilation,
  3. It’s advised that you sit in the back seat (if you’re not the driver) to maintain social distancing practices from the driver,
  4. Handle your own luggage if you’re able to,
  5. While using public transport, ensure you keep your face-mask on, and
  6. Avoid eating & drinking inside the vehicle if using public transport.

4. What to do if you feel ill

If you find yourself experiencing any of the following symptoms, contact a doctor telephonically for further advice:

Most common symptoms

  1. Fever
  2. Dry cough
  3. Tiredness

Less common symptoms

  1. Sore throat
  2. Aches & pains
  3. Diarrhoea
  4. Headache
  5. Loss of taste or smell
  6. Skin rash

Serious symptoms

  1. Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  2. Chest pain or pressure
  3. Loss of speech or movement

If you think you’ve contracted the virus you can call the NCID helpline on 0800 029 999 for testing facilities. Alternatively you can find out more on the SA Coronavirus Online Portal here.

5. Lockdown Alert Levels

South Africa is currently in level 1 lockdown. This may change as cases fluctuate. To keep up-to-date with lockdown level regulations, visit the South African Government’s COVID-19 resources page here.

6. General safety tips

Cape Town can be unsafe if precautions aren’t taken. Here are some top tips on general safety when travelling in and around the Cape:

  1. Avoid carrying large sums of cash
  2. Don’t leave your belongings unattended
  3. Avoid obvious visibility of valuable (jewellery, cellphones, cameras, etc.) in plain sight
  4. Don’t use your cellphone while walking. Keep it (and your wallet) safely out of sight
  5. Listen to the advice of locals or hosts on areas to avoid after dark
  6. Park in secure, well-lit areas with car guards visible
  7. Keep valuable documents in a safe place
  8. When exploring Table Mountain, do so with a group of people and make sure you’ve got a charged cellphone with you
  9. Close and lock the doors to your accommodation and car
  10. Be sure to tell someone where you’re going and what time you expect to return

And there you have it, our top safety tips when travelling. We hope you enjoy exploring our beautiful city.

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