Health and Safety Information

This page contains both Health and Safety information regarding travel to South Africa.  Please note that the IEW organisers are not responsible for ensuring you comply with the regulations of your travel or your safety in South Africa.  Please be sure you have arranged your own appropriate health and/or travel insurance for emergencies.  Some important considerations are listed below, but you can also click here for more information.


To obtain a visa for South Africa or for re-entry to your own country, you may need to have certain certificates for vaccinations or health.  These may include: yellow fever, tetanus, or hepatitis.  Please be sure to carefully check the health requirements for your travel.  Cape Town is not a malaria area, although other parts of South Africa, such as Kruger National Park, are.



When travelling to any city, there are certain safety precautions that should be followed; Cape Town is no different.  Be sure to keep copies of your travel documents in a safe place and be aware when walking around town.  Try not to walk alone at night, carry large sums of money, or allow strangers to distract you while at the ATM.

Should a safety incident occur, here are the South African emergency contact numbers:

  • Dial 112 from a cell phone for emergency assistance
  • Dial 10111 from a landline for South African Police Services

Safety at UCT

The University of Cape Town is protected by an internal security service (Campus Protection Services) 24  hours a day.  For more information on Campus Protection, please visit the following site: