Safety Updates: July 2017

July 27

Johannesburg Airport The U.S. Mission to South Africa is advising U.S. citizens to exercise caution when arranging ground transportation from the Johannesburg (OR Tambo) Airport. A number of U.S. citizens and other travelers have been robbed at gun point while traveling from the airport to their place of lodging. In some instances, individuals have been injured or shot during these robberies.   It is advised to avoid nighttime arrivals to the OR Tambo Airport; while this helps alleviate some risk, it does not guarantee daytime travel is completely secure. Travelers should exercise caution… Read more


July 13

  As we have seen in Oakland, London, Dhaka, Paris, and various other places worldwide, fires can cause complete destruction and loss of life. In occasional situations, the victims were not prepared for a fire and may not have had tips on what to do in the event of a fire. There are certain precautions a person can follow in their dorm, apartment, home, and/or hotel while at home or abroad. Residential Precautions Learn about fire safety standards in the destination country. (Fire Safety Foundation) When planning a trip, try to avoid staying on a higher floor. In developed countries, no… Read more