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Following the announcement of the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office has provided new advice regarding travel to the country.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office advises the following:

“If you are visiting South Africa or intend to do so during this period of national mourning, you may experience some disruption to essential services, including travel disruption and possibly accommodation shortages, particularly in the Johannesburg, Pretoria and Eastern Cape areas.

“Travellers are advised to liaise with their airline, travel agent and accommodation provider to check if your travel plans are affected. There are currently restrictions on various roads in Johannesburg around former President Mandela’s home and large crowds are gathered at Zoo Lake and Nelson Mandela Square which have been declared as official tribute zones. See Nelson Mandela funeral arrangements under Safety and Security.

“British nationals attending memorial events or other large gatherings are advised to be vigilant and monitor local media and Travel Advice updates and follow advice given by local authorities.

“There has been an increase in strike action in South Africa and some demonstrations have turned violent. This could continue in the run-up to elections in 2014. Follow developments in the local media and avoid all demonstrations, rallies and large public gatherings.”

On 6 December 2013, President Zuma described the main activities taking place in South Africa during a national week of mourning from Sunday 8 December, including:

  • Sunday 8 December – a national day of prayer and reflection
  • Tuesday 10 December – an official memorial ceremony will take place at the FNB Stadium, Soweto, Johannesburg
  • Wednesday 11- Friday 13 December – former President Mandela will lie in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria and official memorial services will be held in all South African provinces and regions
  • Sunday 15 December – former President Mandela will be laid to rest in Qunu, Eastern Cape

If you have booked a cruise holiday that visits South Africa you’re advised to check with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office or your agent before travelling.

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