Australia, China, UK issue travel warnings for SA

Travellers planning to head to SA have been warned to exercise a "high degree of caution" in the country.

Police detain and search hostel dwellers in Jeppestown during a joint raid with the army to quell xenophobic violence. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Several countries are warning those who want to travel to South Africa of the recent xenophobic attacks that have been rampant in KwaZulu-Natal and Johannesburg.

The Australian High Commission on their website informs travellers of the recent increase in attacks on foreign nationals in the two provinces.

Other countries to issue warnings include China, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.

The new warnings were issued from 17 April.

Travellers planning to head to South Africa have been warned to exercise a "high degree of caution" in the country due to the high level of serious crime.

They informing travellers people of the increase in the number of attacks on foreign nationals from other African countries.

The areas of KwaMashu and Umlazi have been specifically highlighted as the trouble areas.

Should travellers find themselves in South Africa, they're warned that targeted victims as well as bystanders have been killed in these attacks.

Travellers are urged to monitor media reports about the incidents and to avoid the areas where the attacks are likely to occur.

At least seven people have been killed in South Africa's latest flare-up of xenophobia.