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Britons warned of ‘disruptive’ weather and dangerous threat if travelling to African hotspot – ‘attacks are very likely!’

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Those travelling to touristy parts of South Africa should be careful as extreme weather conditions sweep the country.

A severe warning has been issued for the next couple of days, with disruptions possible into next week. This comes amid an ongoing threat of attacks on tourists.

Heavy rain means there is a risk of flooding today and tomorrow, which could cause disruptions and a possible threat to Britons.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) said: “South African Weather Service (SAWS) has issued a level 8 (out of 10) ‘disruptive rain’ warning for Thursday 11 July in the City of Cape Town, Drakenstein and Stellenbosch.

Holidaymakers have been warned


“Following heavy rains, there is a risk of localised flooding. Rain is forecast to continue until Friday 12 July, with possible further disruption thereafter.”

Those who are planning to travel to or around the affected areas have been urged to think twice and ensure it is safe before they do so.

The FCDO added: “If you are in Cape Town and affected by adverse weather conditions, reconsider whether your journey is necessary.

“Always check local media before your journey. Stay away from rivers where possible and do not drive through large pools of water.”

Those in the country are also given a safety warning and told to be mindful as “terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in South Africa”.

The Government body added: “The main threat is from individuals who may have been inspired by terrorist groups, including Daesh, and who may carry out ‘lone actor’ attacks.

“Attacks could be indiscriminate and could target public spaces and places visited by foreigners, such as tourist sites, shopping centres, high profile events and crowded places.

“Stay aware of your surroundings, keep up to date with local media reports and follow the advice of local authorities.”

CroatiaHolidaymakers in Croatia have been warned of border checksGETTY IMAGES

The FCDO said: “There are checks at Slovenia’s borders with Croatia. If you are travelling from Croatia to Slovenia, check travel advice for Slovenia.

“Slovenia follows Schengen area rules. Your passport must have a ‘date of issue’ less than 10 years before the date you arrive. If you renewed your passport before October 1, 2014, it may have a date of issue that is more than 10 years ago.

“Your passport must have an ‘expiry date’ at least three months after the day you plan to leave the Schengen area.

“Check with your travel provider that your passport and other travel documents meet requirements. Renew your passport if you need to. You will be denied entry if you do not have a valid travel document or try to use a passport that has been reported lost or stolen.”

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