State Department Warning for Johannesburg Airport
I have a trip to SA coming up in early June & just received this warning. Since my connecting flight is the next day I am concerned about this. Has anyone heard of any bad experiences along these lines?
U.S. Consulate General, Johannesburg
Security Message for U.S. Citizens
April 17, 2013
Robberies of Shuttle Buses Transporting Passengers from
Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport
The U.S. Mission to South Africa advises U.S. citizens to exercise special caution when arranging ground transportation from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg to hotels, guest houses, and residences. In the past month, several U.S. citizens and other travelers were robbed at gun point while traveling in shuttle buses from OR Tambo International Airport to their place of lodging. In some instances, the robberies took place after the shuttle bus arrived at a hotel or guest house. In other instances, the shuttle bus was boxed in and stopped by two vehicles on the street.
The U.S. Mission recommends travelers select shuttle or taxi service with care, use reputable companies recommended by major hotels or shuttles provided by hotels, and use only licensed taxis parked at marked taxi locations at the airport. Travelers should avoid changing money at the airport, and avoid displaying ostentatious jewelry, watches, or luggage while traveling.