Health and Safety

Cape Town's well-established police force are on hand to keep visitors safe.

Cape Town is a well-established tourist and business destination, and has world-class health and safety facilities and services, with a number of quality private hospitals. Visitors to South Africa should arrange health and travel insurance before arriving in the country, in the event of an accident or emergency.

Health tips

Cape Town has a number of established private hospitals that are capable of delivering world-class health care in the event of an emergency or for planned medical procedures. It is advisable to avoid state hospitals, as these are generally inadequately equipped and often understaffed. Tap water is safe to drink, unless stated otherwise by the establishment concerned. It is advisable to wear sunscreen for outdoor events in the summer. No special inoculations are required for adults before or after arriving in, or after leaving Cape Town.

Emergency services contact numbers

Emergency police response: 10111 Ambulance and fire services: 10177 Cape Town emergency services (landline): 107 Cape Town emergency services (cellphone): +27 21 480 7700 Emergency response (cellphone): 112 (the operator will redirect your call)

Private hospital contact numbers

City Park Hospital: +27 21 480 6111 Claremont Hospital: +27 21 670 4300 Constantiaberg Medi-Clinic: +27 21 799 2911‎ Groote Schuur Hospital: +27 21 404 9111 Kingsbury Hospital: +27 21 670 4002 Netcare Blaauwberg Hospital: +27 21 554 9000 Milnerton Medi-Clinic: +27 21 529 9000 UCT Private Academic Hospital: +27 21 442 1800


Cape Town has a well-established police force, consisting of highly trained officers. Visitors should not walk around alone at night, particularly in areas without adequate streetlights. Visitors are also advised not to accept advice from strangers when using cash machines. Social workers advise against giving money to beggars and street children. Keep valuable documents locked away in a safe place. For security emergencies, call the Flying Squad on 10111.