Threat level: Low-Medium
The current travel advice for Swaziland is to remain cautious during travel inside the country. There is a low threat from terrorism in Swaziland but western travellers should be aware of the increased global threat against them. Crime rates are relatively low but petty crimes do occur in built up areas.
Recent Security Risk Events
Anti-political demonstrations do occur in Swaziland, and can develop into violent protests without notice. Although the political situation is stable at present, some political groups have been banned from the country and labelled as terrorist organisations. Monitor local media and avoid large gatherings when possible.
Street crimes, car hijackings and burglaries are common in some areas of the country, but are quite rare. Downtown areas of Mbabane and Manzin are most at risk of such crimes, so avoid them if possible; crime rates peak at night time in these areas.
Avoid driving into or out of Swaziland during the night. Recent reports suggest there has been an increase of armed banditry on major routes from South Africa and Mozambique.
Swaziland is a member of both the United Nations and the African Union. The country has good ties with the United States, the U.S. supports Swaziland in small enterprise development, education, and military training. The country also has strong diplomatic ties with the Republic of China (Taiwan).
Road conditions are poor in Swaziland as is the standard of driving. It is highly advised against travelling at night in rural and urban areas as there is no street lighting and animals and people often walk in the middle of the road.
You can use a UK or international driving licence as well as many other EU licenses to drive in Swaziland. You should check before travel that your licence is valid for use in Swaziland before travel to avoid complications.
If you do plan to drive during your trip, you should ensure that you are alert at all times and aware of the conditions of the roads and other road users. Plan your journey prior to departure and have adequate supplies in your vehicle including fuel, food and water.