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SA Passports have Visa-Free Access to 59 Countries

February 2017 - Planning a holiday abroad is an exciting prospect but can also be a bureaucratic nightmare for those on restricted passports.

The latest data on passport ranking reveals that there is some hope for South African travellers wanting to explore international frontiers without having to go through the painstaking process of applying for expensive visas.

Visa-free travel South Africa

South African travellers carrying an official passport have access to 59 countries visa-free.

According to the latest edition of the Arton Capital’s global ranking 'Passport Index', which ranks the passports from 219 countries according to the travel freedom that their citizens enjoy, South Africa's passport is ranked 48th in the top 50 most powerful passports in the world - with a total visa-free score of 90.

This impressive result means that South African travellers carrying an official passport have access to 59 countries visa-free for 90 days, with an additional 31 countries operating on the visa-on arrival or the Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) system.

(An eTA is an entry requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals; the authorization is electronically linked to your passport).

To help you plan a stress-free international holiday, here is a handy guide to the countries that South Africans can travel to without a visa.


Visa Requirements for South Africans


Visa-free Countries for South Africans

 Antigua and Barbuda  Fiji  Lesotho  Senegal
 Argentina  Gabon  Macao  Singapore
 Bahamas  Georgia  Malawi  South Korea
 Barbados  Grenada  Malaysia  St. Vincent and the Grenadines
 Belize  Guatemala  Micronesia  Swaziland
 Benin  Guyana  Mozambique  Tanzania
 Botswana  Haiti  Namibia  Thailand
 Brazil  Honduras  Nicaragua  Trinidad and Tobago
 Chile  Hong Kong  Palesitian Terretories  Tunisia
 Colombia  Indonesia  Panama  Uruguay
 Costa Rica  Ireland  Paraguay  Vanuatu
 Dominica  Israel  Peru  Venezuela
 Dominican Republic  Jamaica  Philippines  Zambia
 Ecuador  Kenya  Saint Kits and Nevis  Zimbabwe
 El Salvador  Kosovo  Saint Lucia  


Visa-on-Arrival Counties for South Africans

 Armenia  Guinea-Bissau  Marshall Islands  Seychelles
 Cambodia  Iran  Mauritania  Tajikistan
 Cape Verde  Jordan  Mauritius  Timor-Leste
 Comoros  Kyrgyzstan  Nepal  Togo
 Djibouti  Laos  Palau  Turkey
 Ethiopia  Madagascar  Rwanda  Tuvalu
 Ghana  Maldives  Samoa  Uganda


eTA Countries for South Africans

 India
 Sri Lanka

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