102 Countries South Africans can visit without a Visa

Any local without an ancestral visas or dual citizenship knows travelling on a plain old green South African passport is no joke.

Before even thinking about entering most countries around the world, we are required to pass the ultimate endurance test: a visa application.

Yet, the South African passport is the most powerful African passport, the latest data published by the Henley Passport Index shows – a list of world passports, ranked from the most powerful to the weakest, based on how many other countries one can visit with that passport visa-free or with a visa-on-arrival/e-visa. 

As of January 2019, South African passport holders can travel to 104 world countries without the need to apply for a visa prior to their trip. 

South Africans can travel to and enter 69 countries without any type of visa. There is another 35, which they can enter by obtaining a visa on arrival at the port of entry of their destination country. 

Visa requirements for South African citizens

Visa requirements for South African citizens are administrative entry restrictions by the authorities of other states placed on citizens of South Africa. As of February 2018, South African citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 102 countries and territories, ranking the South African passport 53rd in terms of travel freedom according to the Henley Passport Index.

Where visa-free access is permitted, such access is not necessarily a right, and admission is at the discretion of border enforcement officers. Visitors engaging in activities other than tourism, including unpaid work, may require a visa or work permit.

Regionally, South Africa ranked third in Africa, below Mauritius (28th overall, with visa-free access to 145 countries) and the Seychelles (24th overall, with visa-free access to 154 countries).

These are the countries South African passport holders can access without a visa:

Visa-free entry

MozambiqueBritish Virgin IslandsCosta Rica
IndonesiaNamibiaCayman IslandsEcuador
MacaoReunionDominicaEl Salvador
MalaysiaSenegalDominican RepublicFalkland Islands
South KoreaTunisiaJamaicaHonduras
IrelandZimbabweSt Kitts and NevisPanama
KosovoCook IslandsSt LuciaParaguay
RussiaFijiSt Vincent and GrenadinesPeru
AngolaMicronesiaTrinidad and TobagoUruguay
BotswanaNiueTurks and Caicos IslandsVenezuela
LesothoAntigua and BarbudaBelizeIsrael

Visa on entry

CambodiaCape VerdeRwandaTuvalu
MaldivesEthiopiaSt HelenaIran
Sri LankaGhanaUgandaOman
TajikstanGuinea-BissauMarshall IslandsTurkey
Timor-LesteMadagascarPalau Islands

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