Here’s where South Africans can travel without a visa

South Africa has the most powerful passport on the African continent, with its citizens able to enter a full 90 countries across the world without a visa, and able to gain a visa on arrival at a further 31 countries.

This is according to the international Passport Index, which ranks passports of the world according to their total visa-free score. On the index, South Africa ranks at 48 – in the top-50 most powerful passports in the world.

If you’re planning an international holiday, here is a handy guide to the countries South Africans can travel to without a visa, where a visa is issued on arrival, and where a visa is required.
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Countries visa-free to South Africans

Antigua and BarbudaArgentinaBahamas
BarbadosBelizeBenin
BotswanaBrazilChile
ColombiaCosta RicaDominica
Dominican RepublicEcuadorEl Salvador
FijiGabonGeorgia
GrenadaGuatemalaGuyana
HaitiHondurasHong Kong
IndonesiaIrelandIsrael
JamaicaKenyaKosovo
LesothoMacaoMalawi
MalaysiaMozambiqueNamibia
NicaraguaPalestinian TerritoriesPanama
ParaguayPeruPhilippines
Saint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSingapore
South KoreaSt. Vincent and the GrenadinesSwaziland
TanzaniaThailandTrinidad and Tobago
TunisiaUruguayVanuatu
VenezuelaZambiaZimbabwe

 

Visa on arrival for South Africans

ArmeniaBoliviaBurundi
CambodiaCape VerdeComoros
DjiboutiEthiopiaGuinea-Bissau
IranJordanKyrgyzstan
LaosMadagascarMaldives
Marshall IslandsMauritaniaMauritius
MicronesiaNepalOman
PalauRwandaSamoa
SeychellesTajikistanTimor-Leste
TogoTurkeyTuvalu
Uganda

 

Electronic Travel Authority visa required for South Africans

IndiaSri Lanka

 

Visa required for South Africans

AfghanistanAlbaniaAlgeria
AndorraAngolaAustralia
AustriaAzerbaijanBahrain
BangladeshBelarusBelgium
BhutanBosnia and HerzegovinaBrunei
BulgariaBurkina FasoCameroon
CanadaCentral African RepublicChad
ChinaCongoCongo (Dem. Rep.)
Cote Divoire (Ivory Coast)CroatiaCuba
CyprusCzech RepublicDenmark
EgyptEquatorial GuineaEritrea
EstoniaFinlandFrance
GambiaGermanyGhana
GreeceGuineaHungary
IcelandIraqItaly
JapanKazakhstanKiribati
KuwaitLatviaLebanon
LiberiaLibyaLiechtenstein
LithuaniaLuxembourgMacedonia (FYROM)
MaliMaltaMexico
MoldovaMonacoMongolia
MontenegroMoroccoMyanmar [Burma]
NauruNetherlandsNew Zealand (from 21 November 2016)
NigerNigeriaNorth Korea
NorwayPakistanPapua New Guinea
PolandPortugalQatar
RomaniaRussian FederationSan Marino
Sao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegal
SerbiaSierra LeoneSlovakia
SloveniaSolomon IslandsSomalia
South SudanSpainSudan
SurinameSwedenSwitzerland
SyriaTaiwanTonga
TurkmenistanUkraineUnited Arab Emirates
United KingdomUnited States of AmericaUzbekistan
Vatican CityViet NamYemen

 

SouthAfrica.info reporter

Updated 14 October 2016

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