South Africans are quick to complain about how difficult it is to travel on their passport, but we’re here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way. You shouldn’t let your Green Mamba hold you back from exploring the world because there are 99 destination countries for South Africans to choose from that are visa-free! That’s right. With a little planning, lots of research and smart saving, it’s not hard to be a jet-setting South African so make sure your passport is ready to rock because that travel bug is about to bite.
Visa free countries for south africans
Visa requirements for South African citizens are bureaucratic entry restrictions placed on South African citizens by the authorities of other states. Where South Africans are permitted visa free access, it is important to bear in mind that access to such country is not a right, and admission is within the discretionary authority of border enforcement officers. It’s also important to remember that countries that permit visa free entry for South Africans do so in order to promote tourism – so it’s okay to go there on holiday, but it’s not okay to engage in activities other than tourism. If you’re planning activities like work (even unpaid work) most countries require a visa or work permit.
Thanks to changes made to Hensley Passport Index rankings, South Africans are now permitted to visit a total of 99 countries around the globe. Just think! There’s not much standing between you packing your travel bags and heading off to explore the likes of Angola, Benin, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Ireland, Cook Islands, Fiji, Barbados, Dominica, Costa Rica, Brazil, Samoa, Peru and many more countries listed on the index that are visa free.
The Hensley Passport Index measures the accessibility of a country to citizens of different nations, looking at how different countries’ passports contribute to the holder’s overall travel experience. On a global scale, countries evolve their policies and update their travel infrastructure to ensure compliance with international standards and expectations. South Africa is currently ranked 54 according to this Index.
Our top 3 destination countries for South Africans to visit visa-free
If we were planning an overseas trip, you would find the following visa-free destinations topping our wish lists.
The island-city state that is Singapore is a very special place. It’s safe, the shopping is incredible, and the night life is second to none. Known for being a green city, the food, culture, cleanliness and architecture are reasons enough to visit.
Peru, South America
If llamas weren’t enough of a reason on their own, we’d also love to discover Peru for its incredible nutrient-rich food culture, Peru is a unique South American country that has earned its reputation for impeccable hospitality and affordable luxury, making it well worth the visit for South Africans.
On the adrenaline front if you’re looking for pure adventure, this is it: hiking, paragliding, rafting and surfing are just a few of the activities that can be enjoyed here, and what’s more they’re all set in some of the most mind blowingly beautiful landscapes in the world.
The Bahamas, Caribbean
The ultimate island holiday destination, South Africans can swim with sharks and dive in the balmy Bahamian crystal clear water, visa-free. The Bahamas is home to the world’s largest underwater cave systems as well as the world’s third-largest barrier reef, and a number of long-forgotten shipwrecks – all just waiting to be explored.
For a complete list of all possible destinations follow this link.
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No matter what you need, whether it’s assistance with financial emigration, retirement annuity withdrawal, tax clearance, exiting the South African tax system or foreign exchange, we’re here to walk you through every process, from start to finish.
We’re also ready to help you with all your forex requirements to make sure your money takes you to where you dream of visiting. Drop us your details and we’ll call you back.