100+ visa free countries for South Africans

100+ visa free countries for South Africans

We have all been (or at least know someone) at the point where we need a permit to travel to other countries. A visa is the official permission given to non-citizens to enter a foreign nation for a predefined period. In the past, people did not really need to apply for this approval before travelling since immigration officers at the border were the ones responsible for issuing the permits. These days, you must apply for a valid travelling permit before making a journey overseas. Luckily, there is some good news for us in SA, as there are plenty of visa free countries for South Africans.

100+visa free countries for South Africans
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Which countries are visa free? What countries South Africans can visit without a visa? Before diving into this, it is important to note that the duration of travel to these visa free countries for South Africans varies. For example, some countries where South African dont need visa allow a month while others allow for longer stays. Mostly, it all depends on the bilateral relations between that country and Mzansi, and the agreement in place.

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Countries where there is visa free travel for South Africans

What countries can South African citizens go to without a visa? The list below details visa free countries for South Africans around the world. Of course, you are still required to have a valid passport, which should not be that problematic to get. Beyond the specified travelling permit limit, you will need to apply for that country’s visa. Here are South African passport visa free countries according to the period of stay allowed.

Countries that allow South Africans 30 days (1 month) without the permit

  1. Vanuatu
  2. Antigua and Barbuda
  3. The Dominican Republic – A visitor must acquire a 30-day tourist card on arrival.
  4. Benin
  5. Singapore
  6. Lesotho
  7. Philippines
  8. Swaziland
  9. South Korea
  10. Thailand – 1 month on air and 15 days on land
  11. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – 1 month
  12. Micronesia

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Countries that allow South Africans 90 days (3 months) without the travelling permit

  1. El Salvador
  2. Argentina
  3. Costa Rica
  4. Brazil
  5. Chile
  6. Venezuela
  7. Haiti
  8. Botswana
  9. Guyana
  10. Nepal
  11. Ecuador
  12. Malawi
  13. Tanzania
  14. Guatemala
  15. Zambia
  16. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  17. Namibia
  18. Honduras
  19. Paraguay
  20. Nauru Georgia – 90 days within 180 days
  21. Grenada
  22. Nicaragua
  23. Uruguay
  24. Israel
  25. Mozambique
  26. Rwanda
  27. Mauritius
  28. New Zealand
  29. Malaysia
  30. Zimbabwe
  31. Trinidad and Tobago

Countries that allow South Africans 180 days (6 months) without the visa

  1. Barbados
  2. Dominica
  3. Colombia
  4. Peru
  5. Panama

Others visa free nations that South Africans can travel to

  1. Ireland
  2. Bahamas
  3. Belize
  4. Saint Lucia – 6 weeks
  5. Jamaica
  6. Fiji – 4 months

Countries where there is visa on arrival for South Africans

100+visa free countries for South Africans
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Where are South African refugee passport free visa countries? Which country does not require a visa? The following countries do not exactly fit the criteria of countries South Africans can visit without a visa. Instead, they prefer to offer visas to South African passport holders upon arrival in the respective nation. However, some of them may very well allow you to enter a country without the traveling approval, which is why you need to be on the lookout for any changes before you travel.

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  1. Bolivia – 90 days
  2. Guinea-Bissau – 90 days
  3. Togo – 7 days
  4. Madagascar – 30 days
  5. Armenia – Visa on arrival
  6. Tunisia – 1 month
  7. Burundi – 30 days, which is acquired at Bujumbura International Airport
  8. Comoros
  9. Turkey - issues a 3 months e-visa
  10. Mauritania
  11. Jordan – 30 days
  12. Maldives – 30 days
  13. Cambodia – 30 days
  14. Oman
  15. Iran
  16. Palau – 30 days
  17. Ethiopia
  18. Botswana
  19. Djibouti
  20. Samoa – 60 days
  21. Zambia
  22. Senegal – 3 months
  23. Rwanda
  24. Saint Helena
  25. Gabon – Under 16s are not eligible for this permit
  26. Kyrgyzstan – 30 days
  27. Malawi
  28. Cape Verde
  29. Timor-Leste – 30 days
  30. Mali
  31. Mauritania
  32. Senegal
  33. Gabon
  34. Madagascar
  35. Tuvalu – 1 month
  36. Guinea-Bissau
  37. Somalia
  38. Mozambique
  39. Seychelles - 1 month
  40. Uganda
  41. Zimbabwe
  42. Laos – 30 Days
  43. Indonesia – 30 days
  44. Somalia – 30 days

In the case of Somalia above, there is an extra requirement for anyone wishing to travel. One has to submit an invitation letter from a sponsor at least two days before you get there. As you may have noticed, there is a Turkish visa for South African passport holders, which is actually an e-visa. The electronic travelling permit, which is simply an alternative to the regular one, is an example of South Africa visa free Europe entry since Turkey is in both Asia and Europe.

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Can citizens of all these countries come to South Africa without a visa?

Mostly, the citizens of these other nations do not need a South African visa. However, as is the case with SA, the duration varies as well. In addition, the durations are not necessarily the same. For example, there is a few months’ limit for Jamaicans to SA but there is no specified cap for South Africans to Jamaica.

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If you plan to travel any time soon, you should always refer to information like this that details visa free countries for South Africans. The list of South Africa visa free countries 2019 keeps on changing, which is always a good thing if it is increasing and the restrictions lessened. It means more travel without the costs and hustle of getting a visa.


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