Countries South Africans can visit without a visa

Countries South Africans can visit without a visa

Your definitive guide to where South Africans can travel visa-free. They're arranged by area, so have a scroll through and start planning that very last minute holiday. After all, it's not like you need to wait for a visa to come through.

Starting in the obvious home continent, there's quite a large number of countries open to South Africans.

Countries you can enter with just a passport:

Benin, Botswana, Gabon, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Senegal, Seychelles, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Additionally, there’s a couple of countries where you can get a visa upon arrival:
Cape Verde, Comores, Egypt, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Tanzania, Tongo, Tunisia and Uganda

South and Central America and the Carribbean

This is one area that is pretty much visa free for South Africans. There are a few exceptions, but generally you can travel without too many issues. Here's a list of everywhere.
Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Falkland Islands, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Spoilt for choice!


Unfortunately, there’s only one or two countries here, so Europe is mostly a no-go zone unless you have a visa.
Ireland, Kosovo and Reunion Island (which is owned by France but is close to Mauritius in terms of actual location) are the only countries South Africans can visit without a visa. Still...Dublin is nice!


Countries you can enter with just a passport:
Georgia, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.

Countries where a visa is granted upon arrival:
Armenia, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka, South Korea, and Timor-Leste

Middle East

Countries you can enter with just a passport:
Israel  and Jordan

Visa granted upon arrival:
Oman and Turkey

Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated states of Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Tuvalu, Vanuatu

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