114 Visa Free Countries For South Africans

Which countries are visa-free for south African passports? Did you know that with a South African passport, you can now visit these 114 countries around the world visa-free or visa on arrival? There are a number of countries that require that South Africans secure visas before they are allowed into the country which in most cases, leads to endless paperwork, unplanned spending, and more bureaucratic stress. However, it is important that you are aware that your South African passport is more than you think of it in terms of what it can do as it can grant you entry to quite a number of countries without visas but note that entry requirements change constantly so it is always advisable to check with the embassy of any country close to the time of your travel. Nonetheless, as of now, here is a comprehensive list of countries for which no prior visa arrangement is needed for entry if you are a South African with a South African Passport:

South African Passport Visa Free Countries

Due to the good international relationship between South Africa and several other countries, you would not be wrong to expect an ample number of countries to be on the list below:

Brazil – 90 days

Antigua and Barbuda – 1 month

Argentina – 90 days

Costa Rica – 90 days


Vanuatu – 30 days


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Barbados – 6 months

Chile – 90 days


Venezuela – 90 days

Benin – 30 days

Haiti – 3 months

Botswana – 90 days

Guyana – 3 months

Saint Kitts and Nevis – 3 months

Nepal – 90 days


Ecuador – 90 days

Dominica – 6 months

Colombia – 180 days

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Saint Lucia – 6 weeks

Guatemala – 90 days

Malawi – 90 days

Dominican Republic – 30 days tourist card must be purchased on arrival.

El Salvador – 90 days

Zambia – 90 days

Peru – 180 days

Namibia – 3 months

Fiji – 4 months

Nauru Georgia – 90 days within 180 days

Paraguay – 90 days

Micronesia – 30 days

Rwanda – 90 days

Grenada – 3 months

Nicaragua – 90 days

Uruguay – 90 days

Philippines – 30 days

Honduras – 90 days

Panama – 180 days

Lesotho – 30 days

Israel – 90 days

Malaysia – 90 days

Mozambique – 3 months

Tanzania – 90 days

South Korea – 30 days

Mauritius – 90 days

New Zealand – 90 days

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – 1 month

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Singapore –  30 days

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Zimbabwe – 3 months

Swaziland –  30 days

Trinidad and Tobago – 90 days

Thailand – 1 month (air) / 15 days (land)

Below are more countries that offer fewer restrictions to South Africans. All the listed countries would allow you to travel without a visa, however, most of the countries in this section would preferably issue a visa on arrival. This removes the hassles and delays involved in securing visa before travel as the visas are almost always granted once you have a genuine reason and as mentioned earlier, it is imperative that you check with the country’s immigration very close to the time of your travel as visa policies change frequently.

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Countries that Issue South Africans Visa on Arrival

South Africans

Indonesia – 30 days

Bolivia – 90 days

Madagascar – 30 days

Armenia – Visa on arrival

Tunisia – 1 month



Jordan – 30 days

Guinea-Bissau – 90 days

Maldives – 30 days

Burundi – 30 days; obtainable at Bujumbura International Airport

Cambodia – 30 days


Iran – Conditions apply

Palau – 30 days


Gabon – Visa not required for children under 16



Samoa – 60 days


Senegal – 3 months


Saint Helena

Madagascar – (Visa on arrival)


Cape Verde

Timor-Leste – 30 days

Seychelles – 1 month










Togo – 7 days Benin

Kyrgyzstan – 30 days

Laos – 30 Days

Somalia – 30 days provided an invitation letter issued by the sponsor has been submitted to the Airport Immigration Department at least 2 days before arrival.

Tuvalu – 1 month

Turkey  – issues e-visa for 3 months

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It is estimated that one in 10 new South African graduates will leave the country. According to a report, thousands of educated and skilled South Africans leave the country to find work elsewhere, resulting in a serious brain drain. It is estimated that brain drain from doctors alone cost South Africa $1.41 billion from lost investment in skilled labour.

Despite, the easy access to visit these several countries as mentioned above, South Africans fancy migrating or visiting top developed countries such as France – accommodating about 4,600 South Africans; Ireland, Germany, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, the US where SA diasporas are known to be successful; the UAE, Australia and the United Kingdom.


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