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Last year we could visit 98 countries this year the lastest visa-free list included 101 countries a South African can travel to.

 

South Africa – The South African passport can sometimes feel heavy because of all the hoops one needs to jump through to travel the world but there is a great big world out there. Now we can visit 101 countries as opposed to the 98 on the list last year and the 94 we had on the list the year before.

When consulting the Passport Index, we noted that while some countries are listed as visa-free, the others you can pay for the visa upon entry or exit of the country. With these exceptions in mind, they make up a total of 101 countries in 2020. Some eVisa countries were included in the list while other eVisas were excluded.

Below is the compiled list of countries that South Africans can visit without a visa (60) or you can apply for a visa upon arrival or prior using the eVisa method (38).

There are four classifications on the list which include red (meaning full visa required), blue (meaning visa on arrival or eVisa), green (meaning visa-free) and gold (to be honest, we are not quite sure what this one means).

There are three other countries which are added to the list of South African passport holder’s ease of travel. They are in the gold section and are: Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) – (Pre-Enrollment), India (eVisa) and Sri Lanka (eTA / 30 days).

Visa-Free Travel Destinations:

  • Angola – 30 days
  • Antigua and Barbuda – 180 days
  • Argentina – 90 days
  • Bahamas – 90 days
  • Barbados – 180 days
  • Belize
  • Benin – 90 days
  • Botswana – 90 days
  • Brazil – 90 days
  • Chile – 90 days
  • Costa Rica – 90 days
  • Dominica – 180 days
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador – 90 days
  • El Salvador – 90 days
  • Eswatini – 30 days
  • Fiji – 120 days
  • Georgia – 360 days
  • Grenada – 90 days
  • Guatemala – 90 days
  • Guyana – 30 days
  • Haiti – 90 days
  • Honduras – 90 days
  • Hong Kong – 30 days
  • Indonesia – 30 days
  • Ireland
  • Israel – 90 days
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya – 30 days
  • Kosovo – 90 days
  • Lesotho – 90 days
  • Macao – 30 days
  • Malawi – 90 days
  • Malaysia – 90 days
  • Mauritius – 90 days
  • Micronesia – 30 days
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia – 90 days
  • Nicaragua – 90 days
  • Palestinian Territories
  • Panama – 180 days
  • Paraguay – 90 days
  • Peru – 180 days
  • Philippines – 30 days
  • Qatar – 30 days
  • Russian Federation – 90 days
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis – 90 days
  • Saint Lucia – 42 days
  • Singapore – 30 days
  • South Korea – 30 days
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines – 30 days
  • Tanzania – 90 days
  • Thailand – 30 days
  • Trinidad and Tobago – 90 days
  • Tunisia – 90 days
  • Uruguay – 90 days
  • Vanuatu – 30 days
  • Venezuela – 90 days
  • Zambia – 90 days
  • Zimbabwe – 90 days

Visa on Arrival or eVisa Travel Destinations:

  • Armenia visa on arrival / eVisa / 120 days
  • Azerbaijan eVisa
  • Bolivia visa on arrival / eVisa / 90 days
  • Cambodia visa on arrival / eVisa / 30 days
  • Cape Verde visa on arrival
  • Comoros visa on arrival / 45 days
  • Cuba tourist card / 30 days
  • Djibouti eVisa
  • Ethiopia visa on arrival / eVisa
  • Gabon visa on arrival / eVisa / 90 days
  • Ghana visa on arrival / 30 days
  • Guinea-Bissau visa on arrival / eVisa / 90 days
  • Iran visa on arrival / eVisa / 30 days
  • Jordan visa on arrival / 30 days
  • Kyrgyzstan visa on arrival / eVisa / 30 days
  • Laos visa on arrival / 30 days
  • Madagascar visa on arrival / 90 days
  • Maldives visa on arrival / 30 days
  • Marshall Islands visa on arrival / 90 days
  • Mauritania visa on arrival
  • Myanmar [Burma] eVisa / 28 days
  • Nepal visa on arrival / 90 days
  • Nigeria – Pre-Visa on arrival
  • Oman eVisa / 30 days
  • Palau visa on arrival / 30 days
  • Rwanda visa on arrival / 30 days
  • Samoa visa on arrival / 60 days
  • Senegal visa on arrival / 90 days
  • Seychelles tourist registration / 30 days
  • Sierra Leone visa on arrival / 30 days
  • Somalia visa on arrival / 30 days
  • Suriname eVisa
  • Tajikistan visa on arrival / eVisa / 45 days
  • Timor-Leste visa on arrival / 30 days
  • Togo visa on arrival / 7 days
  • Turkey eVisa / 30 days
  • Tuvalu visa on arrival / 30 days
  • Uganda visa on arrival / eVisa
  • Uzbekistan eVisa

So where are you planning to travel in 2020? Also, if you are not a South African passport holder and are curious about your rating, take a look at the Passport Index to find your passport here.


Sources: Henley Passport Index
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