Visa Free

Department of Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has announced that they are working on a number of changes which could include visa-free travel to the UK.


South Africa – Not too far back in the past, travel to the United Kingdom used to be entry-free. Then claims of fraudulent South African passports surfaced, and the United Kingdom government implemented the visa rule.

Since then, the South African Department of Home Affairs has worked on the passport, making it hard to create fraudulent copies. They are hoping these new changes will mean a reconsideration on the visa process. Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi spoke to Refilwe Moloto from 702 about the changes to the country’s visa regime.

“We used to enter the UK visa-free, but unfortunately, something happened some years back where there were complaints where other nations were able to forge our passport. We have improved, our passports are harder to forge now and we think the UK should reconsider.” – Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, Department of Home Affairs Minister

Just last week, we shared the happy news that South Africa is now able to travel visa-free or easy entry to 101 countries. The Passport Index releases the list every year along with travel rankings for each passport. While it is still harder to get visas than other countries each year we get access to more and more countries, visa-free!

We too hope the United Kingdom reconsider the visa process; it will make travel for South Africans even easier.

If you would like to know the 101 countries South Africa has access to, check out the full list here. Or if you are not a South African Passport holder, you can check yours on the Passport Index here.

Sources: 702 via The South African 
Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments or follow GoodThingsGuy on Facebook & Twitter to keep up to date with good news as it happens or share your good news with us by clicking here
Click the link below to listen to the Good Things Guy Podcast, with Brent Lindeque – South Africa’s very own Good Things Guy. He’s on a mission to change what the world pays attention to, and he truly believes that there’s good news all around us. In the Good Things Guy podcast, you’ll meet these everyday heroes & hear their incredible stories:
Or watch an episode of Good Things TV below, a show created to offer South Africans balance in a world with what feels like constant bad news. We’re here to remind you that there are still so many good things happening in South Africa & we’ll hopefully leave you feeling a little more proudly South African. 

Facebook Comments

Tyler Leigh Vivier
About the Author

Tyler Leigh Vivier is a writer for Good Things Guy.

Her passion is to spread good news across South Africa with a big focus on environmental issues, animal welfare and social upliftment. Outside of Good Things Guy, she is an avid reader and lover of tea.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *