Arton Capital, a provider of residency and citizenship solutions, has launched the latest edition of its Passport Index – a ranking system that measures travel documents by the number of countries that can be visited without applying for a visa.
The index is timely because authorities in New Zealand announced earlier this month that South African visitors to New Zealand will have to apply for a visitor visa from the 21 November, due to incidents of counterfeit or fraudulent passports.
That would reduce the number of countries that SA citizens can travel to without a visa, to 90. Currently those people holding a green passport can access 60 countries visa-free, with an additional 31 countries operating a visa-on-arrival system.
Germany and Sweden top the global list of countries with the strongest passports – having access to 158 countries visa-free.
South Africa is ranked third in Africa, behind Seychelles (124 countries), and Mauritius (118 countries).
These are the countries South African passport holders can access without a visa:
|Antigua and Barbuda||Fiji||Lesotho||Singapore|
|Bahamas||Georgia||Malawi||St. Vincent and the Grenadines|
|Botswana||Haiti||New Zealand||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Chile||Hong Kong||Palestinian Territories||Uruguay|
|Ecuador||Kenya||Saint Kitts and Nevis|
|El Salvador||Kosovo||Saint Lucia|
|Visa on entry|
|Electronic Travel Authority (eTA) entry|
See the full list here
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