These are countries South Africans can visit without a visa

 ·10 Oct 2016

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:

Visa-free entry
Antigua and Barbuda Fiji Lesotho Singapore
Argentina Gabon Macao South Korea
Bahamas Georgia Malawi St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Barbados Grenada Malaysia Swaziland
Belize Guatemala Mozambique Tanzania
Benin Guyana Namibia Thailand
Botswana Haiti New Zealand Trinidad and Tobago
Brazil Honduras Nicaragua Tunisia
Chile Hong Kong Palestinian Territories Uruguay
Colombia Indonesia Panama Vanuatu
Costa Rica Ireland Paraguay Venezuela
Dominica Israel Peru Zambia
Dominican Republic Jamaica Philippines Zimbabwe
Ecuador Kenya Saint Kitts and Nevis
El Salvador Kosovo Saint Lucia
Visa on entry
Armenia Guinea-Bissau Mauritania Seychelles
Bolivia Iran Mauritius Tajikistan
Burundi Jordan Micronesia Timor-Leste
Cambodia Kyrgyzstan Nepal Togo
Cape Verde Laos Oman Turkey
Comoros Madagascar Palau Tuvalu
Djibouti Maldives Rwanda Uganda
Ethiopia Marshall Islands Samoa
Electronic Travel Authority (eTA) entry
India Sri Lanka

See the full list here

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