These are the countries South Africans can visit visa-free over the holidays

 ·11 Dec 2019

Arton Capital, a provider of residency and citizenship solutions, has released its latest Passport Index – a system that ranks travel documents by the number of countries that can be visited without having to apply for a visa.

The latest index shows that the UAE has the most powerful passport in the world. With a Mobility Score of 178, Emiratis now enjoy visa-free or visa on arrival to 90% of the world.

Currently in the top three, following the UAE, are Germany, Finland, Luxembourg and Spain in second place with a Mobility Score of 171.

Denmark, Italy, Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Switzerland, Japan, South Korea, Ireland, and USA share third place with a Mobility Score of 170.

Increasingly, countries are recognizing the value and power of passports which represent more than just identity, but rather a vital tool that influences global opportunity, mobility and quality of life.

South Africa

While South Africa ranks 43rd on the overall list, it has shown steady annual improvements – rising to 94 countries in 2018 from 90 countries at the end of 2017.

This number could increase even further in 2020 as the Department of Home Affairs plans to implement a range of visa changes to encourage foreign investment and travel.

Below BusinessTech looked at the countries South Africans can currently visit without a visa heading into 2020.

Visa-free/30 days

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

Visa on arrival/eVisa

Armenia Maldives Tajikistan
Azerbaijan Marshall Islands Timor-Leste
Bolivia Mauritania Togo
Cambodia Myanmar Turkey
Cape Verde Nepal Tuvalu
Comoros Nigeria Uganda
Cote d’Ivoire (pre-enrollment) Nigeria
Cuba Oman
Djibouti Palau
Ethiopia Rwanda
Gabon Samoa
Ghana Senegal
Guinea Seychelles
Guinea-Bissau Sierra Leone
India Somalia
Iran Sri Lanka
Madagascar Suriname

Read: New visa and travel changes coming to South Africa – here’s what you need to know

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