Visa-Free Destination Ideas for South Africans

Legend:

  • Pink: Visa-free
  • Blue: Free visa, apply before hand
  • Brown/burgundy: Free visa on arrival
  • Yellow/Orange: Visa on arrival at a fee
  • Green: Visa-free, if holding valid Schengen visa and visiting for less than 14 days
  • Light blue: Visa-free, if holding a valid US visa
Updated June 2014

Those of us lucky enough to be stuck with the little green South African passport will know full-well the difficulties it brings with exploring this world of ours. Travelling visa-free is far from reality for many trips. We are beset by restrictive limitations with nasty officials who demand endless pages of documents before we’re allowed a visa, for which we still have to pay a hefty fee. So here’s an idea – ditch those countries in favour those who want us there! Here’s a list of who still loves your Rands more than their egos:

- Check out the results and infographic from the 2012 Visa Survey -

Relaxing on the Okavango – from Yimix on Flickr

Visa-free Africa

Being part of SADC (the Southern African Development Community) means we get a lot of opportunities for visa-free travel. Our immediate neighbours offer great variety for the holiday-maker, like the rolling green hills and casinos of Swaziland, game-viewing in Botswana, mountain treks in Lesotho, desert holidays in Namibia, Vic falls in Zimbabwe & Zambia and the snow-white beaches of Mozambique. Across the sea there are also great beach holidays to be had in the Seychelles and Mauritius too.

Update July 2013: Tanzania (including the island paradise of Zanzibar) is now visa-free for South Africans. Madagascar now issues a free visa upon arrival and Senegal now requires visitors to have a visa before visiting.

Update June 2013: Kenya now requires SA passport holders to have a visa to enter the country costing R750 (subject to change without notice). The requirement is in effect from 1 July 2014. Read more here.

Stunning Rio de Janeiro by Andras Jancsik on Flickr

Visa-free South and Central America

You cannot go wrong in South America for visa-free travel, all except three countries offer South Africans entry with just a passport, this opens possibilities to tango and ski in Argentina, cruise the fjords of Chile, visit Inca ruins in Peru, explore the Amazon and chill on the beaches of Brazil. Much of Central America welcomes South Africans too, meaning you can discover Mayan ruins in Guatemala & Belize, explore the jungles of Costa Rica and hop between a myriad of Caribbean islands like Jamaica, Barbados and the Bahamas – all visa-free.

 

Visa-free South East Asia

As many South Africans know, much of South East Asia readily allows us in visa-free too, the countries you can visit here include Thailand for it’s jungles, beaches and shopping, Malaysia for top beach resorts and Singapore which is one of the world’s best stopover destinations. The hundreds of islands which make up the Philippines, a nature-rich tourism giant which is slowly awakening, can also be accessed with just your passport.

Vibrant Hong Kong’s skyline – from J.E.S. on Flickr

Visa-free Rest of the world

There are countries across the rest of the world which allow South Africans in visa-free for a holiday like emerald-green Ireland. Turkey used to offer a free visa on arrival, but have just implemented a procedure where you now have to apply for a Turkish visa (free of charge) online before applying, click here for their website. Visit the holy sites of Israel and spectacular ruins like the rock city of Petra in Jordan or make your way further east to some serious beach chilling in the Maldives or Fiji. Keep in mind that you can also visit South Korea and the enclaves in China like culturally vibrant Hong Kong and gambling mecca Macau visa-free and last but not least, the natural splendours of New Zealand!

Visas on Arrival

There are a number of countries which you can escape to last minute due to the fact that you can get a visa on arrival too, so keep in mind these fantastic destinations with lots to offer, popular ones highlighted in bold:

  • Armenia
  • Bangladesh
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ethiopia
  • Indonesia (eg Bali)
  • Laos
  • Madagascar (eg Nosy Be) – FREE on arrival
  • Nepal
  • Oman
  • Uganda

NB: you will always need a passport and return/onward ticket out of the country, maximum permitted stay varies; the above information is subject to change without notice and was correct at time of publishing. Visa-free and visa-on arrival is usually valid for 30 days, some countries allow longer validity, some allow only shorter validity. Check with relevant embassy if unclear.

Check out the results and infographic from the 2012 Visa Survey

Our Readers Comments

  1. Greetings,
    Kindly assist me with the list of Visa free holiday destinations for holders of the Nigerian Passport.
    Thank you,
    Yakubu

    • Hi Yakuba, I’m afraid I don’t have a comprehensive list like that for Nigerian citizens. The info available here in South Africa on that is quite scarce. I do believe that if there were a list like that drawn up, it would include countries mostly in West Africa with a few other island nations like Fiji. Generally the rule with a Nigerian passport is that you will need a visa for travel outside of your country.

      Hope this helps at least a little.

    • nick do i need invitation letter to visit south korea?pls tell me the truth i’m in hongkong now.they told me i have to get a police report&iv letter before i can go to korea

    • can this list be updated please – Visa free travel for SA citizens
      Brilliant by the way – so useful

  2. Regarding travel to Ireland for SA citizens. Travelstart newsletter states that a TRANSIT VISA is required if traveling via UK. This is in fact incorrect as Ireland is part of the “common Travel Area’ and SA citizens transiting through UK in fact require a normal visitor visa – which is more costly, I might add. Please pay special attention to this as it has cost a lot of people a lot of time, money and disappointment at the last minute

    • My son is going on a England Ireland and Wales trip with his school this year (we are south africans in canada) and I am having such a hard time getting information as to how and where I can get a visa for him , was so happy when I read Ireland is visa free until I read your post now :(

  3. Hi Yakubu, I think a very website to explore your enquiries about visa free counties with a Nigerian passport. It will really help you can actually get results for any country in the world. Nick I guess the website will also be useful to travel start users also by maybe creating a link via your website..i hope it helps. Cheers!

  4. Hi Yakubu, I think a very good website to explore your enquiries about visa free countries with a Nigerian passport is http://www.projectvisa.com. It will really help, you can actually get results for any country in the world. Nick I guess the website will also be useful to travel start users also, by creating a link via your website..i hope it helps. Cheers

  5. Hi Vicky … Please give me more information regarding the requirements as I am going over to the UK in September and was wanting to pop over to Ireland for 3 days. I was under the impression that I did not need a visa ????

  6. PLEASE GIVE ME INFORMATION ABOUT SOUTH AFRICAN INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT VISA-FREE TO FIJI AND SOUTHERN ITALY. THANKS

    • Hi Maxwell! You’re allowed into Fiji for up to 4 months without a visa – though you’ll likely have to say where you are staying for that length of time. For Italy, you need a Schengen visa, for more info, see here: http://bit.ly/nn8Tt9 :-) Nick

  7. i am very poor man please free visa coform any country.

    • Just want confirmation that SA passport holders do not require visas to visit Hong Kong and Thailand if less than 30 days in either area.

    • Scotty, that’s correct, no visa needed for SA passport holders to Hong Kong or Thailand for a stay of 30 days or less.

  8. It’s really depressing seeing this. It’s only when you live in the UK, like I do.. that you want to be treated the same as the Australians, Kiwi’s Canadaian’s, since they’re also part of this so called “Commenweath of countries” When your in SA your mood is different. ” Ag I’ll just get a visa! No big deal!” It’s when you live here, that you want to be treated the same as the rest of the others Commenwealth memebers.

    I mean.. all the countries that we can actually go to, I don’t really want to waste my money going to. It’s like our governemnt doesn’t like us to have fun or something. I mean.. who wants to go to Israil??

  9. Hey Paul,

    Great site, thanks buddy.

    HELP, I am a South African, and I am planning a trip to Vietnam. I am currently living in China for a few years, and want to know if I need a visa to visit Vietnam for a holiday.

    Regards,

    Wim

    • Hi Wim,

      as a South African you will need a visa to visit Vietnam, you’ll have to find your nearest Vietnamese consulate in China to enquire about applying for a visa there.

      Nick

  10. Hi ,

    I see that your website states that you can obtain a Tunisian visa on arrival , this is no longer applicable , it takes up to 21days now , I applied almost a month ago and I am still waiting for my visa – even though it’s a tourist visa.

    • Hi Nicole, thanks for letting us know. The official channels still state a visa is issued on arrival, though with the change of government there and the fact that we had good relations with the former government of Tunisia, it does stand to reason that they might make it more difficult for our citizens to get to Tunisia. We will continue to monitor for an official statement from the embassy, but thanks for the heads up!

  11. goodday, i would like to go to Chile… how long can I stay for without a visa? thanx and is there any onfo on obtaining a temporary work visa in Chile.

    • Hi Natania, thanks for getting in touch. You’re allowed to go for up to 90 days without a visa, though for such a long stay, you may be asked at immigration how you are going to support yourself (ie, do you have enough money to support yourself for 90 days). Currently I am not aware of any work-visa agreements the Chilean government has with South Africa, so this would mean you would need to be offered a job in Chile first for them to apply for a work visa for yourself once there, or before hand. Please remember that working in a foreign country without a permit to do so, while often done, is in fact a felony and you can get into trouble with the law if you are caught. I’m not sure how strict the Chilean government is on this though, some countries are more relaxed than others.

  12. This is a great post although I’m wondering how up to date this info is as you definitely need a visa going to Ireland! You also have not included Romania, Cyprus and Bulgaria as visa free destinations for SA’n passport holders?

    • Hi there! South African passport holders don’t need a visa to visit the Republic of Ireland, however if they fly via the UK or are travelling to Northern Ireland, they will require a visa. For Romania, Cyprus and Bulgaria, you need to hold a visa for those countries, unless you hold a valid Schengen visa, valid beyond your date of departure from any of those countries. Hope this helps!

  13. help Iam somalian have a resedent prmet and I got south african 5years tarevel pupose ducement so plz let tell me how many countries I can go for free visa, thanks

    • Hi Egal! Thanks for getting in touch. If you are still travelling on a Somali passport, you can still only go to the countries which allow you visa-free entry on that passport. Unfortunately I cannot find a list for Somali passports. If you have a permanent South African passport though, you can visit the destinations listed above visa-free

  14. nick pls tell me now pls,as a south african citizen,do i need IV&Police Report to Visit South Korea?.
    I need ur answer now plse,i’m in hongkong now.thanks.check well,find out fro korea Embassy if i need all this thing as a south african citizen pls.

    • Hi, according to the info at my disposal, if you are staying less than 30 days you will not need a visa to visit South Korea, provided you are on a regular South African passport. The local authorities may request that you show where you are staying in Korea when you arrive, this will can be in the form of a confirmed hotel reservation or invitation letter, though they do no officially state this.

  15. Hi

    Where can my wife and I live without any restrictions (UK for eg.) We have no degrees etc. We want to move abroad from South Africa.
    We have 2 kids.

    Thanks

    Craig

    • Hi Craig,

      I’m afraid all countries have restrictions on whether you can live there or not. Each country looks after it’s citizens first and allows foreigners to move there only if they can prove they will provide a valuable asset to that country.

      The easiest is New Zealand, for more info on this, please visit: http://www.immigration.govt.nz/

  16. Please Nick i would love it if you can help me with south African visa free countries around the globe and you can as well send me about this to my inbox..Thanks.

    • Hi Stanley, this article is all about the visa-free countries a South African can travel to. All the info is included above.

  17. hi nicky paul

    i am a south african permanent residence holder with a south african 5 years travel document what shoud i do to visit southren ireland?

    thanks

  18. pls nick can you clear my sences,i want to visit my friend at new zealand but i’m scare if there is any new law on south african citizen by new zealand land government,i know is 3months free plse reply me.thanks nick.

  19. due to the recent awareness from new zealand government,the speaks that some terrorist country,from the middle east move to south africa,reason to get south african passport,which will be easy for them to travel to some places which is free with south africa book,but there recent law is what i don’t understand,plse nick i want you to help us,thank you.

    • KingB

      Are you a terrorist?? If your NOT, then you’ve got nothing to worry about.!

      That’s one of the many reasons why South Africans need visas for certain countries, like Europe or Canada. Is becuase of corrupt government offcials, and becuase like you said.. of terrorism. But if your not a terrorist, then you’ve got nothing to worry about going to New Zealand!

    • Am a bonafide citizen of federal republic of South africa. Do i need visa to visit New zealand? What is the requirement if i intend to travel to New zealand.

  20. HI. PLEASE GIVE ME INFORMATION ABOUT SOUTH AFRICAN INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT VISA-FREE TO ST.LUCIA IN THE CARIBBEAN. THANKS

  21. thanks wade,i saw your reply,i’m glad for it,i will be going there for my friend birthday,thanks.

    • hi KingB i’m saouthafrican living in cambodia, i read your post about getting into newzealand for your friends birthday,pls i want to know if you suceeded getting in there and if there is any other documents apart from SA passport that is required to get into newzealand.pls i wait for your reply. thanks

  22. i think this is a good site and it gives you so much more of your traveling,i just want to see canada or maybe study there is there a way to get in.benjamin

  23. It is rumored that Russia should sign a treaty with your country, the visa-free regime in 2010. I want to come to Cape Town, but I do not want to go to your embassy for a visa.

  24. Good day Nick Paul,

    I was wondering if u could help,
    I am traveling on a south african passport,
    and am currently in the dominican rep,
    Me and my italian fiancee are planning to go to sicily Italy directly from here.

    I have a Schengen visa, but it expired 6 months ago.
    Do u think i can apply for a new one in the Dominican republic and if so how long does it normaly take.
    I think i may have been lucky in Cape town as it took about one week.

    Thank u in Advance for any info.

  25. thank sooo much for this!! been looking for this information and its not too easy to come across. i am grateful!: :)

  26. hi nick.in 2008 i spend a fortune on my ticket to ireland.i was supose to go visit ,a friend of mine told me not to worry about acommadation,cause his brother will set me up.unfottunately i did not book a hotel and had no credit card.when i arrived at dublin immigration stopped me (thougt i was an illegal immigrant-cause i am black)the friend who saw the whole debacle ,did not come to my rescue ,cause he thought i had a false passport,and decided to vamoose ,so when immigration tried to contact him he close his phone,so they refused me entry and send me back with papers saying i had no means of supporting myself in ireland.ther went my well deserved holiday and my cash.now a well deserved break is comig up again,saved some cash ,want to go either to the USA or UK,but i am totally scared that i am goin to be denied entry and lose my money again.i have a credit card now.would you please help !i just want to see overseas one before i may die.thanx

  27. how are you doing nick,i’m glad and happy on ur help to me and my fellow citizens,thank you.plse i want u to chect this and give us reply plse,if am travelling to ireland with fly emirate,qatar or omar and i will have a stoppage at dubai,qatar or albu darbi then land at dublin with out going through uk,that is britain,without a transit visa which is required by the british,is there any problem with that?

  28. If your transiting thru Abu Dhabi you don’t needa visa for up to 72hrs transiting. If your going to Ireland via the UK, you’ll still need transit visa. How ever. If you hold a (vaild) American, Canadian or Australian visa, you don’t need to apply for a transit visa for the UK.

  29. Good afternoon Nick

    Can you please confirm if Senegal is visa free? As far as I know it is and it is indicated on the map but not mentioned specifically.

    Thanks

    Charles

  30. I there im a South African planning to go to Costa Rico, do i need a visa?

  31. Hmmm uk,is ok,never mind okay,what of the rumor that slovakia is visa free with south african passport is it true?

    • No that not true. Slovakia is part of the EU, which means we will need a schengen visa. It’s very unlickly that a memember of an EU country will give “special permission” to a country that already needs a visa, to let that country enter without a visa.

      And with regards to the above Trnasit visa info. That is true. Look it up if you don’t believe me!

  32. i am a south african and i wanna travel to ireland i don,t need stop over in uk which best flight to transit in other country not uk then after head to dublin ireland. really i wanna no the flight name.don,t have time for the uk probs.

  33. hi am mack from liberia and i will like to visit south korea wich is visa free to my pasport and i will be going there as a tourist can you pls tell me the documents i may need to get b4 going there

  34. i want to go south Africa i have Pakistani passport and don’t have complete documents have any other way to getting visa of any Europe Canadian south american countries

  35. sir nick paul guide me i need help thank you

  36. Visas required by South Africans – Two interesting additional destinations which require a Visa – BUT the visa is free for South Africans are India and Egypt. Both interesting and good value to visit !

    Visas on arrival at Bali, Indonesia were a bit worrying at first. One needed cash Dollars, Pounds or local currency for these and the ATM within the Arrivals area did not take VISA cards. On enquiry, they will let you through the barrier to draw cash to pay for the Visa.

  37. Can you please help with information with visas for Georgia? I tried looking it up but one website says you can get it on arrival and the other says to apply at embassy beforehand. Which one is it? Traveling to Armenia and Azerbaijan and would like to include Georgia.

  38. Hi

    Urgent
    Do south african’s need visa’s for St Maarten and Amelie St. Also Cozumel Mexico?

    Thanks Nina

  39. Please could you advise me on work permits required for work through out Asia. I am looking to travel through out Asia next year and am struggling to find anywhere on the net that can assist me with details as to what visa requirements I will need. I will be traveling so work will be simple things such as barmening etc. I have also done a TEFL course will this be beneficial?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated
    Regards
    Forbes

  40. Hi Vicky,
    I’m a Nigerian, I’ve South Africa work permit on my Nigeria passport that’s still valid and i want to visit Australia,how can you help me in getting visa on it before December.
    Tayo

  41. Hi Guys, please could you provide me with some info on how long a South African passport holder can stay in the Bahamas? :-)

  42. Attn;
    M y name’s are Raphael Ijezie Obi, a Ghanian national in Africa, please i want to visit your great country Azerbaijan to build a business relationship with some of your citizens before starting any thing with them. So i want you to assist me in the Visa issue for you don’t have Embassy here in Ghana. With my thanks and best wishes , i look forward to hear from you soonest.
    Raphael

  43. Hello nick,i thank you so much for the help your given to our people south Africans,and saveing them from embarrssment,in some countries,please tell me= i,m in malaysia presently,but wants to visit ,thailand,singapor,and cambodia,did i need visa to enter those conutry,and which of them is very close to malaysia,if i should travel by bus,tks give me answer

  44. if u send me free visa and air ticket i would be very thankful to u .

  45. Hi Nick

    Do I need a visa for Tanzania, if so how long does it take to get one. Would like to get one for 6 night vacation in mid December

    • Hi Tania, Tanzanian visas for South African passport holders can be obtained at the airport on arrival (USD 50) or you can apply before your trip. Full details can be found here: http://www.tanzania.org.za/index.php?p=13.

  46. Hi Nick. South Africans don’t need visas to visit Georgia (the country). Also, South Africans can visit Armenia via Georgia and pay 10 US$ for a visa at the border.

  47. Happy new year Nick,how are you doing?ok,i want to find out still from you,if hongkong is still visa free with south africa passport,macua and south korea,and can you tell us the latest months to spend in this lovely south african oversea homes.i hope you really enjoy your christmas and ongoing new year.thanks nick,please give me a current answer.see you next time
    good morning.

  48. Wow! What an informative site. I’m a Nigerian currently in J’burg, SA, I’d like to know if it is possible for me to get Australian visa with Nigerian passport here in SA and if you have the idea of the cost of the return ticket from SA to Australia

    • Hi Michael,

      According to the Australian Embassy website, Nigerian nationals are able to apply for visas from within South Africa. More information can be found here: http://www.southafrica.embassy.gov.au/pret/Visas_and_Migration.html

      For flight prices please visit http://www.travelstart.co.za where you can search for flights online. The price will depend on when you wish to travel and also on you destination in Australia. Alternatively you can make the booking with one of our experienced travel agents: Call 0861 878 278 (select option 2) or send them an email: travelbar@travelstart.com

  49. Happy new year Nick,how are you doing?ok,i want to find out still from you,if hongkong is still visa free with south africa passport,macua and south korea,and can you tell us the latest months to spend in this lovely south african oversea homes.i hope you really enjoy your christmas and ongoing new year.thanks nick,please give me a current answer.see you next time
    good morning.
    please answer me ok.now can i flyy down to ireland(dublin)direct without transit to uk?

  50. Dear Jame Bonga,

    Regarding to your email below yes South African passport holder can travel to Ireland without a visa (see info as link below). For UK you have to check with them if you want to travel there too.
    http://www.embassyireland.org.za/home/index.aspx?id=72321
    With best regards,
    Wandee Jongkraijak (Wan) | Consulate Secretary | Honorary Consulate of Ireland, Phuket
    Tamarind Valley , 79/6 Moo 4, Soi Suksan, Viset Road , Rawai, Muang, Phuket , Thailand 83130
    Tel: +66(0)76 384 342 +66(0)76 281 273, +66(0)83 969 6084 | Fax: +66(0)76 384 425
    Email: sec.irelandconsulate.phuket@gmail.com Website: http://www.consulateirelandphuket.org
    Consulate operation hours: Monday to Friday 09.00-12.00 hrs. (excludes public holidays)
    From: Bon Zwane [mailto:bon_zwane@yahoo.com]
    Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 11:57 AM
    To: irelandconsulatephuket@gmail.com; ireland@ioxinfor.co.th
    Subject: cheching on my torism informations

    hello sir/ma
    my name is Jame Bonga.i’m from south africa now in thailand for torisms.
    please i will like to find out from your commision about traveling to dublin.is free for my country for 3months entry but i want to know if i do need a Uk transit visa before i can move in there or i can move direct without transit visa.i love to be in my home (ireland).please do reply me okay.i want to know.God Bless Ireland.
    Happy New Year.

  51. Am Sabelo Caiphus from South Africa but now in Nigeria for tourism,
    please i will like to find out from you. Is Austria among the list of countries a south African citizen can travel to on a visa free?…and how possible could it be to get visa on arrival?,or do i need a transit visa?
    Thanks.

    • Hi Caiphus,

      Austria is not visa free for South African passport holder, you will be required to apply for a Schengen visa before travelling. It is not possible to receive a visa-on-arrival.

  52. Hi Nick,
    I have a South African passport and currently residing in the UK. I’m travelling to Turkey next week & just wanted to know if we need to pay for the sticker type visa upon entry and if so how much and would i have to pay in cash?

    • Hi Vinal,

      Turkey grants South African passport holders visas for free on arrival :)

    • Hi Vinal,

      Sorry i read your comment to nick regarding getting a visa to turkey. My boyfriend is South African but resides in the Uk and we are travelling to turkey in 4 weeks. would it be best for us to apply for a visa online for him or take a chance in Turkey for a visa for him ??

      many thanks

      Tahlia

  53. I am presently in Nigeria now and i would like to travel to Turkey, but even though as a South African citizen i was told by the Embassy that i needs to have a visa before i could make the trip…please how true is this?…and could the reason be because am in Nigeria?.

    • Hi Sabelo,

      To the best of my knowledge if you hold a valid South African passport (not a temporary passport) then it should not make a difference where you are currently residing for visa requirements. However following the advice of the embassy is always the best course of action, maybe contact them again and explain that you will be travelling on a South African passport, not as a citizen of Nigeria. If they say you need to obtain a visa then you should do so.

  54. In the seventies and eighties I regularly travelled to the UK, Switzerland, Austria and Italy and visas were issued at the airports of entry, but now that we have a democracy in SA, we are required to apply for visas through the local embassies of these countries, a time consuming exercise. Any idea when these cumbersome restrictions will be lifted?

    • you hit the nail on the head.all these european nations are the biggest hypocrits of all.they now have a schengen visa which covers travel to almost all european countries and effectively keeps all south africans out unless they go thru all the red tape.

    • The EU won’t lift that ban. unfortunately.
      If you are lucky enough to have an EU passport, then you can visit Europe.

  55. Hi do I need a visa and/or passport to visit Namibia, for not more than 7days?

  56. Hello,

    Are you sure about not needing a visa for China and Hong Kong? I am hoping to go there later in the year for a couple weeks!

  57. Visas for Azerbaijan are no longer issued on arrival. Embassy is in Pretoria for local application or you can do it in Georgia. Takes about 2 days. I believe Turkey is also an option. Make sure you do not have an Armenian stamp in your passport as it can and will lead to problems.

  58. my name is Augustine nkosi i base in Ghana and i want to travel to Kosovo i want to know if south Africa passport is visa free to Kosovo.

  59. Informative site indeed !!

  60. I love this informative site, Please can anyone be nice enough to advise me with a useful update, am a Nigeria staying in SA with my SA partner soon to become my wife and i have a SA permit, which country allows visa free for both of us? My document is a business/life partner permit and i want to give my partner a lovely trip aboard.

    • Hi Henry

      I’m not affiliated with Travelstart, I’m just a regular South African who worked in Nigeria for 3 years. A Nigerian friend and I wanted to travel together and it was very difficult to find affordable travel destinations where both South Africans and Nigerians are allowed visa free or visa on arrival entry. Here is a list on Wikipedia for Nigerians: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_requirements_for_Nigerian_citizens. Together with this list from TravelStart you can identify possible destinations.

      Always confirm with the embassy/consulate and even airline as I don’t agree with this Wikipedia list 100% (for example, it lists Macau which we confirmed he needed a visa before departure, it lists Georgia which is correct but KLM still required a transit visa for Schiphol and it doesn’t include Kenya or Ethiopia where he definitely got a visa on arrival)

      lStart you can find countries that overlap. although I doubt the completeness/correctness, for example we considered Macau and he definitely needed a visa before departure. We considered Georgia as flights were not too expensive but KLM refused to issue a ticket if he doesn’t obtain a transit visa through Amsterdam.

      Teog

    • Please nick ,can you answer henry’s message bcoz i also in the same shoe with him…..

      I am a nigerian but i am residing in Joburg SA,what document do i need to travel for market/business survey to other countries from south africa….Ossy

  61. Good day,

    Thanks for the nice info. Just one question though. Say for instance I visit South America with the plan to hop from one country to another using bus transport to travel into and out of each country, how would this be explained/arranged at the border entry as I would not have an actual flight ticket back home from the particular country because I do not intend to fly back to SA but rather continue onwards to the next country when I feel like it (within the allowed visa period of course).

    Say I plan on visiting 8 countries and land in country “A” and plan to visit countries B, C, D, E, F, G thereafter and eventually fly back to SA in the end after visiting the last country “H”. Will each country allow me in with the simple understanding that I will be exiting via land onto the next country?

    Your article mentions I will need a valid Passport and a return ticket or onward ticket. I’m just trying to figure out how this will work in practice as it would not be practical to have onward bus tickets before hand and I will not know the exact day I would exit each country as it will simply be a spontaneous decision within the limits of the visa of course.

    Thanks in advance

  62. Hi there. I have been given so many conflicting suggestions about a visa for Dubai. The embassy assured me if I Purchase a ticket via Emirates they sponsor your visa etc. So I purchased a ticket but the issue I have is that all I need is to fly to Dubai to embark on a cruise ship which then sails to Singapore. They have been sending me back from pillar to post. What is the issue, I have a hotel booking at Dubai for one night, the cruise booking and all relevant required documents, what is the issue here? If I have to do the visa application myself its no problem taking it to the correct place, but no on seems to be able to help me. I booked the ticket on line via Emirates (as suggested) but my cruise booking is not done via a travel agent as its done through a friend who works on the ship. Can you perhaps guide me to the correct institution to help me apply for a visa? Is it really that hard to get one as I seem to be having endless issues. (sorry about the long explanation). regards Vicky

    • I travelled to Dubai in December and applied for my visa online to the embassy which was issued in a short time.

  63. I have a south african travel documint is it free visa also for panama and turkey.

  64. hi i would just like to know, my son wants to go and work,
    in Thailand for a few months, does he need a working visa and for how long is he allowed to work there?

  65. I want to resite to nigeria what can l do. Are the any requirements need to permit me

  66. Here are some tips to get into more countries with a SA passport (I have filled up 3 green ones already).

    You can get into China visa free from Hong Kong. Take the underground rail to Schenzen and there you will be given a day pass to shop till you drop.

    We also don’t need visas for Rwanda and from there you can travel to Uganda and Burundi by getting a visa at the border.

    There are also visas that work for multiple countries. The most famous is the Schengen, which allows you entry into many European countries, but it also allows you entry into some that aren’t on the list. We got into Croatia with our Schengen, as well as Estonia (long before they joined. Switzerland and all of Scandinavia is included as well.

    I also got into Mexico with my USA visa, and a visa on arrival because I had a UAE visa. I didn’t need anything for Bahrain apart from a hotel booking because my flight left that same evening.

    I have been to many countries and the SA passport is well received in most places. Visas are a hassle, but it helps to remain calm and accept it…

  67. Hi,
    I want to leave south africa and start afresh some place new.
    Where could i go with my south african passport where i would not require a visa?

  68. Can anyone tell me whether the airport authorities in Zanzibar accept temporary South African tourist passports

  69. Hi

    Do South Africans require a visa for Cyprus? I will be landing on the Greek side of the island (Larnaca), but will be staying on the Turkish side of the island. Any additional info will be appreciated. Awesome site!

  70. Am a Nigerian national,presently working with freight and forwarding company in Nigeria,i would like to no what cost and how to apply for Bahamas tourism visa from Nigeria?

  71. Am a Ghanaian married to a South african with a child,We want to Visit New Zealand is it possible for me to apply for a visa or since is visa free for South Africans passport holders they can give me a visa too

  72. Hi there. I am south african who wish to visit Dublin for 3months ma questiom Is, is it possible for me to apply for a study visa once I have arrived in Dublin?

  73. Pls ma,am a serrialeone citizen,wat is needed for me to travel to barbados,since i was told its visafree for 6months,wat will itake along is d problem,pls link me with it

  74. Please assist me. My son and daughter aged 19 & 22 intends travelling to Dublin for vacation. they have valid passports. will they encounter any problems on entry in dublin.

  75. hello

    Am a Ghanaian, but now in south Africa, which countries is a visa free countries with a valid Ghanaian passport.

  76. Hi,
    I am a South African living in Cape Town. I wnated to find out the possibilities of a South African travelling and working. Is there a agency that South Africans can go through to work and travel.

    Belgium
    Denmark
    Finland
    Luxemburg
    Netherlands
    Norway
    Slovakia
    Liechtenstein

    As these were some of the given countries on the Home Affairs website for South Africans to travel without a Visa. These are just some of the countries I would love the opportunity to travel and work in.

    Your response would be greatly appreciated.

    This is a great site and it has a lot of information. Thanks you!

    Regards,
    Babs

  77. Hi im a south african and I’m currently in Thailand and want to go to the USA for a week..how do I go about this and what do I need an do??

  78. I am a South African (green passport) and are visiting Trinidad& Tobago. Can I visit Florida from Trinidad, and do I need a visa? Thankin you

  79. Dear Aaron, I am indeed grateful for your travel site.Please I am a Ghanaian and legally married to a South African woman,I have my spousal permit and I want to know if I can travel to Ireland or New Zealand with my wife???and also if you can help arrange it for us at a fee???I and my wife will be very glad if this can be possible.thank you for reading and responding to my humble request.God bless you……..Emmanuel

  80. Hi nicky,u are really doing wonderfully great in here. Pls I will like to know how far its true to travel from Nigeria to south Africa with just only Nigeria passport & without visa & also to know how much does it cost to have a return ticket? Thanks

  81. Hi. can we get a visa on arrival in Bankok and Hong Kong.
    Tnx
    Sarie

  82. Thank you very much for this information. I have made a point in recent years to visit visa free countries, although I was questioned quite a bit on arrival in Ireland.

    I’ve heard conflicting statements and rumours about visiting Cuba and then applying for a US visa later on in life. Does traveling to Cuba in any way make life more difficult in the future?

    Thank you.

    • Am in isreal now I want to travel to Dublin with south Africa passport, but I was told Turkish airline is not okay, that turkey will not allow me to go wen I get to there country, pls advice me

  83. Hi
    I would like to visit Brunei. I am a South African.
    How do I go about getting a visa to visit Brunei
    Thanks

  84. hi there i want now how many countries are free sa holder passport in central america

  85. Pls i hav south africa passport and i want to visit australia,but i dont know how to get a visa pls can u help me.

  86. I am a nigerian but i am residing in Joburg SA,what document do i need to travel for market/business survey to other countries from south Africa….Ossy

  87. is south african passport visa free to madagascar or do i have to obtain a visa from mzansi?i wanna travel from south africa and i am a citizen

  88. Does South Africans need a visa for the Bahamas?

  89. hi Nick. Am wanting to do a trip to Nepal and India in September. Can I obtain a Nepal visa on arrival? Am travelling on a South African passport.

  90. i have south african travel document i wana go indonisa is a visa or free visa

  91. Hello, im a South African working in South-korea. Do i need a visa to visit japan?

    • Hi Niekie,

      You will need a Visa to visit Japan if you are on a SA passport.

  92. Hi . Just want to find out if you guys supply work visas aswell?

  93. Hi

    Visiting Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia in mid September. I understand that I can obtain a visa for Laos and Cambodia on arrival at the airport, is this correct? Lastly, does the same apply the Myanmar and Vietnam or do I have to do the application for these two visas before I fly? Your urgently reponse is greatly appreciated.

    • Apologies forgot to say I have a South African Passport.

  94. hi i just wanna know which EU country is free visa for SA travel document passport holders.

  95. Hi,iwoul like to find to find out due to curent situation I hold Tanzanian passport resides in DareSsalaam what steps should I take to get a visa to visit Israel?
    Help please.

  96. hi there, my cousin and I want to go to New York next year, as you know we as South Africans need visas. how much money does one need per day or the overall total if you’re staying for 10days. will having a letter or invite from a friend from the US make your application look stronger? we’re trying to do it all by ourselves, to cut out all other unnecessary travel costs. Help please. thank you Nadia

  97. I am a South African living in Muscat, Oman and wish to travel to Baku soon. How can I get a visa very quickly to travel there in 2 weeks time?

  98. Hi. I am a South African, travelling to Australia and then Bali for a week. I have my visa for Australia but do I need a visa for Bali ?

  99. Thanks a lot for yr time to do this list, it my decision easy. Also to realise that its not about popularity at times, as I just want to explore this wonderful world.

  100. do I need a visa to visit South Korea for less than 30 days?

  101. D o I need visa to visit South Korea with South African passport for less than 30 days

  102. please am south African passport holder,i want to know if i should apply for new Zealand visa.

  103. Hello!

    SA citizen visiting Nepal: is it better to get a VISA on arrival or get one before departure in South Africa?

  104. I am a south african citizen, I want to visit Auckland (new zealand) as it is a visa free for south african citizen. do I need a transit visa to australia as the airoplane i am going to use will have almost 3 hours at sydney airport?

  105. hi
    i am South African citizen and want to migrate to Newzealand.how i can apply immigration for Newzealand from south africa

  106. hy,i wanna visit Newzeland can i get visa on arrival on airport.

  107. i like it

  108. what about north african countries?

    like tunisia, morrocco etc

  109. do I need a visa to get into Rio

  110. Do I need visa to visit Canada with South African passport.

  111. Hi, how does one get a schengen visa to tour Europe while working in the uk using a working visa . I hold an SA passport.

  112. hie can you plz tel me which countries I can travel to without a visa . I am a South African

  113. Hi i am a south african but now on tourist in turkey and i will like to know if i can also vist kosovo by land through bulgaria.

  114. i have travel document so i need to go costa rica how can go please call me 0747531428

  115. i have travel document south africa an i like to visit trip my trour brezil , how can go c and came back ccontact 0613037181

  116. I’m in togo for researh ,pls Can I travel to ireland visa free with my southafrica passport? Can I fly frm togo .pls reply to my email address.thanks

  117. I like to visit Mexico

  118. Madagascar visa on arrival is not free – it cost something like 60 or 80 Euros when I went there (2009?)

  119. Thanks for this, Nick. Can you please take another look at the map? All I see is a maps of Texas! BTW you can add Sri Lanka to the visa-on-arrival list. I paid $30 for the privilege. Finally, can you confirm if the Turkish visa is indeed free? I hear that the website says it’s free but a follow-up email asks for $60! On top of that, Australians pay less!
    I personally try to avoid countries that make it hard/expensive to get a visa. If they want me to spend money in their country they should make it easy for me.

  120. Currently in Bangladesh, need to travel to Nepal from here on RSA passport, can you confirm whether visa on arrival is possible? if yes, how much. Been to all kinds of sites and none agree

  121. want to travel to bahamas with ghana documrnts but currently in south africa now pls how do i do to get visa ?

  122. Some borders in Thailand require you to show a proof of funds along with an onward ticket. They offer you a two week visa exemption if you enter the country via land border and one month if you fly in…

  123. IM SA TRAVEL DOCUMENT HODER CAN I USE TO TRAVELTO U S A?.

    • Hello Davis, thank you for contacting us! We can definately assist your travel plans to America. You can contact one of our agents on 0861 878 278/+2721-468-4300 for assistance with this, or you can send all your details to travelbar@travelstart.com. We look forward to hearing from you, Almene

  124. Are you please able to confirm if SA passport holders able to travel to Tunisia and obtain a visa upon arrival?

    • Hello Ally, you are required to obtain a Visa before you leave the on your trip to Tunisia. You will be able to obtain more information as well as apply for a visa with Rose Visa. Their contact details are: Tel: 0210014440 Email: carl@visaservice.co.za – Hope this helps, Almene

  125. To flight to those free visa countries with. SA passport u only buy ur flight tickets ant go or u need certain amount of cash on the side. To justify ur visit

    • Hello Treasure, officially you can buy a ticket and travel – although as with any country in the world, the immigration officer has the final say in whether you are allowed into the country or not. Typically they don’t ask you for proof of funds. We have heard that Irish immigration officers do ask for this, and for that we would recommend you have at least R600 – R700 per day if your accomodation is already paid for. Almene

  126. HI,

    I am traveling to South Korea soon. I see that it is a Visa free country. Does this mean that I literally get on the plane, get off on that side and just stamp on that side… almost as if I am just going to Swaziland?

    • Hello Jozua, if traveling on a South African passport for tourism purposes to South Korea, you will NOT need a visa for up to 30 Days. Please make sure however that your passport is valid for 6 months after you return from your destination and that you have 3 blank pages available in your passport for entry stamps. For more assistance/information you can contact our agents on 0861 878 278 / +2721-468-4300 – Almene

  127. I like to know it’s possible to get the visas on arrival at airport in India south african passport

    • Hello Asif, thank you for contacting us! The best thing is to contact a Visa company to assist with this, they would have more information with regardsto what is allowed vs what is not. You can contact Rose Visa here: 086 123 8472 – For any further assistance with your travel plans, please contact us on 0861 878 278 / +2721-468-4300 – Almene

    • Hello Asif, thank you for contacting us! The best thing is to contact a Visa company to assist with this, they would have more information with regards to what is allowed vs what is not. You can contact Rose Visa here: 086 123 8472 – For any further assistance with your travel plans, please contact us on 0861 878 278 / +2721-468-4300 – Almene

  128. Hi I want my husband and 2 kids to join me in UK for a holiday 3 months also sports for my son as he will be entering international compos want to go to Grand Caneries, what visa should they get sports , or hoilday and do they have to get the Caneries visa from SA or can they get it in UK or do they need one cos its the EU
    THANKS.

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