Visa-Free Destination Ideas For South Africans


  • 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 December 2014: This December Tunisia returns to the list of visa-free countries for South African passport holders. The Tunisian Embassy in Pretoria has confirmed that South African passport holders no longer require a visa to enter Tunisia for a stay of up to 90 days. Travellers were previously required to apply for a visa prior to arrival at a cost of R600. As of December 1, all that is required for entry into the country is a valid SA passport.

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

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Our Readers Comments

  1. Hi, just wanted to ask if Tanzania is still visa free? thanks!

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Visas for Tanzania are not required by SA passport holders for a stay of up to ninety (90) days if travelling for tourism, business or in transit.

      SA Business traveller’s do, however, have to pay USD200 at the port of entry or if submitting at the High Commission office in Pretoria at a fee of R3340. Please contact the High Commission for more information.

      The above information was taken from Travelinfo and they do mention the following: Note: visa information is not guaranteed. Kindly confirm details with the relevant authorities.

  2. Hi
    I am a South African and would like to purchase a small yacht to explore the Greek islands. How do I go about to get a 1 year visa?

    • HI Ernest,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Please contact the Greek Embassy. They will advise you on what documents you would require, the correct procedures to follow as well as the cost.

      Their contact number is:

      Greek Consulate General (Johannesburg)
      Telephone No : (011) 214 2300/2309/2317

      Consulate of Greece (Cape Town)
      Telephone No : (021) 424-8160/1


      The Official Visa Handling Agency

      GVC World: Greece Visa Application Centre
      Telephone No : 060 864 3028
      Call Centre : +27 064 760 4151 / 079 349 2748

  3. Hi Nick! The idea of visa-free you are spreading is really interesting and I like this, thanks.

  4. Hi, I would like to travel to Zanzibar next year for holiday using Ethiopian airways. What I would like to know is that the flight has about 4-5 layover at Ethiopia, so do I need a visa for the layover at Ethiopia?

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      This depends on the what passport you are travelling on.

      Please contact the Embassy direct to get the most up to date information.

  5. any idea if you need a visa for bucharest?

    • Hi Mike,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      South Africa passport holders do require a visa when travelling to Roumania for holiday.

      Please contact the Embassy direct as they will be able to provide you with the most up to date information on what documents are required when applying, the procedure and cost of the visa.

      Embassy of Romania in Pretoria
      Telephone No : + 27 (0) 12 460 0060

      Email :
      Street Address :
      877 Justice Mahomed, Brooklyn, 0181, Pretoria
      Web Address : /

  6. Really a wonderful article! I like it very much.

  7. Good day,

    Would like to know which countires allows the free visa entries for the south african travel document (Refugee Status)
    I am sure with Brazil, can you tell me more about some Europe countries?


    • Hi there Muadi,

      Thank you for contacting us, Please be advised that we do not advise on Visas however you may contact Visa box Tel : 021 551 8829, for further information. – Charlene

    • It seems that Europe is harder to enter these days (after everything with Middle East)

  8. Hello..I hope that you are well..I am a south African passport holder and I would like to travel to Indonesia,Malaysia and Singapore…Would I need a visa for these countries?
    Thank you

    • Hi there Nazeera,

      Thanks for getting in touch, Please be advised that we do not advise on Visas however you may contact Visa box Tel : 021 551 8829, for further information. -Stacey

  9. Hi my name is Ndii. Am a South African I had that London is know giving south African visa free. Is that true?

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      To my knowledge passengers traveling on South African passports still require visa to the UK. You welcome to contact the Embassy direct. Maybe they have the most up to date information, however we have not been informed of this.

  10. Does a south african citizen married to a bangladeshi need a visa to enter bangladesh?

    • Hi Mariam,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      It shows a South African passport holder will require a visa when visiting Bangladesh

      You welcome to contact the Bangladesh High Commission in Pretoria direct if you have any other questions as they will be able to provide you with the most up to date information.

      Telephone No : (012) 343-2105/6
      Fax No : (012) 343-5222
      Street Address : 410 Farenden Street, Sunnyside, Pretoria 0002
      Email Address :

  11. what about Somalia passport holders if they can visit your country do we need visa

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for a Somalian passport holder as we specialize in South African travellers.

      You will need to contact the Embassy of the country you wish to visit and they will be able to advise if a visa is required or not and the if so what the correct procedures are to follow, cost and documentation required when applying.

  12. Hi. Very useful blog post! I wanted to ask if a holder of a south African passport still needs a shengen visa if they have a 10 years US Visa and a 2 year US Work visa. I live in the US and would like to visit Italy. If I have to apply for a shengen visa from here , it would require a few domestic flights within the US,

    • Hi Jihan,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      To my knowledge you would need to apply for a Schengen visa as a US visa does not cover one if traveling to Europe. It’s the passport you are holding / they look at if you require a visa or not. Not what other visa’s you are holding.

  13. hi
    Please assist me with a list of Visa free holiday destinations with only a South African Passport.
    Thank you

    • Hi Lindi,

      I’m afraid we do not specialize in visa’s and it’s best to either google to see which countries are visa free for South African’s and then follow up with the Embassy or official visa handling agency to see if that is the correct and most up to date information.

  14. Hi Nick.My question is:What are the reasons a tourist will not receive a Visa to any country given?

    • Hi Wanda,

      This is quite a tricky question as we are not the ones granting the visa’s. Its up to the visa officials discretion.

      Usually its if one does not supply all the relevant documentation required, do not have sufficient funds, have been denied a visa before, over stayed on a previous stay. This is all record which they have access too.

  15. Is it possible that one can get a plain old-fashioned simple list of the visa-free countries? That would be great – thanks.

  16. Can you give me the website address to apply for an online Turkey visa.

  17. Hi Travelstart team!
    Thanks for the useful info from seasoned travelers! 🙂 My finace and I will be jetting off to Zanzibar from SA in one short month, and We’ve been reading conflicting info regarding yellow fever injection – are they a requirement or not (for entry into Tanzania or re-entry into SA) as far as you know?

    Also, as far as I ma aware we still no dot require Visas for either entry in Tanzania or transit thorugh Kenya?

    Many thanks 🙂

    • Hi Ingrid! Thanks for reaching out. I returned from Zanzibar a month ago and can report that as a South African you don’t need a visa to visit Tanzania.

      Also, you no longer require a yellow fever vaccination to return to SA from Tanzania. I hope this helps answer your question!

  18. Hi please sent me list of country’s I don’t need visa to go to,

  19. Hi there
    What are the visa requirements for IRELAND? I have seen mixed reviews about it being visa free. I have a South African passport.

    • Hi Joanne,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      This information should be used as a guide only. Please confirm requirements with the consulate or embassy.

      No visas are required by South African passport holders traveling to Southern Ireland. They must be in possession of a full valid passport.

      Remember that if travelling to Northern Ireland, a visa is required as it is part of the United Kingdom.

      The passenger should be in possession of proof of accommodation, proof of sufficient funds and a letter from employer stating that passenger is returning to their job in SA. The valid passport should be valid for a minimum of 6 months before the date of return.
      NOTE: It is up to each visitor to satisfy the Irish immigration authorities at the port of entry that they have sufficient funds to cover their expenses for the duration of their visit. A visa is required if travelling to Northern Ireland as it is part of the UK.

      Embassy of Ireland
      2nd Floor
      Parkdev Bulding
      Brooklyn Bridge Office Park
      570 Fehrsen Street
      Brooklyn 0181
      Tel: (012) 452 1000
      Consular hours: Mon-Fri 0830-1300

      Forms can be downloaded off the website

      South African Embassy
      2nd Floor, Alexandra House,
      Earlsfort Centre, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2
      Tel: (00353-1) 661-5553
      Fax: (00353-1) 661-5582

  20. Good day

    I would like to book a one way flight Bangkok and plan on visiting multiple surrounding areas. Can you pls assit me with the following:
    – Visa allowances for Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos
    + Which countries do i need to apply before leaving on entering?
    – Time allowed in each country. (Including crossing borders by land. I will only be flying in to thailand)
    – Is it possible to apply for multi-triple-entry visa for the countries i intend on visiting?
    – Can i book a one way flight to Thailand and then book an onward flight once there?

    Your assistance will be greatly appreciated 🙂

  21. Your blog and map states that SA passport holders require visas for Cuba only. All the rest of the Carib islands and central America are visa free?

    • Hi Shaheed,

      The blog you referring to was posted in 2010

      If you would like the most up to date information on visa requirements we suggest you contact the official visa agency or Embassy direct.

  22. I meant to ask: which islands in the Caribbean and which countries in central America require visas for SA passport holders? They already have US visas and are trying to book a cruise from Florida.

    • Hi Shaheed,

      To my knowledge it is all islands in the Caribbean.

      I suggest you contact the US Embassy to get the most up to date information.

      American Consulate-General – Johannesburg
      1 Sandton Drive, Sandhurst 2091
      P O Box 787197,SANDTON 2146
      Tel: (011) 290 3000 Fax: (011) 884 0194

      American Consulate General – Cape Town
      2 Reddam Avenue,Westlake, 7945
      Tel: (021) 702 7300 Fax: (021) 702 7493
      Fridays closed to the public

      c) KwaZulu/Natal ONLY:
      American Consulate General – Durban
      Old Mutual Centre, 31st Floor
      303 Dr Pixley KeSame Street, DURBAN 4001
      Tel: (031) 305-7600 Fax: (031) 305-7691

  23. Thank you. Which countries in central America or islands in the Caribbean require visas for SA citizens on US cruises?

    • Hi Shaheed,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      All South African passport holders require a visa when visiting the United Sates and Caribbeans.

  24. Do South Africans on a US cruise need visas for Honduras and Belize? I know they don’t need for Mexico.

    • Hi Shaheed,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      SA passport holders do not require a visa for a stay of up to 90 days when visiting Honduras. They must however be in possession of a valid passport and proof of sufficient funds for their stay. The immigration officials will deem this documentation valid and correct.

      When visiting Belize, visas are not required by S.A. passport holders for a stay of up to 30 days. Passenger must have a passport that is valid for no less than 6 months after the intended period of stay in Belize.

  25. hi nick i have south african travel document i can i travel colombia or costa rica with out visa or they need me to apply that

    • Hi Luqman,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      SA passport holders do not require a tourist visa up to three months. Proof of accommodation is required. Anything longer than three months requires a visa to enter Colombia.

      If you are wanting to travel to Costa Rica no visas are required by South African passport holders for a stay not exceeding 90 days.

      A permit is issued upon arrival for a fee of USD20. Passengers must, however, be in possession of a valid passport for at least 6 months, a return airticket and proof of sufficient funds for the duration of their stay (minimum of USD200 in cash). Passengers wishing to remain for any length of time should announce their intentions to the immigration authorities upon arrival and they will be dealt with accordingly.

      This information should be used as a guide only. Please confirm requirements with the consulate or embassy direct.

  26. Hi there,

    My boyfriend is South African. We are planning a trip to Mexico for Christmas. He has a ten year tourist visa for the US. Will he be able to enter Mexico without getting a separate visa?


    • Hi Anne,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Visas are required for all SA passport holders travelling to Mexico however, no visa is required when visiting Mexican ports while on a cruise, for a maximum of three days. If the stay exceeds the period of three days, a visa is required.

      Holders of a valid visa of the USA (any nationality) do not require a visa to enter Mexico.

      This information should be used as a guide only and recommend you please confirm requirements with the consulate or embassy for the most up to date information.

  27. Hi Nick !

    Please help I have a South African passport and I’m currently on holiday in the uk with a 6 month holiday visa, I wanted to know where else can I travel to around Europe on this visa or can I not go anywhere else besides the uk? Can I travel to other EU places? Thank you so much

    • Hi Jessica,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      Your UK visa will only cover you for your stay in the UK. You would need a Schengen visa to allow you to travel around any of the Schengen
      States in Europe.

  28. Can you tell me if possible I can travel with South African airline to Havana Cuba and transit will be in Brazil without any problem with there immigration because a friend told me they have issues with Nigerian, pls confirm me

    • Hi Biola,

      Thanks for contacting us. I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for a Nigerian passport holder as we specialise in South African travellers.

      I recommend you check with the Consultate direct and they should be able to answer any questions you might have.

  29. Please could you tell me if I need a visa to go to the Holy land of Israel for 2 to 3 months with a valid South African passport.I don’t want the coach tour route.iwant to catch buses and be in charge of my own time,Thankuou,

    • Hi Pamela,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      No visas are required by permanent South African passport holders for a stay of up to 3 months stay in Israel. A stamp will be issued on arrival on production of a return ticket and proof of sufficient funds.

      This information should be used as a guide only. Please confirm requirements with the consulate or embassy as changes could be made at anytime:

      Embassy of Israel
      428 Kings Highway, Lynnwood, Pretoria
      Private Bag X50, Menlo Park, 0102
      Tel: (012) 470-3500
      (These telephone numbers are for the Embassy and the Consulate)
      Fax: (012) 470-3555
      O/hrs: Mon – Thurs 09h00 – 13h00.
      Fridays – 09h00 – 12h00.

      Tel: (012) 470-3511 / 543 Fax: (012) 470-3561
      O/hrs: 09h00-13h00 Mon – Thurs.
      Fridays: 09h00 – 12h00
      E-mail: OR

  30. Hello, I am travelling to Thailand next month, and I have a 2 hour stopover in Abu Dhabi. Do you know if I need a Visa, or any documentation for this?

    • Hi Brendan,

      Great to hear from you.

      If you are a South African passport holder and in transit in the UAE and your connecting flight is the same day you will not require a visa for the UAE.

      Documents you would need to present is your valid passport and onward ticket to Thailand.

      Have a great trip.

  31. Hi I am in need of a bit of assistance well maybe a serious amount really, I am trying to relocate to Edmonton in Canada what and where do I need to go for this I am a semi skilled worker my wife has a few certificates nothing much and we have 3 children I stay in Durban but I am really looking at moving permanently there

    • Hi Clifford,

      thanks for getting in touch.

      Unfortunately we do not specialise in people wanting to immigrate overseas. For this you need to contact the Canadian Embassy or a company who specialises in assisting people wanting to relocate abroad.

      These were the details I was able to find online:
      Canadia Consulate in Cape Town
      60 St Georges Mall Central
      021 423 5240

      Best of Luck!

  32. Hi Nick. Am a Ghanaian passport holder living in Philippines, Manila for 2 years now. I have a student visa and will like to visit South Africa for 1 week. Do i need a visa goin to south africa? Thank You.

    • Hi Wiilam,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      I’m afraid I won’t be able to advise you on the requirements for Ghanaian passports (we specialise in South African travellers) so you’ll need to check with the South African consulate in the Philippines to see if a visa is required.

  33. Hello
    I m south african with a south african passport .i trying going to new zealand last month , only to get in Hong Kong and they tell me that new zerland immigration want to talk to me on a phone, and she ask me so many stupid Question and at the end she ask me if i m black or white and i said Black and she ask me for my ID number and i give to her and she tell me i need a visa before i can go to new zealand so they mast not let me in the flight becz i need a visa .and lost about R23000 for nthing, so what i want to say is that if you are black south african going or thinking about going to new zealand then rethink again becz you also may end up lossing cash for nthing.thank you

  34. Hello
    I m south african with a south african passport .i trying going to new zerland last month , only to get in Hong Kong and they tell me that new zerland immigration want to talk to me on a phone, and she ask me so many stupid Q and at the end she ask me if i m black or w and i said Black and she ask me for my ID number and i give to her and she tell me i need a visa before i can go to new zerland so they mast not let me in the flight becz i need a visa .and lost about R23000 for nthing, so what i want to say is that if you are black south african going or thinking about going to new zerland then rethink again becz you also may end up lossing cash for nthing.thank you

  35. hi nicky am somalian refugee and ihave refugee id the maroon nad I got a passport of south african document for travel purpose iwant viset to chile do I need a vissa plz asist me thanks

    • Hello Mr Ali, I’m not 100% sure of this, if you have acquired South African citizenship, then it should be okay. If I were in your position, I would contact the Chilean Embassy for their opinion, you can call them on (012) 460-8090 or email It’s possible they’ll need to see your passport or at least a copy of it to advise you. But call them and check.

  36. I am urgently looking for a visa fro Dubai. I am planning to leave on the 26th April for 6 days. please direct me to the right place.
    If this fails can you recommend visa free destinations suitable for a 8 year old preferably on the SAA route.

    • Hi Unathi, your visa application process will depend on how you’re travelling (which airline), see here for a guide on this:

      I wouldn’t recommend Dubai for a 6 day stay though, 3-4 days is usually enough. As for visa-free destinations from SA with direct flights on SAA, you can travel to Mauritius, Tanzania (via Dar Es Salaam to Zanzibar), Namibia, Hong Kong, Brazil (and more). Out of those, the best for kids will be Mauritius first and then Hong Kong. You can contact our agents for assistance in booking packages to those on 0861 878 278.

  37. Hi
    I am currently living in the Uk and will like to travel to Southern Italy with my South African passport.
    I am sure i saw at one point that you can..pls pls advise.
    Kind Regards

  38. Amazing post! Without visa you can move any where.

  39. am a Ghanaian i want to hold south African passport or Namibian passport , please how should i go about it ???

    • Hi Maame,

      Thanks for getting in touch. One needs to reside in that country for a couple of years leagally working and supporting oneself.

      It is a lengthy process where you would need to complete documents and apply at Home Affairs.

      I will gladly provide you with their contact details and you will be able to contact them directly and they should be able to shed more light and give further information on the correct procedures to follow. 021 468 4500 | 4512 | 4515 | 4535 | 4574 | 4595 | 4599 | 4578

      Best of Luck!

  40. Hi there,
    My partner is South African and I am Australian, currently working in a resort in Indonesia who sponsors our visas / working permits. We are wanting to move elsewhere to live and work, however many countries seem to be incredibly difficult for him to get a visa without a job offer, or vice versa a job offer with a visa. Are there any countries that are easier to work in for a South African, or any channels/contacts that may be able to help?
    Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Dana,

      Honestly, I cant think of any country which makes it easy for South African passport holders to work in, unless they have a job offer where the company is sponsoring them and a job has already been lined up for them.

      You are welcome to contact Rose (Republic of Service Excellence) who specialize in work visa’s and maybe they would be able to shed some light on the correct channels to follow or who could point you in the right direction.

      Best of Luck!

  41. Helo there
    i need some assistance, im a Lesotho citizen and i would like to travel the work… i have checked all the countries that are visa free and i just wanted to know the terms also apply to me, knowing that Lesotho is a country landlocked inside South Africa. do i get the same benefits? thank you

    • Hi Tereo,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      It really depends on what country you are wanting to visit or work in.

      Every country has different processes when applying for a tourist visa or work visa. I would recommend you contact the Embassy you are thinking of wanting to going to and they will be able to give you the most up to date information and correct procedures to follow for visa the application processes.

      Best of Luck!

  42. How long will I be allowed to stay in Ireland upon entry with my South African passport? Please I am dying to know the duration of stay in Ireland as a South African.

    • Hi Bryant,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      I have gone onto the following website: and found the below information.

      “How long you can stay

      You can stay in the UK for up to 6 months with a General Visitor visa.

      You can also apply for a long-term visit visa if you can prove you need to make repeat visits over a longer period. You can stay for a maximum of 6 months on each visit and your visa can last for 1, 2, 5 or 10 years.”

      We do recommend you contact the British Consulate for the most up to date information, as information on the website can change at anytime.

      Best of Luck!

  43. Hi nick.
    I’M a Kenyan citizen living in Djibouti.I’d like to travel to the Bahamas for holidays but I’m a little scared of the visa free. Can I go through airports without any complications like Dubai airport?and what does visa free really mean? Thanks

    • Hi Feisal,

      Thanks for reaching out. Visa-free is when a visa is not required by a citizen of entering a country they are visiting. The blog was written for South African passport holders, letting them know which countries they would be able to visit without obtaining a visa before hand.

      You mentioned you are a Kenyan Citizen, to my knowledge a Kenyan passport holder does not require a visa when visiting Bahamas for up to 3 months. However I would still call the Embassy as they will be able to give you the most up to date information.

      Keeping in mind even if one travels to a visa free destination, it is still up to the officials at immigration if they will let you pass through.

      Hope the above helps!

      Have a great day!

  44. plz nick advice me am somalian who.have a petmit residen and iha got a maroon ID I also have south african refugee travel decummen iwant go holidsy in guatemala do I need I visa what iam using is south african trvel decumen plz tel me what I neeed

    • Hi Ali

      Thanks for reaching out! You would need to travel on your passport of residence. One is not able to travel on temporary passports or refugee papers. I would suggest you contact Rose, Republic of Service Excellence who specialize in Visa’s and they would be able to give you the most up to date information if a visa is required or not and what the correct procedures to follow.

      Johannesburg Regional Office

      Tel: 0100015060

      Cape Town Regional Office

      Tel: 0210014440

      Best of Luck!

  45. hi can u please help me to find out with this:i have a south african travel document i wana know before to go to ireland for a holly day,must i submit some document to ireland ambassy in pretoria for a visa or i must just reach ireland with my all document like return ticket,money to spend during my stay,invitation from ireland citizen? thanks

    • Hi Theo,

      Great to hear from you!

      If one is the holder of a permanent South African Passport, you don’t need a visa to enter the Republic of Ireland – that’s the part independent of the United Kingdom sometimes called “Ireland Proper” or “Southern Ireland”. This is what will be required:

      A South African passport valid for at least 6 months from your date of return to South Africa (no temporary passports)
      At least 3 blank pages in your passport
      Sufficient funds for the duration of your stay (Ireland does not stipulate how much, but other EU countries say about R500 – R600 per person per day) – the immigration official may ask to see proof of sufficient funds in the form of foreign currency or credit card statement, though it is very rare that they ask for this.

      We do recommend you contact the Irish Embassy to get the most up to date information to see if requirements have changed.
      Their contact details:

      Embassy or Ireland:

      Phone:021 419 0636

  46. i am a Bangladeshi citizen i live in south africa from 2008
    now i am employed in one south African company i do have my work permit….
    and its valid untill 2019
    so if i want to visit some other country from here with my work permit will i be able to?????? and if i then which country?

    • Hi Mahfuz, thanks for reaching out. When travelling abroad, you will not be travelling on your South African work permit but your passport of citizenship. Once you know which countries you are wanting to visit you can contact the Embassy of that country you wanting to travel to, advise them of what passport you are holding and see if a visa will be required. They Embassy will be able to assist and advise accordingly. Best of luck!

  47. Morning,

    How much does a visa on arrival cost for Thailand if I’m travelling from South Africa?


    • Hi Chantal,
      Thanks for reaching out. A South African passport holder travelling to Thailand, and staying less than 30 days will not require a visa. Have an amazing time, happy travels 😀

  48. I have two friends, brother and a sister from Owerri, Nigeria, both of them are successful business people. We all want to meet in the Bahamas this summer for vacartion, but will they need a visa to visit the Bahamas. I would greatly appreciate anything you could tell us. Thank you for your time!
    Sincerely Yours;

    • Hi Janice! Unfortunately Nigerian passport holders require visas for most countries in the world, the Bahamas being one of them.

      I’m not 100% sure of the process for applying from Nigeria, though they can contact our Lagos office to see if there is any assistance they’re able to provide:

  49. Hii i am ethiopian reside in South Africa I have a permanent resident with south african travelling docmunt
    And Green I’d but my nationally still ethiopian . Can I travel to south korea with out visa or any where . That eligible for the South african passport holders visa exempt country like south african?

    • hi mohammednur u can still use ur Travel document ( Document for Travel Purpose) its free visa

  50. Can you please tell me the official visa requirements and the period that I can stay when visiting Cabo Verde (Cape Verde). I am also looking for something to give to the authorities that backs up the official requirements.

    • Hi Neil, as a South African passport holder you should be able to get a visa on arrival for about 25 Euro and it’s usually valid for a stay of up to 30 days. There are no official requirements listed, though most countries in the world will want to see that you have a departure from the country booked within 30 days and some require information on how you will be staying and supporting yourself during your stay, though this is not mentioned by Cape Verde.

      They do not have an embassy or any diplomatic representation in South Africa unfortunately so this is all the information they provide.

  51. Hi im British and my husband is south African with indefinite leave to remain We really want to go on holiday could you advise me where we can go without out visas. Many thanks mandy

    • Hi Mandy! To my knowledge, if your husband is on a South African passport he will still only be able to go to the countries which allow visa-free access to South African passport holders. Having indefinite leave to remain counts only for the UK but will also mean he doesn’t need to return to South Africa in order to apply for visas as would have done without it.

  52. Thanks Nick , feedback appreciated!!

  53. Hi Nick,

    Thanks so much for the info! Actually I just scrolled up and saw some link with regards to Kenya, and our connecting return flight is via Nairobi, according to the link we need a visa for transit through Kenya?? :-0



    • Hi Johann! Thanks for reaching out. Kenya decided against implementing these rules and has postponed requiring South Africans to have visas “until further notice”. I think they realised which way their bread is buttered and realised that their national airline, operating 3 flights a day to Johannesburg would lose billions if they implemented these rules. I was in Nairobi last week and I didn’t require a visa to enter Kenya.

  54. Hi Nick,

    Just booked our flights, through travel start last night, for our honeymoon to Zanzibar. 🙂
    Some sites say you do need a visa for Zanzibar? I am hoping only the Yellow fever injection is needed?
    Our itinerary below, do we need for visa anywhere?

    Thanks ans Regrards

    Dep Arr Airline From To
    15 Dec 14 15 Dec 2014 South African Airways Cape Town International O.R. Tambo International
    15 Dec 2014 15 Dec 2014 South African Airways O.R. Tambo International Dar Es Salaam
    15 Dec 2014 15 Dec 2014 Precision Air Dar Es Salaam Zanzibar
    26 Dec 2014 26 Dec 2014 Precision Air Zanzibar Nairobi
    26 Dec 2014 26 Dec 2014 South African Airways Nairobi O.R. Tambo International
    26 Dec 2014 26 Dec 2014 South African Airways O.R. Tambo International Cape Town International

    • Hi Johann! Thanks for supporting us! Really appreciate it. As a South African passport holder, you don’t need a visa to enter Tanzania for the purposes of tourism. They changed it last year I believe which is why you may be seeing some sites still saying you need a visa for Tanzania (we used to get one for $50 on arrival). I travelled to Dar Es Salaam in August and my colleague, Russell travelled to Zanzibar last week and neither of us had to pay for a visa.

      You will definitely need that yellow fever certificate or else you won’t be allowed back into South Africa again.

      Enjoy your trip!

  55. Thank you nick

  56. Hi I am ashiq.i am asouth African pasport holder.but I am a17 years old.can I will be accepted in Ireland.can they give me a permission to entry in ireland.please I need the answers

    • Hi Ashiq, if you’re travelling on a South African passport you should be granted entry into the Republic of Ireland without a visa. The final say of whether you’re allowed in is up to the immigration officials in Ireland, so make sure you bring documentation with you to show where you’re staying and that you have money to spend during your stay and that you have a flight booked to leave the country. If you arrive intending to stay more than a month, you may get a lot more questions from the immigration officials, particularly on how you intend to have enough money to support your stay.

  57. Plz assist me. Am a GHANIAN passport holder and am traveling to uk via a SAA do I need a shouth Africa transit visa and is it possible for me to apply for south visa at the airport.thanks

    • Hi Awal,

      Great to hear from you!

      Ghanaian passport holders flying into South Africa currently do not require a visa.

      You can find more information on the link provided below.

      We do strongly advise that you still contact the South African Embassy just to make double sure as visa requirments can change at anytime.

      Hope the above helps.

      Have a great day!

  58. 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

  59. 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

  60. 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

  61. 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

  62. 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: – Hope this helps, Almene


    • 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 We look forward to hearing from you, Almene

  64. Hi…I’m Oupa from South Africa… I would like to know how can I get a visa to Senegal wit a emergency passport
    Thank u.

  65. 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…

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

  67. 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

  68. 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.

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

  70. I like to visit Mexico

  71. 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

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

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

  74. 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.

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

    • Yes i hold a S.A. passport and live in switzerland,i would like to travel to Senegal for 3 weeks as a Tourist tDo i Need a visa or can get one on arrival

    • Hi there Sharriffa,

      Thanks for getting in touch, Please be advised that we do not advise on Visas however you may contact Visa box Tel : 021 551 8829, for further information. -Stacey

  76. 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.

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

  78. do I need a visa to get into Rio

  79. what about north african countries?

    like tunisia, morrocco etc

  80. i like it

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

    • hi im rana i dont have any parameters but i want to mov sothu africa and going to us so how to i get thet visa please refly

    • Hi Rana, if I understand your question correctly you’re wanting to move to the USA? If you’re going to do that, you’re going to need to be offered a job in the US by a company there. Then you will need to apply for an immigrant visa and if you get it, you will be allowed to move there. I must warn you that it is quite difficult to get an immigrant visa and it will require you being offered a good job in the US by a company there.

      See more here:

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

  83. 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?

  84. Hello!

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

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

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

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

    • No you dont need a visa but be well equipped before going there.

  88. 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.

  89. 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 ?

  90. 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?

  91. 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

  92. 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.

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

  94. 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.

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

  96. 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.

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

  98. 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.

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

  100. 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

  101. 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

  102. 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.

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

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

  105. 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

  106. Hi. can we get a visa on arrival in Bankok and Hong Kong.

  107. 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

  108. 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

  109. 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

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

  111. 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.


    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!


  112. hello

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

  113. 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.

  114. 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

  115. 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?

  116. 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

  117. 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?

  118. 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!

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

  120. 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?

  121. 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…

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

  123. 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?

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

  125. 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.

  126. 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

  127. 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: 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.


    • 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

  128. Informative site indeed !!

  129. 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.

    • yes my bro! kosovo grants south African passport holders visas for free.

  130. 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.

  131. 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!

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

  133. 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.

  134. 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.

  135. 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


  136. 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?

    • 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.

  137. 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.
    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: Website:
    Consulate operation hours: Monday to Friday 09.00-12.00 hrs. (excludes public holidays)
    From: Bon Zwane []
    Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 11:57 AM
    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 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.

  138. 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 can i flyy down to ireland(dublin)direct without transit to uk?

  139. 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:

      For flight prices please visit 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:

  140. 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.

  141. 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.

  142. 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:

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

  144. 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

  145. 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.

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

  147. 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.

  148. 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

  149. Hi

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

    Thanks Nina

  150. 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.

  151. 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.

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

  153. 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

  154. 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

  155. 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.

  156. 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!

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

  158. 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.



  159. 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.

  160. 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?

  161. hi 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 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

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

  163. 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.

  164. 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.

  165. 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

  166. 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


  168. 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.

  169. 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.

  170. 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?


  171. 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.

  172. 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.



    • 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:

  173. 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.

  174. 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

  175. 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!

  176. 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.

  177. 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!

  178. 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.



    • 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.


  179. 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??

    • You sir deserve a medal!!!!!

  180. 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.


    • 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: 🙂 Nick

  182. 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 ????

  183. Hi Yakubu, I think a very good website to explore your enquiries about visa free countries with a Nigerian passport is 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

  184. 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!

  185. 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 🙁

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

    • 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

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