TOP 100 countries you can travel to without Visa on a South African passport
South African passport is ranked 33 in the world according to Passport Index Ranking ..
First issued: 1 April 2009 (current version)
Cost: R400 (32page) / R600 (48page)
Expiration: 10 years after acquisition for adults, 5 years for children
Eligibility: South African citizenship
100 countries you can travel to visa-free on a South African passport
However, as with other countries, it faces ongoing travel restrictions due to the pandemic.
A mapping tool developed by travel website Skyscanner shows that as of 12 April, South Africa has 117 ‘major restrictions’ from other countries in place.
These countries have suspended travel, may be closed to entry, or entry may only be possible if you are a citizen/meet strict entrance requirements.
By comparison, there are currently 100 moderate restrictions in place on South Africa, where travel is possible, but only if travellers meet certain entry requirements which can include taking Covid-19 tests.
Just seven countries have ‘low-risk restrictions’ meaning that travellers likely won’t have to face enforced quarantine periods. They include Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Albania, Costa Rica, North Macedonia, Nauru, and Tonga.
A number of countries have also indicated that travellers from South Africa will be barred from entering – a sign that the country could be facing reputational damage as a result of the 501Y.V2 variant of Covid-19, which has been referred to as the “South African variant” abroad.
In addition to key target markets such as the US and UK, South Africa has also been flagged as a risk by a number of other European countries including Belgium, France, Germany, and Switzerland.
The variant was first discovered and reported by scientists in South Africa, however it has also been found to be spreading in more than 48 other countries.
By calling it the “South African variant”, a global impression has been given that South Africa is the source of the spread – when this is not the case.
Fortunately, this has not impacted the strength of the country’s passport.
Below are the 100 countries South Africans can travel to visa-free as at April 2021
* Indicates visa on arrival or eTA.
|Cape Verde Islands*||Mauritania*||St. Helena*|
|Comores Islands*||Mauritius||Swaziland (eSwatini)|
|Hong Kong (SAR China)||Maldives*||Tajikistan*|
|Macao (SAR China)||South Korea|
|Marshall Islands*||Palau Islands*||Vanuatu|
|Antigua and Barbuda||Dominican Republic||St. Lucia|
|Bahamas||Grenada||St. Vincent and the Grenadines|
|Barbados||Haiti||Trinidad and Tobago|
|British Virgin Islands||Jamaica||Turks and Caicos|
|Dominica||St. Kitts and Nevis|