Posted: 15 Nov 2017 5 Visa-Free Destinations for South Africans … and why you should go there
South Africa has the most powerful visa in Africa, allowing entry to about 90 countries without a visa. South Africans can also get VOA (visa on arrival) to additional countries. The benefits of this means that you don’t have to spend time on admin, costs for visa applications, and delays whilst waiting for your visa.
Here are our favourite Visa-Free destinations for South Africa.
Note: Visa Information is correct at the time of publishing, so make sure that you check the latest visa information with your Travel Agent when booking your trip. Visa Information supplied below is a guideline only.
1. Indian Ocean: Mauritius
Its white sandy beaches and clear waters make Mauritius ideal to indulge in water sports. The entire island is surrounded by coral reefs which attract all manner of sea life – ideal for snorkelers, divers and glass-bottom boat trips. There is no shortage of luxurious beachfront resorts. More inland, you can enjoy nature reserves, botanical gardens, mountainous vistas, tropical forests and waterfalls. Take a trip to the village of Charamal – unique for the layers of multi-coloured sands. The cuisine is diverse, with influences of French, Indian, African and Asian.
#VisaCheck: No visas are required by SA passport holders for a stay of up to 90 days. The valid passport must have an expiry date beyond the intended period of stay. Ensure that there are blank pages in the passport. Passenger must be in possession of a valid return ticket, confirmed hotel booking and proof of funds in form of a bank statement or a letter from the bank stating there are sufficient funds (USD100 per day).
2. Europe: The Republic of Ireland
If you love historical sites, then Ireland should be at the top of your travel list. From prehistoric monuments that predate the pyramids, to gothic castles, you can relish in the ancient history of this amazing country. The landscape of Ireland is jaw-droppingly gorgeous – visit the Giant’s causeway with its 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns or the Cliffs of Moher to experience some natural wonders. Guinness and Whiskey drinkers will enjoy the breweries and distilleries, which will take you back to the oldest traditions. Don’t miss out on a trip to a traditional Irish Pub and enjoy some real pub grub.
#VisaCheck: No visas are required by South African passport holders . They must be in possession of a full valid passport, valid for a minimum of 6 months. The passenger should be in possession of Proof of accommodation, Bank statement showing that there are enough funds for the duration of your stay, Return airline tickets, 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. Remember that if travelling to Northern Ireland, a visa is required as it is part of the United Kingdom.
3. South America: Panama
Panama is a natural sanctuary made up of raw beauty. One of Panama’s most famous attractions is the Panama Canal. This incredible canal connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans by way of the Caribbean Sea, and stretches for almost 50 miles through some of Panama’s most breath-taking countryside. It is a coffee-lovers paradise! Enjoy an amazing variety of coffees thanks to Peru’s altitude and micro-climates. There are thousands of islands to explore, as well as rich tropical rainforests, mountain forests and mangrove wetlands.
#VisaCheck: Visas are not required by South African passport holders for a stay of up to 3 months (90 days). Passengers are to be in possession of a return airticket and valid passport, valid for a minimum of 6 months from date of entry. Ensure there are 3 blank pages in the passport.
4. Africa: Kenya
Kenya is one of Africa’s most stunning locations. It’s dedication to sustainable tourism and wildlife management means that you can see wildlife roam freely in their natural habitats. Kenya’s national parks and reserves have some of the most diverse populations of wildlife on the planet, making it arguably the best country to go on safari. It’s tropical coastline has white sandy beaches and turquoise waters, making it ideal for a relaxing day at the beach or to enjoy watersports such as snorkelling and diving. Visit the archeological sites of Lake Turkana and Mfangano Island to see ancient relics and rock art paintings dating back thousands of years. Kenya coffee, tea and beer have received accolades as some of the best products in the world. For some authentic local food, try Nyama Choma.
#VisaCheck: South Africans visiting Kenya for 30 days or less do not require a visa. Their passport is to be valid for a minimum of 6 months. NOTE: Travellers are advised to be immunised against cholera but it is not a requirement. Travellers are advised to take anti-malaria pills two weeks before entering Kenya and to continue with the dosage while in the country and two weeks after departure. Proof of ability to return to countries of residence is a MUST for all travellers.
5. Far East: Hong Kong
Hong Kong offers everything from buzzing nightlife to rich cultural experiences, seaside adventures, rural villages, mountains and endless skyscrapers. Hong Kong has one of the best transportation systems in the world, making it easy for travellers to get around. Take a tram to Victoria Peak and experience amazing views of the city. For keen hikers, there are dozens of trails to enjoy. Hong Kong is ideal for families – with amusement parks such as Ocean Park and Disneyland. If you want to get away from the city, take a trip to one of the outlying islands or to the mountainous parts of Hong Kong.
#VisaCheck: SA citizens with a valid passport traveling to Hong Kong for the purposes of tourism, family visit, business visit, conference, etc., can stay in Hong Kong for up to 30 days without a visa.