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According to the latest arrangements of the Henley Passport Index, South Africa is now ranked at number 52 in the world in terms of the number of countries you can visit without a Visa.  We were 50th last year.  South Africans can currently visit 102 countries without a Visa or where you can get a Visa upon arrival, but many of those countries are not really countries you would be excited to visit.  People with a Seychelles passport for example can go to 152 countries without a Visa and people from Mauritius can go to 146 countries without a Visa.  In terms of the rest of the world, Japanese passport holders can visit 190 countries without a Visa – just get on an aeroplane, catch a flight and arrive there without having to apply for a Visa.  Holders of UK passports and USA passports can get Visa-free access to 186 countries.  Some of the destinations that South Africans can visit without a Visa include Hong Kong, Brazil, Argentina, most of the Islands in the Caribbean, Ireland and obviously most countries in Africa as well as a number of other countries in South America.

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Zindy  said:
on Tuesday 11-Dec-18 08:02 AM
We learn something new everyday. I guess I do not travel much so would not have known. But now that I do I would like to make a plan.

Nicolle  said:
on Tuesday 11-Dec-18 07:55 AM
This blog was absolutely essential to me! I've always had big dreams of visiting Ireland and Hong Kong, although I have never actively conducted research into the necessities in order to travel, always simply assuming that a Visa is needed for any "worthy" destination.

Tersia  said:
on Monday 10-Dec-18 11:36 AM
No wonder there are so many foreign people in our land, just taking over and doing what they want. If we had a system in place like New Zealand and Australia - where they are very strict to who can enter their country we would also maybe not have so many problems as it's those outsiders who cause the chaos. On the other hand it also makes it easier for us to at least visit some very beautiful countries which I will not complain about.

Sinead  said:
on Monday 10-Dec-18 08:51 AM
That's interesting to know. Funny enough, Ireland is on my bucket list. I'd love to visit! A friend of mine went over there to study for a year.
I also feel like it's too easy to get into SA - Not only for holiday makers.

Shristi  said:
on Sunday 02-Dec-18 06:17 PM
This is really interesting. I read not so long ago that UAE was on top of this list. I do want to go to the Philippines and the Bahamas soon and I am so glad that we do not require a passport!

candice  said:
on Friday 30-Nov-18 04:33 PM
That is very interesting i thought you had to have a visa to get into any country. At least if we don't have a visa we know which places we can go to now. Very interesting

Prishani  said:
on Wednesday 28-Nov-18 04:37 PM
Visas are a tricky thing, although they are very necessary, I sometimes wish they didn't exist! It is an extra cost that can be very expensive!

Brenda Du Toit   said:
on Tuesday 27-Nov-18 06:48 AM
This is really interesting.I never knew that there is place where you can go without your South African passport.

Joyce  said:
on Monday 26-Nov-18 01:28 PM
I think this is interesting and important information to have, that with South African passport can be allowed to visit so many countries without a Visa. It sounds like out of all listed countries, only Japanese passport holders can visit almost the whole world without a Visa.

Ashleigh  said:
on Thursday 22-Nov-18 11:18 AM
Nice. I never knew this. Not that the countries that are being mentioned are countries I would really like to go to.

Mathilda Du Preez  said:
on Thursday 22-Nov-18 08:13 AM
At least we can go to Islands in the Caribbean cause I live for sunny beach days.
When I went to Italy last year I had to get a Schengen Visa, I went through a company called Visas & Passports unlimited and they made it so convenient, in less than two weeks I had my Schengen Visa.
I obviously had to pay more at the end of the day but ill rather pay and let them do all the documents and make sure I have all the information required.

Alexis  said:
on Wednesday 21-Nov-18 04:36 PM
That is something hey - to be honest, it is not too bad and hopefully one day it will get better, but until that time, we must make the mission of obtaining the necessary

Michelle D  said:
on Tuesday 20-Nov-18 08:35 AM
I know that this was one of topics of the recent BRICS conference. Apparently countries such as China actually agreed to diminish their Visa requirements for South African passport carriers, but this has yet to be implemented.

Jessica A  said:
on Monday 19-Nov-18 02:48 PM
Travelling on a South African passport is not the greatest! A visa to the UK can cost in the region of R2000 and if you intend on visitng mulitple European countries you may also require a Schengen Visa which comes at an additional price... Sure is costly being a South African, in every respect of the word 'costly'.

Thailand was one of the countries that I recently travelled to where I was given a Visa upon arrival...

Tamaryn  said:
on Monday 19-Nov-18 09:10 AM
I'm just happy that a visa is not needed to visit places like Mauritius and Seychelles, or Islands in the Caribbean! Next on the list will have to be Seychelles, it looks absolutely beautiful and I believe the culture is amazing too.

Daniella  said:
on Monday 19-Nov-18 08:53 AM
Travelling is expensive, when adding the price of a Visa it can get even more costly! I had no idea that we didn't need a visa to visit Ireland - definitely going to try go there.

Sarah  said:
on Monday 19-Nov-18 08:44 AM
That is really great to know, So we can visit Russia ,Thailand, Mozambique,Nicaragua, El Salvador etc. So let the . The time you are allowed to stay in teh countries differ , Brazil you can stay 90 days only.

brumilde  said:
on Monday 19-Nov-18 07:58 AM
I have not traveled in a long time, but its good to know that we have some places that we can travel without a visa. but its a bit sad that we cant go to more places that are worth seeing

courtney  said:
on Friday 16-Nov-18 04:53 PM
This is very interesting!
I would love to go to Dubai!

Cornelie  said:
on Friday 16-Nov-18 03:59 PM
That is so usefull to know never knew our passports can be used in other countries without a Visa, let the travell begin.

Melissa  said:
on Friday 16-Nov-18 02:43 PM
This will make travelling to other places much more easier. Didn't know that you can actually travel to so many places without a visa. This is really interesting.

Liz  said:
on Friday 16-Nov-18 02:17 PM
I recently read that a Japanese passport is the best to have at the moment as one can visit the most countries without a visa. I am lucky enough to have a Greek passport which is ranked number 6, together with an Australian passport, in the world and am able to visit 183 countries.

Melissa van Tellingen   said:
on Friday 16-Nov-18 11:19 AM
What an interesting blog. Would be really nice to know which countries we can visit without a visa. I would love to visit a couple of countries before starting a family.

Clare  said:
on Friday 16-Nov-18 08:37 AM
This is great I have heard that its a mission to get a VISA at least now we can get to travel without one issue unless its some where you need the VISA

Fikile  said:
on Thursday 15-Nov-18 04:47 PM
I was planning on getting a passport so that i can tour the world. I didn't know that i can go to so many countries without a visa.

Jolene   said:
on Thursday 15-Nov-18 04:18 PM
Very interesting, I was not aware that we can visit so many countries without a Visa. To get a Visa can be a mission and it is extra money that you could’ve use for spending money. On that note, I wish I can travel more!

Bees  said:
on Thursday 15-Nov-18 03:23 PM
Good to know there is more than 1 country we can visit but in our time most people are looking to move not just visit. Reason for our small number of 102 as you mentioned is because of all the diseases that have broken out over the years and other countries try to stop it from migrating over to their country by making it difficult for us to visit. That's just what I've experienced in my opinion. But regardless of our rank just knowing we as South Africans can still visit 102 places with no visa is a bargain.

Victoria  said:
on Thursday 15-Nov-18 03:14 PM
That's really interesting, I never knew that we can visit 102 countries without a Visa. This makes travelling to those places a whole lot easier.

Nikita  said:
on Thursday 15-Nov-18 02:51 PM
I am definitely put off travelling somewhere when a Visa is required. I have travelled to some countries where the South African Passport allows you to visit Visa-free and it has been exciting. Hong Kong was especially interesting. My next trip is to Bali and the Gilli Islands and those are also Visa free for South Africans. My soon to be husband has his Dutch Passport which is ranked 11th on the list of most powerful passports so hopefully some day I can get my Dutch Passport as well!

Megan  said:
on Thursday 15-Nov-18 02:50 PM
I would love to go to Ireland! I didn't know that, I think I will be arrange a trip for myself in the near future - before they change their laws. I think its safer having to apply for a visa before entering a country which could make it more attractive because not just anyone can get in, I guess...

Jadine Richards  said:
on Thursday 15-Nov-18 09:28 AM
Taking all things into consideration, I think 102 is a fairly decent number even though the listed countries aren't that attractive. I would however be interested in a visit to Brazil or the Caribbean, especially around this time of year.

Michelle Smillie  said:
on Thursday 15-Nov-18 09:23 AM
Thank you, quite valuable information. I'd love to go to Brazil sometime, and knowing you don't need a visa will make the travelling arrangements so much easier.

Nina  said:
on Thursday 15-Nov-18 08:53 AM
It is very convenient to be able to visit another country without having to go through the entire visa process. It is quite unfortunate that we are unable to do that with some of the more popular tourist destinations.

Bianca N  said:
on Thursday 15-Nov-18 08:50 AM
This is something that I really did not know. I would really like to go to Ireland one day, and knowing that I do not need a Visa is making it even more tempting.

Natasha  said:
on Thursday 15-Nov-18 08:37 AM
That is actually nice to know because if you need to go somewhere you have to wait so long for your Visa before you go anywhere.

Dune  said:
on Thursday 15-Nov-18 08:11 AM
Very interesting to know, i didn't know that Brazil was one of the countries we can visit without having to apply for a VISA, Brazil has always been a country I wanted to visit, during the Rio Carnival

Jadine Esterhuizen  said:
on Thursday 15-Nov-18 08:04 AM
This does make it a bit easier to travel as where you would second guess the choice to go overseas because of the never ending hassle to get a visa.

david  said:
on Thursday 15-Nov-18 07:20 AM
i wonder if we are below iran and syria on the list...


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