Visa requirements for South African citizens

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Holders of regular South African passports are allowed to enter a number of countries without the need of a visa. Prior application for a visa is required for countries or territories not mentioned below.

According to the "Henley Visa Restrictions Index 2013," holders of a South African passport can visit 94 countries visa-free or with visa on arrival.[1]

Where visa-free access is permitted, such access is not necessarily a right, and admission is at the discretion of border enforcement officers. Visitors engaging in activities other than tourism, including unpaid work, may require a visa or work permit.

Visa requirements map[edit]

  South Africa
  Visa Free / Visa on arrival
  pre-travel internet registration required
  Visa required

Africa[edit]

Countries and Territories Conditions of access Length of stay permitted Fee (if applicable) Reference
 Benin visa-free 90 days n/a [2]
 Botswana visa-free 90 days n/a [3]
 Burundi Visa on arrival 72 hours / 1 month US$ 40 / US$ 90 [4]
 Cape Verde Visa on arrival 90 days 25 € [5]
 Comoros Visa on arrival  ??? 30 €/ 50 € [6]
 Djibouti Visa on arrival 1 month 75 € [7]
 Ethiopia Visa on arrival 90 days US$ 20 [8]
 Gabon visa-free 1 month n/a [9]
 Guinea-Bissau Visa on arrival 90 days 85 € [10]
 Kenya Visa on arrival 3 months US$ 50 [11]
 Lesotho visa-free 90 days n/a [12]
 Madagascar Visa on arrival 90 days MGA 140,000 [13]
 Malawi visa-free 90 days n/a [14]
 Mali Visa on arrival 90 days n/a [15]
 Mauritania Visa on arrival 90 days n/a [16]
 Mauritius visa-free 90 days n/a [17]
 Mozambique visa-free 30 days US$ 66 [18]
 Namibia visa-free 3 months n/a [19]
 Réunion visa-free 90 days n/a [20]
 Rwanda visa-free 90 days n/a [21]
 São Tomé and Príncipe Electronic Travel Authorization n/a n/a [22]
 Saint Helena Visa on arrival 183 days between 12-25 GBP depending on length of stay n/a
 Senegal Visa on arrival 3 months EUR 50 [23]
 Seychelles visa-free 1 month n/a [24]
 Somalia Visa on arrival 30 days, must hold an invitation letter issued at least 2 days before arrival. [25]
 South Africa right of abode
 Swaziland visa-free 30 days n/a [26][27]
 Tanzania visa-free 90 days n/a [28][29]
 Togo visa-free 7 days 10,000 CFA [30]
 Tunisia Visa on arrival 30 days TND 3 [31]
 Uganda Visa on arrival 3 months US$ 50 [32][33]
 Zambia visa-free 90 days n/a [34]
 Zimbabwe Visa on arrival 3 months (tourist) / 30 days (business) free [35][36]

Americas[edit]

Countries and Territories Conditions of access Length of stay permitted Fee (if applicable) Reference
 Anguilla visa-free 90 days n/a [37][38]
 Antigua and Barbuda visa-free 1 month n/a [39]
 Argentina visa-free 90 days n/a [40]
 Bahamas visa-free 3 months n/a [41]
 Barbados visa-free 6 months n/a [42]
 Belize visa-free 1 month n/a [43]
 Bolivia Visa on arrival 30 days US$ 52 [44]
 Brazil visa-free 90 days n/a [45]
 British Virgin Islands visa-free 30 days n/a [46]
 Cayman Islands visa-free 30 days n/a [47]
 Chile visa-free 90 days n/a [48]
 Colombia visa-free 90 days n/a [49]
 Costa Rica visa-free 90 days n/a [50]
 Dominica visa-free 6 months n/a [51]
 Dominican Republic tourist card on arrival 30 days US$ 10 [52][53]
 Ecuador visa-free 90 days n/a [54]
 El Salvador visa-free 3 months n/a [55]
 Falkland Islands visa-free 90 days n/a [56][57]
 Grenada visa-free 3 months n/a [58]
 Guatemala visa-free 90 days n/a [59]
 Guyana visa-free 3 months n/a [60]
 Haiti visa-free 3 months n/a [61]
 Honduras visa-free 3 months n/a [62]
 Jamaica visa-free 6 months n/a [63]
 Montserrat visa-free 6 months n/a [64]
 Nicaragua visa-free 90 days n/a [65]
 Panama visa-free 180 days n/a [66]
 Paraguay visa-free 90 days n/a [67]
 Peru visa-free 183 days n/a [68]
 Saint Kitts and Nevis visa-free 3 months n/a [69]
 Saint Lucia visa-free 6 weeks n/a [70]
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines visa-free 1 month n/a [71]
 Trinidad and Tobago visa required 90 days n/a [72]
 Turks and Caicos Islands visa-free 30 days n/a [73]
 Uruguay visa-free 3 months n/a [74]
 Venezuela visa-free 90 days n/a [75]

Europe[edit]

Countries and Territories Conditions of access Length of stay permitted Fee (if applicable) Reference
 Andorra visa free  ??? [76]
 Armenia Visa on arrival 120 days 15,000 AMD [77]
 Georgia visa free 360 days [78]
 Ireland visa-free 90 days [79]
 Kosovo visa-free 90 days [80]
 Northern Cyprus visa-free 90 days
 Turkey Electronic Travel Authorization 30 days [81]

Asia[edit]

Countries and Territories Allowed Stays
 Bahrain 14 day visa issued upon arrival to Bahrain Grand Pix visitors from South Africa[82]
 Cambodia 30 days visa issued on arrival
 Hong Kong 30 days
 India 30 days Visa issued on arrival, if applied for online (from October 2014)[83]
 Indonesia 30 days Visa issued on arrival for US$25
 Iran 15-day visa issued upon arrival with pre E-Visa approval code [84]
 Israel 3 months
 Jordan 1 month visa issued free on arrival
 Kyrgyzstan 30 Days[85]
 Laos 30-days tourist Visa issued upon arrival for US$30[86]
 Macau 30 days
 Malaysia 3 months
 Maldives 30 days
   Nepal 60 days or 120 days Tourist Visa issued upon arrival
 Oman One month visa issued on arrival
 Palestine Visa not required. Arrival by sea to Gaza Strip not allowed[87]
 Philippines 30 days[88]
Vietnam Phú Quốc 30 days[89]
Vietnam Vietnam Mainland Except if a Visa on Arrival letter has been issued by a government approved online agency
 Singapore 30 days
 South Korea 30 days
 Tajikistan 45 days[90]
 Thailand 30 days

Oceania[edit]

Countries and Territories Conditions of access Length of stay permitted Fee (if applicable) Reference
 Cook Islands visa-free 31 days n/a [91]
 East Timor visa-free 30 days n/a [92]
 Fiji visa-free 4 months n/a [93]
 Micronesia visa-free 30 days n/a [94]
 Nauru visa-free 30 days n/a [95]
 New Zealand visa-free 3 months n/a [96]
 Niue visa-free 30 days n/a [97]
 Palau visa on arrival (free of charge) 30 days n/a [98]
 Pitcairn Islands landing fee payable 14 days US$ 35 [99]
 Samoa visa-free 60 days n/a [100]
 Tokelau Cruising permit must be obtained in Apia, Samoa 1 month free of charge [101]
 Tuvalu visa-free 30 days n/a [102][103]
 Vanuatu visa-free 30 days n/a [104]

Vaccination[edit]

Many African countries, including Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Zambia require all incoming passengers to have a current International Certificate of Vaccination. Some other countries require vaccination only if the passenger is coming from an infected area.[105]

Passport validity[edit]

Many countries require passport validity of no less than 6 months and one or two blank pages.[106]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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