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If you are planning on travelling abroad in 2019, then you’ll be aware that visas to countries can add a significant amount to your travelling budget. Fortunately, there are certain countries that South Africans are entitled to visit visa-free. All you need is your valid South African passport and you’ll be allowed entrance, visa-free!

 

Visa-free access to 60 countries in the world

 

These countries are the ones that South Africans can visit without worrying about applying for a visa and the duration that you can visit them for.

 

  • Angola – 30 days
  • Antigua and Barbuda – 180 days
  • Argentina – 90 days
  • Bahamas – 90 days
  • Barbados – 180 days
  • Belize
  • Benin – 90 days
  • Botswana – 90 days
  • Brazil – 90 days
  • Chile – 90 days
  • Costa Rica – 90 days
  • Dominica – 180 days
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador – 90 days
  • El Salvador – 90 days
  • Eswatini – 30 days
  • Fiji – 120 days
  • Georgia – 360 days
  • Grenada – 90 days
  • Guatemala – 90 days
  • Guyana – 30 days
  • Haiti – 90 days
  • Honduras – 90 days
  • Hong Kong – 30 days
  • Indonesia – 30 days
  • Ireland
  • Israel – 90 days
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya – 30 days
  • Kosovo – 90 days
  • Lesotho – 90 days
  • Macao – 30 days
  • Malawi – 90 days
  • Malaysia – 90 days
  • Mauritius – 90 days
  • Micronesia – 30 days
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia – 90 days
  • Nicaragua – 90 days
  • Palestinian Territories
  • Panama – 180 days
  • Paraguay – 90 days
  • Peru – 180 days
  • Philippines – 30 days
  • Qatar – 30 days
  • Russian Federation – 90 days
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis – 90 days
  • Saint Lucia – 42 days
  • Singapore – 30 days
  • South Korea – 30 days
  • Vincent and the Grenadines – 30 days
  • Tanzania – 90 days
  • Thailand – 30 days
  • Trinidad and Tobago – 90 days
  • Tunisia – 90 days
  • Uruguay – 90 days
  • Vanuatu – 30 days
  • Venezuela – 90 days
  • Zambia – 90 days
  • Zimbabwe – 90 days

 

South African visa requirements to other popular travel destinations

If you are travelling to the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or the USA in 2019 you will be required to arrange a visa prior to your arrival. Here is a quick break down of what you will need to apply for.

 

 

Visiting the UK

If you are travelling to the UK to visit, you will need a Standard Visitor Visa. This applies whether you are going on holiday or conducting academic research, going on business or to take part in sports, creative events or to get private medical treatment. While you are travelling on the visa you cannot do paid or unpaid work. The earliest you can apply for this visa is 3 months before you travel. This visa usually allows you to stay in the UK for up to 6 months.

 

Visiting Canada

If you are visiting Canada you will need a temporary resident visa (TRV) to enter Canada for up to 6 months, this is the visa you’d apply for as a normal tourist. The duration of this visa is confirmed by the border services officer when you enter the country. If you are planning on visiting Canada multiple times during this 6-month period – ensure that your visa is a multiple entry visa.

 

Visiting Australia

If you are visiting Australia on a South African passport, you will need a visitor visa – also known as Subclass 600. This visa allows you to visit Australia for holidays or family visits and certain business activities that you might need to do while visiting. You should apply to the ‘Tourist Stream’ and the visa is usually granted for 3 or 6 months.

 

Visiting New Zealand

If you are travelling to New Zealand on a South African passport you will need a visa. If you plan to holiday in New Zealand you will need to apply for a visitor visa, which allows you to holiday in New Zealand for up to 9 months.

 

Visiting the USA

There are many different visas you can apply for if you are visiting the USA, but the main visa if you are visiting is the B1 Visitor Visa, which allows you to stay in the USA for up to 6 months. This visa can be valid for anything from 1 to 10 years.

 

Ensure your paperwork is in place

If you are a South African visiting, we wish you all the best with your journey. While we cannot assist you with your visas, we recommend that you have all your paperwork in place prior to your travels.

If you are moving abroad permanently and would like to know how you can maximise your finances through financial emigration, accessing your South African retirement annuity and our tailor-made tax solutions for South Africans around the world, contact FinGlobal today.