Visa Requirements for South African Passport Holders Visiting Other Countries in 2020
The global coverage for a passport holder is measured in terms of the number of countries s/he can enter without a regular sticker visa. According to joint research conducted by International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Henley and Partners, South African citizens can travel freely to 69 countries without a visa, get visa-on-arrival or with an e-visa/eTA.
Countries South African citizens can visit with e-visa or eTA
South African nationals can visit up to 29 countries around the world by applying for an electronic visa (e-visa) or electronic travel authorization (eTA) prior to the date of travel. The process of applying for an e-visa or eTA is easier and faster than regular sticker visa because it is completely online, there is no need for scheduled interview, and the e-visa or eTA approval is granted in less than 5 days. In addition, application fee for e-visa or eTA is relatively affordable as it is a lot cheaper than traditional visa. The following are list of countries that South African citizens can travel to with an e-visa or eTA:
Most often, the applicant for e-visa or eTA required upload travel documents while filling the application form online. Requirements vary based on country the traveler intend to visit, but most commonly required documents and information are:
- Passport - valid up to 6 months prior to application
- Photo - photograph colored
- Email Address- applicant receives e-visa or eTA approval
- Credit/Debit card - for applicant to pay the application fee
Additional Document may required:
- A return ticket - a confirmed return to South African or ticket to the next country may be required in some cases.
- A business invitation letter in case of the business e visa
- Medical certificate letter from home in case of the medical treatment overseas visa
- Travel Insurance that cover Coronavirus / Covd-19
- A conditional document like valid visa for US, UK, Europe-schengen, Canada or temporary residency / permanent residency permit.
Always have a printed copy of your e-visa or eTA approval with you when you travel to any of these countries listed above.
Countries South African citizens can visit with visa-on-arrival or visa-free
South African nationals can visit up to 69 countries around the world without prior visa, and receive the visa at the port of entry of the country of destination or without any form of visa. We recommend arrange evisa if possible to save time and peace of mind at port of entry, The requirement at the port of entry is your South African passport and additional documents as below. The following are the list of countries by continent that South African can visit with visa-on-arrival.
The following are the list of countries by continent that South African can visit without prior visa:
Requirements for issuing visa-on-arrival or visa free travel can be vary from country to country, but most commonly required documents/information are:
- Passport - valid up to 6 months prior to entry
- Colored Photograph
- Fill form - information about place(s) traveler will be visiting and residing/lodging
- Return/Onward Ticket
- Proof of sufficient fund and travel health insurance
Countries South African citizens must get regular sticker visa before visiting
There are 152 countries that operate traditional visa requirements for South African nationals. You need to apply, pay visa-fee and submit required documents to the embassy of these countries in your resident country, after which they will schedule a physical interview before deciding on your visa application. This is often considered a strict visa process. Below is a list of countries by continent that South African cannot visit without a regular sticker visa: