Wing it Without a Visa!
Need a holiday but don’t have a visa? No problem! These destinations are worth the visit and best of all, no visa is required!
You’re surrounded by deadlines, paperwork, urgent meetings and a hectic schedule. But you’re dreaming of sandy beaches, golden sunshine and an endless supply of mojitos. Are you put off booking that holiday because of the hassle of booking accommodation and worse, applying for a visa? Nothing is a bigger buzzkill than having to fill in forms or stand in queues to get through that bureaucratic nightmare. Here’s the good news: you don’t need a visa to travel to a plethora of African countries. (The bad news? You’ll still need accommodation!)
We’ve rounded up the countries on our amazing continent to which you can skip off to for a mid-winter break on a South African passport, without having to apply for a visa (unless you’re planning on going for a working holiday) or there are several countries which offer visas on arrival, before you pass through customs.
Hot tip: We recommend visiting the website of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation for information on exemptions and conditions, as well as any vaccinations you may need before you travel.
If you’ve never taken the time to travel past our borders and into the rich diversity of Africa, now’s the time. Our vibrant continent offers it all, from the soaring peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to the sultry beaches of Mauritius. Soak in Devil’s Pool, right on the terrifying edge of the Victoria Falls in Zambia, or take a safari trip through Kenya’s Maasai Mara Nature Reserve. Besides the pyramids at Giza, you’ll discover some of the best dive sites at Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt. If you’re in need of a tropical beach paradise, visit the Seychelles, Réunion Island or our neighbour, Mozambique.
You don’t need a visa if you’re visiting: Benin, Botswana, Gabon, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Réunion Island, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Senegal, Seychelles, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
You’ll be able to apply for visa on arrival in: Cape Verde, the Comoros Islands, Egypt, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Tanzania, Tongo, Tunisia and Uganda.
Read up on all the information you need on applying for your South African passport here. Then get packing!
Also read: How to Pack Like a Pro