Panda’s guide to visa-free, visa-friendly and evisa destinations for South Africans Expat

The number 1 excuse most South Africans cite for not traveling is neither money nor geography – they don’t have a strong passport. I want to roll my eyes, but I don’t.

I understand – we cannot travel to many places without expensive visas.

But do you know how many visa-free, visa-free arrival and Evisa destinations for South Africans actually exist? As of 2020, many countries have introduced Evisa regimes, and due to the good diplomatic relations between the countries, South Africa has been added to this list. Other African countries have decided to make it easier for all countries in the African Union to enter (brava!). Our possibilities are growing and expanding!

One of the easiest ways to save money while traveling is to travel to places where entry requirements are relaxed. If you can save $ 100 on a visa, why not ?! While some visas that need to be applied for in advance are cheap or even free, you still need to take into account the cost of traveling to the appropriate embassy or courier service for your passport if you are not close to one. For many, it does not make sense to apply personally because they have jobs that they cannot leave in times when consulates and embassies accept visa applications. Be smart about your country choices and make the decisions that are convenient for your time, effort, and bank account.

Minimal information is requested in the following countries (unlike countries where statements of account, proof of employment, detailed itineraries, 2 liters of blood and a pound of meat are expected). This is good if you work between two jobs, are self-employed or need a last minute goal. I stated the cost of the evisa or visa on arrival if I had a credible source of the information. Most visas can only be paid in US dollars and euros.

Note: Contact the country representative (embassies and consulates) as the countries are able to change their requirements without notice. In some cases, border officials can, at their discretion, refuse entry despite the officially established requirements. If you are a South African citizen but live in another country, you may need to have your residence on hand when you apply for a visa, land in a country, or depart from a country.

For Visa on Arrival countries, you may need physical documents such as photos, cash, and proof of accommodation. Check with the relevant authorities before arrival for the exact details. In other countries, your entry stamp acts as a “visa” and nothing is required.

Co.Attempts on this list that require a valid yellow fever certificate are marked with an asterisk *.

Although some of us who grew up in South Africa don’t think traveling to our continent is particularly glamorous, Africa has very different cultures, is full of places that are worth a bucket list, and hosts destinations all year round About bidding Everyone can explore from solo travelers to elders to families with babies and even those with limited mobility. It’s also worth noting that if you plan ahead, you can get great deals on places like Kenya, Ethiopia, and Malawi.

* Angola

Benin (for all African nationals)


Eswatini (Swaziland)

* Gabon








Reunion Island


Seychelles (All Nationalities)





Western Sahara



Comoros ($ 50)

Madagascar ($ 37)

Mauritania (€ 55)

Sierra Leone ($ 35 for non-Ecowas Africans)

Somalia ($ 50)

Cape Verde (45 €)


Ethiopia ($ 52)

* *Ivory Coast / Ivory Coast (€ 73)

Dijibouti ($ 23)

* *Guinea ($ 80)

* *Guinea Bisseau (64 €)

* *Uganda ($ 50)

Special mention: The Egyptian visa is free for South Africans, but must be applied for personally through a diplomatic mission (consulate or embassy).

Plan your tip for the cradle of civilization and the birthplace of many world religions. This region has been the center of political and religious struggles for centuries and is home to some of the most valuable architectural wonders and historical landmarks in the world. Trust me, I’ve lived here for the past few years!


Palestinian territories


Jordan ($ 56)

Iran (€ 75)

Oman (5 Omani Rials for stays of 10 days and less / 20 Omani Rials for stays of more than 10 days but not more than 30 days)

Bahrain ($ 77)

The intermediate countries, which are not particularly “European” or “Asian”, but offer a dramatic landscape of mountains, lakes and forests, are strewn with stone watchtowers, old monasteries and wooden churches that can be traced back to the earliest days of Christianity. There is also an excellent cuisine that combines western and eastern influences.



Turkey (FREE)

Armenia ($ 6)

Azerbaijan ($ 23)

Uzbekistan ($ 20)

Tajikistan ($ 30)

Kyrgyzstan ($ 52)

From huge, sprawling cities to ancient temples (with delicious food and a breathtaking landscape in between), Asia is one of the most diverse and fascinating continents on earth. With relatively low visitor costs and a constantly growing tourism infrastructure, it is the perfect place to travel, especially for intrepid single travelers!

Hong Kong






South Korea



Nepal ($ 25 for 15 days and $ 40 for 30 days)

Laos ($ 30)

Timor Leste ($ 30)

Vietnam ($ 25)

Cambodia ($ 30)

India (FREE)

Myanmar ($ 50)

Pakistan ($ 20)

Sri Lanka ($ 35)

From dense jungles to towering peaks to ancient archaeological sites and colonial cities, Central and South America offer a variety of destinations that appeal to many areas of life. Depending on your interests, you may prefer to relax on a rainforest-lined beach or visit a traditional community in a remote location. With so many goals to greet us here, it’s actually difficult to decide where to go!





Costa Rica


El Salvador

Falkland Islands










Suriname ($ 40)

Special mention: The Bolivian visa is free for South African passport holders, but must be applied for in advance for every Bolivian mission (proof of a yellow fever vaccination is required). It can be obtained on arrival, but reports of it are varied and sketchy.

While this region is best known for Australia and New Zealand, there are far fewer known destinations that you can visit without a visa problem. There are numerous tropical and exotic places with many amazing places to discover and many new cultures to discover.

Cook Islands





Samoa (All Nationalities)

Marshall Islands


Tuvalu ($ 100)

Papau New Guinea ($ 50)

The Caribbean is a region full of travel fantasies – palm trees whispering over the fine powder beaches; The sea sighed and swayed like a barely plausible shade of perfect blue. From tropical hiking trails and cultural history museums to wild animals and island hopping, there is something for everyone.

Antigua and Barbuda



British Virgin Islands

Cayman Islands


Dominican Republic





St. Kitts and Nevis

St. Lucia

Vincent and the Grenadines

Trinidad and Tobago

Turks and Caicos Islands

There are very limited options for us on this continent, but if you may not be able to select any of the destinations above, you can get started.



I hope this helps you plan future trips while choosing unconventional and underestimated destinations! Make sure to check out the “Destinations” menu at the top of this blog for more information on places I’ve been to. Feel free to pin this post to your Pinterest using the image below!

This list will be updated over time based on your feedback. So you can leave your experience traveling to these places in the comments below! (Share only if you have personal experience with a South African passport). Have fun planning!

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