Feeling spontaneous and want to hop on a long-haul flight to somewhere exotic, without worrying about the admin of organising a visa beforehand? The South African passport enjoys visa-free and visa-on-arrival policies with 97 countries. AAISHA DADI PATEL lists 11 places you should consider for a holiday destination
Birthplace of the poet Rumi, the magical streets of Istanbul – filled with history and culture – are open to any South African citizen.
2. South Korea
A land of rich landscapes, busy nightlife and rich Asian cultural history, this Korea is far more chilled out than its Northern counterpart, and you can find it all out because you don’t need a visa to get in there.
3. Hong Kong
This Far East cosmopolitan haven is not only a shiny city with bright lights, but also houses a Disneyland! Tiny as it may be, it’s got something for everyone.
One of the richest countries in the world, this tiny Asian island is a big city, and everything in it is shiny. Man-made Sentosa Island, with resorts and an array of amusement parks – including Universal Studios – has enough attractions for people of all ages to enjoy.
This stunning island in the Indian Ocean, with its sapphire waters and white sand, is a dream destination for many. Most airlines from South Africa can get you there via the Middle East.
6. South America
South Africans can enter almost this entire continent without a visa – Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela will all welcome you with open arms!
Only a four-hour flight away from Johannesburg, this little island always promises welcoming beaches and lots of sunshine. Experience it all with no visa necessary for South African passport holders.
Delicious cuisine, monks and temples, tiger sanctuaries and the largest open-air market shopping scene in the world. In many ways, Thailand is a country that has it all. And you can see it all, because you don’t need a visa to get in!
One of the largest countries in the world, this collection of islands, including beautiful Bali, has enough beaches with white sand and deeply entrenched cultural traditions to fascinate every traveller. You can buy a visa upon your arrival if you are South African.
Another gem of an island – if you need to make a getaway to a tranquil beach and soak up some Vitamin D while enjoying spectacular views and some easy living, head to the Seychelles, South African passport-holders!
From the busy streets of Kuala Lumpur to even more smaller breakaway islands with pretty views, Malaysia is an incredible country to be able to visit, and so it is very convenient that South Africans don’t need a visa to experience the variety of it all.