These are the 101 international locations you’ll be able to journey to visa-free on a South African passport – as soon as restrictions raise

Henley & Companions has revealed its passport index for 2021, outlining the international locations that South African can journey to visa-free proper now, and the way the pandemic has impacted worldwide journey.

The Henley Passport Index is the unique rating of all of the world’s passports in line with the variety of locations their holders can entry and not using a prior visa.

The rating relies on unique knowledge from the Worldwide Air Transport Affiliation (IATA), which maintains the world’s largest and most correct database of journey info.

With out taking non permanent restrictions into consideration, Japan continues to carry the primary place on the index, with passport holders capable of entry 191 locations around the globe visa-free.

This marks the third consecutive 12 months that Japan has held the highest spot, both alone or collectively with Singapore.

Singapore sits in second place, with entry to 190 locations, and South Korea holds onto third place alongside Germany, with each having a visa-free/visa-on-arrival rating of 189.

Barely additional down however nonetheless within the high 10, New Zealand is in seventh place, with visa-free entry to 185 locations, whereas Australia is in eighth place, with entry to 184 locations.

Dr. Christian Kaelin, chairman of Henley & Companions, stated that the newest rating gives a chance to replicate on the extraordinary upheaval that characterised 2020.

“Only a 12 months in the past all indications have been that the charges of world mobility would proceed to rise, that journey freedom would enhance, and that holders of highly effective passports would get pleasure from extra entry than ever earlier than.

“The worldwide lockdown negated these glowing projections, and as restrictions start to raise, the outcomes from the newest index are a reminder of what passport energy actually means in a world upended by the pandemic.”

With the primary Covid-19 vaccine authorised simply over a month in the past, airline trade consultants imagine that necessary vaccination earlier than air journey might quickly be a necessity.

A technological innovation scheduled to launch in Q1 2021 that may contribute to restoring world mobility is IATA’s Journey Move initiative — a cell utility that permits travellers to retailer and handle their verified certifications for Covid-19 checks or vaccines.

South Africa

The index reveals that South Africa has misplaced two locations within the rankings, shifting right down to 54th place. Firstly of 2021, SA passport holders are capable of entry 101 locations with out acquiring a previous visa.

Nevertheless, as with different international locations, it faces ongoing journey restrictions because of the pandemic.

On the finish of December,  the UK’s Well being and Social Care secretary Matt Hancock moved to ban journey between the 2 international locations, citing the second Covid-19 variant as a key concern.

This week Denmark stated that it has additionally embody  South Africa on its record of ‘banned international locations’. “The entry ban for foreigners who don’t reside in Denmark and journey from South Africa is in place from 6 January 2021 till and together with 17 January 2021,” it stated.

As with South Africa’s opening of borders, international locations that do enable journey for leisure and tourism functions don’t accomplish that unconditionally, and would require travellers to both submit current damaging Covid-19 checks, or be topic to a compulsory quarantine interval.

Under are the 101 international locations South Africans can journey to visa-free in line with the newest Henley & Companions report.

* Signifies visa on arrival or eTA.


AngolaMadagascar*Sierra Leone*
BotswanaMauritania*St. Helena*
Cape Verde Islands*MauritiusSwaziland (eSwatini)
Comores Islands*MozambiqueTanzania


Cambodia*MalaysiaSri Lanka*
Hong Kong (SAR China)Maldives*Tajikistan*
Macao (SAR China)South Korea


EireKosovoRussian Federation


Cook dinner IslandsMicronesiaSamoa*
Marshall Islands*Palau Islands*Vanuatu


Antigua and BarbudaDominican RepublicSt. Lucia
BahamasGrenadaSt. Vincent and the Grenadines
BarbadosHaitiTrinidad and Tobago
British Virgin IslandsJamaicaTurks and Caicos
Cayman IslandsMontserrat
DominicaSt. Kitts and Nevis


BelizeEl SalvadorPanama
Bolivia*Falkland IslandsParaguay
Costa RicaHondurasVenezuela

Center East/Different 

Iran*Palestinian Territory

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