South Africa is the largest country in Southern Africa and one of the fastest growing Economies in Africa. With a population of over 57 million people, South African Passport is often considered as the Green Mamba.
According to Passport index, citizens of South Africa enjoyed visa-free access to 61 countries and are entitled to Visa on Arrival to 32 other countries making South African passport the 51 most sought after Passport in the World and the third in Africa.
The Passport is divided into 5 categories:
1. Regular Passport
Regular Passport is valid for 10 years and is not renewable. They are often issued to South African citizen for occasional travels and business trips.
2. Diplomatic Passport
Diplomatic passports are strictly for diplomats and their consulates
3. Official Passport
Official Passport is issued to government officials by the Department of Home Affairs and it has a validity period of 5 years.
4. Maxi passport
Maxi Passport is similar to regular passport but it contains 48 pages, it has a validity period of 10 years and its non-renewable
5. Child passport
Child Passport is issued to Children who are 15 years or younger and it has a validity period of 5 years.
Just like Green Mamba, South African citizen can travel visa-free to Countries where giants of Africa cannot. Apart from Mauritius and Seychelles passport which has a little comparative advantage over South Africa, South African Passport is one of the best passport in Africa.
Here is the list of Countries that you can travel to with visa with a South African Passport.
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Hong Kong
- Palestinian Territories
- Russian Federation
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- South Korea
- St. Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
With South African Passport, you will have either a visa waiver on arrival, e-visa, visitor’s passport or given a visa on arrival to these Countries.
- Cape Verde
- Cote d’Ivoire
- India (eVisa)
- Marshall Islands
- Sri Lanka