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Planning on travelling to South Africa? If you’re from one of these African countries you don’t need a visa

Cape Town – Are you or a family member planning on travelling or relocating to South Africa? There are a number of African countries that don’t require a visa to enter sunny South Africa.

With new visa technology and a sharp rise in global travellers looking to explore a post Covid-19 world after being cooped up for the past three years, South African authorities say they are expecting a bumper tourism season in 2022/23.

The eVisa system was launched in 14 countries in February 2022.

Facilities with smart technology have also been set up at major South African airports to facilitate electronic document checks.

Citizens of these African countries don’t need a visa to visit South Africa:

Algeria

Angola

Benin

Botswana

Cape Verde

Democratic Republic of Congo

Egypt

Ethiopia

Gabon

Ghana

Guinea

Ivory Coast (Republic of Còte D’Ivoire)

Kenya

Kingdom of eSwatini

Kingdom of Lesotho

Liberia

Madagascar

Malawi

Mali

Mauritius

Kingdom of Morocco

Mozambique

Namibia

Niger

Nigeria

Rwanda

Senegal

Seychelles

Tunisia

Uganda

Zambia

Zimbabwe – Citizens of Zimbabwe do not need a visa to visit South Africa for stays of up to 90 days. This is because Zimbabweans are granted visa exemption for South Africa under mutual visa waiver agreements, according to the website South Africa Visa.com. You can find a full list of visa-exempt countries on South Africa’s Department if Home Affairs website.

South Africa Passport Strength

The South African passport was ranked 51 out of 111 countries in a new report by Henley & Partners, seven spots down from 2021, when it ranked 58th.

The “Henley & Partners Passport Index for 2022”, which was released on January 11, outlines the number of countries travellers can visit without obtaining a visa before take-off.

On the list, Japan, Singapore and Germany hold the most powerful passports in the land, with their citizens having access to 192 and 190 countries, respectively.

South African Tourism Boom expected

According to travel experts, the new South Africa e-Visa is expected to increase the number of visitors to South Africa.

In 2017, 16 million tourists went to South Africa and this figure is expected to reach 19.5 million in 2022.

The e-Visa will make it much easier for people of more nationalities to enjoy what South Africa has to offer, say travel experts.

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