One of the first things that usually comes to mind for South Africans when planning an overseas is… do I need a visa? The good news is that there are plenty of exciting holiday destinations that don’t require visas, or at the very least, will issue visas on arrival. Here are five great visa-free destinations for South Africans!
A firm favourite for South Africans, Thailand is not only visa-free but kinder on your pocket than most international destinations. Explore sacred temples, labyrinthine markets, Go-Go bars, and, of course, Thailand’s famous castaway islands that dot the Indochinese Peninsula.
Mauritius (visa on entry)
The original getaway island for South Africans, Mauritius never gets old. Who could ever tire of the island’s natural beauty, friendly people and endless beaches? As soon as you arrive, you will be issued with a visa, making Mauritius the perfect destination for a spontaneous beach holiday.
Maldives (visa on entry)
With your visa issued on arrival, holidays to the Maldives have never been more accessible. Take your pick of Maldives resort islands, idle onto shore, and ditch your flip-flops for Crusoe-chic luxury at its best. Holidays to the Maldives are perfect for beach addicts, adventurers, foodies, cocktail buffs, romantic couples and fun-seeking families.
Famous for being the home UNESCO World Heritage Site, Machu Picchu, Peru is invitingly visa-free for South Africans. In fact, most of South America dangles the visa-free carrot in our direction, teasing us to visit remote Inca ruins, Angel Falls, the Amazon Rainforest and the beaches of Brazil. Are you packing your bags yet?
Visa-free for South Africans, there are castles and cathedrals to explore, museums and art galleries to discover, and Viking adventures to be had, all against the backdrop of shamrocks, Celtic ruins, and fiddle-and-song pubs with free-flowing Guinness. Welcome to the Republic of Ireland. Stick to the south though, as Northern Ireland is part of the UK, and as such requires a UK Visa.
Information supplied by Pentravel Ballito. Details: Ballito Junction Regional Mall, 032 880 0060.