Visa-free destinations for South Africans

With the Easter holidays coming up so close after Janu(worry), traveling abroad may be the last thing on many South Africans’ minds.  A close second to finances, the reason some people do not travel as much as they would like to is due to visa constraints (read: “more cost and hassle”). Applying for a visa can be a daunting task, particularly if you are a first time traveller. Seemingly endless paperwork, the (sometimes intrusive) interview and lastly the wait for your visa can all prove too much. And while Club Med loves the work Capago are doing to streamline applying for French and Italian visas (superb job guys, thank you!), there are also many Club Med villages where you do not need a visa. So, to beat the money and visa woes, read on as Club Med has you sorted with a whole bunch of visa-free destinations for South Africans.

According to Arton Capital, a provider of residency and citizenship solutions uses a visa-free score, a system that ranks travel documents by the number of countries that can be visited without having to apply for a visa. By this definition, South Africa is ranked at number 47 worldwide with a visa-free score of 94, an improvement on 2017’s score of 90.  The table below is a list of all the countries to travel to visa free, or by getting a visa at the airport.


This means that you can just pack a bag and choose a destination; out of 94 countries, at least one is bound to be on your bucket list. With so many destinations, the world truly is your oyster. All that’s left is to plan that amazing holiday you’ve been dreaming about. Whether you’re looking to splurge on an island getaway or are planning a more pocket-friendly trip to Southeast Asia, there is a destination for every type of traveler.

Indonesia – No visa required for 30 days!

With over 13 000 islands, Indonesia is a diverse and exciting destination. Thanks to Liz Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love, Bali has become the go-to destination for spiritual and introspective journeys – or, just a place to truly relax and regain perspective on life.

Club Med Bintan Island and Club Med Bali both fit the bill. With a variety of fitness activities, outdoor pursuits, and healthy cuisines, you will return home recharged and rejuvenated. In addition, Bintan Island is heaven on earth for golfers – boasting one of the best courses in Asia.

Club Med resorts in Mauritius (only four hours away), the Maldives (a lovers’ paradise and increasingly popular with families) and Malaysia (exotic and accessible at the same time) are also on our visa-free, favoured destinations list.

Wouldn’t it be awesome if all you had to do was pack a bag and a passport, because your entire vacation has been organised and no further money needs to be taken? Well, visit our boutique in Design Quarter if you are in Johannesburg and our friendly team will help you plan your magic-making holiday. If you’re outside of Johannesburg, give our team a call and let us help you plan your perfect visa-free hassle-free holiday!