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Visa-free! 5 countries South Africans can travel to these holidays

Here is a list of idyllic visa-free countries South African passport holders can consider for travel this December.

visa-free holidays countries

See these visa-free countries for ideal holidays. Image: Pixabay

The year-end holiday season is almost upon us and many people are thinking about holiday trips or travels.

South African passport holders require visas for entry to a number of desirable travel destinations.

Therefore, holiday destinations which offer visa-free entry to SA nationals are even more appealing.


Securing entry visas before travelling is often a tedious and expensive process which many try to avoid at all costs.

Some South Africans refuse to visit countries that do not offer visa-free entry.   

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Here is a list of 5 highly favoured destinations for SA passport holders, mainly because no visas are required for entry. But also, because they are sun-drenched exotic places.

Here are 5 exciting countries you can travel to this December without needing an entry visa.


Mauritius is famous for its azure waters, powder-white beaches, and luxury resorts. But there’s so much more attraction to Mauritius than the beach.

There’s hiking in the forested and mountainous interior and world-class diving and snorkelling. There are boat trips to near-perfect islets and excursions to botanical gardens and colonial plantation houses.

Mauritius is an exciting culinary destination with pristine nature as well. Thus, it has been a longtime visa-free favourite for SA holidaymakers.

Visa-free Mauritius. Image: Pixabay


Zanzibar is alluring. Its white sands and turquoise waters surround the island. African, Indian, Arabic and Persian influences intertwine in Stone Town to form a rich cultural backdrop.  

Zanzibar’s beaches are idyllic. Fine white sands edge clear turquoise waters, and traditional Arabic dhows sail into the horizon, silhouetted against pastel-tinted skies. Coconut palms wave gently in the breeze.

The beaches on Zanzibar’s east coast and around its northern tip offer a quintessential tropical island paradise. 

Visa-free Zanzibar. Image: Pixabay


Stretching across the Indian Ocean just southwest of Sri Lanka, the Maldives is known for countless paradise islets ringed by silky white sands, swaying palms, and crystalline waters.

Unrivalled luxury, stunning sandy beaches and a dazzling underwater world make the Maldives a brilliant choice for the holiday of a lifetime.

Visa-free Maldives. Image: Pixabay


With its blend of exotic travel experiences, cultural surprises, tasty food and one of the world’s friendliest people, Thailand could well be the perfect visa-free travel destination.

From bustling cities to remote idyllic islands, the Land of Smiles is sure to impress. Whether you want to shop; explore local culture; revel in the nightlife scene; spend lazy days on the beach or splurge on massages and treatments, Thailand has it all!  

Gleaming temples and golden Buddhas frame the landscapes in Thailand, serving as a stunning backdrop for tours of Bangkok’s noodle shacks and adventures along the coastline. Thailand is ideal for those on a budget too.

Visa-free Thailand. Image: Pixabay


This interesting country of over 17 000 islands is home to a huge range of adventures to choose from. Indonesia’s sheer range of experiences is hard to beat.

Bali has long been known as Indonesia’s best party place, but this tropical island offers layer after layer of rich diversity and unspoiled charm for travellers who want to hunt down unexpected experiences.

Moreover, many of Bali’s best experiences are free of charge.

Visa-free Indonesia: Image: Pixabay

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