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According to the SovSpot Passport Ranking Index, the South African passport is now ranked 54th. It allows citizens of 103 countries to travel without a visa. Visa-free travel and visa-on-arrival are available to South African passport holders in countries such as Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Israel, and Russia. South African citizens, on the other hand, need a visa to visit 126 countries across the world, including Taiwan, Canada, Mexico, the United States, and the European Union as a whole. Because to the high visa requirement, the mobility score is medium.

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South Africa Passport Visa Free Countries

The number of countries South African passport holders can enter without a visa (i.e. visa-free countries) is added to the number of countries South African passport holders can enter by obtaining a visa on arrival (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) or an electronic travel authorization (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) (eTA). There are now 71 visa-free countries for South African passport holders, 31 visa-on-arrival countries for South African passport holders, and 1 eTA destination. South African passport holders can access a total of 103 countries without a visa, via a visa on arrival, or using an eTA. As a result, the South African passport is ranked number 54 in the world. In addition to these visa-free and visa-on-arrival countries, there are 126 other countries where South African passport holders will need a physical visa or an eVisa (i.e. visa required countries).

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