Arton Capital, a provider of residency and citizenship solutions, has launched the latest edition of its Passport Index – a ranking system that measures travel documents by the number of countries that can be visited without applying for a visa.
The index is timely because authorities in New Zealand announced earlier this month that South African visitors to New Zealand will have to apply for a visitor visa from the 21 November, due to incidents of counterfeit or fraudulent passports.
That would reduce the number of countries that SA citizens can travel to without a visa, to 90. Currently those people holding a green passport can access 60 countries visa-free, with an additional 31 countries operating a visa-on-arrival system.
Germany and Sweden top the global list of countries with the strongest passports – having access to 158 countries visa-free.
South Africa is ranked third in Africa, behind Seychelles (124 countries), and Mauritius (118 countries).
These are the countries South African passport holders can access without a visa:
List 1 – Visa-free entry, List 2 – Visa on entry.
Antigua and Barbuda
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Visa on entry
Electronic Travel Authority (eTA) entry
This list is ever changing and you should check periodically online or on our website for the most up to date lists.