With a whopping 121 countries denying visitation rights to South Africans, and a further 95 nations imposing strict quarantine rules on travellers from our shores, Mzansi is starting to feel a bit isolated from the rest of the world. However, if the need to travel abroad is completely overwhelming, there are *some* destinations willing to welcome us…
Travel restrictions: South Africa shunned by most countries
According to Skyscanner’s interactive map, there are nine countries with ‘low restrictions’ in place against people coming from South Africa – including several European destinations. The flight aggregation website has collated data from 225 territories across the world, and 96% of them have strict rules that either prohibit or limit travel from SA.
However, nine nations will allow South Africans in with little-to-no quarantine required on arrival. This collective may not read like your typical travel wish-list, but after a year of lockdown, who are we to be picky?
Where can South Africans still travel to?
Albania, North Macedonia, Slovakia and Ukraine are all on the ‘blue list’. The four European nations will not ask SA visitors to quarantine on arrival, allowing them to roam about their borders freely. Tirana, Skopje, Bratislava and Kiev are all beautiful capital cities in their own rights, and those who can afford it may enjoy taking a step out of their comfort zone.
Speaking of which, Afghanistan’s border officials aren’t particularly bothered about South Africans coming to visit. The Central African Republic, meanwhile, is the only destination on our continent with the minimum set of rules in place. But if you like your holiday locations tropical and far-flung, you can still visit Central America or the Pacific Islands.
Costa Rica is allowing Saffers in, quarantine-free. The idyllic paradise that is Tonga is also open for business, after it was barely impacted by the spread of the virus. Nauru – one of the least visited countries on Earth – completes the list.
FULL LIST OF COUNTRIES ALLOWING SOUTH AFRICANS TO VISIT FREELY [MAP]:
- Central African Republic
- Costa Rica
- North Macedonia