As a South African you have visa-free access to 94 countries in the world visa-free. In today’s world, visa restrictions play an important role in controlling the movement of foreign nationals across borders. Almost all countries now require visas from certain non-nationals who wish to enter or leave their country.
It is important to find out before traveling whether you need a visa to enter the country of your choice or country of transit.
A visa does not guarantee entry into a country, but it indicates that your passport and visa application have been checked by a consular officer at an embassy or consulate of the country you wish to enter. That officer has to decide if you qualify to enter the country for a specific purpose.
A visa allows you to travel to a country as far as the port of entry (airport, seaport or land border). In most countries the immigration officer has the authority to permit you to enter for a specific purpose and they usually decide how long you can stay for any particular visit.
According to The Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index 2013 the best passports were held by three northern European countries being Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom. These passport holders can visit 173 countries without applying for a Visa which is more than any other country’s citizens can.