The Ultimate passport ranking.
GoEuro, the European-based rail, air, bus and car search and booking engine, has ranked passports from 51 countries to uncover which nationalities’ passports are the most useful when it comes to travel.
As any avid traveller knows passport are the key to adventures. Passports are the ultimate “don’t leave home without it“item, but the nationality of your passport can have a major effect on your travel plans and time abroad.
To clue you in on the effects your passport can have, GoEuro has undertaken the task of analysing passports from 50 countries around the world to discover which nationalities’ passports are the most useful in making your way around the globe.
The survey ranked passports on visa-free access as well as the ease of obtaining the passport – which included factors such as the cost of a passport, the length it remains valid, and the amount of time a citizen must work to obtain the passport.
All Factors Were Weighted and Scored To Produce The Ultimate Passport Ranking. GoEuro said.
South Africa is ranked 42nd out of the top 51 countries, down one spot from 41st in 2014. South Africa citizens have visa-free access to no fewer than 97 of the world’s 194 countries.
South Africans need to work an estimated 32 hours at minimum wage to afford the application fee of R400 ($34)required by the Department of Home Affairs.
GoEuro ‘s analysis shows the five nations with the most powerful passports are Sweden, Finland, Germany, UK and the US with 174visa-free countries.
Most but not all countries need a passport for Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Benin, Burundi, Chad, China, Iraq, Mozambique, Russia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen.
The Top 10 Most Powerful Passports in the World Are:
Countries South Africa Passport Holders Can Visit WITHOUT A Visa
Most SADC ( Southern African Development Community) countries are accessible to South Africans without a visa as long as they are going there for holiday. Any form of work even volunteering requires some kind of visa so always check before leaving home.
African countries South Africans can enter without visas:
African Countries Where South African Citizen Get Visa On Arrival
SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA
South and Central American countries South Africans can enter without visa:
Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Chile , Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Ecuador , El Salvador, Farkland Islands, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uruguay and Venezuela.
South Africans Will Need A Visa To Visit Among Others:
Suriname, French Guiana, Mexico, Cuba, and Puerto Rico.
Visa are required to visit the United States and Canada.
While most European countries require South Africans to have a visa, there are a few exceptions: Ireland, Kosovo and France’s Reunion Island.
South Africans can visit Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka, South Korea, and Timor – Leste.
South Africans do not need a visa to visit Israel and Jordan. Oman and Turkey will grant visas on arrival.
No visa is required when visiting the Cook Islands, Fiji, the Federate states of Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.