Visa Issues? Here is where you can go Visa free
While the world has opened for travel, COVID regulations have been dropped in many destinations and South Africa has recently just gone mask-free, getting a visa to your destination of choice is a challenge for many. Due to pent-up travel requests, a surge in international business travel and great travel deals to some of our favourite places, travellers are finding their waiting period to get a visa is longer than normal.
Currently applications for appointments to get a visa to the USA are pushing into 2023, while UK visas are taking up to around 8 weeks to process. Schengen visas to Europe are also taking a few weeks, so if you are planning a trip to a visa area, it's best to plan your timeline well in advance to avoid disappointment.
The good news is that if you are looking to spoil yourself and your family with a special trip, bucket-list adventure, or simply to head overseas for a break from the norm, there are plenty of fantastic visa-free destinations to choose from. This means you can simply plan, book, and go!
Here are top visa-free destinations for South Africans to visit right now:
Think sun, sand, and fun! This ever-popular island destination is top of many South African travellers' bucket lists, and with great rates right now, all-inclusive deals and an array of luxury 4-star and 5-star resorts, Mauritius makes for an excellent beach holiday.
For a truly affordable trip to the East, Thailand remains a favourite. Combine the cultural vibrancy and cuisine of Bangkok, with the beaches, relaxation and nightlife of Phuket, Karon, and Phi Phi - and you've got the perfect Thailand package holiday.
Travel to Bali for a truly soul-refreshing holiday. Incredible landscapes, tea plantations, tropical beaches and plenty of spiritual and cultural sights and attractions await you. Ancient, sacred temples and traditional markets also offer an authentic taste of Indonesia.
KENYA & TANZANIA
Go wild in Kenya and Tanzania! Get the best of East Africa's top national parks and reserves (think the Masai Mara and Serengeti). Witness the incredible Great Migration or head to the coast for a beach holiday in Mombasa or an island break on Zanzibar. An easy flight from Joburg to Nairobi or Dar es Salaam will get you there.
Can't get to the UK because your visa application is taking too long? Head to Ireland! The Green Isle has a wealth of attractions for South Africans to enjoy, from the sights and attractions of Dublin to the beautiful coastal drives of Killarney and Dingle Peninsula. Our top spots to include on your list should be Galway for its vibrant festival atmosphere, and Kilkenny for its medieval castles and cathedrals.
Chat to us now about planning an easy trip that ticks all the boxes.