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The cheapest international destinations for South Africans to travel to are generally the places where no visas are required and the rand is comparatively strong, says Regine Miller, marketing manager of iGo Travel.

“Affordable travel is possible - you just have to travel smartly,” Miller tells Business Insider South Africa.  

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South Africans can travel to 94 countries visa-free, including Thailand, Bali, and Russia.

Members of the Association of Southern African Travel Agents (Asata) gave Business Insider their lists of the cheapest international places to visit.

These are the 5 cheapest foreign destinations for South Africans right now.

Thailand: 7 nights from R7,925 per person.

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“Here, visitors are spoilt for choice, at ridiculously low prices,” says Angela Wood, general sales manager at Thompsons Holidays.

“This fascinating country offers a rich variety of experiences; lazing on the beach, lots of culture and tradition, diving, fabulous food, wellness and golf.”

You can get a seven-night, 3-star hotel visit to Thailand starting at R7,925 per person – with flights included, as well as a daily breakfast, and a half-day sightseeing tour.


Indonesia: 7 nights from R13,500 per person.

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Bali’s temples and palaces are a must-see, says Stephen Howarth from Sure Travel.

“And don’t forget about the great surfing!”

Packages start from R13,500 for seven nights per night including flights and daily breakfast.


Zanzibar: 7 nights from R12,000 per person.

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“Zanzibar is growing stronger all the time, as travellers are looking to Zanzibar for an affordable beach holiday with an African feel,” says Karen Donkin from Serendipity Travel.

A seven-night getaway will set you back anything from R12 000 to R15 000 per person, flights included.


Russia: 8 nights from R16,200.

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Russia has seen phenomenal growth in tourists from South Africa partly due to a decision by Russia to waive visa requirements, says Theresa Szejwallo, managing director of The Travel Corporation in South Africa.

An eight-day trip visiting St. Petersburg, Novgorod, and Moscow costs would roughly R2,025 per day.

“Russia is well loved not only for its turbulent history and culture but also for the warmth of its people,” Szejwallo says.


Mauritius: 7 nights from R10,000 per person.

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Mauritius’ all-inclusive packages with meals, drinks and entertainment, make the Indian Ocean island a popular destination, says Wood.

“In addition, the island offers so many different resorts that one can return time and again.”

Seven-day packages start from R10,000 per person all-inclusive.

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