With its citizens enjoying visa-free access to 101 countries in total, South Africa is the third highest African country on the index.
The number of counties is down from 102 in 2018, with South Africans now requiring a visa to enter Turkey – although this can be done through a simple online process designed to issue your visa within 48 hours.
Previously, South African passport holders could be issued with a visa stamped on arrival.
Japan goes into the new year holding first place on the Henley Passport Index, with citizens enjoying visa-free/visa-on-arrival access to 190 destinations. In a further display of Asian passport power, Singapore and South Korea now sit in joint second place, with access to 189 destinations around the globe.
Germany and France remain in third place going into 2019, with a visa-free score of 188.