But after you've forked out, it really is about the access your passport provides.
Each year Henley & Partners, a citizenship and planning firm, ranks nations according to how many countries their residents can visit without applying for a visa and this year there's a total of 100 countries to choose from worldwide.
South Africa has ranked 52nd on the 2018 Henley Passport Index, with an overall ranking of 3rd highest African passport on the index - and locals enjoying visa-free access to some 29 African countries.
These include Benin, Botswana, Cape Verde Islands, Comores Islands, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Somalia, St Helena, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Click here to see the full list of 100 visa-free destinations for South Africans.
SA's passport power is surpassed by the Seychelles, which, with visa-free access to 141 countries, is the highest-ranking country in Africa and sits in 27th place on the index.
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