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South Africans can now visit 99 countries visa-free or with a visa-on-arrival, according to the latest Henley Passport Index

This latest ranking of passport power and global mobility – which is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) – shows that overall, African states continue to fare poorly, although there have been some recent positive changes as more countries on the continent relax their visa policies.

So you need to pack? Here are a few handy tips to make sure your trip is a success

Do you find yourself thinking for days on end about things you will need on the trip and telling yourself “I must remember to pack that”? Have you arrived and discovered “oops I should have packed that”? There is a simple solution and it works, especially if it’s keeping you up at night before the trip – write it down. Yes, make a list, add to it whenever you have an idea that I must pack this, and take it with you. When you get there and think I should have, add it to that list and keep it in one of those pockets in your favourite bag or case so next time, you won’t forget. When you are doing that last-minute dash instead of running around in circles you can check your list and feel far more at ease and only have to deal with the excitement or nerves of the trip itself.

What South African expats need to know about financial emigration and recession

With the South African economy currently in recession, lessening the effects of Rand volatility is a top priority for many people at the moment. Many expatriates have retirement funds and other assets in South Africa that they would like to withdraw and transfer offshore. This is known as the process of financial emigration. SAFFA.com had a look at the most common questions about this process below.