Argentine Republic

History of Relations| Diplomatic Representation | Travel Info | Health Requirements | Climate Info| Currency Info | Trade Statistics | Visits and Meetings| Agreements | Interest Groups/ Organisations

History of Relations

Full diplomatic relations between South Africa and Argentina were re-established in August 1991. Since the re-establishment of relations, bilateral cooperation has quickly expanded, with a large number of official visits being exchanged.

A number of High Ranking Government Officials and business persons have undertaken visits to Argentina and South Africa respectively since 1991. In this regard, the official visit by former President Nelson Mandela and Mrs Graca Machel in 1998, as well as the official visit to Argentina in 1997 by President Thabo Mbeki in his capacity as Deputy President, contributed to the consolidation of the good bilateral relations between our two countries.

Several South African Cabinet Ministers and Deputy Ministers have visited Argentina since 1996. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Minister of Foreign Affairs, represented the Government of South Africa at the inauguration of former President Dr Fernando de la Rua of Argentina on 10 December 1999. The most notable recent visits include those of Deputy Minister Aziz Pahad, Minister Essop Pahad and Minister Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka.

Bilateral contacts in a number of different fields, most notably sports, tourism, trade and agriculture, have greatly expanded during the past four years and this bodes well for future relations.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Argentine

H E Ms Phumelele Gwala
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African Embassy

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Argentine Representation in South Africa


H E Mr J E Figueroa
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Embassy of Argentina

Travel Info

Visa Requirements for South Africans

For more information contact the Argentine Embassy.

Travel Advisory on illegal activities abroad

South African citizens travelling abroad are strongly advised to take care not to become involved in activities which may be, or are, illegal in foreign countries.

Please remember, once you leave South Africa, you are not protected by South African laws and constitutional rights. If you are arrested abroad, the South African Government cannot get you out of prison or demand your release. At most, your government can intercede with local authorities to try and ensure that your rights under the laws of the country in which you were arrested are fully observed.

It can also attempt to ensure that you are treated humanely, i.e., according to those international agreements to which the country in which you have been arrested, has acceded.

Please note that the South African Government views crimes - particularly those involving illegal drugs, mercenary activities, the traffic in humans or small arms or the abuse of women and children - in a most serious light.

Visa Requirements for Argentine citizens visiting South Africa

For more information contact any South African Embassy

Health Requirements

For further information go to Travelers' Health.

Climate Info

The Argentine climate ranges from subtropical in the north to sub-antarctic in the south; generally moderate summer rainfall.

For up-to-date weather information click here

Currency Info

The monetary unit is New peso argentina;

For current exchange rates click here.

State and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings

Bilateral Agreements

If you have any queries with regard to treaties please contact the Treaty Section at 012 351 0892/0742 or send an e-mail to:

Trade Statistics

For current information on trade statistics between South Africa and Argentine Republic, visit the web site of the Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa.

Interest Groups and Information

No information


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