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Full diplomatic relations between South Africa and Argentina were re-established in August 1991. Since the establishment of democracy in South Africa in 1994, the level of co-operation and interaction between the two countries has increased significantly. Argentina has an Embassy in Pretoria.
Bilateral relations between South Africa and Argentina remain sound and the various common ideals and objectives of the two Governments provide a potential basis for enhanced bilateral relations as well as for cooperation at the multilateral level.
Bilateral cooperation has expanded, with a large number of visits such as the official visit by former President Nelson Mandela to Argentina to attend the XIV MERCOSUR Heads of State Summit Meeting in July 1998, in Ushuaia, and by Mr Thabo Mbeki in his capacity as Deputy President in 1997. Several South African Cabinet Ministers and Deputy Ministers have visited Argentina since 1996. South Africa and Argentina have also established a Joint Bi-national Commission (BNC) and several meetings have been held in recent years. The South African Minister of International Relations, Ms Lindiwe Sisulu visited Argentina in June 2018 for the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and the Argentine President, Mr Mauricio Macri, visited South Africa in July 2018 for the 10th BRICS Summit. President Cyril Ramphosa together with Minister Tito Mboweni, attended the G20 Leaders’ Summit from 30 November – 1 December 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Bilateral contacts in a number of different fields, most notably sports, tourism, science and technology, trade and agriculture, have greatly expanded during the past number of years and a number of bilateral agreements have been signed. Tourism is also on the increase between the two countries.
South African Representation in Argentine
H E Ms Z Makina
South African Embassy
Time difference with SA:Argentine
Representation in South Africa
H E Mr C Perez Paladino
Embassy of Argentina
Visa Requirements for South Africans
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.
for Argentine citizens visiting South Africa
Holders Holders of Argentinian passports do not need visas in respect of bona fide holiday and business visits to South Africa not exceeding 90 days and transits. Visits outside these categories do require visas.
For more information contact any
South African Embassy.
It is advised that all visitors please verify visa requirements with the South African Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
For further information go to Travellers' Health.
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
The monetary unit is New Peso Argentina.
For current exchange rates click here.
and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings
If you have any queries with regard to treaties please contact the Treaty Section of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) at 012 351 1000.
For current information on trade statistics between
South Africa and Argentine Republic, visit the website of the Department
of Trade, Industry and Competition of South Africa.
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