Bahamas (Commonwealth of the)

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

History of Relations

South Africa and the Bahamas established diplomatic relations on 28 July 1994. South Africa's non-resident High Commissioner, Ms T Luthuli-Gcabashe, presented her credentials in Nassau on 7 April 1999. Bilateral relations reverted to the South African High Commission in Kingston, Jamaica when High Commissioner T H Chiliza presented his credentials to the Governor General of the Commonwealth of Bahamas on 14 June 2001. Presently, South Africa’s High Commissioner to Jamaica, L.E Yengeni is accredited to the Bahamas.

The Bahamas played a prominent role in the South African liberation struggle, i.e. the adoption of the Nassau Understanding and the establishment of the Eminent Persons Group during the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting held in 1985 in the Bahamas. President Thabo Mbeki paid a successful state visit to the Bahamas in 2003 which strengthened bilateral political and economic relations with the Bahamas as well as consolidating relations with the countries of the Caribbean Community (Caricom). South Africa and the Bahamas signed an agreement on 1 September 2011 for the exchange on information relating to tax matters. The Bahamas supports South Africa's robust efforts within the international community in advancing the agenda of the developing world.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Bahamas

The South African High Commission in Kingston, Jamaica is responsible for the Bahamas:

H E Ms L E Yengeni
High Commissioner Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African High Commission

Time difference: -7 hours

Bahamas Representation in South Africa

No Representation

Travel Info

Visa Requirements for South Africans

For more information visit the Island of the Bahamas web site.

Health Requirements

Tetanus - immunisation recommended.

Travellers to the Bahamas need to familiarise themselves with COVID screening and testing requirements when visiting the country.

For further information go to Travelers' Health.

Climate Info

Tropical marine; moderated by warm waters of Gulf Stream.

For up-to-date weather information click here.

Currency Info

For up-to-date information click here.

State and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings

No information

Bilateral Agreements

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.

Trade Statistics

Exports fall chiefly into the prepared foodstuffs and chemicals categories. Imports fall chiefly into the category of prepared foodstuffs, beverages, spirits and vinegar; tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes.

For current information on trade statistics between South Africa and Bahamas, visit the website of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition of South Africa.

Interest Groups and Information


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