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. High Commissioner T H Chiliza presented his credentials to the Governor General of the Commonwealth of Bahamas on 14 June 2001.

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. Bahamian interlocutors in general reveal an incisive knowledge about South Africa, especially, with respect to South Africa's pivotal role within the international community and our actions 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:

HE Adv F D Radebe
High Commissioner Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African High Commission

Office Hours:
Monday to Friday: 08:00 to 16:00

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.

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 at 012 351 0872/0851/0837

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 Afghanistan, visit the web site of the Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa

Interest Groups and Information


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