Belgium (Kingdom of)

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History of Relations

Bilateral relations between South Africa and Belgium are cordial and based on a shared commitment to the values of freedom, democracy and a similar approach to a broad range of international issues, specifically peace and security.

The parties’ diplomatic engagement is executed within the ambit of the Bilateral Joint Commission of Cooperation (JCC) which was signed in November 2004 during an official visit to Belgium by former President Thabo Mbeki. The JCC has afforded both sides an opportunity to count on considerable interest which has significantly contributed to reinforcing political and economic ties. The last JCC was held in November 2009 in Brussels and the next one will take place in 2022.

Belgium regards South Africa as an important partner with which it works towards peace, security and democracy in Africa.

(The Belgian influence in Africa especially in the Great Lakes Region remains very critical. The recent 16 to 20 September 2019 visit by the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mr Felix Tshisekedi in Belgium is viewed by both countries as an opportunity to unlock the strained bilateral relations. The Belgian Prime Minister, Sophie Wilmes reciprocated the visit and led a political and diplomatic mission for a three-day visit to strengthen ties with the DRC in a dynamic way of friendship and partnership from 5-7 February 2020.)

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Belgium

H E Ms T Xasa
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African Embassy to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Mission to the European Union.

Belgium Representation in South Africa

Vacant
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Pretoria Embassy

Travel Info

Visa Requirements for South Africans

For more information contact the Embassy of Belgium in Pretoria or visit the web site of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Health Requirements

If you have any questions regarding:

  • the mandatory negative PCR-test prior to departure, required from every traveller (older than 12), coming to Belgium from a red zone (not for residents in Belgium)
  • the Passenger Locator Form
  • the mandatory COVID-19 test and quarantine on return from a red zone to Belgium.

Please check the website and contact the FPS Public Health on 0800 14 689 or send an e-mail to info.coronavirus@health.fgov.be.

For further information go to TraveLlers' Health.


Climate Info

A temperate climate with an average of almost 210 days of rain per year.

For up-to-date weather information click here.


Currency Info

The monetary unit is the Euro (EUR).

For current exchange rates click here.

State and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings

Despite various high-level interactions between the principals on the margins of multilateral fora, there has not been many high-level visits to and from South Africa. Former President Jacob Zuma paid an Official Visit to Belgium in 2010. The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Didier Reynders visit South Africa, in September 2018 for a bilateral engagement with the former Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, LN Sisulu.

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

Belgium ranks sixth in the world in terms of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in South Africa with R285,7 billion (2017), focusing on mining, green energy, ports, logistics and agriculture among others (Source: Reserve Bank). South Africa’s exports to Belgium amounted to R 27 444 137 851and imports amounted to R R 11 627 787 065 (Source SARS).

In turn South Africa has invested about R1,8 billion (March 2020) in Belgium. South African companies operating in Belgium are Sappi, The Aeroplane Factory 90% owned by Sonaca, Bidvest, ECHO Group and Mondi Group, amongst others.

Belgium is also one of the leading sources of inbound tourism from Europe, with 57 232 Belgian tourists visiting South Africa during 2019. In 2020, South Africa received 54,233 Belgian tourists, but this number has declined to 43,862 by the end of February 2021.

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

Interest Groups and Information

Federation of Belgian Industry
Ravensteinstraat 4
1000 BRUSSEL
Tel: 02/515 08 11
Fax: 02/515 09 99

(FBI is a founding member of the UNICE at European level and a member of the BIAC at OECD level)

VEV (Vlaams Ekonomisch Verbond)
Afgevaardigd Beheerder
Brouwersvliet 5 Bus 4
Tel : 03/231 1660
Fax : 03/233 76 60

National Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Belgium
Chairman
Avenue des Arts 1-2
1040 BRUSSELS
Tel: 02/217 36 71
Fax: 02/217 46 34

Belgian Foreign Trade Office
General Manager
WTC Tower 1
Boulevard Emile Jacqmain 162 box 36
1210 BRUSSELS
Tel: 02/206 35 11
Fax: 02/203 18 12

Flemish Foreign Trade Board
Director-General
Koningstraat 80
1000 BRUSSELS
Tel: 02/504 87 11
Fax: 02/504 88 99

Dare-Awex (French speaking Foreign Trade Board)
Area Coordinator
Avenue des Arts 13-14
1040 BRUSSELS
Tel: 02/211 55 11
Fax: 02/211 55 70

Fabrimental
Director of International Relations Department
Rue des Drapiers 21
1050 BRUSSELS
Tel: 02/510 24 67
Fax: 02/510 25 64

(The Federation of manufacturers in the engineering industry plays an important part in the Belgian economy where this industry represents 240 000 jobs, 33% of the Belgian-Luxembourg Economic Union's exports and 26% of total gross industrial product).

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