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

South Africa and Belize established diplomatic relations on 14 May 1997. Ms T Luthuli-Gcabashe, South Africa's first non-resident High Commissioner to Belize, presented her credentials on 7 June 1999 in Belmopan. H E High Commissioner Chiliza presented his credentials to the Governor General of Belize on 18 September 2001. At the same time, High Commissioner Chiliza met with Prime Minister Musa, the Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs and the Secretary-General of CARICOM.

During a meeting with Prime Minister Musa in 2001, he recommended a local businessperson, Mr Maurice Underwood as candidate for a South African Honorary Consul. However the appointment remains outstanding to date. Prime Minister Musa is known to be a strong advocate for increased South-South cooperation and that Belize looks towards South Africa to play a leadership role in advancing the agenda of the developing world.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Belize

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

H E Ms L E Yengeni
High Commissioner Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African High Commission

Time difference: -7 hours

Belize Representation in South Africa


Travel Info

Visa Requirements for South Africans

For more information visit the web site of the Belize Tourism Board.

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate if coming from an endemic area.

Malaria - high risk if travelling beyond the cities.

Tetanus - immunisation recommended.

For further information go to Travelers' Health.

Climate Info

Tropical; very hot and humid; rainy season from May to February.

For up-to-date weather information click here.

Currency Info

For up-to-date information click here.

State and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings


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 Info

Exports fall chiefly into the categories of vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment and chemical products. (Imports are too negligible to be reflected in the official trade statistics.)

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

Interest Groups and Information


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