Brazil (Federative Republic of)

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

Formal Formal diplomatic relations between South Africa and Brazil were established in 1948 through the “Agreement on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations”. Since 1994, relations between the two countries have blossomed. South Africa continues to enjoy cordial relations with Brazil premised on the principles solidarity and development cooperation.

Since 1994, there has been a number of high level interactions between South Africa and Brazil. The year 2020 marked the anniversary of a “Declaration on the Establishment of a Strategic Partnership between the Federative Republic of Brazil and the Republic of South Africa” South Africa remains commitment to strengthening relations with Brazil. Furthermore, South Africa considers Brazil as an important partner which features in achieving South-South cooperation.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Brazil

H E Mr V W Mavimbela
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African Embassy

South African Embassy: Brasilia

South African Consulate General: Sao Paulo

Ms T Kumalo
Consul General of South Africa to the Federative Republic of Brazil

-5 hours (Winter - October - February)
-4 hours (Summer - March - September)

Brazil Representation in South Africa

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Embassy of the Federative Republic of Brazil

Travel Info

Visa Requirements for South Africans

None for ordinary South African passport holders for up to 90 days. For more information contact the Embassy of the Federative Republic of Brazil or visit their website.

Visa Requirements for Brazilian citizens visiting South Africa

For more information contact the South African Embassy.

Travel Advisory: Warning 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.

Health Requirements

Medical facilities are available, but expensive. English speaking doctors and dentists are available.

Yellow Fever certificate is required for pax travelling to following areas: Acre, Amazonas Amapa, Distrito Federal, Goias, Maranhao, Mato Grosso. Mato Gross do Sol, Para, Rondonia, Tocantins, Roraima.

Yellow Fever certificate is required by SA authorities for pax returning from South American countries.

Children up to the age of 6 years must be vaccinated against polio.

Malaria risk outside of urban areas/coastal areas from Rio to Recife - no malaria.

Hepatitis B - immunisation recommended for pax travelling in the Amazon.

Tetanus - immunisation recommended if more than 2 years have elapsed since last inoculation.

For further information go to Travelers' Health.

Climate Info

Brazil's climate is similar to South Africa, but extremely dry (low humidity) during the winter months (June/July). During the summer months (January/February) temperatures can go up to 40 degrees C in the Rio de Janeiro area.

For up-to-date weather information click here.

Currency Info

The monetary unit is the Real (R$) - plural = Reais.

For current exchange rates 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 Info

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

Interest Groups and Information

No information

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