Chile (Republic of)

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History of Relations

For some years South Africa's relations with Chile were conducted from Buenos Aires, Argentina, until an Embassy was formally opened in Santiago in March 1974. Relations were however never formally normalised until the appointment of a Chilean Ambassador to South Africa in October 1991. Current relations are maintained at ambassadorial level.

South Africa and Chile are both developing countries, share common experiences and problems and as such, can learn from each other and exchange expertise in related and relevant fields.

The relations are anchored through two frameworks. Politically relations are anchored through the Joint Consultative Mechanism signed in 1998, which is co-chaired by the respective deputy ministers of Foreign Affairs. The 7th Session of the Joint Consultative Mechanism took place virtually on 22 July 2021 co-chaired by Deputy Minister Alvin Botes from South African and Vice-Minister Carolina Valdivia from Chile.

Economic relations are anchored through the Joint Trade and Investment Commission (JTIC). This is led by the trade and industry entities of the two countries – Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) for South Africa and Directorate for Economic Relation (DIRECON) on the part of Chile. DIRECON is located within the Department of Foreign Affairs. The last session of the JTIC (VI) was held virtually on 19 May 2021

Numerous high-level visits have taken place since the normalisation of relations.

During her State Visit to South Africa in August 2014 President Bachelet made two important announcements namely, the Chilean Government would launch and fully sponsor a Nelson Mandela Scholarship that would target masters students from South Africa – it was later extended to Angolan and Mozambican students – who would come and study in Chile and, a Nelson Mandela memorial would be erected at a prominent site in Santiago. The Nelson Mandela Memorial has been erected close to the prominent Parque Normal and is likely to be officially inaugurated in December 2018.

On 6 November 2018, the Chair of the National Council of Provinces, Mme Thandi Modise,on invitation of the Chile South Africa Parliamentary Group, made a historic address to the Chamber of Deputies as part of Chile’s cross party homage ceremony in honour of Nelson Mandela’s centenary celebration, thus deepening inter-parliamentary cooperation. At the same occasion the Nelson Mandela Photo Exhibition was launched. A good foundation has been laid for greater inter-parliamentary cooperation.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries led a South African delegation to the country’s first ever participation at the global aquaculture exhibition called AquaSur in October 2018, thus deepening cooperation in the Aquaculture space.

On 23 April 2019 at a landmark event right at the centre of Santiago city, the Nelson Mandela Memorial was jointly launched by the Mayor of Santiago, Mr Fileppe Alessandri Vergana and former Ambassador Thabo Thage.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Chile

H E Mr G M Monyemangene
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African Embassy

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Chile Representation in South Africa

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Embassy of the Republic of Chile

Travel Info

Visa Requirements for South Africans

For more information contact the Embassy of Chile.

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

Tetanus - immunisation recommended if more than three years have passed since last inocculation.

For further information go to Travellers' Health.

Climate Info

Hot in the North. Very cold in the South. The Central areas have a Mediterranean climate.

Rain (May to August). Warmer months are November to February.

For up-to-date weather information click here.

Currency Info

The monetary unit in Chile is the Chilean Peso (CLP).

For current exchange rates click here.

State and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings

Joint Consultative Meeting (JCM) – Seventh Session held on 22 July 2021.

Joint Trade and Investment Commission (JTIC) – Seventh Session held on 19 May 2021.

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 Chile, visit the website of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition of South Africa.

Interest Groups and Information

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