Colombia (Republic of)

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 Colombia established full diplomatic relations on 12 April 1994. Colombia opened an Embassy in Pretoria in April 1995 and the first Colombian Ambassador to South Africa took up his post in Pretoria in July 1995. The South African Ambassador in Brazil was accredited as non-resident Ambassador to Colombia in February 1996. However, following the opening of the South African Embassy in Venezuela in 1998, Ambassador-designate T Luthuli- Gcabashe received agrément from Bogota. Towards the end of 1991 South Africa appointed an honorary representative in Bogota.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Colombia 

The South African Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela is responsible for Colombia:

H E Ms X N Ngwevela
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African Embassy

Colombia Representation in South Africa

H E Ms M E Correa Olarte
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Embassy of Colombia

Travel Info

Visa Requirements for South Africans

For more information contact the Colombian Embassy in Pretoria or visit the the web site of the Colombian Embassy in Washington DC, USA.

Health Requirements

         Yellow fever certificate.

         Malaria - risk exists if travelling below 1 500m.

         Tetanus - immunisation recommended.

         Hepatitis B certificate

For further information go to Travelers' Health.

Climate Info

Tropical in coastal areas; rainy season from May to November; cool weather along interior mountain ranges where the largest cities are situated.

For up-to-date weather information click here

Currency Info

Colombian Peso.

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 0892/0742 or send an e-mail to:

Trade Info

Exports fall chiefly into the categories of chemical products, base metals, wood pulp and transport equipment. Imports fall mainly into the categories of vegetable products, textiles and chemical products.

For current information on trade statistics between South Africa and Colombia, visit the web site of the Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa.

Interest Groups and Information



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