Costa Rica (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 established diplomatic relations with Costa Rica in 1994. South Africa maintains good bilateral relations with Costa Rica. The South African Ambassador to Mexico, HE Mr M G Ferguson is also accredited as non-residential Ambassador to Costa Rica.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Costa Rica

South Africa is not residentially represented in Costa Rica. Please contact the SA Embassy in Mexico City, Mexico.

H E Mr M N Mbete
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

TIME DIFFERENCE WITH SA:
-8 hours (Winter - Oct - March)
-7 hours (Summer - April - Sept)

Costa Rica Representation in South Africa

Vacant
Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary designate, with residence in Switzerland

Honorary Consul
Ms S A Bishop

Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Costa Rica

Travel Info

Visa Requirements for Costa Rican citizens visiting South Africa

For more information contact the Embassy of South Africa in Mexico City

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

Malaria - High-risk in rural areas below 500 m - only chloroquin needed.
Typhoid present - Low risk
Tetanus - Immunisation recommended

For further information go to Travelers' Health.


Climate Info

Most of the year it is very hot - especially on the Caribbean coast. The rainy season is from June to November. December to May is the warm, dry season.

For up-to-date weather information click here


Currency Info

The monetary unit is the Costa Rican Colon (CRC).

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 at 012 351 0872/0872/0837

Trade Statistics

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

Interest Groups and Information

No Information

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