Korea (Democratic People’s 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 the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) established diplomatic relations in August 1998 by exchange of Notes in New York. It was agreed to maintain non-residential relations at ambassadorial level. South Africa's Ambassador to the People's Republic of China is accredited to Pyongyang.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in DPRK

Chargé d’Affaires a.i.
Ms D Balatseng

South African Embassy

DPRK Representation in South Africa

H E Mr Song Il JONG
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Korea

Travel Info

Visa Requirements for South Africans

For more information contact the Counsellor (Administration and Consular) in Beijing.

Health Requirements

Immunisation against hepatitis A, hepatitis B as well as Japanese encephalitis is strongly recommended before departure from South Africa. Immunisation against poliomyelitis, tetanus and typhoid (Vivotif Berna) is also recommended.

For further information go to Travelers' Health.

Climate Info

North Korea experiences long, cold, dry winters and short, hot, humid summers. Approximately 60 percent of rainfall occurs between June and September.

For up-to-date weather information click here.

Currency Info

The monetary unit is the Won. The currency is not freely convertible.

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 Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, visit the website of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition of South Africa.

Interest Groups and Information

No information


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