Eritrea (State 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

Eritrea, a former Ethiopian province and Italian Colony, gained independence in 1993. South Africa and the State of Eritrea agreed in 1994 to establish diplomatic relations. Ambassador WAW Nhlapo, South Africa's first non-resident Ambassador to Eritrea, presented his Credentials to President Isaias Afewerki on 12 March 1996.

The war that broke out with Ethiopia (1998-2000) impacted negatively until recently on official bi-lateral visits and further co-operation / investment with Eritrea. The Eritrean Ambassador to South Africa is Mr T Gerahtu.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Eritrea

Chargé d’Affaires a.i.
Ms S T Lefifi

South African Embassy

Eritrea Representation in South Africa

H E Mr S O Abdu
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Embassy of Eritrea

Travel Info

Visa requirements for South Africans

For more information contact the Eritrean Embassy in Pretoria

Health requirements

Malaria is not really a problem in Eritrea, although it does exist. Care should particularly be taken during and after the rain season.

For further information go to Travelers' Health.

Climate Info


The rainy season is from May to September with average temperatures of 19 degrees Celsius during the day. The dry season is from October to April with average temperatures during the day of 22 degrees Celsius.

Lowland and Coast

This area is hot and humid with day temperatures reaching between 40-45 degrees Celsius.

For up-to-date weather information click here.

Currency Info

The monetary unit is the Eritrean Nakfa. The exchange rate is about 8.0 Nakfa to the US$.

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 0892/0742 or send an e-mail to:

Trade Info

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

Interest Groups and Information

No Information


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