Estonia (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

Estonia had representation in South Africa from 1934 with an Honorary Consul in Cape Town. A second Honorary Consul was appointed in Johannesburg in 1939. Estonian representation ended in 1948. South Africa formally recognised the independence of Estonia and the other Baltic States on 28 August 1991. Diplomatic relations were established in October 1991. Bilateral relations between South Africa and Estonia have developed gradually. There are no contentious or outstanding political issues between the two countries.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Estonia

Representation accredited from SA Embassy in Helsinki, Finland.

HE Dr B G Hans (non-resident)
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African Embassy

Estonian Representation in South Africa

Honorary Consul
Ms R Knipe

Honorary Consulate: Cape Town

Travel Info

Visa requirements for South Africans

An Estonian tourist visa can be used to enter Lithuania and Latvia. Visit the Estonia Ministry of Foreign Affairs's section on Consular Information for further information.

Health requirements

South Africans do not require vaccinations when visiting Estonia. However, vaccinations against Polio, Hepatitis A and Tetanus are advisable as a precautionary measure.

For further information go to Travelers' Health.

Climate Info

Wet, moderate winters and cool summers.

For up-to-date weather information click here.

Currency Info

The Monetary Unit is the Estonian kroon (EEK), divided into 100 cents. The exchange rate was 17.42 EEK to the US dollar on 6 April 2001, on a fixed rate since June 1992.

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

Estonia's most important exports to South Africa are matches, computers, electronic equipment and foodstuffs. South Africa exports fresh and canned fruit, wine, filters, transformers and signal equipment to Estonia.

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

Interest Groups and Information

Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Mr. Mart Relve

Director General

Toom-Kooli 17

10130 Tallinn

tel: +372 64 604 44

fax: +372 64 602 45

email: koda@koda.ee

 

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