Ethiopia (Federal Democratic 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 Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE) established formal diplomatic relations in 1994. Consequently the South African Embassy was established in Addis Ababa in August 1994, with South Africa's first Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Ethiopia (and also accredited to the OAU), Ambassador WAW Nhlapo, presented Credentials to the Ethiopian President on 8 February 1995, and OAU Secretary General, Dr Salim Ahmed Salim, on 13 March 1995. Currently Ambassador G Sangqu is resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Ethiopia and the AU.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Ethiopia

H E Mr E X Makaya
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African Embassy

Ethiopian Representation in South Africa

H E Mr S T Menbacho
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Travel Info

Visa requirements for South Africans

For more information contact the Ethiopian Embassy in Pretoria.

Health requirements

Immunisation against yellow fever and possession of a valid yellow fever certificate is a must, hepatitis A and hepatitis B are optional, depending on the duration of stay in Ethiopia. Immunisation against poliomyelitis, tetanus and typhoid (Vivotif Berna) is also recommended. Malaria is not really a problem in Addis Ababa, although it does exist in the low-lying and southern parts of the country.

For further information go to Travelers' Health.

Climate Info

Two seasons are experienced throughout most of the country: the dry season prevails from October through May; the wet monsoon season from June to September; some areas are prone to periodic extended droughts; the highlands/plateau are temperate while the lowlands are hot; temperatures vary from 10 degrees Celsius to 25 degrees Celsius throughout the year.

For up-to-date weather information click here.

Currency Info

The monetary unit is the Ethiopian Birr. 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 Ethiopia, visit the website of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition of South Africa.

Interest Groups and Information

No Info

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