Haiti (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 full diplomatic relations with the Republic of Haiti on 9 December 1997. High Commissioner TH Chiliza presented his credentials to the President of Haiti, Jean-Bertrand Aristide on 3 October 2001, thereby becoming South Africa's second non-residential Ambassador to the Republic of Haiti. During the visit, discussions were held with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Public Transport, Commerce and Industry. The following issues were discussed:

The establishment of direct transportation links (aviation and marine) between the Caribbean and South Africa.

The establishment of the Haitian Embassy in South Africa.

A request by the Foreign Minister of high level South African participation during the Haitian Bicentennial celebrations during 2003/4

The Government of Haiti also expressed its full support for the African Union and NEPAD.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Haiti

The South African High Commission in Kingston, Jamaica is responsible for Haiti.

H E Ms L E Yengeni
High Commissioner Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African High Commission

-7 hours (Winter - Oct - April)
-7 hours (Summer - April - Oct)

Haitian Representation in South Africa

H E Mr J J Baril
High Commissioner Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Haiti Embassy

Travel Info

Visa Requirements for South Africans

Visas are required by South African passport holders.

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.

Visa Requirements for Haitian citizens visiting South Africa

For more information contact the Embassy of South Africa in Jamaica.

Health Requirements

Malaria - only chloroquin needed.

Yellow Fever, if coming from infected areas.

For further information go to Travelers' Health.

Climate Info

For up-to-date weather information click here.

Currency Info

The monetary unit is the Haitian Gourde (HTG).

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 Haiti, visit the website of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition of South Africa.

Interest Groups and Information

No Information


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