Iceland (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

Relations between South Africa and Iceland are cordial and regulated on a government to government basis. The Icelandic government joined the other Nordic countries during the apartheid period in supporting the struggle for democracy in South Africa. Formal diplomatic relations were established in 1995 on an ambassadorial level on a non-residential basis.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Iceland

H E Mr I Coovadia
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (non-resident Ambassador to Iceland, resident in Oslo, Norway)

South African Embassy

Icelandic Representation in South Africa

H E Mr G Eiriksson
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (Non-resident Ambassador to South Africa, resident in New Delhi, India).

Embassy of Iceland

Travel Info

Visa requirements for South Africans

Iceland joined the Schengen agreement on 25 March 2001. Holders of South African passports must be in possession of a valid visa before entering Iceland. Stays longer than 90 days require a residence permit.

Health requirements

For further information go to Travelers' Health.

Climate Info

The climate is temperate oceanic. The Gulf Stream keeps Iceland warmer than might be expected, with average temperatures ranging from 10,6 degrees centigrade in summer (July) to –0,5 degrees centigrade in winter (January).

 For up-to-date weather information click here.

Currency Info

The Monetary Unit is the Icelandic krona (plural kronur) divided into 100 aurar.

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 Info

South Africa's exports to Iceland include precious and semi-precious stones, natural and cultured pearls, railway and tramway locomotives, machinery and mechanical appliances, prepared foodstuffs as well as electrical machinery and equipment. South Africa mainly imports products such as optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus, clocks and watches and musical instruments. South Africa also imports machinery and mechanical appliances, prepared foodstuffs, electrical machinery and plastics.

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

Interest Groups and Information

No Information

 

 

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