India (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

The declaration by India on 23 October 1992 that cultural relations between South Africa and India should be entered into, can be interpreted as the first step towards the normalisation of relations between the two countries. Mr Harsh Bhasin, a senior career diplomat, arrived in South Africa on 30 May 1993 as the Director of the Indian Cultural Centre in Johannesburg. The South African Mission in New Delhi started functioning on 1 November 1993. On 22 November 1993, South Africa and India signed an agreement establishing full diplomatic relations.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in India

H E Dr H N Manzini
High Commissioner Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African High Commission

(SAST +3,5 hours)

Indian Representation in South Africa

H E Mrs R Kamboj
High Commissioner Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Indian High Commission

Travel Info

Visa Requirements for South Africans

For more information contact the Indian High Commission in Pretoria or one of the Consulates-General in Johannesburg or Durban.

Health Requirements

Immunisation against hepatitis A and B are strongly recommended before departure from South Africa. Immunisation against diphtheria, meningitis, typhoid and Japanese encephalitis is also recommended.

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers coming from South Africa.

For further information go to Travelers' Health..

Climate Info

New Delhi is at an altitude of 700 feet above sea level in north central India. The weather in the capital is most pleasant during the temperate months October to November and February to March, these periods are characterized by cool nights and warm days. In the winter months (December and January) the temperature can become surprisingly cold. From April through to mid-July, daytime temperatures often top 45-49 degrees C. The nights cool off somewhat, but are still hot. From mid-July to September, the occasional monsoon rains create high humidity and high temperatures, for this reason it is advisable to visit India from mid-September to early April.

For up-to-date weather information click here.

Currency Info

The Indian unit of currency is the rupee (abbreviated Rs) which is divided into 100 paise. There are coins of 25 and 50 paise and of 1, 2 and 5 rupees. Banknotes exist in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 500 rupees.

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

The most important products exported to India are gold and silver, coal and briquettes, iron and steel, inorganic and organic chemicals, electrical goods, non-ferrous metals, crude fertiliser, pulp and waste paper and petroleum crude. South Africa's imports from India are dominated by cotton yarn, finished leather goods, machinery and instruments, handmade yarn fabrics, chemicals, spices, rice, handicrafts and handmade carpets.

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

Interest Groups and Information

A commercial business alliance was established between South Africa and India, called the India-South Africa Commercial Alliance (ISACA), in October 1997. ISACA aims to promote trade, investment and commercial relations between South Africa and India. The Department of Trade and Industry in South Africa and The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in India share the responsibility of the secretariat. For more information, contact the Asia Desk of the Department of Trade and Industry in Pretoria:

Tel: (012) 310-9340

Fax: (012) 322-0617


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