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History of Relations

South Africa established non-resident diplomatic relations with Jamaica on 9 September 1994. In 1999, South Africa appointed Ambassador T Luthuli-Qcbashe as first non-resident High Commissioner to Jamaica and the rest of CARICOM with residence in Caracas, Venezuela, while High Commissioner TH Chiliza based in Kingston assumed duty as the first resident representative in October 2000.

High Commissioner DAC Saunders, resident in Brussels, presented his credentials to President Mbeki in November 2000. President Mbeki paid a State Visit to Jamaica on from 30 June to 2 July 2003, which had included his attendance of the CARICOM Heads of State Summit in Kingston. The Jamaican Government has waived visa requirements for all South African passport holders, while regular holders of Jamaican passports may enter South Africa for a period of up to 90 days without the necessity of visas.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Jamaica

H E Ms L E Yengeni
High Commissioner Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary

South African High Commission

Jamaican Representation in South Africa

H E Ms A V Comfort
High Commissioner Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary

Jamaican High Commission

Travel Info

Visa Requirements for South Africans

None. Ensure passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months from date of entry.

Health Requirements

Yellow fever -

  1. Only individuals traveling from countries with risk of Yellow fever transmission, as listed on the World Health Organization (WHO) International Travel and Health website, are required to provide proof of vaccination for entry into Jamaica.
  2. Persons transiting through countries with risk of Yellow Fever transmission, as listed on the current WHO International Travel and Health website, will not be required to provide proof vaccination if the stay is for 12 hour or less.

Hepatitis A & B - immunisation recommended.

Tetanus - immunisation recommended.

Drinking water - exercise caution.

For further information go to Travelers' Health.

Climate Info

Tropical; temperate interior.

For up-to-date weather information click here.

Currency Info

The monetary unit is the Jamaican Dollar (JMD).

For up-to-date information 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

Exports fall chiefly into the categories of chemicals etc. and machinery etc. Imports fall chiefly into the category of prepared foodstuffs, beverages, spirits and vinegar, tobacco, etc.

For current information on trade statistics between South Africa and Jamaica, visit the website of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition of South Africa.

Interest Groups and Information

No Information

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