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History of Relations
Diplomatic relations on a non-residential basis between South Africa and Kiribati were established on 30 August 1999. The Republic of Kiribati has close relations with other small Pacific island states and with Australia and New Zealand, and has close fisheries links with Japan and the Republic of Korea. Reflecting the importance of its fishery resource, Kiribati has taken a keen interest in the development of multilateral arrangements for the conservation and management of regional fisheries.
Kiribati is a member of the Pacific Islands Forum, the South Pacific Forum and the South Pacific Commission, the Asian Development Bank, IMF, the Commonwealth and a number of UN organisations including UNESCO.
Kiribati is made up of 33 low-lying coral atolls and islands (20 of the 33 islands are inhabited) spread across the Central Pacific. Total land area is 810 sq kms with a population of around 79 000.
For further information on Kiribati, go to www.visit-kiribati.com
South African Representation in Kiribati
Representation accredited from Canberra,
HE Mr A L C K Mongalo
High Commissioner Extraordinary
Kiribati Representation in South Africa
requirements for South Africans
Refer to the section “"Visa requirements for SA passport holders"” listed under the icon “Consular Information” on the main menu.
The preventative measures you need to take while travelling in the South Pacific region depend on the areas you visit and the length of time you stay. A certificate of yellow fever vaccination may be required for entry into certain of these countries if you are coming from a tropical South American or sub-Saharan African country. For detailed information see Yellow Fever Comprehensive Vaccination Requirements.
Recommended vaccines (as appropriate for Age and Area visited)
Hepatitis A or immune globulin(IG)
Rabies, if you might be exposed to wild or domestic animals through your work or recreation
Typhoid, particularly if you are visiting developing countries in this region
As needed, booster doses for tetanus-diphtheria and measles, and a one-time dose of polio for adults. Hepatitis B vaccine is now recommended for all infants and for children 11-12 years of age who did not receive the series as infants.
See your doctor at least 4-6 weeks before your trip to allow time for shots to take effect.
For more health information for travellers to the South Pacific, go to Travelers' Health
Kiribati's climate is tropical, marine, hot and humid, moderated by trade winds. Typhoons can occur any time, but usually November to March. Also occasional tornadoes.
For up-to-date weather information, go to CNN.com Weather or Weather Underground
The Australian dollar ($A) is used.
For current exchange rates link to Classic 164 Currency Converter
and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings
If you have any queries with regard to treaties please contact the Treaty Section at 012 351 0872/0872/0837.
Trade is negligible.
For current information on trade statistics between South Africa and Kiribati, visit the web site of the Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa
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