Kiribati (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

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

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Kiribati

Representation accredited from Canberra, Australia

HE Mr A L C K Mongalo
High Commissioner Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Kiribati Representation in South Africa

No Representation

Travel Info

Visa requirements for South Africans

Refer to the section “"Visa requirements for SA passport holders"” listed under the icon “Consular Information” on the main menu.

Health Requirements

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

Climate Info

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 Weather or Weather Underground

Currency Info

The Australian dollar ($A) is used.

For current exchange rates link to Classic 164 Currency Converter

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

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

Interest Groups and Information

No Information

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