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 more than 121,000.

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Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Kiribati

Representation accredited from Canberra, Australia

H E Mr M C J Van Schalkwyk
High Commissioner Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African High Commission

Kiribati Representation in South Africa

No Representation

Travel Info

Visa requirements for South Africans

Refer to the South African High Commission in Canberra, Australia.

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.

With regard to the COVID-19 situation, travelling to Kiribati should rather be avoided. Should travelling to Kiribati be necessary, travellers must be fully vaccinated before their travel dates.

For more health information for travellers to the South Pacific, go to Travellers' 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.

Currency Info

The Australian Dollar (AUD) is the official currency of Kiribati, consisting of 100 cents.

Coins are issued in denominations of 5-, 10-, 20- and 50-cents, 1 dollar and 2 dollars. Notes are: $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.

For current exchange rates click here.

State and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings

Although South Africa is non-residentially accredited to Kiribati, the two countries do not have a Structured Bilateral Mechanism under which they evaluate and monitor bilateral relations.

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

Trade is negligible.

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

Interest Groups and Information

No Information

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