Niger (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 were established on 9 May 1994. South Africa opened its Embassy in Niamey in March 2008.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Niger

Chargé d’Affaires a.i.
Mr L A Khoza

South African Embassy

Niger Representation in South Africa

H E Ms M Seydou
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Embassy of Niger

Travel Info

Visa requirements for South Africans

(X) Yes, except for diplomatic and service passport holders.

Holders of private South African passports must be in possession of a valid visa before entering the Republic of Niger.

The cost per person for a visa is CFA Francs 24,200 (i.e. ±R250). Applications must be accompanied by two passport photographs. The Niger Government has diplomatic representation in South Africa. A visa application can be submitted to the Embassy of Niger in Pretoria.

Health requirements

Immunisation against hepatitis A and hepatitis B is strongly recommended before departure from South Africa. Immunisation against poliomyelitis, tetanustyphoid and cholera is also recommended. Malaria is prevalent in Niger. A yellow fever vaccination certificate and a COVID-19 test are required.

For further information go to Travellers' Health.

Climate Info

Temperatures vary between 15 - 45 degrees Celcius (◦C) throughout all seasons. Evenings tend to be cooler in the upper regions of the country.

For up-to-date weather information click here.

Currency Info

The monetary unit is the CFA Franc.

For current exchange rates click here.

State and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings

Former President His Excellency Mr Thabo Mbeki paid an official state visit to Niger in 2007 following an invitation by the then President of the Republic of Niger, Mr Mamadou Tandja.

In November 2011, HE Mr Mahamadou Issoufou, former President of Niger paid an official visit to South Africa and held discussion with the then President Jacob Zuma, which resulted in a Task Team being despatched to Niger to establish how best South Africa could assist the sister country.

Bilateral Agreements

The Republic of South Africa and Niger have the following Bilateral Agreements:

  1. Agreement on the Framework of Cooperation
  2. Agreement on the Establishment of a Joint Cooperation Commission (JCC)
  3. Defence Agreement
  4. Memorandum of Understanding on Mining and Geology

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

South Africa's main exports to Niger include iron and steel products, machinery and mechanical appliances.

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

Interest Groups and Information

No Information

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