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

On 16 November 1990 consular relations were concluded by way of an exchange of Notes. A South African Consulate-General was established on 1 April 1991 in Bucharest with Mr P J H Cilliers as Consul-General. In July 1991 Romania appointed Mr D Ciubotariu as Consul-General.

During Romanian Foreign Minister Nastase's visit to the RSA in November 1991 diplomatic relations were upgraded to ambassadorial level. Subsequently, Romania increased its representation in South Africa with the establishment of a Consulate General in 1993 (Cape Town), a Trade Office in 1994 (Johannesburg) and another Trade Office in 1996 (Durban).

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Romania

The South African Ambassador to Berlin, Germany is accredited to Romania on a non-residential basis.

H E Mr P S Sizani
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African Embassy

Romanian Representation in South Africa

H E Ms M C Sitaru
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Embassy of Romania

Travel Info

Visa requirements for South Africans

South African citizens need a visa to visit Romania

For more information contact the Embassy of Romania in Pretoria.

Health requirements

No health requirements for South Africans.

For further information go to Travelers' Health.

Climate Info

Summers are long and often hot, while winters are short but cold. Rainfall is moderate (667mm per year), with most rain falling from April to July, and humidity is normally low. Average temperatures -3 C in winter and 25 C in summer.

Time: GMT + 2

For up-to-date weather information click here.

Currency Info

The monetary unit is the Romanian New Leu (RON). The currency is not freely convertible.

For current exchange rates click here.

State and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings

Visit by Minister of Defence, Minister Lekota (June 2003)
Visit by Chairperson of the NCOP, Ms Naledi Pandor (2003)
Visit by Minister in the Office of the President, Minster Essop Pahad (September 2002)

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

Major Exports: Synthetic fibres, machinery, leather products, chemicals.

Major Imports: Ferrous ores, coal, agricultural chemicals, wool, wines.

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

Interest Groups and Information

No Information


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