Singapore (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

South Africa and the Republic of Singapore established diplomatic relations in 1992, when embassies were opened in Singapore and Pretoria. When South Africa re-entered the Commonwealth in 1994, the embassies became High Commissions.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Singapore

H E Mr M C Mokitlane
High Commissioner

South African High Commission

Singapore Representation in South Africa

H E Mr T K Chua
High Commissioner

High Commission of Singapore

Travel Info

Visa Requirements for South Africans


No visas are required for holders of private South African passports for visits of less than 30 days. For visits exceeding 30 days, visitors are recommended to apply for extensions while in Singapore at the Singapore Immigration Department. Study, work and PR permits should however be applied for at the Singapore High Commission in Pretoria.

Health Requirements

There are no vaccination requirements for entering Singapore. It is, however, recommended that all long-term residents of Singapore be immunised against hepatitis B.

A communicable disease, sometimes transmitted by the Aedes mosquito in Singapore, is Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever (Dengue fever or DHF). There is no immunisation against DHF.

For further information go to Travelers' Health.

Climate Info

Singapore has a tropical climate characterized by high temperatures and humidity. Both annual and daily temperature variations are slight and the average maximum temperature is 31 degrees Celsius with an average relative humidity of over 90%. The island, which has no pronounced wet or dry season, receives an average of 236 centimetres of precipitation annually. During periods of heavy rain, flooding is common in low-lying areas.

The island lies in the path of two monsoonal wind patterns that alternate in the major seasons. The north-east monsoon dominates the weather pattern from November to March and the south-east monsoon from June to September. Rain, falling all year round, is most abundant from November to January, with July recording the lowest average rainfall. Thunderstorms are frequent during April-May and again in October-November. February is usually the sunniest month, while December is usually the opposite.

For up-to-date weather information click here.

Currency Info

The local currency unit is the Singapore dollar, which is divided into 100 cents. The abbreviation for the Singapore dollar is S$. The current rate of exchange is about S$1.699 to the US dollar. The Singapore dollar is freely convertible.

For current exchange rates click here.

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 0892/0742 or send an e-mail to:

Trade Info

Singapore's main imports from South Africa include organic chemicals, petroleum & products, iron & steel, non-ferrous metals, metal manufactures, vegetables & fruit, inorganic chemicals, metallic ores & scrap and paper manufactures. Singapore's main exports to South Africa include telecommunications apparatus, electrical machinery, office & data machines, manufactured articles, general industrial machinery, plastics, crude rubber, textile manufactures, coffee and spices.

For current information on trade statistics between South Africa and Singapore, visit the web site of the Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa.

Interest Groups and Information

South Africa-Singapore Chamber of Commerce

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