Slovakia (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

Full diplomatic relations between the former Federal Republic of Czechoslovakia and South Africa were established in October 1991. With the dissolution of the Federal Republic of Czechoslovakia, the Slovak Republic came into existence as a separate sovereign state. The bilateral diplomatic relations entered into with the Federal Republic of Czechoslovakia continued uninterrupted with the Slovak Republic. In April 2003 Slovakia signed the Treaty of Accession with the EU, on 29 March 2004 Slovakia became a member of NATO and joined the European Union on 1 May 2004. Slovakia joined the Eurozone in 2009.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Slovakia

The South African Ambassador in Vienna, Austria, is non-residentially accredited to the Slovak Republic.

H E Mr T J Seokolo
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

SA Embassy and Permanent Mission to the UN

Sandgasse 33
1190 Vienna
Republic of Austria

Tel: ++431/320 64 93
Fax: ++431/320 64 93 51

E-mail: vienna.bilateral@dirco.gov.za

Slovakian Representation in South Africa

H E Ms M Tomasovicová
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Slovakian Embassy

Travel Info

Visa Requirements for South Africans

For more information contact the Slovak Embassy in Pretoria.

Health Requirements

No vaccination certificates are required to enter the Slovak Republic unless coming from an infected area.

For further information go to Travellers' Health.

Climate Info

Continental with hot summers and cold winters. Average temperature ranging from 3,7 degrees Celsius to 10 degrees Celsius. Coldest month is January, the warmest are July and August.

For up-to-date weather information click here.

Currency Info

Euro - international code EUR

For current exchange rates click here.

State and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings

March 1999 – Visit by Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry, Mr AK Asmal, to meet with Mr Pavel Koncos, Minister of Agriculture

June 2000 – Visit by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Aziz Pahad to meet with State Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Mr J Chlebo

December 2000 – Visit by a Delegation of the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology to Bratislava to meet with officials from the Slovak Ministry of Culture to discuss cooperation in the field of Arts and Culture

October 2002 – Visit by Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Ms L Hendricks, to Bratislava

September 2005 – Visit by Dr EG Pahad, Minister in the Presidency

October 2005 – Visit by a Delegation from the Department of Arts and Culture

April 2006 – Visit by Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, Mr Derek Hanekom to Slovakia to finalize Science and Technology Agreement

October 2006 - Visit by Slovak Minister of Education (responsible for Science and Technology) to South Africa to sign Science and Technology Agreement.

June 2007 - Visit by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr NC Dlamini Zuma, to Bratislava to sign Memorandum of Understanding with Foreign Minister, Jan Kubis

November 2007 - Visit by Slovak Foreign Minister, Mr Jan Kubis to South Africa for bilateral consultations with Dr NC Dlamini Zuma and to attend UN Security Sector Reform Workshop

December 2007 - Visit by SA Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies to Bratislava to attend 2nd Session of the Joint Council for Economic Consultations.

May 2008 - Visit by Deputy President Mlambo-Ngcuka.

September 2012 - Visit by Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Ms Elizabeth Thabethe, and delegation to Slovakia for bi-annual Joint Council for Economic Cooperation (JCEC) with South Africa.

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: vanderwaltr@dirco.gov.za

• Protocol on Defence Co-operation (1997)

• Agreement on Co-operation in the Fields of Arts and Culture (1998)

• Convention for the avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on income (1998)

• Trade Agreement (2002)

• Agreement on Cooperation in the Fields of Science and Technology (2006)

• Protocol on Co-operation between the Foreign Ministries (2007)

• Abolishment of visa regulations for the holders of diplomatic and official Passports (2007)

Trade Info

Bilateral Trade between South Africa and Slovakia

Year 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

Slovak Exports
to South Africa

44 712 58 018 63 571 64 793 71 465 70 404
South African Exports
to Slovakia
17 601 17 432 19 868 24 199 26 015  23 586
TOTAL 62 313 75 442 83 439 88 992 97 480 93 990

Data in Euro thousand       Source: Slovak Ministry of Economy (17 April 2015)

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

Interest Groups and Information

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