Saint Lucia

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 established diplomatic relations with St Lucia on 12 December 1996. The island hosted the July 1998 CARICOM Heads of Government Summit, to which former President Mandela was invited. The South African President was given a hero's welcome.

On 29 March 1999, South Africa's first non-resident High Commissioner, Ms T Luthuli-Qcabashe, presented her credentials in Castries, at which time the potential of South African companies in the island's tourism construction was mentioned, as well as the prospect for cooperation in adult literacy programmes and cricket development in South Africa. Figures for trade with South Africa are minimal and are not reflected in official trade statistics - less than US$ 1 million. High Commissioner TH Chiliza presented letters of Credence to the Deputy Governor General, H E Mr Victor Gerard on 3 May 2001. In March 2003, the Government of St Lucia nominated two officials to attend the Commonwealth Local Government Conference in Pretoria.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Saint Lucia

No Representation

Time difference: -7 hours

Saint Lucia Representation in South Africa

No Representations

Travel Info

Visa Requirements for South Africans

For further information go to: Visa info on Saint Lucia.

Health Requirements

Tetanus - immunisation recommended.

For further information go to Travelers' Health.

Climate Info

Tropical; tempered by northeast trade winds; rainy season from May to August.

For up-to-date weather information click here.

Currency Info

The monetary unit is the East Caribbean Dollar (XCD).

For up-to-date information 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 of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) at 012 351 1000.

Trade Info

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

Interest Groups and Information

No Information

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