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South Africa and the Kingdom of Thailand agreed in
March 1992 on the establishment of consular relations. South African and Thai
Consulates-General were respectively established in Bangkok during September 1992,
and in Johannesburg during October 1992. On 9 December 1993, South Africa and
Thailand established full diplomatic relations, and the Consulates-General were
upgraded to Embassies.
2002 Was the tenth anniversary of the establishment
of Consular relations. In 2003,
the tenth anniversary of the establishment
of Diplomatic relations between South
Africa were marked by a range of special
On 30 August 2002, Ambassador Pheto handed over the Exequatur to
Crueaviwatanakul as South Africa's Honorary Consul in Chiang Mai
for Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai Provinces.
Pheto presented her credentials as South Africa's third Ambassador to HM the King
on 8 June 2001. 2002 and 2003 will also mark the tenth anniversary of the establishment
of consular and diplomatic relations between the two countries and various bilateral
activities are being planned to celebrate these events
South African Representation in Thailand
Ms T Dlamini
South African Embassy
Representation in South Africa
H E Mr M Pratoomkaew
Royal Thai Embassy in Pretoria
Travel information for Thailand can be obtained from the
website of the Tourism
Authority of Thailand (TAT) at http://www.tourismthailand.org
for possession, distribution or manufacture of illegal narcotic substances are
severe and can include the death penalty. Possession of even small quantities
drugs can lead to imprisonment. Amphetamines and Ecstasy are regarded
as class A
drugs and possession or trafficking of them carries the same penalties
as for example
South African nationals visiting Thailand are
advised to maintain a high level of
personal security at all times. Martial
law regulations are currently in force in the
three southernmost provinces
of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat following an upsurge of
violence in the region.
airport departure service charge of Bt500 per person is levied on all passengers
from international airports in Thailand and this is not part of the airticket.
Airport tax for domestic flights is included in tickets. The exception is Koh
Samui where there is a domestic departure tax of Bt400 per person.
Requirements for South Africans
For more information contact the
Royal Thai Embassy in Pretoria.
yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers entering the
Kingdom from an infected area.
It is strongly recommended that comprehensive
travel and health insurance be
obtained which would include emergency air
evacuation by a recognised carrier.
Prospective travellers should check with
their insurer that their policy meets their
has been an increase since January 2005 in the number of reported cases of
Fever, in particular in Southern Thailand and the border areas with Malaysia
There has been a renewed outbreak of avian influenza (bird flu)
amongst poultry in
Thailand. Visitors to Thailand are unlikely to be affected
but should avoid places
where they may come into contact with live poultry.
further information go to Travellers' Health.
most dependable features of Thailand's climate are heat and humidity. It is possible
to distinguish three broadly distinct seasons: the hot, dry season lasting from
February to May, with an average temperature of 35 degrees and humidity of at
least 75%; the monsoon (wet) season from June to October, with an average temperature
of 30 degrees and humidity of 90%; and the cool season lasting from November to
January when the temperature ranges between 34 and 20 degrees with a drop in humidity.
up-to-date weather information click here.
monetary unit is the Thai Baht (THB), divided into one hundred satang. The following coins
and notes are currently in use: 25 and 50 satang (copper): Baht 1, 2 (silver),
5 (silver with copper edge) and 10 (copper centre with silver border).
notes: 20 (green), 50 (blue), 100 (red), 500 (purple) and 1,000 (grey) Baht.
foreign currencies can be exchanged for Thai Baht at banks and authorized money
changers (South African Rand can only be exchanged at the Siam Commercial Bank).
Major credit cards are widely accepted.
All major foreign currencies can be exchanged for
Thai Baht at banks and authorised
money changers. South African Rand can also
be exchanged at some banks at rather
unfavourable exchange rates. Thomas Cook
and American Express foreign exchange
branches and banks in SA can sometimes
change SA Rand into Thai Baht before
departure for Thailand.
current exchange rates click here.
and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings
In April 2004, Thai Deputy
Prime Minister Vishanu Krua-ngam, attended the
inauguration of President Mbeki
and the celebrations of 10 years of Freedom and
Democracy in Pretoria. In
June 2004, the Standing Committee on Privatisation of
State Enterprises of
the Thai Senate visited SA and in July 2004 the Standing
Committee on Consumer
Protection of the House of Representatives visited SA. Mr
Advisor to the Foreign Minister in his capacity as a Special Envoy
Foreign Minister attended the XIV NAM Ministerial Meeting and the Second
Sub-Regional Organisations Conference Ministerial Meeting in August
Durban. Representatives from the State Enterprise Policy Office of the
of Finance visited SA in November 2004 and a Senate Committee on
and Cooperatives visited SA in December 2004.
Important visits from SA to
Thailand in 2004 included the Mpumalanga Investment
Initiative in April 2004
and a SABS delegation in May 2004. The XV AIDS Conference
in July 2004 was
attended by former President Mandela, Mrs Graca Machel as well as
of Health, Social Development, Deputy Minister of Minerals & Energy,
of the Free State and a number of Provincial MECs. In August 2004, the
Director-General of the Department of Foreign Affairs visited Bangkok. In
2004 a delegation from the National Housing Corporation visited Thailand
a Limpopo Trade and Investment Mission visited in October 2004. The Deputy
of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism attended a
in October 2004 and the Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs &
attended the IUCN World Conservation Congress in November 2004. In
2004 the WITS Business School also visited Bangkok. In December 2004
of Communications visited Thailand.
Important Visitors from SA to Thailand
in 2005 have included the Deputy Minister of
Provincial and Local Government
who attended a Ministerial Meeting on Regional
Coordination on Tsunami Early
Warning Arrangements in Phuket in January 2005, a
delegation from the Umkhanyakude
District Municipality in April 2005 and the
Ministers of Social Development,
Safety and Security and the Deputy Minister of
Justice and Constitutional
Development who attended the 11th UN Congress on Crime
Prevention and Criminal
Justice in April 2005. The second meeting of the SA-Thai
Joint Trade Committee
was held in Pattaya in May 2005. A delegation of the Thai
House of Representatives
visited SA in July 2005.
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.
In 2004, bilateral trade between South Africa and Thailand reached
a new record of
more than R6 billion thereby reaffirming Thailand as South
Africa's biggest trading
partner in Southeast Asia. South Africa is also Thailand's
biggest trading partner on
the African continent.
South Africa's main
exports to Thailand include stainless steel, aluminium, flat-rolled
steel, paper pulp, chemicals, fresh fruit and ferro-alloys.
export products to South Africa include motor car parts and
rice, computers, motor cars, canned fish, washing machines
current information on trade statistics between South Africa and Thailand, visit
the website of the Department
of Trade, Industry and Competition of South Africa.
Groups and Information
Mr Maurice Bromley
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
10-04B Times Square Building,
246 Sukhumvit Road,
Tel : +66 2 294-4747/8
Fax : +66 2 229-4749
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Website : http://www.satcc.net
C/o South African Embassy
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