Trinidad and Tobago

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 non-resident diplomatic relations with Trinidad and Tobago on 10 January 1995. Ms T Luthuli- Gcabashe, South Africa's non-resident High Commissioner, presented her credentials in Port of Spain on 4 May 1999. Minister Dullah Omar addressed a meeting of the International Criminal Court in Trinidad and Tobago in 1998 and attended the Commonwealth Law Ministers' Conference there in 1999.

Trinidad and Tobago's Ministers of Health attended a Pharmaceutical Conference in South Africa in November 1999.

In November 2001, Mr Ruphus Matibe, Deputy Director: DACST, paid a fact-finding visit to Trinidad and Tobago to explore opportunities for cultural cooperation. In May 2002, Mr Matibe accompanied a South African cultural group to Trinidad and Tobago. The opportunity was used for discussions with the then Minister of Culture, Eudine Job Davies, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture and also with the Carnival Committee. A draft Arts and Cultural Cooperation Agreement from South Africa was forwarded to the Ministry of Culture and it was further agreed that the Carnival Committee will work on a plan of action to initiate exchanges and cooperation with the establishment of a carnival in South Africa.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Trinidad and Tobago

H E Ms X N Ngwevela
High Commissioner Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African High Commission

Time difference: -7 hours

Trinidad and Tobago Representation in South Africa

H E Mr R R Gopaul
High Commissioner Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Trinidad and Tobago High Commission

Travel Info

Visa Requirements for South Africans

Visas are required.

According to the Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago in Caracas, the requirements are as follows:

1. Tourist Visas:

Valid passport, application form, photograph, proof of sufficient funds and valid return airline ticket to South Africa.

2. Business Visas:

As above, plus a letter of invitation from the company to be visited in Trinidad and Tobago.


Health Requirements

         Yellow fever certificate.

         Tetanus - immunisation recommended.

For further information go to Travelers' Health.


Climate Info

Tropical; rainy season June to December.

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Currency Info

1 US Dollar = 6,10900 Trinidad and Tobago Dollar (TTD) on 29 July 2003.

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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: vanderwaltr@dirco.gov.za.

Trade Info

Exports fall chiefly into the categories of base metals and articles of base metal, and machinery and mechanical appliances, etc. Imports fall chiefly into the category of prepared foodstuffs, beverages, spirits and vinegar, tobacco, etc.

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

Interest Groups and Information

No Information


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