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History of Relations

In the early 1990s, official contact with Venezuela was established through both countries' embassies in Santiago, Chile, and following the UN draft resolution to lift economic sanctions, Venezuela abolished its trade sanctions against South Africa in October 1993. On 3 December 1993, two days before the General Elections in Venezuela, South Africa and Venezuela established full diplomatic relations, which normalised the relationship between the two countries. The Venezuelan Embassy opened in Pretoria in 1995 while the South African Embassy in Caracas opened in early 1998. South Africa's Ambassador, Ms Thandeka Luthuli-Gcabashe, arrived in Caracas in November 1998, presenting her credentials to former President Caldera shortly thereafter.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Venezuela

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African Embassy

Venezuelan Representation in South Africa

H E Ms M J Moreno-Merida
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Venezuelan Embassy

Travel Info

Visa Requirements for South Africans

None for ordinary South African passport holders for up to 90 days. Certain classes of business travellers may require visas - enquire at the Venezuelan Embassy, details of which are given below.

Health Requirements

         Yellow fever certificate.

         Malaria - high risk in Amazon jungle.

         Tetanus - immunisation recommended.

For further information go to Travelers' Health.

Climate Info

Tropical in low areas; rainy season from May to December; cool weather in higher regions.

For up-to-date weather information click here

Currency Info

Bolivar. US$1 - 652 Bolivares in January 2000.

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 at 012 351 0892/0742 or send an e-mail to:

Trade Info

South African exports to Venezuela consisted mainly of wood pulp and related products, followed by base metals and chemical products. South African imports from Venezuela consisted mainly of oil, Venezuela providing 3% of SA's total imports of this commodity in 1998.

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

Interest Groups and Information

No Information

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