Venezuela

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

Diplomatic relations between South Africa and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela were established in 1993 and in 1995 Venezuela opened its Embassy in Pretoria. South Africa opened its Embassy in Caracas in January 1998.  Ambassador Nkosi has been appointed as Ambassador-designate as South Africa’s representative to Venezuela (also accredited to Colombia).

South Africa –Venezuela relations is underpinned by historic ties of solidarity. South Africa continues to pursue strong and brotherly relations with Venezuela.  Venezuela remain a strategic partner of South Africa in Latin America, especially in the context of South-South Cooperation as well as the potential for future economic partnership due to its abundant oil and gas reserves.

Since 2016, the Presidency and Foreign Ministries have, on several occasions held bilateral meetings. In the course of 2020, President Ramaphosa and President Maduro and ministerial authorities have held telephone and telematic meetings to continue advancing the strengthening of bilateral cooperation, economic and social relations for the mutual benefit of the two countries and exchange views on the development agenda of the South and the establishment of an equitable global governance system.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Venezuela

H E Mr M K J Nkosi
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.

Venezuelan Embassy


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

The monetary unit is the Venezuelan Bolivar (VES).

Curreny sign: Bs.S or Bs

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 Venezuela, visit the website of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition of South Africa.

Interest Groups and Information

No Information

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