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History of Relations
between South Africa and the Republic of Korea dates back to the South African
participation in the Korean War (1950-1953), when South Africa sent an Air Force
squadron, the "Flying Cheetahs", as part of the United Nations contingent
to the Korean peninsula. Full diplomatic relations were only established on 1
December 1992. South Africa's first Ambassador to the Republic of Korea presented
his credentials in April 1993. The first Korean Ambassador in South Africa presented
his credentials in August 1993.
South African Representation in Korea
H E Mr H A Dennis
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
South African Embassy
Representation in South Africa
H E Mr Y Lee
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
of the Republic of Korea
Visa Requirements for South Africans
For more information
contact the Embassy of the Republic of Korea
against hepatitis A and hepatitis B is strongly recommended before departure from
South Africa. Malaria is not really a problem in Seoul, although it does exist
in some parts of Korea.
For further information go to:
Alameda Travel Vaccination Centre
is not a large country, yet it has a quite diverse climate changing drastically
from season to season. Most of Korea is quite mountainous and it is situated on
There are four distinct seasons and a variety of different
weather types. Located in the East Asian monsoon belt, the peninsula has hot,
humid summers and long, dry, bitter cold winters. Spring and autumn are rather
short with autumn being the most beautiful and the most invigorating.
range from a low of -15C in winter to a high of 30C in summer.
weather information, click here
The South Korean unit of currency is the won (W) with coins of
W50, W100 and W500. Notes come in denominations of W1,.000, W5,000 and W10,000.
US dollar is the most widely accepted foreign currency. Tourists have no difficulty
in exchanging Won into US hard currency or bank cheques. The currency is not
freely convertible outside Korea.
Private individuals, including diplomatic
and foreign business representatives, are limited to savings accounts only. Cheque
accounts are usually reserved for business purposes only.
The local and
international Banks offer electronic banking facilities for cash withdrawals in
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and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings
If you have any queries with regard to treaties please contact the Treaty Section at 012 351 0872/0872/0837.
Trade between South Africa and Korea is of a complementary nature
and encompasses a broad range of products, minerals and semi-finished products
to sophisticated high-technology electric and electronic products. South Africa
is a large supplier of bulk raw materials and semi-processed minerals and metals
essential for numerous production processes in Korea such as gold, coal, ferro-chromium,
ferro-manganese, iron ore, stainless steel, lead, copper, nickel and zinc.
Korean exports to South Africa are predominantly made up of value-added or manufactured
products. Products such as automobiles, auto tyres, woven fabrics, apparel as
well as industrial electronic and consumer electronic goods are increasingly making
inroads into the South African market.
For current information on trade
statistics between South Africa and Korea, visit the web site of the Department
of Trade and Industry of South Africa
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