Nepal (Federal Democratic Republic of)

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

The bilateral relations between South Africa and Nepal have been good. South Africa and Nepal established diplomatic relations on 28 July 1994. The Nepalese Embassy in Pretoria was established on 10 February 2010.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Nepal

The South African High Commission in Colombo, Sri Lanka, is accredited to Nepal:

H E Mr G Q M Doidge
High Commissioner Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African High Commission, Colombo, Sri Lanka

(SAST +3,5 hours)

Nepal Representation in South Africa

H E Mr A B Rai
Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary

Embassy of Nepal

Travel Info

Visa Requirements for South Africans

All visa queries should be directed to:

The Embassy of Nepal, 976 Francis Baard Street, Arcadia, Pretoria. 

Tel: (012) 342 7546

Health Requirements

There are no specific health requirements for Nepal.

For further information go to Travelers' Health.

Climate Info

Owing to the varied topography, the country has diverse climatic conditions. Generally, cold in the mountainous region, mild weather in the hills, and warm in the plains. Katmandu has pleasant weather with the maximum temperature ranging between 18 degrees C to 33 degrees C. In mountainous areas the average temperature ranges from 15 - 16 degrees C, while it could vary between 0 degrees C and 28 degrees C in the hills. On the plains, the average temperature varies between a minimum of 7 degrees C and a maximum of 40 degrees C.

For up-to-date weather information click here.

Currency Info

The Nepali Rupee (NRs) is the legal tender.

For current exchange rates click here.

State and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings

The former Prime Minister Mr. Girija Prasad Koirala visited South Africa in September 1998 to participate in the XII Summit of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) held in Durban.

The former Speaker of the House of Representatives Mr. Taranath Ranabhat participated in the Inter Parliamentary Meeting of the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg from August 29 to 30, 2002.

The former Minister for Foreign Affairs Arjun Jung Badahur Singh visited South Africa in April 2002 to participate in the NAM Foreign Minister’s meeting held in Durban.

The former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Prakash Sharan Mahat led the Nepalese delegation to the XIV Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Durban in August 2004. At the same time, Dr. Mahat also attended the Second Asian African Sub-regional Organisations Conference (AASROC).

The Former King Gyanendra and Queen Komal visited South Africa on November 19-24, 2005.

A Nepalese delegation led by the former Acting Auditor General Mr. Khem Prasad Dahal visited South Africa from 21 to 28 November 2010 in order to participate the XXth International Organization of Supreme Auditor Institutions held in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Former Prime Minister Mr. Jhalanath Khanal, in his capacity of Chairman of Nepal Communist Party UML, visited South Africa in the first week of December 2010 to participate in the International Meeting of Communist and Workers Parties held in Pretoria, South Africa.

A Nepalese delegation led by Mr. Neel Kantha Upreti, former Acting Chief Election Commissioner of Nepal visited South Africa in February 2011 in order to have a study and observation of organizational structure and functioning of South African Independent Election Commission and of democratic elections of South Africa.

A Nepalese delegation led by Prof. Krishna Prasad Pokharel, former Member of Public Service Commission of Nepal visited South Africa from 21 November to 26 November, 2011 in order to have a study of various aspects of Civil Service in South Africa and organizational structure and functioning of South African Public Service Commission.

Mr. Hem Raj Tater, former Minister for Environment led a Nepalese delegation to participate in the Seventeenth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP17) and the Seventh Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 7) held in Durban, South Africa from 28 November to 9 December 2011. Mr. Mohammed Okil Musalman, Minister for Forest and Soil Conservation was also a member of the Nepalese delegation.

The first Senior Officials’ level visit from the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation to Nepal since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1994, took place over the period 13 to 16 June 2012. The South African delegation was led by the Deputy Director-General: Asia and the Middle East, Dr A Sookal.

Bilateral Agreements

If you have any queries with regard to treaties please contact the Treaty Section at 012 351 0872/0851/0837.

Trade Info

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

Interest Groups and Information

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