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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.
South African Representation in Venezuela
H E Ms T Shope-Linney
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Representation in South Africa
H E Prof A Montilla Saldiva
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
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.
Yellow fever certificate.
Malaria - high risk in Amazon jungle.
Tetanus - immunisation recommended.
For further information
go to Travelers' Health.
in low areas; rainy season from May to December; cool weather in higher regions.
up-to-date weather information click here
Bolivar. US$1 - 652 Bolivares in January 2000.
up-to-date information click here
and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings
If you have any queries with regard to treaties please contact the Treaty Section at 012 351 0872/0851/0837.
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
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