History of Relations | Diplomatic Representation | Travel Info | Health Requirements | Climate Info | Currency Info | Trade Info | Visits and Meetings | Agreements | Interest Groups/ rganisations

History of Relations

Ireland was the only European Union member country, which did not have full diplomatic relations with South Africa until the dawn of democratic South Africa. The establishment of diplomatic relations with Ireland was announced on 5 October 1993 and the Irish Embassy was opened in Pretoria in 1994. The South African Embassy in Dublin was opened in 1995.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Ireland

H E Ms J Y Maya
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African Embassy

Irish Representation in South Africa

H E Ms F Gilsenan
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Embassy of Ireland

Travel Info

Visa requirements for South Africans

For more information contact the Irish Embassy in Pretoria.

Health requirements

Please contact the Irish Embassy at Tel 012-3425062.

For further information go to Travelers' Health.


The climate of Ireland is equable and temperatures are fairly uniform over the whole country. The coldest months are January and February which have daily temperatures of between 4 and 7 degrees Celsius while July and August are the warmest with temperatures between 14 and 16 degrees Celsius

For up-to-date weather information click here.


The monetary unit is the Euro.

For current exchange rates 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

South Africa's main exports were crude minerals, coal and anthracite, dust/powder of precious stones and wood.

For current information on trade statistics between South Africa and Ireland, visit the website of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition of South Africa.

Interest Groups and Information

Irish/South Africa Trade Association

Irish/South Africa Association


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