Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI)

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 were established on 17 January 1996. The South African High Commissioner based in Canberra is accredited to the Marshall Islands. RMI is a member of the United Nations, the Pacific Islands Forum, the South Pacific Forum, the South Pacific Commission as well as a member of G77 and the IMF.

The Marshall Islands comprises twenty nine atolls and five coral islands with a total land area of 171 sq kms with an estimated population of more than 59,000.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in the Marshall Islands

The South African High Commissioner in Canberra, Australia may be contacted for enquiries.

H E Mr M C J Van Schalkwyk
High Commissioner Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African High Commission

Marshall Islands Representation in South Africa

No Representation

Travel Info

Visa Requirements for South Africans

Refer to the South African High Commissioner in Canberra, Australia.

Health Requirements

The preventative measures you need to take while traveling in the South Pacific region depend on the areas you visit and the length of time you stay. A certificate of yellow fever vaccination may be required for entry into certain of these countries if you are coming from a tropical South American or sub-Saharan African country. For detailed information see Yellow Fever Comprehensive Vaccination Requirements.

Recommended Vaccines (as appropriate for Age and Area visited)

  •  Hepatitis A or immune globulin(IG)
  • Rabies, if you might be exposed to wild or domestic animals through your work or recreation
  • Typhoid, particularly if you are visiting developing countries in this region
  • As needed, booster doses for tetanus-diphtheria and measles, and a one-time dose of polio for adults. Hepatitis B vaccine is now recommended for all infants and for children 11-12 years of age who did not receive the series as infants.

See your doctor at least 4-6 weeks before your trip to allow time for shots to take effect.

With regard to the COVID-19 situation, travelling to the Marshall Islands should rather be avoided. Should travelling to the Marshall Islands be necessary, travellers must be fully vaccinated before their travel dates.

For more health information for travellers to the South Pacific, go to Travellers' Health,

Climate Info

Tropical, with little seasonal variation.

For up-to-date weather information, go to Weather.

Currency Info

US Dollars are used throughout the RMI.

For current exchange rates click here.

State and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings

Although South Africa is non-residentially accredited to the Marshall Islands, the two countries do not have a Structured Bilateral Mechanism under which they evaluate and monitor bilateral relations.

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

Trade is negligible.

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

Interest Groups and Information

No Information


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