Nauru (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

South Africa is in the process of establishing diplomatic relations on a non-residential basis. Nauru has sought to develop closer relationships with its Pacific neighbours and is a member of the South Pacific Forum and the South Pacific Commission as well as an associate member of the Commonwealth.

Nauru is not a member of the United Nations, although it is a member of several specialised UN agencies including ESCAP, has adhered to the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and is a party to the United Nations Law of the Sea Convention.

Nauru, one of the world's smallest states, is a single island of 21 sq kms located in the Central Pacific with a population of more than 10,900.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Nauru

Representation accredited from Canberra, Australia

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

South African High Commission

Nauru Representation in South Africa

No Representation

Travel Info

Visa Requirements for South Africans

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

Health Requirements

The preventative measures you need to take while travelling 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 Nauru should rather be avoided. Should travelling to Nauru be necessary, travellers must be fully vaccinated before their travel dates.

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

For further information go to Travellers' Health.


Tropical climate, tempered by sea breezes with November to February the westerly monsoon season. Temperatures range between 23 to 32 degrees Celsius with widely variable rainfall.

For up-to-date weather information, go to


The monetary unit is the Australian Dollar consisting of 100 cents. The coins are: 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2.

Notes are: $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.

For current exchange rates click here.

State and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings

Although South Africa is non-residentially accredited to Nauru, 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 Statistics

Trade is negligible.

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

Interest Groups and Information

No Information

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