Palestine (The State 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 establishment of full diplomatic relations with the State of Palestine was announced on 15 February 1995. The first South African Representative to the Palestinian National Authority took up office in August 1995. A satellite office was established in Gaza City during June 1998. The first Palestinian Ambassador to South Africa was accredited in April 1995.

The formalisation of diplomatic relations gave expression to strong and long-standing ties of friendship and mutual support between the peoples of South Africa and Palestine.

South Africa’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Alfred B. Nzo paid an official visit to Palestine in September 1995 and signed an agreement on the establishment of a Joint Commission of Co-operation.

President Yasser Arafat paid a State Visit to South Africa in August 1998. He also paid working visits to South Africa on 12 April 1999, on 3 August 2000 and from 2 to 3 May 2001, the last in the context of the Ministerial meeting of the NAM Committee on Palestine.

The Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr F. Ginwala took part in the "Engendering the Peace Process" initiative designed to highlight and activate the role of women in peace making. She also paid a visit to the Palestinian Legislative Council. This has led to a reciprocal visit to the South African Parliament by the Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Mr Ahmed Qurie.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Palestine

Mr A Y Suliman

The South African Representative to the Palestinian National Authority

State of Palestine Representation in South Africa

H E Mr S Khan
Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary

Embassy of the State of Palestine

Travel Info

Visa Requirements for South Africans

No visas required. All travel to the Palestinian Territories is controlled by Israel. Normally, travelers who have been allowed to enter Israel may visit the Palestinian Territories without complying with further requirements. See Israel for entry requirements in respect of that country.

Health Requirements

Immunisation against tetanus is recommended for travel to rural areas.

For further information go to Travelers' Health.

Climate Info

Winters are cool and rainy. Summers (Jun-Oct) can be very hot.

For up-to-date weather information click here


The monetary unit used is the New Israeli Shekel and the Jordanian Dinar (JD), the latter mainly in the West Bank.

Exchange rates as on 17 January 2002:
R1.00 = NIS 0.39
R1.00 = JD 0.06

For current exchange rates click here

State and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings

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Bilateral Agreements

If you have any queries with regard to treaties please contact the Treaty Section at 012 351 0892/0742 or send an e-mail to:

Trade Info

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

Interest Groups and Information

No Information


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