The Syrian Arab Republic

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

An official Syrian delegation led by the Vice President, Mr. Abdel-Halim Khaddam, visited South Africa in May 1994 to attend the inauguration of President Mandela. Full diplomatic relations were established with Syria on 1 June 1994.

In 1998 Syria opened an Embassy in Pretoria presently headed by Mr Ahmed Mansour. South Africa’s Ambassador to Egypt is accredited on a non-residential basis to Syria, as there is no South African mission in Damascus.

Deputy Minister Aziz Pahad, accompanied by a business delegation, visited Syria during November 1999 with the objective of enhancing both political and economic relations.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs attended the funeral of late President Bashar Al-Assad during June 2000.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Syria

H E Mr S E Byneveldt
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African Embassy

Syrian Representation in South Africa

H E Mr M O Naeb
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Embassy of the Syrian Arab Republic

Travel Info

Visa Requirements for South Africans

South Africans can now obtain a visa for Syria at any Syrian Embassy worldwide.

* Travellers with Israeli stamps in their passports will not be granted entry into Syria.


Health Requirements

There are no health requirements for people visiting Syria for no more than a few weeks. However there is a malaria risk between May and October but only chloroquin is needed. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

For further information go to Travelers' Health.


Climate Info

Travellers will experience hot and dry summers and fairly cold winters. Nights are generally cool.

For up-to-date weather information click here


Currency Info

The monetary unit used is the Syria Pound but US dollars are widely accepted. Excange rates as on 17 January 2002: R1.00 = 3.76 Syrian Pound

For current exchange rates click here

State and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings

No Information

Bilateral Agreements

IIf you have any queries with regard to treaties please contact the Treaty Section at 012 351 0892/0742 or send an e-mail to: vanderwaltr@dirco.gov.za.

Trade Info

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

Interest Groups and Information

No Information

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