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

Diplomatic relations between Republic of South Africa and the Syrian Arab Republic were established on 1 June 1994. Both countries maintain resident diplomatic Missions in each other’s country, with the Syrian government having opened its Embassy in 1998 in Pretoria, South Africa.

Bilateral relations between the two countries are cordial, which was further strengthened by the visit of Former Deputy President Motlanthe to Syria in 2010. The objective of visit was to enhance bilateral political and economic relations, and to develop an enabling environment for increased trade and investment between the two countries. The then Syrian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affair, Mr Faisal Mekdad visited South Africa in 2011 and 2015 respectively.

At this stage, a number of the bilateral agreements are being negotiated, which will constitute an important framework for enhancing the bilateral relations in a way that would serve the interests of the two friendly countries and peoples.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Syria

H E Mr B P Gilder
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African Embassy

Syrian Representation in South Africa

H E Md. Onfouan 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 Syrian Pound (SYP), but US Dollars (USD) are widely accepted.

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

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

Interest Groups and Information

No Information

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