the government of South Africa has announced an exemption from entry visas for Palestinian citizens holding Palestinian passports.
This policy change means that Palestinian citizens can now obtain entry visas upon arrival at all South African airports, ports, and border crossings, allowing them to stay for up to 90 days without the need to obtain visas from South African embassies.
This decision was confirmed through a memorandum from the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation in South Africa addressed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the State of Palestine.
Riyad Al-Maliki, the Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, warmly welcomed this historic decision made by the South African Government.
He emphasized that this move symbolizes South Africa’s continuous solidarity with the just cause of the Palestinian people.
In a statement, the Palestinian Islamic Resistance movement Hamas welcomed the move and expressed appreciation to South Africa.
“This move is appreciated and reflects a message of solidarity with the Palestinian people,” the statement read.
The movement called on all countries to take similar measures toward ‘Palestinians who face the Israeli occupation’s fascism and racism’.