General instructions for the tourists coming to Syria
First : Arab
and foreign arrivals to Syria should have the following :
- Passport valid for a period not
less than one month after the elapse of the period of entrance
visa, provided that the passport is issued by a state that Syria
recognize it, and does not carry on Israeli visa, and the name
of the passport owner is not listed in the list of those forbidden
from entering Syria.
- Entrance visa or transit visa
issued by the Syrian embassy or consulate in the original country
of the foreigner or his place of residence. The entrance visa
or transit visa is granted by emigration and passports department
at the border for the subjects of foreign countries which have
no diplomatic representation in Syria, and the foreigners living
permanently provided they show their residence cards.
- The Ministry of foreign affairs
and the diplomatic missions issue the following exit visas : the
diplomatic, the private, the courteous and service.
- The entrance visa is valil for
six months from the date of its granting, and could be used for
one or many journeys, and could be exceptionally granted for one
- The transit visa is valid for
three months, or six months, or one year, and serves for one journey
or many journeys.
- The entrance or the transit visa
could include the wife of the foreigner and his underage children
provided that their names and ages within in the proper place.
- The foreigner who wish to stay
in the Syrian Arab Republic for a period over fifteen days from
the date of his entrance, has to see the emigration and passports
department or its branches in the governorates to submit a request
for getting a permission to stay.
- The permission to stay is granted
directly for the Arabs and foreigners born in Syria, and wives
of Syrian nationals.
- In case of missing or damaging
the residence card, the owner of the card has to see the emigration
and passports department in Damascus and its branches in the governorates
within three days from the date of missing or damaging in order
to be given a new one.
- The residence permission is not
considered a permit for marks, and he who wish to be engaged in
any wash in Syria, has to get a permit from the Ministry of labour
- Any Arabic or foreigner passed
the fifteenth of his age, and was registered in the residence
card of one of his parents, has to get a new independent residence
card similar to his parents card, in respect of kind remaining
period and date with a new photograph disregarding his own passport.
- Arabs and foreigners who have
special or ordinary residence have no right to be absent outside
Syria for a period over six months.
- - Arabs and foreigners who have
temporary residence and having exit visa and return, have no right
to stay outside the country for a period exceeding three months.
As for the Lebanese person, he has to see the police department
within six days from his entrance to Syria in order to get a personal
acquainting card to facilitate his residence and monument in Syria.
Secondly : The facilities and exemptions offered to incoming
- Arab nationals are allowed to
enter the Syrian Arab republic and pass through it exempted from
getting entrance visa or transit visa, it is enough to be properly
registered in the registers of incoming and departing after sealing
their passports or travel documents, or entrance cards for Lebanese
nationals (who are allowed to enter by their identity card, or
properly endorsed birth record by the real of entrance and departure.
- Entrance visas are granted gratis
to foreigners of non registered nationalities who are coming for
tourism whether singles or groups, in accordance with letters
issued by tourist offices and companies in the country from which
they have come, and sealed by the seals of there offices, in addition
to the personal passport of each one, on the condition of being
received by a properly licenced office in Syria, and depart under
- Citizens of all Arab states,
the gulf, Emirates and Sultanates, are exempted from entrance
and transit visas, or permission to stay, or exit visa.
- The following are exempted
from the duties :
- Foreign and Arab students officially registered in one of the
- Religious people.
- Arab and foreign experts and contractors.
- Journalists and correspondents of news agencies.
- Workers in the Arabic and foreign political and consular organizations
who are not diplomats.
- Parents of the member of diplomatic or consular cops accredited
the country and his children, wife, brothers, sisters, and his
followers of governerres and servants.
- Palestinian refugees and their underage children.
- Foreigners and Arabs who the director of emigration and passports
considers exempting them for special considerations, international
courtery, or because they are unable to pay.
- 5- The expatriates Syrian Arab
nationals carrying foreign passports are exempted from obtaining
the residence, and asking those among them who are not registered
to register in the civil registers, and to be subject to exit
visa when they want to depart using their foreign passports all
that after passing one month from the date of their entrance,
and after showing the approval of conscription to Syrian nationals,
and they are allowed to enter using their foreign passports even
if there passports are not sealed by the Syrian Arab commissions
abroad, and they are granted the required visas gratuitously from
Thirdly : customs facilities
- The foreigner is allowed to bring
with him presents, personal effects, and private articles for
tourists personal use free of customs duties.
- The materials which the traveler
bring with him are exempted from duties provided that such materials
are under use, and declared about and to be taken out with the
traveler when leaving Syria. The customs director in the border
center is authorized to allow other used personal effects in accordance
with his personal supporition.
- Car owners residing abroad permanently
and coming to Syria to stay temporarily, are allowed to bring
in their borrowed cars which are properly registered in the country
of expatriation in conformity with a legal authorization allowing
the use and driving tourist cars outside the coutry of registration
according to the following customs duties :
- Duties levied on cars in accordance
with a temporary entrance card for a period of 15 days and amount
of (1685) Syrian pounds to be exchanged with its equivalent
of (40) US Dollar in return for the obligatory insurance of
the car to be paid to the Syrian Insurance Company.
- Duties levied on the book granted to ears registered in the
Arab countries are (5035) S.P. to be exchanged with its equivalent
of (117) US Dollar, or its equivalent of other foreign currencies,
plus (30) US $ in return for the obligatory insurance to be
paid to the Syrian Insurance Company.
- The wife or an adult member of the family is allowed to enter
the car or to drive it in Syria provided they meet the residing
conditions outside the country.
- The car owner has to have an international devising licence,
an international car certificate, and a trip-tie book. The car
could remain in Syria for 180 days during one trip or a number
of trips. At any sate, the detailed instructions relating to
procedures of getting in and out, the customs, the foreign exchange,
or any amendments on these instructions, could be got from the
available periodical pamphlets in the Syrian embassies and consulates,
as well as from the centers of entrance to Syria at its international
Fourthly : Health regulations
- Travelers coming from places
affected by yellow fevers when entering the country, have to introduce
a vaccination certificate against this fever.
- Those wishing to stay in Syria
for a period exceeding one year, have to submit a certificate
of freedom from AID.
- The tourist who brings with him
a domestic animal, has to bring with it a health certificate in
English authenticated in his country, as for cats and dogs, a
certificate of ovulation against rabi should be presented.