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
- 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
- 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 social affairs.
- 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
- 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 tourists :
- 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 his responsibility.
- 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 borders centers.
Thirdly : customs
- 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 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 borders.
Fourthly : Health