Instructions For The Tourists Coming To
Arab and foreign
arrivals to Syria should have the following:
1- A Passport valid for a period not less
than one month after the elapse of the
period of the entry visa, provided that the
passport is issued by a state recognized by
Syria, does not carry an Israeli visa, and
the name of the passport owner is not listed
among those forbidden from entering Syria.
2- An entry visa or transit visa issued by
the Syrian embassy or consulate in the
original country of the tourist or his place
of residence. Entry or transit visas are
granted by Emigration And Passport
Department at the border, for the subjects
of foreign countries which have no
diplomatic representation in Syria, and for
the foreigners living permanently in Syria
provided they show their residency cards.
3- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the
Syrian diplomatic missions issue the
following entry visas : the diplomatic, the
private, the complimentary and service
4- Entry visa: two kinds
- Six months from the date of its issue:
valid for one or many entries.
Exceptionally, visas can be granted for one
- Entry visa valid for three months, serves
for one entry.
5- Transit visa: two
- Three months valid for one or many entries
- Three months valid for one entries
could include: wife of the visitor and his
underage children, provided that their names
and ages are registered in the related
7- The visitor who wants to stay in the
Syrian Arab Republic for over a fifteen days
period from the date of his entry, should
report to the Emigration And Passport
Department, or its branches in the
governorates to apply for a permission of
8- Permission of residency is spontaneously
granted for the Arabs and foreigners born in
Syria, and wives of Syrian nationals.
9- In case of missing or damaging the
residency card, the owner of the card should
report to the Emigration And Passport
Department in Damascus or any of its
branches in the governorates, within three
days from the date of missing or damaging
the card in order to obtain a new one.
10- A residency permission is not considered
a work permit. He, who wishes to work in
Syria, should get a work permit from the
Ministry of Labour & Social Welfare
11- Any Arab or foreigner over fifteen years
old, registered in the residency card of one
of his parents, should get a new separate
residency card similar to that of his
parents in order to cover the remaining
period of residency and to pay the required
fees regardless of whether he bears a
passport or not.
12- Arabs and foreigners who have special or
ordinary residencies have no right to leave
Syria for a period over six months.
13- Arabs and foreigners who have temporary
residencies and an exit and return visa,
have no right to stay outside Syria for more
than three months. Lebanese citizens should
report to the nearest police station within
six days from their entry into Syria in
order to obtain an I.D. card to facilitate
their stay and movement in Syria.
Second : Facilities And
Exemptions Offered To Incoming Tourists:
1- Arab nationals are allowed to enter
Syria and transit through
it exempted from entry or transit visas,
provided that they are properly registered
in the arrival and departure records . Their
passports , travel documents, or entry cards
(of the Lebanese nationals allowed to enter
by their IDs, or civil record extracts ) are
properly sealed upon entry and departure.
2- Entry visas are granted gratis for
tourist foreigners of non registered
nationalities who are coming for tourism
whether singly or in groups, against letters
issued and sealed by tourist offices and
companies in their countries and personal
passports, on the condition that they enter
and depart on the responsibility of properly
licensed tourist offices in Syria.
3- Citizens of all Arab states, Gulf
Emirates and Sultanates, are exempted from
entry and transit visas, residence permits
and exit visas.
4- The following categories of visitors are
exempted from duties:
- Foreign and Arab students officially
registered in one of the recognized
- Arab and foreign advisors and contractors.
- Journalists and correspondents of news
- Non diplomat workers in the Arab and
foreign political and consular
- Parents, children, wife, brothers,
sisters, governesses and servants of the
member of diplomatic or consular mission
accredited in the country.
- Palestinian refugees and their underage
- Foreigners and Arabs whom the director of
Emigration and Passports Department exempt
them for special considerations: courtesy,
or because they are unable to pay.
5- Arab Syrian expatriates bearing foreign
passports are exempted from obtaining entry
visas or residency permits. Those of them
who are not registered in the civil records
should report to register in the Civil
Register Secretariat. If they stay more than
three months from the date of their entry ,
and if they want to depart using their
foreign passports, they should obtain exit
visas. Those of them under the age of
military service should obtain the approval
of the Conscription Department. They are
allowed to enter using their foreign
passports even if these passports are not
sealed by the Syrian Arab missions abroad.
1-The foreigner is allowed to bring with
him gifts, personal effects, and the private
articles necessary for personal use, duty
2- Car owners permanently residing abroad,
and coming to Syria to stay for a short
time, are allowed to bring in their own, or
rented cars which are properly registered in
the country of expatriation in conformity
with a legal authorization allowing the use
and driving cars outside the country of
registration according to the following
- Duties of (US $ 40 or equivalent) levied
on cars in accordance with a temporary entry
card for a period of 15 days and (US $ 30 or
equivalent) in return for the obligatory
insurance of the car to be paid to the
Syrian Insurance Company.
- Duties of (S.L 5035 or equivalent of other
foreign currencies) levied against the book
granted to cars registered in the Arab
countries, plus (US $ 30 or equivalent) in
return for the obligatory insurance to be
paid to the Syrian Insurance Company.
-The wife or adult member of the family is
allowed to bring a car or to drive it in
Syria provided they meet the residency
conditions outside the country.
Fourth : Health
1- Travelers coming from places infected
by yellow fever should, introduce a
vaccination certificate against this fever.
2- Those wishing to stay in Syria for a
period exceeding one year, have to submit an
AIDS free certificate.
3- The tourist who brings pets, has to
submit their health certificates written in
English and authenticated in his country. As
for cats and dogs, a certificate of
vaccination against rabi should be