the entry into the Syrian Arab Republic, Swiss, Austrian, and German
subjects need a visa. Generally, you must apply for your visa at the
Syrian Embassy in your homeland. When planning excursions and trips
to Lebanon and/or Jordan, you should apply for a multiple entry
All that is required is
a passport which must remain valid at least six months after your
Visa issuing at the
frontier is possible for individual and group travelers only whose
tour operator cooperates with a Syrian partner. Group travelers get
a visa for free.
With an Israeli entry
stamp (which is also made when you enter via Yassir Arafat Airport
in Gaza or the Allenby-/King Hussein Bridge crossing point to Jordan
or Taba/Sinai crossing point to Egypt), or an entry or departure
stamp made by Egyptian or Jordanian authorities on the crossing
points to Israel, or with an Israeli visa in your passport, you may
not enter Syria or the Lebanon, even if a valid visa is present in
your passport or if you are listed in a group visa.
All tourists departing
from an land border have to pay a departure tax of SYP 500.00 per person.
Extension of the stay
In the event of a stay
exceeding 45 days, foreign subjects in Syria are obliged to register
at Syrian passport and immigration authority and extend their
residence permit. The Syrian stamp in the passport obliging to apply
to the authority has usually a validity of 15 days (old regulation).
Stays up to three months are commonly possible, thereafter the
precise reason for stay (e.g. language course, studies) must be
Particular customs regulations
Imports of cash
exceeding a value of USD 5,000 must be declared on entry to get the
allowance for re-exporting foreign currencies.
apply for imports of professionell and semi-professionell electronic devices and video cameras
(Permission is given by the ministery of information). You
should avoid taking along a GPS device, it couldt be confiscated.
Export of antiques is
regulated by public authorities. We urgently recommend to be careful
regarding relative "offers" at Syria's numerous historical sites
though most objects are fakes.