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Visa to Syria

Visa to Syria:

Planning a trip to Syria? The most important question on your mind might be: Do I need a visa? The answer is yes, but the process is relatively straightforward when you choose Nawafir Tours as your local travel agency.

The following visa guide provides comprehensive answers to all of your inquiries:

Visa Guide to Syria – Travel with Nawafir Tours

  • Nawafir Tours is a trusted local travel agency that offers comprehensive meet and assist services, as well as transportation services, at your preferred port of entry in Syria. Whether you arrive at Beirut Int’l Airport, Amman Int’l Airport, or Damascus Int’l Airport, Nawafir Tours is dedicated to providing a seamless and hassle-free travel experience.
  • Upon your arrival, you can expect a warm welcome from Nawafir Tours team. They will be readily available to assist you with the necessary procedures and ensure a smooth transition through immigration and customs. Their expert knowledge and experience in handling these processes will help streamline your entry into the country.

Visa Guide to Syria – Safety and Security

  • Safety and well-being of our guests are our top priorities. We are fully committed to delivering a travel experience that is not only enjoyable but also secure. Our team takes great care in planning sightseeing tours and excursions, ensuring that we include only safe and secure cities and sites.
  • To guarantee the safety of our guests, we maintain regular communication with local authorities and have a strong network of contacts. This allows us to stay informed about the current situation on the ground. If we receive any indication that a particular location or site may pose a risk, we take immediate action to adjust our itinerary and make alternative arrangements.
  • You can have peace of mind knowing that at Nawafir Tours, we are unwavering in our dedication to providing a travel experience that is both secure and enjoyable. Your safety and well-being are at the forefront of everything we do.

Visa Guide to Syria – Arrival to Syria

  • Generally, most guests arrive at Beirut Int’l Airport and then travel overland to Syria. Beirut Int’l Airport serves as the easiest and most popular entry point, cost-wise and logistics-wise. The duration of the journey from Beirut Int’l Airport to Damascus usually takes around three to four hours, depending on the traffic and visa procedures at the border crossing.
  • Another option is to travel through Amman Int’l Airport, Jordan to reach Syria. The duration of the journey from Amman Int’l Airport to Damascus usually takes around four to five hours, depending on the traffic and visa procedures at the border crossing.
  • You can also arrive to Damascus through Damascus Int’l Airport, where both Syrian Airlines and Cham Wings Airlines currently operate flights to Damascus from Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Moscow, Cairo, Kuwait, Baghdad, Erbil and Beirut.

Visa Guide to Syria – E-Visa Platform

  • Obtaining a tourist visa for Syria is an important step to consider when planning to travel there.
  • Obtaining a visa for Syria is a straightforward process based on nationality, especially since the introduction of the E-Visa platform on 1 May 2024.
  • As your host/sponsor, Nawafir Tours will handle the application for your security clearance and entry visa approval.
  • Therefore, you will need to provide the following documents
    1. Scanned copy of passport’s information pages in JPG format, with a minimum validity of six months.
    2. Recent passport-sized personal photo with white background.
    3. Information list.
  • Upon arrival at the designated border crossing, you will receive a 15-day visa stamp in your passport instead of a sticker.
  • Visa fees should be paid in cash according to the fees listed below.
  • Visa fees and guidelines are  subject to change without any prior notice.

Visa Guide to Syria – Applicable Visa Fees 2024

EU

US$ 75

UK

US$ 150

USA

US$ 200

Canada

US$ 100

Australia

US$ 150

New Zealand

US$ 150

Japan

US$ 50

Russia

US$ 50

China

US$ 25

Hong Kong

US$ 65

Taiwan

US$ 75

Mexico

US$ 50

Brazil

US$ 25

South Africa

US$ 50

South Korea

US$ 50

Turkey

US$ 200

Visa Guide to Syria – Travel Advice

  • It is crucial to emphasize that the Syrian authorities have strict regulations regarding previous travel to Israel and self-ruled territories. If, while obtaining your Syria visa on arrival, border officials discover any indications in your passport that raise suspicions of prior visits to Israel, your entry into Syria will be unequivocally refused.
  • These restrictions apply not only to passports containing visas or entry/exit stamps to Israel and self-ruled territories, but also to entry stamps from specific border crossings with Israel from neighbouring countries such as Jordan or Egypt that you may have recently travelled through. As a result, if such stamps are present, Syrian immigration officials will deny entry immediately.
  • The Syrian government strictly enforces these restrictions, and in order to ensure a smooth entry into Syria, travelers must be mindful of their travel history. This entails understanding the significance of their passport stamps and planning their itineraries in the region accordingly. The objective is to avoid any complications that may arise from any perceived association with Israel during your entry process.

Visa Guide to Syria – Land Border Crossings

Entry/exit stamps from the below land border crossings should be avoided to avoid being refused entry to Syria.

Jordan Border Crossings:

  • Wadi Araba Crossing/South Border
  • Allenby/King Hussein Bridge
  • Sheikh Hussein Crossing/Northern Border

Egypt Border Crossings:

  • Taba
  • Nitzana
  • Sharm el Sheikh, Mars al-Alam and Hurghada

It is important to note that having an entry stamp from Sharm el Sheikh Airport has resulted in cases where individuals were denied entry to Syria. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

What is E-Visa? The E-visa is the easiest way to obtain a permit for entry into and travel within Syria for tourism purposes. All you need to do is submit the requested documents and complete the Information list. After receiving your entry visa approval through email or WhatsApp, simply print it out and bring it with you when you enter Syria.

How long does it take to get my E-Visa approval? The e-visa application process typically takes 5 working days to make a decision on a visa approval for travelers from Europe, Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Russia, Hong Kong,  Brazil, and other select nationalities. However, the processing time may be longer for applicants from certain other countries.

Who is eligible for E-Visa? All nationals traveling to Syria for short-term tourism purposes are eligible.

How long will my E-Visa be valid for? It will be a single entry valid for one month with a maximum of 15-day stay.

Can I choose the language to fill the information list? No, you must fill in the Information list in English, taking into account that all the fields should be completed.

After submission I have realized that some of the information that I have provided in the information list requires correction, what should I do? You should advise us immediately to take appropriate corrective action.

Do I need to obtain a separate visa approval for people accompanying me? Yes. despite of age, each traveller must obtain a separate entry visa approval.

Why should I enter information about accompanying me persons in my application? You are advised to provide information about your companions to ensure joint examination of your applications. Remember that all travellers should fill out the information list and should provide separate documentation.

How much is a visa fee applicable? Please check the applicable visa fees, based on nationality.

Where the visa fees are paid? Upon arrival to Syria.

How the visa fees are paid? In cash, in US Dollars (US$).

How do I pay for my entry visa approval? It is always included in our package offer.

If my E-Visa application is rejected, are there any charges? Certainly, no.

What kind of Documentation I need to apply for E-visa? 

  • Scanned copy of passport’s information pages in JPG format.
  • Recent passport-sized personal photo with white background.
  • Information list.

What are the requirements to my travel document/passport? Your travel document/passport document should have a minimum validity of six months

What does ‘information page of passport’ mean? The page in passport which contains basic information about its bearer’s surname, given names, photo and date and place of birth, validity period, issuing authority, place of issue and travel document/passport number, and the dates the travel document/passport was issued and will expire.

My child is included in my passport. Do I need to make a separate travel document/passport and E-Visa application for her/him? Yes. Despite of age, each traveller should use separate travel document/passport and should obtain a separate e-Visa.

During Crossing the border of Syria which documents should I have with me?

  • Passport. 
  • Entry Visa Approval.

How recent must my photo have been taken? Your photo should be taken within 6 months of submitting your application and reflect your current appearance. The photo should be in good resolution with white background.

What pose should I be in for my photo? You must directly face the camera. Profile shots will not be accepted.

How large should my head be in the photo? Your head should be between 50% and 70% of the image’s total height from the top of the head, including the hair, to the bottom of the neck.

Can a parent or guardian appear in the photo of a child? No, the child must be the only person in the photo. Nothing used to support the child should be in the camera’s frame, including the arms or hands of a parent holding the child.

Are photos that are copied from recent driver licenses or other official documents acceptable? No. Copied or digitally scanned photos of official documents will not be accepted.

Are snapshots, magazine photos, mobile device photos, or photos from vending machine acceptable? No. Snapshots, magazine photos, low-resolution vending machine photos, mobile device photos or full-length photos are not acceptable.

Is the personal information provided by me protected? Yes, your personal information is protected and will be used only for the purpose of applying for your entry visa approval.

I cannot open my E-Visa. What do I do? Entry visa approval is sent in in pdf format. If the PDF file does not open, check that you have a copy of Adobe Reader installed.

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