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How to get a Syrian Visa – This is my stamp at the border

Post updated in Jan 2024

The requirements for obtaining a Syrian visa have changed in the past years, so if you have any updated information, feel free to comment below so we can keep this blog up to date.

How to Get a Syrian Visa:

Who needs a visa for Syria?

Currently, most nationalities require a visa for Syria unless you hold a passport from one of the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritania, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

Syria visa for U.S. citizens:

Visa for Syria is now also possible for US Passport Holders. The process can take up to 4 weeks, and US Passport holders must travel as part of an organised tour.

Israelis and anyone with proof of travel to Israel:

Israeli passport holders are not permitted to travel to Syria. If you have proof of travel to Israel in your passport, you will be denied, too.

This includes entry or exit stamps from Egypt or Jordan, which show that you’ve crossed the land border into or out of Israel.

There are two options for how to travel to Syria – independently or with a travel agency. The visa process depends on which option you choose.

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How to get a Syrian Visa – The Streets of Damascus

How to Get a Tourist Visa for Syria – What you will need:

  • Security clearance from the Ministry of Tourism.
  • Copy of your passport.
  • A completed application form if you are applying from the embassy.
  • If you apply via a travel agency, personal details must be provided: full address, occupation.
  • A visa fee is to be paid at the embassy or at the border.
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How to get a Syrian Visa when travelling on a tour

If you book a tour through a travel agency, they will apply for security clearance in Syria for you. All you need to do is email them your passport copies, personal details, and occupation.

Please note the process is different if you are a journalist. The process takes about two weeks (if you are lucky, you might get it in a week). It can take up to 4 weeks for US passport holders.

Your travel agency will notify you once the security clearance (a background check) is received. You can then obtain your Syrian visa at the border or the airport if you fly into Damascus.

Fee for Syrian Visa at the border:

  • Australians and New Zealand is 130 USD
  • European passport holders pay 50 – 100 USD (Slovak passport was 70 USD)
  • Americans 160 USD 
  • British 140 USD

When you leave Syria, you must also pay an exit fee of 2,500 SYP, around 5 USD.

You cannot get your visa at the border if you don’t have security clearance.

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How to get a Syrian Visa – Aleppo 

How to get a Syrian Visa when travelling independently

Getting a Syrian visa is more complicated if you wish to travel to Syria independently.

In 2018, you could get a Syrian visa by paying 300-400 USD to a tour operator, crossing the border alone, and obtaining your visa at the border. At this stage, however, it seems that travel agencies cannot supply this security clearance for independent travellers.

You might be lucky to get it; in this case, you can also obtain your visa at the border.

You must obtain your visa from the Syrian Embassy before you go. The process varies from embassy to embassy. But generally speaking, if they accept your application, they will apply for the security clearance on your behalf.

The security clearance costs 60 USD. We know of travellers who could get their visas from the embassy in Berlin or Cairo, but it also depends on your nationality. Many others have been denied.

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If you have successfully obtained a Syrian visa somewhere, please comment below. It might help other travellers.

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