Decision of the immigration and passports
department related to grant visa for the foreigners who come for
tourism free of charge
The department of immigration
& passports issued its decision no. 211/km dated 01-07-2002
including to delete the item (D) of the article fourth of
decision no. 1351 dated on 15-07-1980 which is amended by
decision no. 75/km dated on 23-03-1995 related to the entry of
the tourist group into the country without being restricted by
number even for one person and it shall be substituted by the
The foreigners coming for
tourism of the unrestricted categories by virtue of the letters
issued and stamped by tourism offices and companies as groups or
individuals affixed with the photo of the holders or a passport
for each person , provided that they shall be received by a
tourism office duly licenses in the country and to depart under
its guarantee ; and they will be granted the entry visas free of
Facilities rendered to the Tourists coming
Syrian Arab Republic
I General instruction for
the tourists coming to Syrian Arab Republic :
The Arab or foreign people
arriving into Syria shall have the following :
1 A passport valid at least
for one month after the end of entry visa, provided that it
shall be issued by a State which is recognized by Syria and that
it shall not have an Israeli visa and the name of its holder
shall not be listed in the list of persons who are prevented to
2 An entry or transit visa
to be granted by the Syrian Embassy or consulate in the origin
country of the foreigner or his residence place .
For citizens of the countries which don't have a Syrian
diplomatic representation, the entry and transit visa will be
given by the immigration and passports centers at borders this
is applied also to and the permanent resident foreigners
provided that they shall submit their residence cards.
3 The Minister of Foreign
Affairs and the diplomatic missions grant the diplomatic,
private, comity and important exit visas . Decision no. 1351/k
of 1980 article 1 .
4 Entry visa : is valid for
three months or six months as of the date of granting ; and it
is valid for one time or several times . It can be exceptionally
granted for one year .
5 Transit visa : valid for
three or six months or one year . It is valid for one time or
several times .
6 The entry and transit
visas can include the spouse and the minor children of the
foreigner provided that their names and ages shall be written in
the places designated for that . ( decision no. 1094/N) .
7 The foreigner who wants to
reside in Syrian Arab Republic for more than fifteen days as of
the date of entry, shall visit the immigration and passports
administration or its branches in the governorates to present an
application for a residence permit .
8 For the Arab and
foreigners who were born in Syrian Arab Republic and the spouses
of Syrian citizens will be granted the residence permit
9 In case of losing or
damaging the residence permit, the holder shall visit the
immigration and passports department in Damascus or its branches
in the governorates within three days to be granted a new card .
10 The residence permit is
not considered a work license . Those who want to practice a job
in Syrian Arab Republic shall obtain a license for that from the
Ministry of Social Affairs & Labor .
11 Every Arab or Foreigner
who passed 15 years old and who was registered at the residence
card of one of his parents shall obtain a new separate residence
card similar to the cards of his parents as per the type and the
remaining period and the date ; and shall pay a new fees not
withstanding that he holds his own passport .
12 Arabs and foreigners who
have special or ordinary residences shall not have the right to
stay away abroad for more than six months.
13 Arabs and foreigners who
have a temporary residence and who obtain a visa of departure
and coming back , shall not have the right to reside abroad for
more than three months .
The Lebanese citizen shall
visit the police department within six days as of the date of
his entry into Syria to be granted a personal identity card to
facilitate his residence and movement in Syria . ( decision no.
281/kn ) .
II Facilities and
exemptions rendered to the coming tourists :
1 The Arab citizens are
permitted to enter and pass Syrian Arab Republic without an
entry or transit visa . It is enough to register them duly in
the records of the comings and departing after stamping their
passports or travel documents or the entry cards of the
Lebanese who enter by ID cards or civil records by the stamp
of entry or departure .
2 The foreigners who are
coming for tourism either individuals or groups - of the
unrestricted classes will be granted the visa free of charge
based on letters issued by tourism offices or companies at the
country they coming form which shall be stamped by those office
or companies; and by virtue of the own passport for everyone and
provided that they shall be received by a duly licensed tourism
office in the country and they will depart under its guarantee (
decision no. 211 / km ) .
3 All citizens of Arab, Gulf
, Emirates and Sultanate countries are exempted from the entry
and transit visa in the country or residence license or
4 The following are exempted
from fees :
- Arab and foreigner students who are officially registered in
one of the recognized universities .
- Men of religion .
- Arab and foreigner experts and contractors .
- The press agencies reporters and journalists .
- Employees in the Arab and foreign political and consulate
departments other than diplomats .
- Parents, spouse, siblings, servants and babysitters of the
political or consular member who is accredited in the country .
- Palestinian refugees and their minor children .
- The Arab and Foreigners who are considered by the director of
immigration and passports to be exempted for special
considerations as comity of nations or for who are not capable
financially , according to decision no. 281/kn/2002 ) .
5 To exempt the Syrian
citizens who hold foreign passports from obtaining the residence
permit , and to charge those who didn't register to be
registered at the civil affairs records and to charge them with
the departure visa when they want to leave by their foreign
passports after one month of their arrival and after submitting
the approval of the conscription departments for those who are
in the age of conscription and by the ID card for those who has
been more than 15 years old ; and to charge them to pay the
departure fees similar to the Syrian citizens . They are
permitted to enter by their foreign passports even if they are
not stamped with the visa from the Syrian embassies abroad .They
will be granted the required visa at the borders free of charge
. Circulated note no. 1624 S dated 09-11-1992 .
1 The foreigner is permitted
to enter the personal items and presents without any customs
2 The persons who resides
abroad permanently and who come to Syria as temporary residents
to enter their cars which are duly registered at the countries
of expatriation by a legal power of attorney for using and
driving the tourist cars abroad the registering countries
according to the following customs fees :
- for the cars enter by a
temporary entering card for 15 days : Sp. 1685 equivalent to USD
40 , or the equivalent of other foreign currencies + USD 30 as
an obligatory insurance for the car to be paid to Syrian
Insurance company .
- The fees of the books of
cars which are registered at the Arab countries are : Sp 5035 to
be exchanged with USD 117 or equivalent of other accepted
currencies + USD 30 as an obligatory insurance for the car to be
paid to Syrian Insurance company .
- The wife or one adult family
member is permitted to enter the car or to drive it in Syrian
Arab Republic provided that the conditions of residence abroad
are available in them .
(the letter of the general
department of customs no. 1168/t/2003).
1 The travelers coming from
areas which are affected by yellow fever shall submit a
certificate of vaccine against this disease.
2 The travelers who want to
reside in Syria for more than one year shall submit a
certificate of AIDS.
3 The tourist who brings a
domestic animal with him shall bring a health certificate for it
in English language and to be certified by his country. As per
cats and dogs, they shall be accompanied with rabies vaccine
Facilities rendered to Investors
1 Rising the neighboring
countries price in the bank publication nearly parallel to the
2 To increase the amount to
be changed of the foreign currencies which is remained with the
travelers upon leaving the country and within 15 days.
3 Te exempt the persons
coming to the country from the payment of USD 100 which the bank
used to receive from all coming persons.
4 The bank is proceeding to
perform the project of credit cards .
The letter of the commercial
bank of Syria no. 429/40/l.b dated on 25-01-2003 .