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a VirtualTourist member from Dungarvan asked on Jan 15, 2011

Syria

Visa at the border???

There seems to be a lot of confusion and conflicting information on the web surrounding the issue of Visas on arrival at the Syrian border. I have read that it is officially permitted to obtain a Syrian Visa at the border if your country of residence does not have a Syrian Embassy. There is no embassy in Ireland and so I presumed that I could get one easily at the border - Is this the case? Has anyone first hand experience of obtaining a visa at the border? I know the official line but would like to hear from anyone who has actually obtained the Visa and how much it cost and how long it took to get? Thanks in advance.
Brian



15 Answers


answered on 1/15/11 by
claus andersen from Denmark

I can get a syrian visa on the border as a dane (has gotten that 3 times in the past 2 years) so you should be able to get ti too as an irish i would say.




answered on 1/19/11 by
a VT member from Dungarvan

Thanks for your reply but I won't be flying into Syria, I will be crossing by land from either Lebanon or Jordan. Can I get a Visa at the land borders?
Thanks




answered on 1/19/11 by
a VT member from Hims

yes you can :)




answered on 1/19/11 by
claus andersen from Denmark

I have been getting my visa when coming overland from Jordan so that should be ok for you i would think.




answered on 1/28/11 by
a VT member from Paris

What kind of visa did you get, Claus?
I know that you can get a visa in the airport for work reasons or by invitation.
I thought that it was impossible for tourists;

Thanks




answered on 1/28/11 by
claus andersen from Denmark

I got a tourist visa at the border.
And if i remember right then it was valid for 15 days.




answered on 1/28/11 by
a VT member from London

Is that the case for everyone or only countries that dont have access to a Syria embassy in their country - eg where I am in London of course we have an embassy for Syria - would i have to make sure I get a visa before I left home, even if I was going via Jordan or can I also get a visa at the border (have NZ and Australian passports)
Thanks




answered on 1/28/11 by
claus andersen from Denmark

I´m pretty sure we have a syrian embassy in Copenhagen as we have a fairly big syrian community in Denmark, but they have opened up more to tourists recently and i think that is why we can get visas on arrival.




answered on 1/28/11 by
a VT member from Dungarvan

It's pretty hit and miss from what I can tell. The official line is that you can only get a visa on Arrival if your resident country doesn't have a Syrian embassy but plenty of people seem to able to get through even if they do have an embassy. Emailed the Syrian embassy in London and they said as an Irish citizen I am entitled to a visa at the border but concluded by saying that it is at the discretion of the border officials so I should get when before I trave through the London embassy!!! That wasn't much help. You can't rely on any info as fact as it all seems to be hit or miss. Only thing defo is that Americans are a lot less likely to get a visa on arrival and that you have no chance if you have an Israeli visa.




answered on 1/28/11 by
claus andersen from Denmark

It must be quite official that danes can get the visa cause i was there a few timnes as a tour guide for a danish company taking groups of tourists to Syria and Jordan and they always said to me just to get visas for everyone on arrival and there were never any questions asked.
I had a syrian college from a local travel agency coming with me every time and he sorted everything out with the customs and that might of course also have helped.




answered on 1/28/11 by
a VT member from Paris

I read on the website of the Spanish External Affairs Department that you can get a visa at the arrival if you are traveling with a tourist group (more than 8 people). It is called a "visa group" and it is necessary that a Syrian tour operator present the request at the Syrian authorities 7 days in advance. Maybe this is your case, Claus?

Here in Paris they take between 15 days -1 month for the visa.




answered on 1/28/11 by
claus andersen from Denmark

It probaply is Elisa, cause i was always met by a person from our local partner there.




answered on 1/29/11 by
a VT member from Hims

:D GUYS :D

any1 can get the Syrian visa from the boarders even if we dont recognize your country example KKTC or KOSOVO ;) and now the visa for 20 days in place of 15 . and for more info... even you dont have our emb. there .... you can get it ... but but but :D if u have any isr. symbol in ur passport dont waste ur time and money cause SYRIA and LEBANON wont allow you to be in and if u tried to enter again by different passport they wont allow u cause they will save ur name .... even they allow you ,,, PEOPLE here wont trust or help you :)


if u want to be here just tell me :)




answered on 2/3/11 by
a VT member from Vienna

You could get a visa at the border but:
We went to Syria last fall and were warned by our American friends who live in Beirut, that you might be stuck at the border for hours. Once when they tried to cross from Lebanon into Syria it took them over 6 hours.
We sent our passport to the Syrian consulate and we had it back after 4 days, they are very efficient.
Have fun in Syria, it is a great country!




answered on 2/7/11 by
a VT member from Hims

yes that is true cause its takes long time cause of the check points and the problems with the UNIFEL .. but if i were you ,,, i would wait for days to visit Syria ,,, not because am Syrian but really we have a mixture of culture ,,,, come to city of HOMS its the ideal city in Syria :)





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