Everything You Need To Know About A Syrian Visa
Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued an advisory that asks no
foreign national to travel to Syria. Even if British citizens are present in
Syria, they should depart as early as possible.
The country does not offer
consular support to UK citizens within its borders since the activities of the
British Embassy in Damascus have been completely suspended until further
you still wish to travel to Syria against FCO advice, you need to apply for a
visa prior to your travel dates. Ensure that you carry a photocopy of your
passport, especially the biodata and visa-stamping pages, as proof of identity
at all times.
Even your dependents must have valid exit stamps on their
passports and you should possess comprehensive travel and medical insurance.
Syrian Visa Documentation & Application Process
you need to apply for a Syrian entry visa, you must apply in person through the
Embassy in London. We cannot assist you with the visa application process
are the documentation requirements for applying for an entry visa.
- An original passport with a minimum
validity of 6 months and at least 2 blank pages
- 2 colored, passport-sized
- 2 fully completed and signed visa
application forms. You can complete the online application. Once you have submitted all the details, download it, and
take 2 printouts of the document.
- A letter from your current employer in
the UK specifying your employment status and position. If you are a student,
you need to submit a letter from your university/college/academic institute OR
present a photocopy of your student ID card. Unemployed applicants need to
share a letter from the jobcentre or a letter of the benefits that he/she
receives. Self-employed applicants can submit a business card OR a copy of the
latest bank statement with the name, company name, and address OR a letter on a
company headed paper indicating the nature of the business and role OR a copy
of self-assessment form from HM Revenue & Customs
- A utility bill OR a council tax/
landline OR internet bill with the applicant’s name and address
- Hotel reservation OR full address,
name and telephone number of friends/relatives in Syria
all your documents are in order, you can submit your application at the embassy
on any working day (Monday to Friday) between 10 am-12 pm.
The visa processing
usually takes a time frame of 6 working days. For press or media visas, the process
may take up to 10 working days.
visas are issued in single entry with validities of 1 and 3 months. Multiple
entry visas are valid for 6 months. Fees for each visa type varies as per the
purpose of visit, validity, and the number of entries required.
embassy accepts payments only in cash. Additionally, the validity of your visa
begins from the date the visa is issued. So make sure that you obtain the visa
before your travel to the country.
Previous travel to Israel
your British passport or Emergency Travel Document contains entry/exit Israeli
stamps, there are high chances that you will be refused a Syrian visa.
rule is applicable to citizens of almost all nations.
volatile situation in Syria has resulted in the temporary suspension of
commercial flights, closed roads, and minimal access to land border crossing
points. It has even caused the closure of some border crossings. Hence, you
must plan your arrival and departure itineraries properly before entering or
exiting the country.
ongoing conflict has even diminished all levels of religious tolerance.
government has imposed restrictions on unlicensed political and religious
activity, particularly political Islam. So, be careful when engaging in any
religious activities during your stay in Syria.
Additionally, you should know
that if the authorities catch you in possession of drugs, you shall face life
imprisonment. Drug trafficking can even result in the death penalty.