Do Americans Need a Visa to Visit Syria?

The US government warns its citizens regarding the risk involved in visiting Syria due to the significant increase in violence, terrorism and cases of kidnapping in the country over the past few years. If you still decide to visit Syria, it is advisable to check the government website on visiting high risk areas, establishing a security plan and sharing important documents with your family members, before leaving home.

Eligibility Criteria for a Syrian Visa

Other important things to know before visiting Syria include a departure tax charged at Syrian land and sea borders for all the tourists, except those who are visiting on diplomatic passports and children under the age of 11 years. Moreover, the Syrian government highly restricts foreigners who have traveled to Israel earlier. Foreigners who are suspected of having traveled to Israel before coming to Syria have been detained and interrogated in the past.

US males holding dual Syrian citizenship may be subject to serving in the Syrian military compulsorily, unless they have temporary exemption from the Syrian embassy, prior to their entering Syria. If you are planning to study Arabic at a private institution in Syria, you might not get a visa for that.

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Mani Karthik

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