Arab and foreign expatriates are required to possess the following:
- A valid passport for a period that doesn’t go less than one month after the expiration date of the entry as long as it’s issued by a state recognized by Syria, and it doesn’t have an Israeli visa , also the holder of the passport name shouldn’t be included in the list of those banned from entering Syria.
- An entry or transit visa issued by the Syrian embassy or consulate in the original country of the foreigner or his residence place, an entry or transit visa is granted by immigration and passports centers at the border to foreign nationalities that doesn’t have any diplomatic representation for Syria and foreigners living permanently provided with their residency cards.
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs and diplomatic missions’ grantee exit visas to diplomatic, special, courtesy and VIP.
- Entry Visa: They are two types:
– Six months visa: valid for one trip or multiple trips can be awarded exceptionally for a one-year..
– Three months visa: valid for one time only.
- Transit visa: two kinds;
– Three months valid for a single trip.
– Three months valid for multiple entries.
- Entry or transit visa could include the foreigner’s wife and underage children in the condition that their names and ages would be recorded in the space provided.
- A foreigner who wants to stay in Syria for more than fifteen days after the date of entry, have to inform the immigration office or its branches in the provinces to apply for a residence permit or to extend his visa.
- Permission of residence is granted directly for both Arabs and foreigners who were born in Syria and the wives of Syrian citizens.
- In case of loss or damage of the residence card, the card holder have to check the immigration department in Damascus or its branches within three days from the date of loss or damage to replace it with a new one.
- The granted residence permission is not a license to work and those who wish to engage in employment in the Syrian Arab Republic should obtain permission from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor.
- Every Arab or foreign visitor whose age exceeded fifteen years and was recorded on his parents’ card should get an independent new residence visa similar to his parents’ card in terms of type, remaining period, and date with new fees, regardless of carrying a passport of his own.
- Arabs and foreigners, who have special or ordinary residences, are not allowed to be absent abroad for more than six months.
- Arabs and foreigners who have temporary residencies (exit and return visa) are not allowed to stay outside the country for more than three months.
Lebanese citizens should check the nearest police station within six days from the date of entry into Syria in order to obtain an ID card to facilitate their stay and movement in Syria.