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 Syria - Formalities

Clearance

Port Control should be contacted prior to arrival on VHF Channel 16. Lattakia is Syria's main port and as its officials are used to dealing with foreign vessels, this is the best port to enter. (Call Lattakia Radio). Call at the 12 mile limit and again at 6 miles off. Approach the port at 90 degrees to the coast.

Since there are specific rules concerning the distance a yacht must stay off the Syrian coast and a yacht's approach to Lattakia Harbour, any yacht wanting to visit there on their own should fax ahead for the latest procedures to the Syrian Yacht Club.

When 12NM off, call the harbour radio on VHF Channel 16 and follow instructions.

Yachts must have a "clearance document" (zarpe), showing the date of departure from the last marina or port before arrival at Lattakia. Also fax or email copies of passports, ship’s papers and a provisional ETA to the host club or agent at least a week before planned arrival. Visa takes from 3 to 10 days depending on nationality.

It might also be necessary to produce a signed list of your last 5 ports of call and your logbook may be inspected.

Remain on board until the officials have visited the boat and clearance is completed.

Take care to arrive on a weekday as offices are closed on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as on various national holidays.

Departure: 24 hours' notice is required before clearing out and once cleared, no one must leave the boat. Again, it needs to be a weekday.

Last updated June 2012.

This is the last know information - November 2016.

Syrian Yacht Club
Cote D'Azur str., POB 2503, Lattakia, Syria
Tel:+963 41 311 110 Fax:+963 41 452 379 ,VHF Channel 16, 73
The club is situated in the northern part of the fishing harbour (Nadir Yakhut). They are the essential contact for private yachts wishibg to visit Syria and can help with procedures, visas and mooring.

Immigration

Passports must be valid for 3 months from entry.

Visas must be obtained in advance from Syrian consulates or embassies abroad. A letter of recommendation from one's own embassy is required if the visa is not obtained in one's country of residence.

Visitors are given a stay of 15 days on arrival but may be able to be extended for up to a month at a time at any immigration office in the major towns or cities. Visas can be difficult to obtain by nationals of certain countries, such as the United States.

Entry is refused to Israeli nationals or to anyone with an Israeli stamp in their passport. Any evidence of a previous visit to Israel is sufficient reason to deny entry, even a stamp from a country with a boarder with Israel.

Visa rules frequently change, so details should be checked before planning a visit.

Visitors must change US$100 on arrival.

Last updated June 2012.

This is the last know information - November 2016.

Customs

Syrian customs authorities may enforce strict regulations concerning temporary importation into or export from Syria of items such as weapons, narcotics, alcohol, tobacco, cheese, fruits, pharmaceuticals, modems, cosmetics, and some electrical appliances.

Last updated June 2012.

This is the last know information - November 2016.

Documents

Boat registration document, signed crew lists, signed list of the last 5 ports of call and clearance document (zarpe) or receipt from previous port of call.

Fees

The cost of visas vary depending on nationality, but seem to be about $60. The extension charge is about $1.

Last updated July 2008

Local Customs

Syria is a multi-faith country. Levels of religious tolerance can vary considerably from area to area.

Pets

Requirements for pets are those listed in the ASPCA booklet entitled "Traveling With Your Pet".

Cats and dogs must be accompanied by a veterinary health certificate issued at the point of origin.

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