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 Syria - Formalities

Clearance

November 2018:  This is a war zone and yachts should not attempt to visit. The situation is extremely volatile and dangerous. High levels of violence persist throughout Syria. It has not been possible to obtain any recent information about any of the formalities for entering Syria.

PRE-ARRIVAL

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.

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 contact the Syrian Yacht Club for the latest procedures.

Port Control should be contacted prior to arrival on VHF Channel 16.

ARRIVAL FORMALITIES

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 at the 12 mile limit on VHF Channel 16 and again at 6 miles off. Follow instructions. Approach the port at 90 degrees to the coast.

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.

Visitors must change US$100 on arrival.

CLEARING OUT

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

Last updated:  November 2016

Immigration

Passports must be valid for 3 months from entry.

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.

Visas

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.

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

Last updated:  June 2012

Customs

Arriving by Yacht:

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

Health

There are no specific precautions necessary for visitors to Syria but it is sensible to be up date with routine vaccinations. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and a yearly flu shot.

For up to date details of health situation in Syria consult the  CDC Traveler's Health website.

Last updated:  February 2019

Documents

Necessary Current Documents when sailing to Syria:

  • Passports
  • 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

Restrictions

War Zone

This is a war zone and yachts should not attempt to visit. The situation is extremely volatile and dangerous. High levels of violence persist throughout Syria. It has not been possible to obtain any recent information about any of the formalities for entering Syria.

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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