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Forum Posts

VISA - Confusion

by DubaiRes

The information given on the Internet is that I need a VISA to visit Syria (to download form, attach photos etc). I have just spoken to my closest Consulate (UAE) to find out cost and the gentleman tells me that I can get a VISA upon arrival at Damascus Airport. Can anyone please confirm this. I am UK citizen. Currently resident in Bahrain. Thanks.

Re: VISA - Confusion

by nattybabe

Hearing from UK friends you need one in advance. I was at the Embassy this morning for a visa and it cost AED270 for an Australian passport. Takes 2-3 days to issue.

Then again, I've heard of people getting in on arriving (Aussies as well) so I guess it depends on the mood of the immigration officer. I would get one in advance just in case.

Re: VISA - Confusion

by leics

I too would get one in advance. My son (UK citizen) certainly felt hoping for a visa on arrival was not a risk worth taking.

Re: VISA - Confusion

by nhoolb

From the TIM:


24NOV10 / 0753 UTC
National United Kingdom (Great Britain) (GB)
Residence Bahrain (BH) /Embarkation Bahrain (BH)
Destination Syria (SY)

Syria (SY)

Passport required.
- Passport and/or passport replacing documents must be valid
on arrival.

Visa required, except for Nationals of any country whose
national passport states that they were born in Algeria,
Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco,
Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab
Emirates or Yemen. (SEE NOTE 30346)
NOTE 30346: Those of Syrian origin holding foreign
passport must hold one of the following documents
For details, click here
Visa Issuance:
- On arrival: if required, a visa is issued to females
(wife/mother) and/or children accompanying those of Syrian
- On arrival: if required, visa issued for passengers whose
visa has been arranged by sponsor in Syria through
Immigration Authorities in Syria. Passenger must hold
immigration approval, number and date of
issuance.For details, click here


Re: VISA - Confusion

by DubaiRes

Thanks to all for input. Seems Mr Sleeply Head in the Syrian Embassy in UAE wasnt the guy to listen to then!

Re: VISA - Confusion

by fouads


Try Get visa befor came cause some time they don,t give visa on border

best wishes

Travel Tips for Damascus

Traveling to Damascus?

by erasa

I have been here for over a month, and i have observed some things from this city.
Well, for one thing i haven't seen the hospitality and wonderful friendly people that guide books and all the reviewers seem to boast about.
I have observed that they are theiving, arrogant,sexist racist bunch donkeys.
I would never travel to syria again---and not even to any other arab country.
I wouldn't reccomend this country to anyone.
Of course it is possible that your trip might be better than mine was, who knows. None!

new damascus

by call_me_rhia

New Damascus is not exactly a pretty sight, in terms of things to see: the hejaz train station, the national museum, Takiyya as-Suleimaniyya - and very little else. However I love it. It's centered around al-Merjeh square (the Martyr's square), is home to many hotels and... it's as sleezy as Syria can get. This means very little sleazy, but still I really adored the slight hint of very tame red light district - very interesting... Walking around and enjoying the sight of the many wannabe porno cinemas and films... the area is as safe as anywhere else in Damascus or Syria. And being frequently stopped and asked if i was Russian... which I translated into "prostitute" since someone told me that the "pro's" mainly come from there... and then beingoffered apologies for the inappropriate question. Fun!


by xaver

What susrprised and amazed me about mosques in Damascus, was, above all the atmosphear, as I said, you see people really concentrated in their deep comunication the divinity, but you also see kids studying corano, or persons chatting, or someone resting, everything, is so not formal, who sits down who stands up, who simply walk around who kneels down, it is a place for the whole comunity something like a refuge from the corrupted outside world.


by iwys

If you walk through one of the old gateways leading off Souq al-Hamidyya or Straight Street, you will probably find yourself in a small courtyard of one of the old khans or caravanserai. Most of them were built by Ottoman merchants in the 18th century. These include Khan as-Zeit, Khan Suleiman Pasha and Khan Jakmak.

The Great Temple.

by TheWanderingCamel

Where the Omayyed Mosque stands is known to have been a temple site from earliest antiquity. Nothing remains to be seen now of the earliest pagan temples that stood there but there is still much to be seen of the Temple of Jupiter that occupied the site in Roman times.
Large as the mosque is, it's nowhere near the size of its Classical predecessor. That great temple was adapted by the Byzantines to be the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, and then, some years after the Islamic conquest, the church was razed and the Mosque built. Both these later buildings utillised the inner compound of the temple and you can still see the Roman mason's work in the lower courses of the Mosque walls. But this temple, with its outer courts, covered a larger area than any other Roman temple before or after. Apart from the fragments in the garden by Saladin's mausoleum, as you walk around this part of the old city, you can still find traces of it - a gateway built into the south wall of the mosque, the eastern gate of the mosque which was once part of the main entrance into the inner temple , columns built into walls, another gate half-buried in Bareddin al-Hassan Street
When you see these remnants, think of how far you have come away from the mosque and imagine the space that must have lain within those walls. It's awesome.


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