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Trip to Beirut from Damascus /visa

by Maykoopman

Is anyone informed if visas for Beirut can be obtainted at the border where the busses from Damascus arrive? What about visas for Syria, I heard controversial news about obtaining it at the airport, for how long?

Re: Trip to Beirut from Damascus /visa

by stevemt

Can't help with Lebanon, bot for Syria, definately get your vise ahead of time

Re: Trip to Beirut from Damascus /visa

by maykal

Some of my students going to study in Damascus have got their visas at the airport, but it does seem to depend on the officials on duty at the time...I don't think it is official policy unless your home country doesn't have a Syrian Embassy, so if you can get your visa in advance, it is better. Your airline might even refuse to let you board if you don't have a Syrian visa.

Many nationalities can get visas for Lebanon at the border. From their embassy website:
"The following is a list of countries whose citizens can obtain an entry visa upon arrival at Beirut International Airport or any other port of entry if there is no Israeli visa or seal on their passport.

Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bhutan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China Republic, Czech Republic, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Great Britain, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Macau (S A R), Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montinegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Palau, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Romania, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey ( exclusively at the airport), Trinidad & Tobacco, Turkmenistan, USA, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Yugoslavia.

* The cost for a visa at the airport is $35.00 Cad, it is for one entry and valid for one month only. "

If you're going back to Syria afterwards, I would advise getting a multi-entry Syrian visa from your nearest Syrian embassy.


Re: Trip to Beirut from Damascus /visa

by FRED318

If you would like to play it safe ! use a local travel operator from the country you would like to enter ....they know what strings to pull ....

Travel Tips for Damascus

Baramkah (Station) - Damascus

by reezal

Here u will find busses and shared taxis to Beirut and Amman. If ure coming from there it will stop at this station.

From here u can also go to other cities in syria lattakia, aleepo and etc.

I went to beirut from here and it cost me 200SYP by bus abt 2-3 hrs. Also went to Amman from here cost me abt 500SYP by shared taxi. The Juice shop...banana mixed with Strawberry, milk & ice cream, other fruit juices also available.

old damascus

by call_me_rhia

Old Damascusis sublime - pure charm! It's really Syria's icing on the cake: all places of interests are there: from the azem palace, to the omayyad mosque, to the little winding lanes, to the souqs... to really everything one should see. my fondest memory is a walk there by night... with the main souq all empty and brightly lit up.... it's a walk by the citadel's walls to see the statue of saladin also lit up... its the omayyad's mosque's wall built in the same style as the temple of Bel in Palmyra... it's the captivating mynareths... butespecially it's the spokky narrow lanes... which makes you think you've taken a few steps back in time


by PierreZA

Like in most Islamic countries, barbers can be found all over the place.

I never bother to take my own shaving kit when visiting the Middle East etc, as it is such a treat to sit down for a shave. It is very cheap and you should not be concerned about safety, as a new blade is always used for every new client.

Daytrip to Bosra

by MalenaN

Bosra is a small town, near the Jordanian border, with one of the best preserved Roman theatres. The theatre is made of black basalt and an Arab citadel has been built around it. It's really impressive!
North of the theatre are the ruins of an old Roman town where it is nice to stroll around. This town is also made of black basalt.
Admission for theatre/Citadel: 300SP (25 SP for students)
There is no admission for the old town.

You can see Bosra on a daytrip from Damascus. Busses leave about every second hour from Baramke bus terminal. It takes 2 hours and costs 50 SP (July 2002).

The House of Ananais

by TheWanderingCamel

A tiny stone chapel is known as the Church of Ananias - the man who was sent to Saul (who became Saint Paul) to restore his sight after he was blinded on the road to Damascus. Whilst there is no evidence that this was indeed the house, it is undisputed that there has been a church on this site since early Byzantine times, and who is to say whether or not the story is true. Certainly there is a feeling of sanctity in this ancient little chapel. Muslims and Christians alike come here to pray, a not unusual occurence in ancient Christian places in Syria.

The church is located near Bab Sharqi.


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