Required by all except nationals of Algeria, Bahrain, Iraq,
Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman,
Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan. Tunisia, the UAE and
Yemen. Visitors holding passports containing a visa for
Israel will be refused entry.
200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g tobacco; 1 litre of
spirits and 1 litre of wine; a reasonable quantity of perfume.
All gold and jewelry must be declared on arrival.
1 Syrian Pound (SŁ) = 100 piastres
US$ 1 = SŁ 46.00 (Official Rate)
Foreign currency may be imported; amounts exceeding US$5,000
must be declared on arrival. Export of foreign currency
is limited to US$5,000 or the amount declared on
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travelers
arriving from infected areas.
Hot, dry summers and cool wet winters. There are variations
between the coastal regions and the interior, which has
a desert climate. Mountainous regions are subject to snowfall
in winter. Damascus, average temperatures: January 7oC,
July 27oC, annual rainfall 225mm. Warm clothing
is required for winter from November to March.
Hotels and restaurants: service charges are usually included
in bills. A 10 per cent government tax is levied on room
rates. Where service is not included tip 10 per cent.
kms from the city center, transfer by bus which departs
every hour or by taxi, Journey time 30 mins.
Airport departure tax: SŁ 100.
There is also an international airport at Aleppo.
Taxis are metered. The Taximeter starts at SŁ 3.00 and increases
in SŁ 1.00 increments.
An International Driving License is required.