Procedures and practical informations

Time and deadlines
The attention of travelers is drawn to the fact that their presence is required at the airport two hours before the scheduled departure time. Most companies close their check-in counters 60 minutes before departure time. Once registered, it is also advisable to immediately go to the boarding lounge for police formalities that can be long if several departures are planned.
Arriving passengers must count an average of 30 to 40 minutes to complete the formalities of police and customs and to retrieve their luggage.
Entering the country and visas
Entry into Syrian territory by Damascus International Airport requires for travelers of non-Syrian nationality a passport valid more than 6 months after the passage of the police station. In addition, the visa requirements and exemptions as well as the conditions of issue (visa on arrival, visa in embassy) depend on the nationality or place of birth of the travelers.
WARNING: bi-national passengers who can not prove their Syrian nationality (passport or ID card) are also subject to visa requirements.
NB: a tax of 5000 Syrian pounds is collected for each traveler leaving Syria by air.

See the page about visas and immigration

Pets with health and identification cards (chip, tattoo) are allowed with special permission from customs. It is strongly advised to check with the veterinary services of the country of origin about the risks of traveling to Syria for your pet. Rabies vaccination must be at least one month old and less than one year old.
Airlines are particularly demanding on the allowed weight of luggage. To avoid problems at check-in counters, it is expressly required for travelers to check before their arrival at the airport if their baggage do not exceed the permitted allowance. In this case, expensive and non-negotiable luggage fees may be asked. In addition, it is recalled that the luggage must be strong enough to be handled and transported. Plastic bags are prohibited because they tear easily.
Health requirements
No vaccine is required to enter Syrian territory.
Pregnant women are reminded that airlines each have a specific policy on the duration of pregnancy not to exceed to be allowed to travel. From the 7th month of pregnancy, flying may be prohibited or a medical certificate may be required. Please check with your airline to avoid being denied boarding.
In addition, travelers coming from countries affected by certain epidemics may be subject to specific formalities: declarative form, body temperature ..
Drugs and illegal or regulated products
Some products can not cross borders on arrival or departure without special authorization. This is the case of animal remains, live animals and certain items of historical heritage of Syria. Thank you to contact the Veterinary Services or the Ministry of Culture if you have any doubt about this type of product. Hazardous products (firearms, explosives, corrosives, pressurized container, etc.) are generally prohibited or regulated. Thank you to contact your airline to find out its policy on the transportation of these products.

See also the customs handbook for passengers

Furthermore, a strict control of drugs is carried out by airport police officers.


See the customs handbook for passengers

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