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Syria travel restrictions

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Open for travel from Syria
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers travelling to Syria must hold a negative Covid-19 test certificate obtained within 96 hours prior to departure.
Flight Restrictions

published 30.09.2020

Entry restrictions
Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test result issued at most 96 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.

Quarantine

Quarantine requirement at government designated site.
Syrians returning from abroad on government-organised repatriation flights are required to undergo 14-day quarantine at designated facilities.
WFP Only: WFP staff coming from Beirut should do the PCR test upon arrival and wait 8 hours for the results, before transiting to Damascus. Staff can also be tested in a new clinic located in Beirut international airport, which provides results within 4 hours. If they arrive before 2:00pm it is possible to be tested and travel to Damascus on the same day.
Upon arrival in Damascus they will stay for 5 days in the Yaafour resort (for international staff) or at their own residence (national staff).

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

Vaccination

Yellow fever (2015)
Country requirement at entry: no
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

Malaria (2015)
Very limited malaria risk due exclusively to P. vivax may exist from May through October in foci along the
northern border, especially in rural areas of El Hasaka Governorate. No indigenous cases have been reported
since 2005, but the reporting system has been disrupted since 2010.
WHO recommended prevention: none

Other country requirement(s) (2015)
Polio vaccination is required for travellers arriving from Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and Pakistan and for
travellers from Syrian Arab Republic going to other countries.

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Full Restrictions

  • Syria Latest News: Commercial flights resume at Damascus airport following halt due to COVID-19 (Reuters, 01.10.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Syria on 1 October reopened Damascus airport for regular international commercial traffic. Airport officials said national flag carrier Syrian Airlines would initially resume scheduled flights to regional destinations including Cairo and Beirut, with a weekly flight to Khartoum and adhoc flights to Kuwait. Land crossings to neighbouring countries are largely closed, with some exceptions e.g. crossings being permitted for commerce and certain individuals only. Crossings between areas controlled by the Syrian regime and those controlled by non-regime forces are largely closed. Further restrictions, including border closures, may be introduced without notice.

    Internal movement restrictions
    In Assad-led government-controlled areas, a curfew is in place from 06.00 to 18.00 (all times local). Businesses and markets are allowed to re-open, only working from 08.00 to15.00. Movement between provinces in government held areas prohibited. The Kurdish-led Autonomous Administration in northeast Syria has imposed a curfew and restricted movement with the exceptions for hospitals, public clinics, pharmacies, sterilization teams, cleaners, bakeries, food stores, vehicles for transporting food and infant formula, fuel tankers, and international organisations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Kurdish Red Crescent (KRC). Those who violate curfew will be fined and their vehicles will be impounded.

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    01.10.2020
  • Syria International Restrictions:
    Some routes into and out of Syria are totally or partially closed. Some international commercial flights to and from Damascus International Airport are now operational. On 22 March, the Syrian authorities banned all flights to and from Syria. Land crossings to neighbouring countries are largely closed, with some exceptions e.g. crossings being permitted for commerce and certain individuals only. Crossings between areas controlled by the Syrian regime and those controlled by non-regime forces are largely closed. Further restrictions, including border closures, may be introduced without notice.

    Internal movement restrictions
    In Assad-led government-controlled areas, a curfew is in place from 06.00 to 18.00 (all times local). Businesses and markets are allowed to re-open, only working from 08.00 to15.00. Movement between provinces in government held areas prohibited. The Kurdish-led Autonomous Administration in northeast Syria has imposed a curfew and restricted movement with the exceptions for hospitals, public clinics, pharmacies, sterilization teams, cleaners, bakeries, food stores, vehicles for transporting food and infant formula, fuel tankers, and international organisations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Kurdish Red Crescent (KRC). Those who violate curfew will be fined and their vehicles will be impounded.

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    21.09.2020
  • Syria *****

    International restrictions:

    Some routes into and out of Syria are totally or partially closed. Some international commercial flights to and from Damascus International Airport are now operational. On 22 March, the Syrian authorities banned all flights to and from Syria. Land crossings to neighbouring countries are largely closed, with some exceptions e.g. crossings being permitted for commerce and certain individuals only. Crossings between areas controlled by the Syrian regime and those controlled by non-regime forces are largely closed. Further restrictions, including border closures, may be introduced without notice.

    *****Internal movement restrictions
    In Assad-led government-controlled areas, a curfew is in place from 06.00 to 18.00 (all times local). Businesses and markets are allowed to re-open, only working from 08.00 to15.00. Movement between provinces in government held areas prohibited. The Kurdish-led Autonomous Administration in northeast Syria has imposed a curfew and restricted movement with the exceptions for hospitals, public clinics, pharmacies, sterilization teams, cleaners, bakeries, food stores, vehicles for transporting food and infant formula, fuel tankers, and international organisations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Kurdish Red Crescent (KRC). Those who violate curfew will be fined and their vehicles will be impounded.

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    14.09.2020
  • Syria *****

    International restrictions:

    Some routes into and out of Syria are totally or partially closed. Some international commercial flights to and from Damascus International Airport are now operational. On 22 March, the Syrian authorities banned all flights to and from Syria. Land crossings to neighbouring countries are largely closed, with some exceptions e.g. crossings being permitted for commerce and certain individuals only. Crossings between areas controlled by the Syrian regime and those controlled by non-regime forces are largely closed. Further restrictions, including border closures, may be introduced without notice.

    *****Internal movement restrictions
    In Assad-led government-controlled areas, a curfew is in place from 06.00 to 18.00 (all times local). Businesses and markets are allowed to re-open, only working from 08.00 to15.00. Movement between provinces in government held areas prohibited. The Kurdish-led Autonomous Administration in northeast Syria has imposed a curfew and restricted movement with the exceptions for hospitals, public clinics, pharmacies, sterilization teams, cleaners, bakeries, food stores, vehicles for transporting food and infant formula, fuel tankers, and international organisations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Kurdish Red Crescent (KRC). Those who violate curfew will be fined and their vehicles will be impounded.

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    21.08.2020
  • Syria *****

    International restrictions:

    Some routes into and out of Syria are totally or partially closed. On 22 March, the Syrian authorities banned all flights to and from Syria. Some non-commercial flights continue to use the airport and the Syrian authorities have allowed limited repatriation flights, primarily aimed at repatriating Syrian nationals.
    Land crossings to neighbouring countries are largely closed, with some exceptions e.g. crossings being permitted for commerce and certain individuals only. Crossings between areas controlled by the Syrian regime and those controlled by non-regime forces are largely closed. Further restrictions, including border closures, may be introduced without notice.
    Flights will reportedly resume from 10July 2020. UNHAS PAX Ops are being established.

    *****Internal movement restrictions
    In Assad-led government-controlled areas, a curfew is in place from 06.00 to 18.00 (all times local). Businesses and markets are allowed to re-open, only working from 08.00 to15.00. Movement between provinces in government held areas prohibited. The Kurdish-led Autonomous Administration in northeast Syria has imposed a curfew and restricted movement with the exceptions for hospitals, public clinics, pharmacies, sterilization teams, cleaners, bakeries, food stores, vehicles for transporting food and infant formula, fuel tankers, and international organisations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Kurdish Red Crescent (KRC). Those who violate curfew will be fined and their vehicles will be impounded.

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    17.07.2020
  • Syria *****

    International restrictions:

    Flights will reportedly resum from 10July 2020. UNHAS PAX Ops are being established.
    All land borders into Syria have been closed to passenger traffic. International and domestic commercial flights remain suspended. Trucks are allowed to enter and exit the territories of the Syrian Arab Republic after all preventive health measures have been taken at border crossings. Authorisation for diplomats, consular officials, and members of international organizations, missions and commissions may enter Syria after obtaining authorisation from relevant authorities and undergoing medical examinations. Syrians returning from abroad on government-organised repatriation flights are required to undergo 14-day quarantine at designated facilities.

    *****Internal movement restrictions
    In Assad-led government-controlled areas, a curfew is in place from 06.00 to 18.00 (all times local). Businesses and markets are allowed to re-open, only working from 08.00 to15.00. Movement between provinces in government held areas prohibited. The Kurdish-led Autonomous Administration in northeast Syria has imposed a curfew and restricted movement with the exceptions for hospitals, public clinics, pharmacies, sterilization teams, cleaners, bakeries, food stores, vehicles for transporting food and infant formula, fuel tankers, and international organisations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Kurdish Red Crescent (KRC). Those who violate curfew will be fined and their vehicles will be impounded.

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    03.07.2020
  • Syria

    International restrictions:

    All travel, including for religious purposes, has been suspended to and from Iraq and Jordan.

    UNHAS PAX Ops are being established.

    As of 20 March:
    The government imposed a two-month ban on the entry of all travellers from Australia, Belgium, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and the US regardless of whether they have residence permits in Syria or visas given by Syrian missions abroad.
    There is also a one-month ban on the entry of travellers from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates even if they carry residence permits or visas given by the Syrian diplomatic missions.
    Syrians coming from one of the countries mentioned who do not display COVID-19 symptoms can enter but should go under 14-day self quarantine and are subject to medical examinations.
    Trucks are allowed to enter and exit the territories of the Syrian Arab Republic after all preventive health measures have been taken at border crossings.
    Authorisation for diplomats, consular officials, and members of international organizations, missions and commissions to enter Syria after undergoing medical examinations.

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    10.05.2020
  • Source WFP sources
    UNHAS sources
    Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
    OSAC Travel Advisory/
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