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Fee to avoid conscription into the Syrian military?

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Is this requirement to be expected?
10 years ago, February 9th 2009 No: 1 Msg: #62628  
Hi,

I'm a American citizen, 40, planning to fly into Damascus this year. I was there once before, way back in 1971. I have read that Americans of Syrian descent (like myself) may be required to pay a fee to avoid conscription into the Syrian army. Is this something I should actually prepare for, or is it a myth of the info age?

Thanks,
Francis Reply to this

10 years ago, February 9th 2009 No: 2 Msg: #62630  
Hello Francis 😊

If you enter Syria with your American passport, I dont think they can draft you. At least I hope not. If on the otherhand you enter with a Syrian passport you are more vulnerable to a lot, because then the US consulate cant provide services for you.

Mel Reply to this

10 years ago, February 9th 2009 No: 3 Msg: #62631  
Mel, your response makes absolute sense. I have an American passport, so I don't expect to have an issue. Thanks! Reply to this

10 years ago, February 9th 2009 No: 4 Msg: #62632  
Using you Syrian passport would make some things easier for you, such as visa issues etc but not so great safetywise.

Remember that Iranian American woman who was put in prison in Iran last year? Well, her mother in Iran was sick so she hurried to Iran to visit her. I suppose she used her Iranian passport because she just wanted to get to her mother quickly. She ended up in prison for months for being part of an orgisation in the US that is against the the political situation in Iran. If she had entered Iran with her US passport she likely would not have been put in prison, because then she would be a citizen of the US who has been unfairly imprisoned in Iran. Reply to this

10 years ago, February 9th 2009 No: 5 Msg: #62633  
I only have an American passport, so it sounds like I'm in good shape. Reply to this

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