Does anyone have any idea if Canadian citizens can get a visa to Syria at the border??? Or do you need to get one before arriving???
In theory you must get visas in advance, but I have read of people obtaining them at the border. However, the hardest method of obtaining them is at a Syrian embassy that is not in your home country as you will require a letter of introduction. If you are already on the road, you may be forced to turn up at the border and hope for the best.
I think I will need to apply for my visa in Germany. I have an Irish passport. As far as I know, there is no Syrian consulate in Dublin. Who would provide a letter of introduction? Is a hotel booking not enough?
The really annoying thing about this visa is that I will apparently have to show that I have a fully paid for return ticket when applying for the visa, which means buying the ticket, before I even know if I can get the visa at all.
I also have to show a letter from a college or employer. I dont have either a college or employer. I sure hope they are not really going to insist I produce all this stuff.
Its also only valid for three months from the date of issuance. And I don know how much it costs for Canadians but, according to the US State Dept, it costs I think $135 for Americans if you get one the official way. I got mine at the border for $20. I was there last year, but I didn see or hear of anyone getting turned away. I would show up without one and hope for the best.
Maybe what I should do is go to a neighbouring country and then travel overland to Syria, to prevent the visa hassles at the consulates. Any suggestions about which neighbouring country, or if it is even a viable solution.
Ah, what I think I mgiht do is fly to Turkey and then travel overland to Syria. I know for sure I can get a visa on arrival for Turkey, which would be valid for 90 days. And it will likely cost less than flying directly into Syria. And, if I cant get into Syria, then at least I could spend some time in Turkey.
Anyone know approximately what a train from Istanbul to Syria would cost?
There are no trains from Turkey to Syria. You can take a train I think as far as Kayseri, then take a bus through Adana into Aleppo. Sorry, I don't remember the costs, but they were cheap.
I'm going to Syria in January, and I'll be applying for my visa in the next couple of weeks. It's better to be safe than sorry! You have to mail it to Ottawa. There is an option for a 3-month single-entry or 6-month multiple entry visa. I believe they were both under $100. Google the Syrian embassy in Ottawa for more details.