Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Regional Forums > Middle East

Middle East Topics specific to the Middle East countries, from Syria south to Yemen
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

Calendar Contest Voting is now CLOSED. Results to be posted shortly.


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 22 Aug 2008
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: GENT Belgium
Posts: 508
Have any Brits entered Syria recently, buying their visa at the boarder ?

I went to the Syria embassy (Brussels) this morning and was told, traveling on a UK passport I could only have a single entry visa for €85 if I wanted to re-enter I would need to buy one at the boarder. As I’ve left it a little late, I leave in 3 weeks and was told it would certainly take 2 weeks if not more !!!! I decided to give it a go … I plan on crossing at Kilis and if this doesn’t work then any other boarders I can find … I’ll

I’m also guessing but would think the Brits and Yanks are paying top money for their visa’s …

Your comments please

Salut Matt
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 27 Aug 2008
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: perth OZ
Posts: 49
shouldnt be a problem....

I know Im not a brit, but coming from the Jordan side a couple of weeks ago, I took the trouble to go to the Syrian embassy in Amman to get a visa. They shooed me away, and told me to get it at the border. And so it worked out. Cant see it being any different for a pom.....
Good luck, Boot.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 27 Aug 2008
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: GENT Belgium
Posts: 508
Quote:
Originally Posted by bunyip01 View Post
I know Im not a brit, but coming from the Jordan side a couple of weeks ago, I took the trouble to go to the Syrian embassy in Amman to get a visa. They shooed me away, and told me to get it at the border. And so it worked out. Cant see it being any different for a pom.....
Good luck, Boot.

Thanks for the feedback boot, are you now heading this way ? eg Europe ?

Cheers
Matt
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 30 Aug 2008
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: perth OZ
Posts: 49
Mission completed!

Job's done. Rescued Charlie's bike from Jordan, took it to Munich, via 14 countries, and arrived back in Oz this morning. I s'pose I should ring him to let him know! And mayhaps to suggest a full retreival next year ........
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 30 Aug 2008
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Poole, Dorset
Posts: 51
Quote:
Originally Posted by goodwoodweirdo View Post
I plan on crossing at Kilis and if this doesn’t work then any other boarders I can find …
Salut Matt
I would use any other border 1st. I went through Killis a year ago, and it waas only being used by smugglers, so it was pretty tricky. If I'd had more fuel, I'd have driven around but as I'd planned to save money by arriving empty and getting cheap diesel I was stuck...

If anyone has more recent info, it would be appreciated...

HTH
Graham
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 3 Sep 2008
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 148
I used Kilis and found it very efficient. (I'm Canadian.) In fact, I got turned away at another border crossing because they didn't issue visas there and they recommended Kilis. No problems, even for Brits. Just use your head! If they ask where you are going, don't say Israel!
__________________
Jeremy Kroeker
www.MotorcycleTherapy.com
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 3 Sep 2008
Gecko's Avatar
Slippery when wet
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Buxton,Derbyshire
Posts: 286
I got my Syrian visa from Brussels last year and it only took 3 days not 3 weeks. The price was also around €85 if I recall. The folks at the embassy were very helpful and it all went very smoothly.... and I'm a Brit too.
__________________
...on the road to nowhere...

Biking roads by bikers for bikers www.bestbikingroads.com
Get involved - save a life today www.bmdw.org

Last edited by Gecko; 20 Oct 2008 at 12:39.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 12 Sep 2008
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Monaco
Posts: 314
I had a bad experience, trying to enter Syria on the main road from Amman to Damascus.

After 6 hours of waiting, I still had no visa in my hands (although they said, it was possible, I just needed to wait).

As I had a meeting in Beirut the next morning, I chose to drive back to Amman and took a plane directly to Beirut.
__________________
Gentleman Adventurer
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 4 Oct 2008
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: South Africa
Posts: 1
sirea vısa

Hey there. Im south afrıcan travellıng south from turkey through jordan. In İstanbul at thıs moment plannıng to waıt tıll monday for the sırıan embasy to open but would much rather just drıve to the border even ıf i have to wait there for 6 hours as long as İ wont have to drıve back to İstanbul. So they do ısue it there???
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 18 Oct 2008
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Cologne, Germany, working now in Beirut/Lebanon
Posts: 34
Visa at Border to Syria

Hello all,

I am living since some time in Beirut/Lebanon. I am crossing regularly different borders to Syria. At least most European passport holders can get a visa at the border for USD 32.00, US-passport holders pay USD 64.00 etc.
If you should have Syrian Pound and want to pay with them your visa, forget about it, you are not able to use them instead foreign currency. You have to change good western currency to enter. Don't forget to keep 500 Syrian Pounds for leaving the country.

Good luck Lalli
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 19 Oct 2008
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Netherlands
Posts: 30
Hallo Lalli,

Isn't it possible to pay with foreign currency when you leave Syria?.
And how much is 500 Syrian pounds in euro's?

Thanks Rinus
__________________
What are you gona do about it?
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 20 Oct 2008
Gecko's Avatar
Slippery when wet
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Buxton,Derbyshire
Posts: 286
500 SYP = € 8.50 (+/-) OANDA, The Currency Site: Foreign Exchange Services and Trading fxconvertor .
__________________
...on the road to nowhere...

Biking roads by bikers for bikers www.bestbikingroads.com
Get involved - save a life today www.bmdw.org
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 21 Oct 2008
Mony 63's Avatar
Gold Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Sofia,Bulgaria
Posts: 117
rates

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rinus View Post
Hallo Lalli,

Isn't it possible to pay with foreign currency when you leave Syria?.
And how much is 500 Syrian pounds in euro's?

Thanks Rinus
Hi there,

We are just back from our M/E trip and we changed euros by our entry at the border.The rates at the border and inner country are as follows:

EUR/SYP=65.00
USD/SYP=46.00

Petrol=40 SYP
For the country exit you have to pay 250 SYP-tourist fee.

Regards,

Simon
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 21 Oct 2008
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Netherlands
Posts: 30
Thank you Gecko/ Simon, hope you had a good trip.
I,m doing mine comming spring, it's my first one, and information like this makes planning a litlle easier.
__________________
What are you gona do about it?
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 7 Nov 2008
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Cologne, Germany, working now in Beirut/Lebanon
Posts: 34
SYP 500 for leaving Syria

Hi Rinus,

I recently crossed the border again to Syria and out. The currency issue is really funny. As you know you can get visa at the border (for Germans it is USD 32.00). I had the equivalent sum in SYP but they were not accepted. I had to change good money and went with the bank receipt to the police officer again. Then I had to buy insurance for the motorbike they only accepted USD. After I changed I went with the SYP and the receipt to the insurance office. The customers again, wanted a fee of 8 USD, guess what... right again to the bank, change money and back to the customs with SYP and receipt again.

The way out you have to pay the exit tax of SYP 500 (mid of October) in local currency since this is usually sold at a local kiosk.

Have a nice trip to Syria and enjoy arabic socialism,

Lalli
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Renting/buying bike in Syria? Robbert Middle East 1 16 May 2006 14:01
Anyone Brits going trans Alg soon? Chris Scott Sahara Travel Forum 2 8 Mar 2006 22:40
From the boarder of Mauretania to Dakhla more10 Sahara Travel Forum 2 8 Mar 2006 17:46
Brits buying bike in canada fishvetmj North America 0 5 Aug 2004 05:40

 
 



HU DVD Spring Special!

Buy the Achievable Dream Collectors Set and get Road Heroes Part 1 FREE!

Achievable Dream - The Whole Enchilada!

Cooped up indoors in crap weather? Binge watch over 20 hours of inspiring, informative and entertaining stories and tips from 150 travellers! Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to order them both and use Coupon Code 'BoxSet+' on your order when you checkout.


What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders


contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!


What turns you on to motorcycle travel?


Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!




New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.



Books & DVDs

amazon

All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.


Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!






All times are GMT +1. The time now is 10:43.