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Syria visa from overseas embassy? Border visa?

Is it possible for Americans to get visas for Syria from a Syrian Embassy overseas? Is it possible to get border visa for Syria?
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Foreign Syrian embassies - probably it is possible, they seem to be relatively flexible IMHO. But don't hope too much - things tend be organized in "arabic way" in the embassies too (depending on their mood, time of the day, your face, etc). Maybe conserve some time since they usually do the visa with 3 or more days through embassy, maybe even a week or more, IF they agree to issue one for you. Instant VISAs seemed to be impossible (at least with the embassy in Warszaw, Poland we went).

But in any case I'd recommend issuing the VISA through any embassy before going and leaving the on-the-border issuing lottery as the last hope if all else fails.

Check this thread for the latter "lottery" taking:

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...005#post152453

Good luck and ride safe, Margus
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The official policy is to not issue the visas the border... but in recent months (years?) this has been totally ignored.

Visas are possible and easy to obtain at border crossings for Americans, Canadians, and, well... most nationalities. Sometimes, because you're an American, they may make you wait for a few hours to piss you off - but they will grant you a visa.

I know this because I've been in and out of Syria three times in the past month and a half, each time collecting a fresh visa at the border. I've met half a dozen Canadians and about as many Americans who have had done the same. (Just don't go to Israel first... or SAY you're going to Israel after!)
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