Country Guide: Syria

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Updated: November 22, 2016

Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Passport / Syrian identity card
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB)
  • Detailed inventory typewritten in English or French
  • List of electrical appliances and electronics (detailing make, year and serial number) and valuable articles (silver, carpets, furs, etc.)
  • Manuals for computers, TVs and radios
  • Diplomatic exemption from the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (diplomats)
  • Work permit (foreigners)
  • Residence card (foreigners)
  • Permit from the General Directorate of Customs for clearance under temporary admission regime (foreign)
  • Letter of guarantee from employer (foreigners)
  • License of importation (foreigners)
  • Letter of employment including start and end date (returning citizens)
  • Certificate of residence from Syrian embassy (returning citizens)
  • List of Household goods in Arabic certified by Syrian Embassy (returning citizens)
  • Emigrant book from the Syrian embassy (returning citizens)
  • Lease agreement and proof thereof (utility bills, etc.)

 

Specific Information

  • The owner of the goods must be present for Customs clearance.
  • All shipments are subject to a detailed inspection.
  • Items cannot be moved to a bonded warehouse for storage before Customs clearance is completed.
  • Items must arrive in Syria within 4 months of owner of the goods’ arrival with the exception of diplomats.
  • Used household goods and personal effects are duty-free provided items are for personal use, not sold in Syria, and must be re-exported from Syria by the expiration of the work permit or active service (foreigners, diplomats).
  • Only one shipment allowed during the first four months of arrival (returning citizens).
  • Used household goods and personal effects are duty-free provided the owner of the goods is transferring his primary residence to Syria to take up permanent residence (returning citizens).
  • The goods must have been used for at least 2 years and will be retained for personal use by the owner for at least 3 years in Syria (returning citizens).

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Title / ownership card
  • Green card
  • OBL
  • Work permit in Syria
  • Permit from the Syrian General Directorate of Customs for clearance under temporary admission regime
  • Letter of guarantee from Syrian employer
  • Residence card in Syria
  • License of importation
  • Diplomatic exemption from the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is required for diplomats

 

Note: The documents required for the import of motor vehicles apply to foreigners only, as diplomats are exempt.

 

Specific Information

  • Only foreigners and diplomats may import motor vehicles.
  • The owner of the goods must be present for Customs clearance.
  • Automobiles must be less than 2 years old.
  • Diesel engine vehicles cannot be imported.
  • Automobiles are duty-free under a temporary admission regime for foreigners, but road taxes must be paid and the vehicle must be retained for personal use only.
  • Automobiles must clear Customs within 4 months of the owner of the goods’ arrival in Syria.
  • Automobiles must be re-exported from Syria by the expiration of the work permit or active service.

Pets

Documents Required

  • Vaccination record
  • Veterinary health certificate

 

Specific Information

  • Cats and dogs must be accompanied by a government veterinary health certificate issued in the country of origin.
  • The only birds permitted for import into Syria are falcons.
  • Permission to import falcons must be obtained from the appropriate Syrian authorities prior to import.

Wedding Trousseau / Gifts

  • The following items are dutiable:
    • Gifts and souvenirs
    • Inheritances
    • Wedding trousseau

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • The following items are permitted for import by diplomats only:
    • Pets
    • Plants
    • New furniture and household goods
    • Alcohol and tobacco products
  • Printed matter, books, pictures, records, films, tapes, slides, movies, videos, compact discs, computer software, etc. (subject to censorship and confiscation; pack these items separately for easy access by Customs officials)

Prohibited Items

  • Narcotic drugs
  • Tobacco, wines and spirits
  • Dangerous goods including firearms and ammunition
  • Pornographic materials
  • Motorcycles
  • Works of art and antiques
  • Walkie-talkie radios and radio-controlled cars, boats and planes

Consignment Instructions

Recommended:  Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

 

Helpful Website(s):

https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/syria.html

http://damascus.usembassy.gov/index.html

 

IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.