Country Guide: Syria

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Updated: April 14, 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 shipper 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’s 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 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 shipper 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 owner's 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.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

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

 

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. 

 

Helpful Website(s):

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1035.html

http://www.syrianembassy.us <-- Out of service, as the Syrian Embassy in the U.S. is not currently operating.

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.