We tried to get a visas at the Syrian Consulate in Jeddah and were told they would have to mail our passports to Syria and we may or may not get a visa and it would take several weeks. We were also told we could try at the border, it may take 6 hours, but there was no guarantee we'd get a visa. Has anyone had experience at the Jordanian/Syrian border recently?
I looked into this extensively while in Turkey. Damascus's official policy was to only issue visas from the Syrian consulate in D.C., but for years, Americans could count on visas on arrival after a considerably long wait at the border. You might have to wait for 5 hours, but you would eventually be allowed through. This is no longer the case. Damascus is now enforcing the policy, and I have heard multiple reports of Americans stranded at the Turkish-Syrian and Jordanian-Syrian borders. I planned to travel these countries overland too, but us Americans are out of luck. almost 10 years ago
Try to contact the people at Falafel Bus, which is the new hop-on, hop-off bus in Syria, Israel and Jordan who would be able to help. almost 10 years agoAnswered by Paul Kelly via WorldNomads.com
My husband and I crossed the Jordanian and Syrian border using a service taxi a couple of years ago. We had heard that there is a chance that we weren't going to be allowed into Syria but we had to give it a go. We had found out how the visa is processed. The one thing that takes the most time is how officials at the border need to fax over your application to Damascus. They need a reply in order to procede. If you get there early in the day there is a greater chance there's generally more work going on. If you get there after a bus then you are going to be waiting forever. If you are on a bus and the only one without a visa then it's probably going to leave without you. We wanted to take a trip to Israel but not enough to ruin the chances of getting permission to other countries in the area. Even when you avoid getting your passport stamped by Israeli authorities there will still be a missing time chunk which raises a big red flag and forget about Syria, Jordan etc.
At the end, put a smile on, be patient, bring some extra food and know that you will have to do some waiting. It took us 3 hours and we got there at 10:30am. Once we got our stamps we had to leave the office and find the guy who actually puts the sticker in your passport and stamps it.(in an office next to the bathroom) Don't expect your taxi to wait...ours didn't but we had no problem finding another willing to drive us to Damascus.
In short, it's been a couple of years but it's possible to get a visa at the border. The reasons we took a chance and went to the border was that we didn't know when we were going to get to Syria (would have been more than 3 months after we left the US) and it was $131 in the US and $28 at the border. almost 10 years agoAnswered by farflungistan via WorldNomads.com