Visas Due to the strict visa restrictions, a visit to Syria cannot be done in a spontaneous manner. All nationalities (except Lebanese and Jordanian) must obtain visas to Syria prior to leaving your country of residence. For example, an American citizen must obtain the visa (possible by mail) from the Syrian embassy in Washington DC. It is not possible to obtain an entry visa to Syria upon arrival to Damascus airport or at the land borders. Visas to Syria are quite costly – approximately USD60.00 for a double entry visa. If there is any evidence in your passport that you have visited Israel, you will be denied a visa to Syria.