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Syria Visa Details

Full details on applying for a Visa for Ireland while in Syria

The Honorary Consulate in Damascus is fully operational and open.

For nationals and residents of Syria, the Honorary Consulate of Ireland will assist with the visa application process. The Consulate will be the first point of contact and will update you on any matters relating to your visa application. Contact details for the Honorary Consulates can be found on the Department main site.

Applicants residing in Syria must now only apply online (Syria is listed in the supported countries section on the www.inis.gov.ie site).

To launch an online application please visit the INIS website.

Applicants are reminded that completing the online application form is only the first step in the visa application process. An application can only be processed when the online form is completed AND the required backing documentation, passport photograph and appropriate fee are received by the relevant office as indicated by the online system.

It is no longer possible to apply using a downloaded/paper application form

It is no longer possible to apply using a downloaded/paper application form.

Information Note to Assist Applicants

An information note has been prepared to assist applicants. This is available in English, and also in ArabicChineseFrenchRussianTurkish and Urdu.

All visa applications from Syria will be routed to the Irish Visa Office based at the Embassy of Ireland in Abu Dhabi, UAE, for processing.

All visa applications from Syria will be routed to the Irish Visa Office based at the Embassy of Ireland in Abu Dhabi, UAE, for processing.

Submitting Applications

When you have completed the online application and have all of the accompanying papers you must lodge the application with the Honorary Consul in Damascus. The Honorary Consul will send your papers to the Embassy in the UAE on your behalf, having undertaken an initial examination of all the papers.

You should submit your visa application to the Consulate in Damascus, please contact the Consulate in advance of travel to check the office working times.

Please telephone the Consulate in advance of travel to check the office working times. The Honorary Consul in Damascus is Mr. Naji Chaoui.

 

The contact details of the Honorary Consulate are:

Honorary Consul of Ireland
P.O. Box 46
Damascus
Telephone: 00 963 11 3342144
Fax: 00963 11 222 1320
Email: irishcons.damascus@gmail.com

When you have completed the on line application and have all of the accompanying papers you can lodge the application with the Honorary Consul in Damascus. The Honorary Consul will send your papers to the Embassy in the UAE on your behalf, having undertaken an initial examination of all the papers. All visa applications submitted to the Honorary Consulate are sent to the Irish Visa Office based at the Embassy of Ireland in Abu Dhabi, UAE, for processing. The actual decision on your visa will be made in the Visa Office in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

You will be contacted by the Consulate when a decision has been made on your application. All decisions following assessment will be provided to the Consulate in Damascus as required for onward posting or collection of the visa.

In advance of beginning your visa application online, please consult the homepage of INIS for full information regarding the documentation required to accompany your visa application.
Applicants are reminded that completing the online application form is only the first step in the visa application process. An application can only be processed when the on-line form is completed AND the required backing documentation, passport photograph and appropriate fee is received by the Visa Office.

Click here to launch an online application via INIS.

PLEASE ENSURE YOU READ THE SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS SECTION ON THIS WEBSITE SO THAT YOU ARE AWARE OF WHAT DOCUMENTS YOU NEED TO SUBMIT WITH YOUR VISA APPLICATION.

Applications received without the necessary supporting documents or information will delay the processing of your application or may result in it being refused.

You must also ensure that ‘all’ the required supporting documentation accompanies your visa application otherwise your visa application cannot be processed or will be delayed. It is your responsibility to ensure you have sent our Visa Office all the necessary documents in order for a decision to be made. You will find the list of supporting documentation required for the main types of visas on the INIS website.

The method of payment will be CASH paid to the Honorary Consulate in Damascus.

The fee for processing your visa application will be 255 AED for a single entry visa. In circumstances where a multiple entry visa may be granted the fee will be 425 AED. A transit visa will cost 110 AED.

You can pay the fee in your local currency at the relevant AED exchange rates. You should refer to www.inis.gov.ie for information as to when a multiple entry visa may be granted. The details can be found on the site at the section dealing with visa fees. This section of the site also provides details as to when a fee may not be required.

The visa fees mentioned above must be paid in full – depending on the visa being sought. These fees are required to undertake an examination of the application.

You should note that a single entry visa will normally only be granted therefore if you apply for a multiple entry visa it may not be granted to you. A multiple entry visa is granted only in very specific circumstances.

You must provide your on-line summary sheet and sign it at the Consulate, two passport sized colour photos will also be required along with all of the necessary documentation including your passport (if you have a new passport the previous passport should also be provided). You should also provide a cover note detailing the type of visa you are seeking, you should also mention in the cover note if you are travelling with other members of your family. If you are travelling with children you must complete an online application for each child. If the child is included in your passport the sticker for the child will be affixed to your passport.

Only when you have checked the requirements for the visa you are seeking and have all of the necessary papers should you provide the documents to the Consulate.

You should allow at least 4 weeks for your visa application to be processed. All decisions following assessment will be provided to the Consulate in Damascus for onward posting or collection of the visa. Please note that depending on the volume of applications being received, the complexity of an application and the time of year it may take longer to process an application. The onus is on you, the applicant, to ensure that your full, complete application is submitted in sufficient time for a decision to be made before your date of travel.

Weekly Decision Reports

Every Thursday, a report detailing all decisions made in the previous week at the Visa Office Abu Dhabi is posted to the Weekly Decision Reports page. Please use your unique online application number to search these reports for your decision.

Visa Appeals

How to appeal a visa refusal? Please read Tab 7 of the Visa for Ireland page.

 

If you wish to travel to Ireland or pass through an Irish port in order to travel to another state you may need an Irish visa.

You may need a visa to travel to Ireland even if you live in Ireland.

A visa is a paper document affixed to a page of the holder's passport.  It permits a person to travel to Ireland during the validity period stated on the visa. It does not guarantee entry to the State. An Immigration Officer at the port of entry has the authority to grant or deny admission, and to decide  the duration of a person’s stay in the State.

What do I need to know?

Read the Checklist to find out if you need an Irish visa and about applying for a visa on the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Services website.

This Online Visa Application Facility is available worldwide and must be used by all applicants for an Irish Visa. The technology guides you through the visa application process, step by step.

Begin the Online Application