Syria on 1 October reopened Damascus airport for regular international commercial traffic. Airport officials said national flag carrier Syrian Airlines would initially resume scheduled flights to regional destinations including Cairo and Beirut, with a weekly flight to Khartoum and adhoc flights to Kuwait. Land crossings to neighbouring countries are largely closed, with some exceptions e.g. crossings being permitted for commerce and certain individuals only. Crossings between areas controlled by the Syrian regime and those controlled by non-regime forces are largely closed. Further restrictions, including border closures, may be introduced without notice.
Internal movement restrictions
In Assad-led government-controlled areas, a curfew is in place from 06.00 to 18.00 (all times local). Businesses and markets are allowed to re-open, only working from 08.00 to15.00. Movement between provinces in government held areas prohibited. The Kurdish-led Autonomous Administration in northeast Syria has imposed a curfew and restricted movement with the exceptions for hospitals, public clinics, pharmacies, sterilization teams, cleaners, bakeries, food stores, vehicles for transporting food and infant formula, fuel tankers, and international organisations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Kurdish Red Crescent (KRC). Those who violate curfew will be fined and their vehicles will be impounded.
Quarantine requirement at government designated site.
Syrians returning from abroad on government-organised repatriation flights are required to undergo 14-day quarantine at designated facilities.
WFP Only: WFP staff coming from Beirut should do the PCR test upon arrival and wait 8 hours for the results, before transiting to Damascus. Staff can also be tested in a new clinic located in Beirut international airport, which provides results within 4 hours. If they arrive before 2:00pm it is possible to be tested and travel to Damascus on the same day.
Upon arrival in Damascus they will stay for 5 days in the Yaafour resort (for international staff) or at their own residence (national staff).
COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.