Some Syrians who have already been naturalised in Germany are considering travelling to Syria to visit their old homeland. However, the Federal Foreign Office, the Foreign Ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany (AA), warns against travelling to Syria on principle in the “Travel and Security Advice” on its homepage. Syrians with dual nationality (i.e. Syrian and German) are treated in Syria exclusively as Syrians according to Syrian law. This means: “Even longer-standing violations of the law in the home country (e.g. illegal departure) can be prosecuted by the Syrian authorities upon return. In this context, arrests occur time and again,” writes the AA.
For male travellers with dual nationality or a residence title in Germany, there is an additional important problem: they can be “conscripted for military service or forced to pay a sum of money to be released from military service”, according to the AA.
Finally, the AA warns that even a travel permit from the Syrian embassy in Berlin does not protect against coercive measures in Syria, even in parts of the country “that are not currently under the control of the Syrian regime”.
In addition, all travellers must pay an entry fee of 100 US dollars.
All travel information from the German Foreign Office on Syria at:
Syrien: Reise- und Sicherheitshinweise – Auswärtiges Amt (auswaertiges-amt.de)
Flughafen Stuttgart. Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL / Mostafa Elyasian.
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