Getting a Syrian Passport for Children
The Syrian Arab Republic is a southwest Asian country adjacent to Israel, Iraq and Lebanon. The modern country arose from a French federation of Arab states shortly after the first world war and was declared independent in 1936. Today, over 19 million people live in Syria. Syrian children that wish to travel abroad must possess a Syrian passport. All citizens of any age are eligible to apply for the trilingual government document. However, certain special rules govern the application process for those under the age of 18.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You'll Need:
- Passport application
4 passport photos
Syrian national identification card
- Passport application
- 4 passport photos
- Money order
- Syrian national identification card
- Father's passport
Download and complete the Syrian passport application for the child (see Resources). Fill out the application in Arabic or English. Print legibly with a black or blue ballpoint pen. Avoid writing in the margins or outside of the designated areas on the form.
Make four identical copies of the child's passport photograph. The photos should be in color and measure 40-by-40 millimeters (approximately 1.57-by-1.57 inches). The child should be wearing a dark shirt and be positioned in front of a white background. If the child practices a religion that requires a head covering, his or her head covering should also be dark. Otherwise, the child should not be wearing any accessories that obscure the head or face.
Take the child, the child's application and the four passport photos to the nearest Syrian embassy (see Resources). Applications must be processed in-person. At the embassy, a consulate official will request to see the child's national identification card to establish identity and citizenship.
Pay the passport processing fee. All fees must be paid for at the time the passport application is submitted. As of July 2009, the total passport fee is USD $142. The fee may be paid with a standard money order made out to the "Embassy of Syria."
Wait for the application to be processed. It may take up to four weeks for the child's passport to be processed. You will be notified by letter when the passport is ready to be picked up. Only the father of the child may pickup the passport. He must present his official Syrian passport to the embassy as proof of identity, and sign a special release form.
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