Before the start of protests, hostilities, and conflicts in Syria, as well as the beginning of the devastating Civil war in 2011, citizens of many Asian, European, African, and American countries were able to visit the country without a visa or obtain a visa on arrival. Gradually, Syria began to cancel visa-free entry and visa on arrival for many countries, and in 2014, the Syrian authorities officially announced the introduction of a visa regime for all countries, including the United States. At the moment, nationals of various countries may visit Syria de facto without a visa or can get a visa on arrival if they meet the requirements. Syrias visa policy is now in a state of great instability, and there is no precise information available on the countrys visa policy. This information is obtained from publicly available sources and may become obsolete or irrelevant over time. Syrian authorities require that visitors visiting the nation get a Syrian visa in advance by contacting one of the countrys diplomatic missions throughout the globe before entering the country.