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SIM Cards in Syria: The Best Prepaid Plans | 2024 Guide

Syria – home to one of the oldest civilizations in the world, rich cultural heritage & for having impressive train stations.

While the current situation of the country is less than desirable, Syria used to be a thrilling travel destination.

It is, however, still possible to visit the country.

Most who do so are Syrians living abroad visiting family back home.

But there are many others who travel to the country for tourism purposes.

Especially Aleppo and Damascus, which are considered safe (for local standards, that is).

Even then, Syria may be one of the few countries where staying connected is a must – mostly for your safety.

Luckily, the mobile telecommunications infrastructure is still intact (in highly populated areas).

And anyone can still buy SIM cards – including tourists.

So, how much will a Syrian SIM card cost?

You can get a Syrian SIM card for 250 SYP (0.10 USD) from MTN, currently the only mobile operator, in their stores (called Service Centers). You may be able to get SIM cards at Damascus International Airport and Aleppo International Airport.

That price is not too bad, huh?

What if I told you that a data-featured plan with 1 GB of data valid for 30 days will cost you around 3 USD (4000 SYP).?

Things are not too pricey in Syria… because of inflation and the Syrian Pound becoming more worthless by the day.

Hopefully, that will reverse… one day.

In this guide, I will tell you everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in Syria. Let's do this.

Buying a SIM Card in Syria Guide (logo of MTN)

Original publication: 1st of November 2021. Last updated: 14th of January 2024.

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What is the Best SIM Card in Syria?

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Syria, then MTN Syria is your only option. It is currently the only mobile operator in Syria.

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So, which other SIM cards are available in Syria?

Syria currently has one mobile network operator offering prepaid services easily accessible to travelers:

  • MTN Syria
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Anyone 18 or older living in or visiting Syria can buy a Syrian SIM card with no restrictions.

But you do have to comply with the SIM card registration regulations, which include showing your passport at the point of sale.

  • Find out which countries have SIM card registration regulations and what is required from you (lookup tool)
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Where Can You Buy a Syrian SIM Card (+Costs)?

You can get a Syrian SIM card in MTN stores (called MTN Service Centers). Some Peruvian airports may sell (tourist) SIM cards (at inflated prices)..

You can expect to pay for the following Syrian SIM card:

  • MTN Syria: 250 SYP

If you plan to buy a SIM card at an airport, the prices can be higher than the one listed above – be aware of this.

Use the Wise Currency Converter tool (free) for up-to-date SYP (Syrian Pound) to your currency (let's say INR – Indian Rupee) exchange rates.

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For your convenience, below are some exchange rates between SYP and USD (US Dollars):

  • 10 SYP = 0.40 USD
  • 100 SYP = 0.40 USD
  • 1000 SYP = 0.40 USD
  • 10 000 SYP = 3.10 USD

But for any other currency, the Wise Currency Converter tool.

Syrian Prepaid SIM Cards Explored

Below, I will guide you through MTN Syria and go through:

  • Background information
  • Mobile coverage
  • SIM card types, prices & availability
  • Recharge/top-up information
  • Combo plans, data plans & special packs (such as social media packs)

Let's see what Syria offers us.

MTN Syria (إم تي إن سوريا)

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MTN Syria, just MTN but officially إم تي إن سوريا, is currently the only mobile operator in Syria after Syriatel collapsed in 2020.

As part of MTN's focus on Africa, it decided to sell its remaining 75% of shares of its Syrian division to TeleInvest – a Saudi company that had the other 25% remaining shares.

While the government is talking about allowing a new entrant into the Syrian telecom market, you will have to deal with MTN for the foreseeable future.

MTN uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 1800 MHz

This is what you will learn about MTN:

* Coverage
* How to Get an MTN SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – MTN Syria

MTN has decent coverage throughout Syria.

Coverage in populated areas is, surprisingly, good. But that is mostly on 3G.

4G/LTE reception is rare in the country.

Do note that due to the current situation, local internet blackouts may happen.

It is hard to stay connected when towers get blown away.

Even then, coverage is astonishngly decent.

Below is MTN's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – MTN Syria

You can buy an MTN SIM card for 250 SYP in MTN stores, called MTN Service Centers. MTN SIM cards may be available at Damascus International Airport and Aleppo International Airport.

Dial *111# to access the MTN menu.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – MTN Syria

MTN top-up vouchers are sold in MTN Service Centers, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Syria.

The following top-ups are available at MTN Service Centers:

50 SYP46 SYP
75 SYP70 SYP
100 SYP95 SYP
150 SYP142 SYP
200 SYP191 SYP
250 SYP238 SYP
300 SYP287 SYP
500 SYP479 SYP
650 SYP620 SYP
750 SYP718 SYP
1000 SYP959 SYP
1200 SYP1151 SYP
1500 SYP1438 SYP
2000 SYP1919 SYP

The following top-ups are available from dealers:

90 SYP94 SYP
100 SYP105 SYP
105 SYP110 SYP
150 SYP157 SYP
200 SYP209 SYP
225 SYP235 SYP
250 SYP261 SYP
300 SYP313 SYP
350 SYP365 SYP
400 SYP418 SYP
450 SYP470 SYP
500 SYP522 SYP
650 SYP678 SYP
750 SYP783 SYP
900 SYP939 SYP
1000 SYP1043 SYP
1200 SYP1252 SYP
1500 SYP1565 SYP
1950 SYP2034 SYP
2000 SYP2086 SYP
2500 SYP2608 SYP
4000 SYP4172 SYP
5000 SYP5215 SYP
6000 SYP6258 SYP
10 000 SYP10 430 SYP
15 000 SYP15 645 SYP
20 000 SYP20 860 SYP

To top up your MTN SIM card, you would dial *110*VoucherCode# or call 1818 and follow the instructions.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *110*123456#.

Dial *100# to check your MTN balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the myMTN Syria app.

MTN Syria myMTN Syria App
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Do note that this app is for Android devices only and is only available on the MTN website.

The page will give you an .apk file for you to download.

I would always be weary of why an official app is not available on the Play Store or App Store.

Proceed with caution – even though the app is on MTN's official website.

If the Syrian government can make the largest mobile operator in the country collapse due to political feuds, it can certainly instruct anyone to upload a malicious .apk file on the MTN website.

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – MTN Syria

MTN has seven data-featured prepaid plans:

I will list all the prices in SYP (Syrian Pound).        

To convert SYP to your currency (let's say EUR – Euro) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

3G Hourly, Daily & Monthly Bundles – MTN Syria

The 3G Hourly, Daily & Monthly Bundles are combo plans with data (without 5G NR access and restricted to 3G speeds), minutes & SMS.

These 3G Hourly, Daily & Monthly Bundles are available by dialing *234#:

PriceDataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
175 SYP10 MB10 minutes10 SMS1 day
300 SYP20 MB20 minutes20 SMS5 days
450 SYP30 MB30 minutes30 SMS5 days
725 SYP150 MB30 minutes30 SMS5 days
1000 SYP50 MB150 minutes50 SMS3 days
MTN Shabab Bundles – MTN Syria

The MTN Shabab Bundles are combo plans with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS exclusively for the Shabab tariff plan.

MTN Shabab Bundles get automatically activated if you top-up enough for the bundle you want:

PriceCreditDataLocal SMSLocal MMSValidity
225 SYP169 SYP2.5 MB50 SMS5 MMS30 days
450 SYP337 SYP5 MB100 SMS10 MMS45 days
1000 SYP711 SYP10 MB200 SMS50 MMS45 days
MTN Syria Shabab Bundles
Yalla Bundles – MTN Syria

The Yalla Bundles are combo plans with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

These Yalla Bundles can be activated by dialing *444#:

PriceDataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
350 SYP10 MB10 minutes10 SMS1 day
550 SYP20 MB20 minutes20 SMS5 days
800 SYP30 MB30 minutes30 SMS5 days
1300 SYP150 MB30 minutes30 SMS5 days
2000 SYP50 MB150 minutes50 SMS3 days
MTN Syria Yalla Bundles Plans
Deluxe Bundles – MTN Syria

The Deluxe Bundles are combo plans with data, social media data (for unspecified apps), minutes & SMS.

Dial *2000# to activate Deluxe Bundles:

PriceDataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
35 250 SYP4000 MB500 minutes500 SMS30 days
58 500 SYP12 000 MB1000 minutes1000 SMS30 days
146 250 SYP50 000 MB5000 minutes5000 SMS30 days

1 unspecified social media apps

MTN Syria Deluxe Bundles
Hours & Medium Internet Package – MTN Syria

The Hours & Medium Internet Package are data plans (without 5G NR access).

Hours & Medium Internet Package can be activated by dialing *111#:

500 SYP1 GB Unspecified (“Social Media”)1 hour
600 SYP1 GB1 hour
800 SYPUnlimited1 hour
1200 SYP3 GB Unspecified (“Social Media”)3 hours
1400 SYP3 GB 3 hours
2800 SYPUnlimited4 hours
6750 SYP500 MB30 days
11 700 SYP1000 MB30 days
19 800 SYP2000 MB30 days
27 750 SYP3000 MB30 days
33 750 SYP4000 MB30 days
37 500 SYP5000 MB30 days
46 500 SYP25 000 MB30 days
53 250 SYP35 000 MB30 days
MTN Syria Hours & Medium Internet Package
Monthly Data Bundles – MTN Syria

The Monthly Data Bundles are, as the name implies, are data plans (without 5G NR access).

These Data Bundles are available, which you can activate by dialing *111#:

600 SYP50 MB30 days
1200 SYP100 MB30 days
2000 SYP200 MB30 days
3000 SYP300 MB30 days
6750 SYP0.5 GB30 days
11 700 SYP1 GB30 days
19 800 SYP2 GB30 days
22 750 SYP3 GB30 days
33 750 SYP4 GB30 days
37 500 SYP5 GB30 days
46 500 SYP25 GB30 days
53 250 SYP35 GB30 days
97 500 SYP50 GB30 days
MTN Syria Monthly Data Bundles
Social Bundles – MTN Syria

The Social Bundles are data-only plans for select social media apps, including Botim, IMO, Telegram, WhatsApp & YouTube individually.

Dial *111# to activate Social Bundles:

340 SYP100 MBWhatsApp1 day
700 SYP100 MBIMO & Botim1 day
700 SYP100 MBTelegram1 day
1000 SYP200 MBUnspecified (“Social Media”)1 day
1400 SYP500 MBYouTube1 day
10 000 SYP10 000 MBYouTube1 day
MTN Syria Go Social Media Bundles

APN/Internet Settings – MTN Syria

  • Name: MTN Syria
  • APN: internet

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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The Preferred Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in Syria

Getting a SIM card from MTN would be your only option when considering a Syrian SIM card.

Going to other places around the world? Then you should also check out my sim card buying guides for other destinations around the world.