March 6, 2008
Ships headed for U.S. must take special measures in Syrian ports
The U.S. Coast Guard today issued a Port Security Advisory that adds Syria to the roster of countries that that it has determined to be not maintaining effective anti-terrorism measures. Ships arriving to the U.S. that have visited any of these countries within their last five port calls must take special measures while in those countries as a condition of entry into U.S. ports.
The required actions take effect for vessels visiting Syria beginning on March 20, 2008.
The required measures include:
Vessels that visited countries on the USCG during their last five port calls will be boarded at sea by the Coast Guard to ensure the vessel took the required actions. Failure to properly implement the actions will result in denial or delay of entry into the United States.