Facebook pages and WhatsApp users claimed that fines have been imposed on Syrians who don't head home after obtaining permission to spend the Eid holiday in Syria. Some posts and messages reads, “Any person who register for spending the Eid holiday in Syria and then decides not to head there will be fined as much as 735 Turkish Lira.”
Besides, a Facebook page have told Syrians who wish to spend the Eid al-Adha holiday in Syria to be careful, “Please, don’t register at more than one border crossing; otherwise you will be fined as much as 735 Turkish Lira. The fine will arrive at your doorstep within one month.”
Verify-Sy fact-checked these claims; it turned out to be fake news as the Turkish Immigration Department have not imposed any fines or penalties regarding the matter.
“Penalties have not been imposed on Syrians living in Turkey who decide to cancel their visits to Syria after registering for spending Eid holiday there,” a source at Gaziantep’s migration office told Verify-Sy. “Such rumors are groundless. Some persons might have planted these rumors in order to scare any person who might register for heading to Syria and then cancel their plans afterwards, as he would be taking someone else’s turn.”
The Turkish government allows Syrians to cross over to their homeland through Bab al-Hawa, Bab al-Salama, and Jarablus border crossings during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha; Syrians must obtain a permission from the Turkish authorities to do that.
Syrians can apply for such permissions on three websites created by Gaziantep, Kilis, and Hatay provinces:
Bab al-Salama Border Crossing:
Jarablus Border Crossing:
Bab al-Hawa Border Crossing: