My trip to Northern Syria and Iraq, walking through the bustling bazaar in Duhok, inspecting a captured ISIS UAV drone in West Kirkuk, avoiding Syrian Regime checkpoints in Qamishli, seeing first-hand the destruction of Kobanî after surviving the onslaught of over 9,000 ISIS militants, looking over into ISIS territory along the frontlines on the Euphrates river and meeting the brave YPG and YPJ fighters leading the battle against ISIS in the recently liberated Al Shaddadah.
Crossed from KRG in Iraq over the Tigris river and spent 6 days in Northern Syria last week, in the YPG/YPJ/SDF controlled areas. Had a fixer to organise everything. Not cheap but obviously you don't want to skimp on these kind of things. Went to Qamishli, Amuda, Kobani, Tishrin, Hastakah, and Al Shaddadi.
A really interesting place, seeing the Kurdish people asserting their independence, the destruction and havoc from ISIS, and the complex Syrian and international factions all at play. Looking…
The official policy is that Americans need to go in person to the Syrian Embassy in Washington DC (or now the one in Canada apparently) to apply for a visa. However, I have heard that oftentimes an American can "just get" a visa on arrival at the borders sometimes.
Does anyone know anything about doing this successfully? I am American, but do not live in the USA, so going to apply for a visa in Washington DC is not an option.
Thanks for your help!
I heard all commercial flights to Syria were cancelled, but I used some online flight trackers and it seems that some lesser known airlines (no big names like Air France or Emirates but rather small names like Syria Air, Iran Air, and 4J) seem to still have occasional flights to Damascus.
Does anyone know anything about this? Thanks for your help.
So, I plan on leaving France for a bit this spring during my semester abroad's spring break to tour a bit of Kurdistan. Do you think it's possible for me to visit a bit of Syrian Kurdistan? In particular, I was thinking Al-Qamishli since it is not controlled by ISIS.
I know I shouldn't have too many problems, but I am a bit concerned about visiting their for a few reasons:
1) Can I get a bus from Erbil or Iraqi Kurdistan to Al-Qamishli? I'm not sure if there is a border crossing between Iraqi…
I've been to Syria a couple of times in the past. I know that there is a war going on in Syria but as I far as I know there are also relatively safe areas; areas free of fighting.
I am considering a visit to Syria in the next two or three weeks. I am planning to stay only in the center of Damascus and travel on roads by public transportation.
My questions are:
1) Is the border from Beirut open to EU passport holders?
2) Are Syrian visas available on this border?
3) Is the road to Damascus…
may be of interest to those planning on visiting Syria. Looks like Jordan - Damascus - Lebanon is a 'safe' run for now.