Sadly, I lost contact with a couple of Syrian friends in 2011 (I remain hopeful they are safe or got out) but I was able to keep in contact regularly, by sms or phone, with a friend in Latakia. Now I can't! Does anyone know what the current situation regarding telecommunications is? I'm in Australia.
Has anyone made this trip recently?
I'm coming to Lebanon soon and am interested in hopping over to Damascus and spending a night there before going back.
I'm looking for strictly first hand or verified second hand information about the possibility of getting a Syrian visa in Beirut or about showing up at the border and being let through, as a south European national, and also about the treatment a European traveling this route would get from Syrian authorities on checkpoints (it would sucK to…
I understand that a private Syrian airline, Cham Wings Airlines, flies to Damascus from Doha, Dubai, Muscat, etc.
I have also read that Damascus is reasonably safe.
I'm in the preliminary stages of looking into whether it might be feasible to visit.
Does anyone know anything about the situation in Damascus, are there any tourists at all? Someone must be taking these flights. Are visas…
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!