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This is a continuation of the previous Syria sticky thread.
If you have any on the ground reports to add then please do so here rather than start a new thread.
Any news items posted should be a brief excerpt only, with a link to the original website. Any lengthy news cut and pastes will be deleted.
Crossing Syria from Jordan to Turkey: 20 & 21 Dec 2011 from poster bcfarley, post #272 in the previous thread (much appreciated btw), is the most recent on the ground report I noticed so for anyone not wishing to read through all the other posts...
This is an information thread on the ongoing situation in Syria as it affects travel to Syria, not a chat or political argument thread so please don't let this thread go the way of the previous.
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US passport with no Syrian visa, just want to get through the country in order to get to Jordan to see the sand castle ruins. Is it possible to get through from turkey by bus without visa or with simple travel visa?
I just read on Lonely Planet own visa section of Sryia (below)
"If there is no Syrian representation in your country, you can obtain a visa on arrival at borders, airports or ports. Otherwise you MUST secure a visa in advance. The only official exception is for travellers entering Syria from Lebanon; if you have a valid Lebanese visa, a Syrian visa will be issued without problem on the border - for a charge. "
Were you a traveller entering Syria from Lebanon successfully? What is your nationality and what was your experience at the border then? How much was the charge?
Thanks for your info.
I'll be in the area around December of 2013 and I want to get into a part of northern Syria controlled by the FSA. I'm having trouble finding information on the borders, whether they're controlled by loyalists or FSA, or which one I should pick. From what I've found there's one to the north-northwest, one to the north, and one to the north-northeast. But for some reason each source gives me a different name for these borders.
Which border crossings are open to me?
Based on news, there is Japanese tourist who cant resist go to Syria
Japanese Man Vacations on Syrian Front Lines
I just wander, is it really possible to sneak in to Syria like he did and take picture in Syria during this time ?
Edited by: laurent_rio
There are flights on a regular basis to Syria (Damascus) from Iran, I'm guessing these aren't all filled with military personnel. I don't believe I need a visa with Assad regime still in power, but if I just wanted to go to Damascus will I be targeted if I am found out to be Iranian?
Just checked out the Syrian branch to see the latest. So sad to read almost daily reports of the destruction of cities and the killing of innocent people.
We visited Syria (Damascus, Hama and Aleppo) in august of 2009 and had a wonderful time, and the people of Syria were so friendly ..... great memories and makes these times so sad.
Our thoughts are with you, and hopefully the country will find peace in the near future.
Hello backpackers ,
I am planning on traveling from Adana Turkey to Damascus SYRIA on sept 15, 2012 . I would like to spend 2 days in Damascus and then bus it to City of Petra. Is this safe ????am I crazy for doing this??? Should I hire a guide??? I am solo 29 year old male with US passport.
any advice would help .
I'm hoping someone can help me contact a friend in Aleppo. He gave me his mobile number last year but there are only 9 numbers - is this right? The number he gave looked like this: 09304****.
From Australia I have been dialling 0011 (international code) +963 (Syria) + 93304**** (I dropped the 0 at the front of his number and doubled the 3 as I do when I call another Syrian friend, and have tried different variations thereof).
I get a message in English that this number cannot be contacted and to try again.
His hotel number rings out unanswered and I really want to get in touch and see that everything is ok.
Thanks for any help I receive.
Edited by: perryale
I have an Australian friend who is trying to go to Iraqi kurdistan and then to Syria. Is there a border point where he can cross from iraqi kurdistan into Syria?
thanks for you answer in advance
Heard this morning, in a news item interrupting a discussion show, that the British government has closed its embassy in Syria.
Hope the info. can be added to the sticky thread at top of Syria branch.
Hello, i have been preparing for months to travel to Syria in april but now it really has gotten dangerous there and im advised not to go there now. Ive heard there are election in march and after that it could be safer and more stable country.
Can anyone give me advice if there are even people traveling there now? Should i put my plans on visiting Syria in the fridge for now?
Sorry I am sure there is a thread for this but here you go. Not sure about demand for an update with things as they are at the moment, but...based on Nov 2011 trip. At least temporarily don't try to take in any serious camera - I had issues at the border.
- Damascus citadel is not keeping regular hours - may still be open for events
- Dar al-Yasmin was down to $60 to stay and may be less now - well worth the price - also free wireless internet - fairly large and helpful staff
- George Dabdoub is an excellent shop but is now keeping reduced hours - half days
- You're better off taking a service taxi across all borders as on a bus you will have to wait for everyone to be cleared through
- If you're travelling Damascus/Aleppo fly instead of taking the train - there are reports of many stoppages and searches on the way by train as this passes through the area of Homs / Hama where...
The undestand the better what's going on in the country see http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=28432
Given the recent developments in Syria and the fact that I could not exactly find the answer to my questions in previous posts (but please forgive me if I'm wrong), I open this new thread.
My girlfriend and I will be travelling overland to South Africa from the Netherlands as from 1 February 2012. We will most probably arrive at the Turkish/Syrian border around 15 February 2012. I am not sure if we can get our visa at the border on arrival (and if so, in which city?) and if it would be more sensible to request for a visa "at home" at the Syrian embassy in Brussels (or would that make things worse if our request is denied?).
What would you suggest? Thanks a lot in advance!
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