Travel advice & practical information for travelogue:
Embassy of Syria
2215 Wyoming Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tel.: 202 232-6313
Fax: 202 234-9548
Web site: Syrian Embassy Washington
8 Belgrave Square
London SW1X 8PH
Tel.: 020 7245 9012
Fax: 020 7235 4621
Web: Syrian Embassy London
20 Rue Vaneau
Tel.: 01 4062 6100
Fax: 01 47 05 9273
Web site: Syrian Embassy Paris
You need a visa to visit Syria. You cannot have a visa for Israel in your passport.
Cititzens of some countries need a visa to enter Syria. Check with the Syrian respresentation in your country. In any case, your passport should be valid until 6 months after your departure from Syria.
If there is one region in the world that has written history, it's the Middle East. It has the oldest civilizations in the world, biblical and muslim history, the crusades and Egyptian, Roman and Arabic influences. There are remains of all of this in Syria (and Neighboring Jordan). This makes it interesting for everyone who is interested in history, or biblical and islamic traces.
ATMs are scarce in Syria, but they offer the cheapest way to get money.
Arabic is the official language of Syria; there are some minority languages as well. Most people understand English, but try to learn a few words of Arabic, like "shukran" (thanks) and "la" (no). The latter is a lot more useful to stave off pushy vendors then "No, thank you." In general it is greatly appreciated if you speak a few words of Arabic.
Find current information on the web site of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Syria. Always consult your family doctor and your country's Health Department web site.
Plan your trip to Syria online
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