How Safe Is Syria for Travel?

Syria
Safety Index:
10

Syria FlagSyria : Safety by City

Syria is one of the larger countries of the Middle East and shares its borders to the north with Turkey, to the east with Iraq, with Jordan and Israel to the south, and with Lebanon to the south-west.

An added natural beauty is its short coastline on the east Mediterranean Sea.

However, Syria has been caught up in serious warfare and it is, at this point, so dangerous to visit it that it has become impossible to visit the country as it is essentially a war zone.

The civil war has been raging in the country since 2011, and Syria is now probably the most dangerous destination in the world.

Before this, it was a country of great natural diversity and with plenty of archeological sites worth visiting.

However, the question remains how much of that is left of Syria, given the fact that it is being destroyed for years and devastated by the raging war.

Warnings & Dangers in Syria

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : HIGH

Syria is extremely dangerous for everyone. It is currently probably the most dangerous destination in the world. If you're in Syria currently, try and find a way to get out of it, if at all possible.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

You should bear in mind that, even there are plenty of ways to get around Syria, traffic is unreliable with plenty of factors affecting its quality, like the near-constant congestion, drivers that drive recklessly and ignore traffic signs, bad roads and poor quality of road signs. You should be careful.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

The country is destroyed up to a point where they're probably aren't many people on the streets as they are in hiding due to the war that is raging or simply in a state of panic. However, if you find yourself on the streets, keep your belongings tightly by your side.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

Putting aside the man-made disasters that have hit Syria very hard, one of the most prominent natural hazards that Syria is susceptible to is flooding.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM

Violent crimes in Syria do exist but are not too common, again, due to the fact that the country is a war zone and every day is a fight for survival.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : HIGH

Chances are extremely high that Syria will be targeted by terrorists while you're there - if you intend to go there. There have been many terrorist attacks already, everywhere in the country, including major cities and the threat comes from many terrorist groups that are active in Syria, like Daesh and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

Scams should be the least of your concerns if you end up in Syria. You should, just in case, double-check your change and agree upon a price before making a deal with someone, whether it's a taxi driver or a merchant.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : HIGH

Women aren't safe in Syria. The country isn't dangerous for women particularly, but it is advised for tourists in general, regardless of their gender, not to walk around Syria, be it during day or night, as the country is essentially a war zone.

So... How Safe Is Syria Really?

Traveling to Syria is extremely strongly discouraged because of the on-going raging conflict and war that has been going on for 7 years now and has caused hundreds of thousands of deaths.

Syria is now a war zone and as such, should be avoided at all costs.

You should know that forces loyal to the Assad government have carried out deadly bombings and attacks targeting rebels that hide among the civilians.

On the other hand, rebel forces have also carried out attacks targeting the government and pro-government civilians.

There have been instances of foreigners attempting to enter Syria so they could join the opposition forces (namely jihadist groups) against the government.

The situation, however, is so tense at this moment, that if you get captured by either side, you may be in life danger.

If you end up in Syria and without a way of leaving, at least try and avoid areas that are known as critical war epicenters like the cities of Aleppo, Damascus, Homs and a couple of others.

It should be emphasized once more that tourists should not go to Syria under any circumstance, and there have been incidents of foreigners being killed in Syria.

ISIS terrorists have also been known to operate in Syria’s neighbors Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan, so there aren’t many ways to escape this country.

Useful Information

  • Visas - All countries do need a visa in order to visit Syria, and they must be obtained from one of the Syrian diplomatic missions well in advance. If you are not sure about your visa status, visit www.doyouneedvisa.com which will let you know whether or not you need a visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit.
  • Currency - Syrian pound is the official currency in Syria. Keep in mind that Visa ATMs are available in major towns, though there aren't many of them, they may not necessarily accept VISA cards.
  • Weather - The climate in Syria is a Mediterranean-influenced one, with long, hot and mostly dry summers and mild, wet winters. Temperatures vary from 12 °C in January to 36 °C in August.
  • Airports - Damascus International Airport is the main international airport in Syria. It is located in Damascus, the capital of Syria.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Syria, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Syria Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 6° C
Feb 8° C
Mar 11° C
Apr 16° C
May 21° C
Jun 24° C
Jul 27° C
Aug 27° C
Sep 23° C
Oct 19° C
Nov 12° C
Dec 8° C
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Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
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121419243034373633282014
Low
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01371114171713941
High
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545766758693999791826857
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20 Reviews on Syria

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    Mahmoud Mo'ret says:

    Not as bad as media suggests

    It’s not so dangerous that I wouldn’t consider suggesting a visit. In the past things were worse, but the violence has mostly stopped. Lots of history here make it a great place to check out.

      1. fdfdfdsf

        I wouldn’t say its bad for muslim people, they hate americans so i wouldnt recomend us going

        1. No, we don’t hate Americans, but it’s out of control and extremely dangerous for anybody even us Syrian people.

  2. W
    World Traveler says:

    Wonderful place to see

    I am an American woman and I travel to Damascus Syria every year. I walk the streets to shop at the souk “Shopping malls” Dine in nice restaurants. If people mind their business and respect their culture then they will have no problem.

    1. well you are probably muslim then

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        Random person says:

        Racist reply

        That is racist. And the fact you would say that is very offensive

  3. A
    Anonymous says:

    No

    If you go you are literally begging to get killed.

    1. A
      Anonymous says:

      But what if I want to die

  4. M
    MUSLIM MAN says:

    I Just did

    Don’t listen to the people telling you it is not dangerous! They are ISIS trying to bring more people to their deaths! DON’T IGNORE THE DANGERS OF THIS COUNTRY. THESE PEOPLE ARE VICIOUS AND KILL ANYONE IN THEIR WAY

    1. It’s not dangerous though all isis women are detained and isis men are in prisoned they are very low on numbers, plus the war ended years ago whats left is just rubbish and broken houses but it’s safe only thing dangerous is Americans, pickpockets and terrorism ACTS ,

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    Los Cabos says:

    Very good

    Its the best place to go they only shot my leg!

  6. Muslims have suffered in this war like everyone else

    What on earth is with several of the reviews on here saying along the line of “it’s only safe if you’re Muslim”? You do understand that it’s mainly Muslim people that have been killed in this war?!

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      Papercup says:

      Collateral Damage

      Isn’t that kind of the point and particularly revealing? Many Syrians themselves can’t survive in their own country with all the threats to their safety. It doesn’t matter whether the threats to their safety are directly from the Assad Regime, or Rebels, or Muslim extremists, or interfering foreign powers; or if the threats to safety are Indirect from the fighting between these forces. It’s not safe for the majority Muslim population that lives there but surely a traveler is more safe as a Muslim than not.

      1. Even Syrian Muslims are killed and tortured every day it’s not safe even for its own people.

  7. A
    Anonymous says:

    it should be fine if your brown

  8. B
    Bob Kahub says:

    1945

    DO NOT GO IT IS FILLED WITN TANKS AND CONSTANT ARTILLERY BARAGES!!!! LISTEN TO THE GUIDE THEY HUNT AMERICANS AND WILL KIDNAPP YOU!!! SOMEONE STEPPED ON A LANDMINE!!!! go if you want to experince ww2 again *minecraft Hardcore*

  9. S
    Senzin Chang says:

    nice

    someone held me hostage, free babysitting

  10. S
    SuicideSimulator says:

    4D Game

    It’s basically Doom Eternal on Ultra-Nightmare difficulty but instead of being reset when you die, you actually die.

  11. S
    Senzin Chang says:

    honestly, pretty good! WW2 flashbacks of bombing! tons of napalm and street fighting! they held me hostage, but they fed me good food! 10/10 if you want to make some permanent buddies!

Rated 3.6 / 5 based on 20 user reviews.

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