Is Damascus Safe? Crime Rates & Safety Report

Updated On November 7, 2023
Damascus, Syria
Safety Index:
* Based on Research & Crime Data
User Sentiment:
* Rated 69 / 100 based on 9 user reviews.

Damascus is the capital of Syria and its second-largest city. It is also a major cultural center of the Levant and the Arab world.

Unfortunately, the city is partly destroyed by the devastating war that has been raging for seven and a half years now, but unlike the rest of the country, the major part of the city center remained the same just like before the war, except for roadblocks that are spread in certain streets of the city.

As for the rest of Syria – it would be almost impossible to return it to what it once was.

Though it is safe to visit the capital of Syria, you should know that it has many ruins and that there are things you shouldn’t do while here.

Warnings & Dangers in Damascus

Overall Risk


Though Damascus is considered dangerous for everyone, it is currently probably the safest are in Syria. Life goes on as before there, and the biggest risk comes from the dangers of war, not crime.

Transport & Taxis Risk


You should bear in mind that, even there are plenty of ways to get around Damascus, 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


The country is destroyed up to a point where poverty is everpresent. Pickpockets, though they exist, aren't too big of an issue, but if you find yourself on the streets, keep your belongings tightly by your side.

Natural Disasters Risk


Nothing can affect the city of Damascus and the state of Syria like humans and man-made disasters did. Putting them aside, the most prominent natural hazards that Damascus is susceptible to is flooding.

Mugging Risk


Violent crimes in Damascus do exist but are not too common, again, because the country is a war zone and every day is a fight for survival.

Terrorism Risk


Chances are extremely high that Damascus 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 Damascus and the threat comes from many terrorist groups that are active in Syria, like Daesh and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham.

Scams Risk


Scams should be the least of your concerns if you end up in Damascus 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 aren't safe in Damascus. 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 Damascus Really?

Though many imagine Damascus to be a battlefield, as for daily life, Damascus is pretty much the same as any other city in the world: kids going to school, people going to work or college, other people sitting in restaurants, cafés, parks.

Bustling central Al-Hamidiyah Souq is full of people, doing the same what they did through the centuries – shopping.

You should keep in mind that Damascus is the capital of the Syrian government, which means it is the first protected city above all other cities (by the effort of the Syrian army and Russian experts).

However, be that as it may, traveling to Damascus 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.

Due to the possible risk, it should be emphasized once more that tourists should not go to Damascus right now, under any circumstance.

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 city.

People in Damascus are so much anesthetized from the war that they barely turn the heads anymore.

Damascus is still partly surrounded by enclaves in the south and east.

The closest rebel-held area are just two kilometers from the center.

How Does Damascus Compare?

CitySafety Index
Sofia (Bulgaria)73
Siem Reap (Cambodia)63
Phnom Penh (Cambodia)61
Niagara Falls (Canada)87
Calgary (Canada)82
Buenos Aires (Argentina)60

Useful Information



All countries do need a visa in order to visit Damascus, and they must be obtained from one of the Syrian diplomatic missions well in advance. If you are not sure about your visa status, contact your local Syrian embassy for further information.



Syrian pound is the official currency in Damascus. 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.



The climate in Damascus is the Mediterranean influenced one, with long, hot and mostly dry summers and mild, wet winters. Temperatures vary from 7 °C in January to 27 °C in August.



Damascus International Airport is the main international airport in Damascus, Syria. It is located in Damascus, the capital of Syria.

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Damascus Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 5° C
Feb 6° C
Mar 9° C
Apr 13° C
May 17° C
Jun 21° C
Jul 23° C
Aug 23° C
Sep 21° C
Oct 17° C
Nov 11° C
Dec 6° C
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9 Reviews on Damascus

  1. Very nice

    Very nice place for holiday

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    Jörg-Joachim Schrader says:

    Golf in Damascus

    If you play golf, CCC-Golf in one of the best places. Nice nature, friendly people, helpful service. Best is during spring time. Nice few to the snow covered Syrian Golan heights.
    All the best Jörg-Joachim Schrader, Germany

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    Anonymous says:

    The problem in Syria-Damascus comes from the criminal, tyrannical Syrian regime, which kills and arrests all peaceful opponents

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      Anonymous says:

      Bull they where suspicious of me I was followed by mucararak for a couple of days but I never felt unsafe the army couldn’t have been nicer I had a great time went out for a few beers Allah syria bashar that’s it I’m so proud of my country for standing up to forieng aggression we don’t accept forieng jehidis taking over our country hillary Clinton wrote in a state department email the best way to help Israel is to help the syrian people overthrow assad that’s all they care about syrias not perfect but you can’t let the staye collapse you end up with cauios

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    Anonymous says:

    Damascus not safe

    The problem comes from the criminal, tyrannical Syrian regime, which kills and arrests all peaceful opponents

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    Sophy Schofter says:

    I have been in Damascus, Damascus now does not has any terrorisms risk because of all terrorist’s have gone far away, I think it is safe city.
    I went all of ancient places, They are fantastic and I was very Impressed.

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    Anonymous says:

    Damascus not safe

    crimes everywhere by the support of the regime

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      Sean Kline says:

      Having only been to Damascus once, I can’t really speak on things as a whole but in my experience, I did not feel safe. I felt like I had to be on alert. I had men following me around from a distance every day. Someone had stolen items from my bag when I was not in my room. I will not be going back.

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    Richard Schol says:

    Had a very nice holliday it was very safe the media is lying about the unsafety

Damascus Rated 3.44 / 5 based on 9 user reviews.

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