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We have flights to Syria on April the 9th and there is clearly travel advisories against going there currently. Is this alarmist or should we not go?

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    Hi Kate,

    The current situation is not media hype - Syria is in the grips of a bloody uprising against president Bashar al-Assad, and scores have been killed in the process. Initially, al-Assad believed that his country would be "revolution proof" following the Egyptian protests which ousted Hosni Mubarak - this belief was founded on the hard-line principles that Syria takes against political or social dissent.

    As a result, al-Assad has found out the hard way that his words have had little resonance with some people. Thousands have taken to the streets in the attempt to create a Egypt-style uprising - and with the hardline (and bloody) Syrian Baathist rulers, things are set to get even worse.

    While there aren't protests all over the country, and the demonstrations are in certain areas of Syria, it's still a very dangerous place. Our tip is to avoid going to the country - it is just too risky right now. If you do decide to go, by all means, stay away from anything that looks REMOTELY like a protest. Bullets go haywire, and in a situation like the one presently, bullets are being fired with abandon.

    The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade have listed Syria in the "Reconsider Your Need For Travel" - we agree with them. Unless it is VITAL that you go to Syria, really consider if a visit is worth the risk.

    Thanks,

    Jesse - World Nomads Safety Hub over 6 years ago

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    It is all media hype. Take it from someone who visited it this summer and I am planning on visiting again in this Christmas holiday. It is safer than ever, especially damascus. Syria is a beautiful country almost 6 years ago

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    Its all media hype. Few demonstartions come out on friday usually in some small villages with different political views.

    My parents have been in Syria for the past 2 months on vacation and theyre loving it, and im going again on christmas.
    There is nothing like a hot hammam el souq bath in winter. Try the ones in bab touma area.

    Enjoy your time! almost 6 years ago

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    Damascus is safe, and problems are in small villages.
    Enjoy ur visit almost 6 years ago

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    I believe there is a definitely a degree of hype in the media, but you may as well wait till you can really enjoy the country without worry too much about stray bullets. almost 6 years ago

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    You can visit Damascus center or Aleppo center only, but on Fridays it is better to keep in hotel.
    Going outside the city is unsafe almost 6 years ago

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    how about now? is it safe to travel to Syria now? over 4 years ago

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    Er, no. It isn't safe. When a country is in Civil War there are no rules. Anything can happen. Also, Syria is on most government 'do NOT travel' advice lists, along with failed states like Somalia, which means you definitely aren't covered by any travel insurance should you need help.

    Simply: don't go.

    Better to find another less dangerous but exciting destination: I've just returned from Iran and that was fantastic. Highly recommended! over 4 years ago

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    Hi,

    How about now? Stupid question but is it still safe to get into Syria? From Iran or Jordan?
    I really need to go to Syria to look for my sister. Totally unrelated to this topic, but does anyone know how I can obtain death records from Syria. I am very worried of my family. I lost all contacts with them since Friday. I do not want to assume the worse but pls, if anybody can help. I am an Australian btw. about 4 years ago

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    • Kynah, you really need to talk to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs, get their advice. They may be able to help you with official government approaches. I know how desperate you must be feeling but please consider the risks before making any decisions. I wish I could help more. Good luck. Ask Phil about 4 years ago

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