Syria Warnings and Dangers

  • Warnings and Dangers
    by Robin020
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by Robin020
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by Robin020

Syria Warnings and Dangers

  • feral dogs

    If you are hiking in Syria, be careful when encountering the semi-feral shepherd dogs. Obviously I don`t mean the rather cute puppies in the picture but the grown-ups. They are really aggressive and there is not always someone at hand supervising them. Once I drove with a taxi slowly past a flock of sheep, and all of a sudden 4-5 dogs where running...

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  • Safety

    Syria is a very safe country to travel in.I never had any problems in this regard. The people are friendly and I never felt unsafe at all.I am aware that there are warnings against travel to Syria, but this should not be a factor in deciding to visit this wonderful country.

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  • Busra: Resturants, Avoid

    Immediately nest to the citadel there are 3 restaurants. Try and avoid eating at these restaurants. What ever you do agree on the price before hand. I'd recommend that you pack a lunch with you from Damascus. I shouldn't make a generalised harsh statement about these restaurants because in the bus stop I met one of them (I don't know to which...

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  • Crossing the street

    Crossing a street in Syria is a challenge. There do not seem to be rules to protect pedestrians. Crossing a street can be very dangerous, but of course, you have to do it, so best advice, latch on to people crossing and sort of go as a group...they know what they are doing because they do it every day! Its amazing how close the cars get to the...

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  • NO PROBALMS IN SYRIA

    Many Westeners, myself included prior to the trip, have notions of Syria, and what the situation is like there. When you get there you will be delightfully surprised by it. Syria is not dangerous, it is without a doubt one of the safest places I have been. I found myself walking at 2am in Damascus and not worried as I would be back home. There were...

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  • very aggressive touts

    not a problem or a danger, just an annoyance, unlike my trip to Jordan (Wadi Rum & Petra) 2 months ago, now (Feb) is probably the lowest of low season in Syria, the perceived danger of visiting Syria does not help either, at some of the tourists sights, ie Palmyra & Krak de C., the touts there outnumber the tourists 10:1 (very sad for them)... so...

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  • Pollution and litter

    A renowned wise man once said, "My passion developed in Damascus, Syria." I must say that so did mine because I flatly admit that I fell in love with it. But another wise saying warns that a rose does not come without its thorns, or something like that. Syria is no exception and the first thing that I noticed among its beauty was the pollution. It...

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  • ladies and gentlemen cloth style

    women planning a trip to syria- not only to syria, to other muslim countries, especially arabian ones- should know that koran prohibits exposing women bodies. you're probably are not arabian so you don't have to wear like muslim women but you have to respect their religion and culture. it means that you shouldn't wear ***rs without sleeves or...

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  • Krak des Chevaliers

    Many of the towers and walls have no handrails ---and the crenellations are missing! So, you could walk straight off the edge without warning! If you're taking children with you.....

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  • Visas for Syria

    If you are mailing your passport to the Syrian embassy in the United States, you should know that it will take about three weeks to be processed. It cost $100 for Americans and $68 for Romanians. If you need to contact the embassy, keep calling until someone picks up the phone. There is little chance that they will return your calls or reply to an...

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  • Taking service taxis or long-range taxis

    A large amount of my travel in Syria was done by service taxis or long-range taxis. What I mean by "long-range" is that I hired a regular taxi to take me to a different city for a negotiated price. Of the four times I did this, I had problems with three of them.Before traveling to Syria, I visited Antakya/Hatay in Turkey. A taxi driver offered to...

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  • On your visa application...

    They will ask if you have ever visited "occupied Palestine". If you say yes that you have visited "Israel", your visa application will most likely be denied. Techinically, Syria is at war with Israel.

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  • No pictures please

    Do not take pictures of government buildings, military instillations, military personnel, embassies, oil facilities, or anything else questionable. The governments concerns about outside countries spying on them. Keep in mind that for a time Syria wondered if they were next on George Bush's hit list after Afghanistan and Iraq (remember the Axis of...

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  • Correct change.

    I found it a constant issue in trying to give much larger bills to pay for things - which is all you get from banks and especially ATMs. Try your best to get smaller bills and coins to make things easier. Break the bigger bills as soon as you can and whenever you can.

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  • To be or not to be...Canadian.

    Generally speaking it's no big deal to tell people if you are American. However, in very rural areas and with the much poorer and less educated, the don't differerntiate between a regular citizen and the "bad deeds" of tehe American government. Therefore being "Canadian" for the day can help keep things civil.

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  • The War in Iraq

    As an American, the issue of the war in Iraq came up a few times while I was here. If you are an American, be prepared to give your opinion. Feel free to speak your mind on the matter, but remember that Syrians look down very strongly on the matter. It's all about oil to them. So if you try to defend the war in any way, the conversation is sure to...

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  • Traffic!

    Traffic in Syria is a mess. People drive like maniacs (by Western standards), though I only saw one accident my whole trip - a semi-trailer truck that must have driven off the road. On highways people swerve in and out of traffic, crossing lanes constantly to pass slower vehicles. I would suggest driving only if you have stronger nerves and are not...

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  • That naughty bad stamp...

    If you have visited Israel and have a stamp from the country in your passport, you will most likely not be allowed to enter the country. Renew your passport or get a second passport if your country permits so that you will be able to visit and also travel around with trouble.

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  • Visa...don't leave home without one!!

    To visit Syria, you must get a visa before entering the country. There are no visas issued at the border. If you do not have a visa at the border, entry will be denied. Contact the embassy for Syria in your country for details or check for the embassy online. They will have forms, cost, and instructions.

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  • Syria is a police state

    One should exercise caution about engaging in political discussions openly or doing things that might bring more attention to oneself than is deserved. In general, like anywhere in the Middle East, Syria is a very safe place. In the pre-911 era we walked in the night down the streets of Damascus where the government watches the tourists. I'd avoid,...

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  • Communication...

    There is no danger whatsoever (at least to me...) that I experienced in Syria.It's a great country whith so many things to see.I guess the communication could be a problem because people don't understand what you are saying in English or French, as there are many French people also travelling here & these people don't really rely on English to move...

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  • winding roads

    Travelling in some parts of Syria involves driving up and down and round mountains on very winding roads, so always check before you set out if you are at all uneasy with travelling in such conditions.

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  • The Border Fence !

    Do NOT TOUCH IT ! When we arrived to Majdal Shams we went to see the shouting hill where relatives talks to each other from both sides of the border by shouting.We sneaked through one of the locked ates that was possible to go under it and we were right there, on the border it self !! as you can see in the photo im standing by the electric fence...

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  • Travelers Cheques

    There isn’t easy to cash your cheques in Syria. The best way is do it in Damascus. In the downtown you can walk along Port Said Avenue and 29. Mai Avenue (in Arabic transcription 29. Ayyar Street), you will meet maybe 5 to 6 bank offices but only this one accept cheques: BEMO BANK29 Ayyar (Mai) Street, DamascusThey definitely cash your cheques. But...

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  • Bosra - The hostel is closed

    Guidebooks may tell you there is a hostel in the tower of the theatre/fortress at Bosra.With the current archaeological work being done in the old city, this hostel is now used as accommodation for the teams working there and is no longer open to casual visitors.There is a hostel outside the castle but I can't pass any comment on this. You would...

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  • Changing money

    Changing Syrian pounds back into other currencies before you leave the country is very difficult. Being stuck with them is not a problem if you are going on to Lebanon or to Jordan as you can use them there, but the best thing is to try not to have too many left. US dollars are accepted nearly everywhere, in fact they are all higher priced hotels...

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  • Beware of These Tricks

    1. Probably all Gas stations in syria add water to the stations storage tanks and mix it then sell it the mixture ratio is about 1:4 (1 liter of water for every 4 leter of gas which is Diesel and Benzimum and son on).2. NEVER AND I MEEN NEVER eat any thing that is fried in oil ... you'll get food infection.3. watch out the resturants they have...

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  • You have to get used to it

    Before buying any souvenir or stuff in the Souk or shops in Hims you have to learn how to negotiate the price with the seller, never agree with the first price he gives you, there is always a possibelity to low it, especially in the souk!

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  • Heat

    It was a real infernoGod damn, I mean 54 degree was too much for me, and you can imagine what it could be to Malena from Sweden!we were both as red as tomato, and funny episode, we couldn't walk more few feet to see the Arena and take picture, Malena in a very great light sense of humor said: *I'll take a picture from here with a zoom* LOL LOL, do...

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  • be careful it is inferno!

    It was a real infernoGod damn, I mean 54 degree was too much for me, and you can imagine what it could be to Malena from Sweden!we were both as red as tomato, and funny episode, we couldn't walk more few feet to see the Arena and take picture, Malena in a very great light sense of humor said: *I'll take a picture from here with a zoom* LOL LOL, do...

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  • This is the right one LOL

    And this is the honest young lynx eyes aka dr.firas, being so cool and gentle and well decent while treating his sweet friend Malena, not like old foxes LOLMalena seems to be secured here although!

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  • Warning from and for Malena!

    This is old Zeid getting naughty and profiting from the chance to kiss and hug Malena, I told you before he has an old fox eyes!Watch out Malena LOL

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  • Head gear before you enter the Mosque

    This is sweet Malena ala Islam Middle East lady LOLwell it is absolutely necessary to cover your head before visiting the mosque, when you enter the square and for sure entering the mosque itself, don't worry the needed covering cloth is waiting for you for free once you enter the mosque!

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  • Always sit in back of taxicab

    This goes for any country, but probably more in more conservative countries...maintain a distance from the driver ( especially if you are a single woman traveling) because they may get the wrong idea......

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  • Check Out Travel Advisories

    Be sure to check out the latest travel advisories (including general information, medical and safety advice):Dept. of Foreign Affairs of CanadaU.S. Dept. of StateBritish Foreign & Commonwealth Office

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  • Cold

    Ma'lula is a mountain town; you should take care not to catch a cold, especially when you go in the winter or autumn seasons!Even in the summer, the fast and sudden difference in temperature between the high one in Damascus, and the lower one in Ma'lula could easily cause damage for your organism.

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  • Weather

    The weather could change during the day, not as fast as in the desert like the strong difference between the low night temperature and the high temperature of the day!But it could seem to you that it is a shiny sunny day, with blue sky, and here you are rain and clouds and sometimes storm!So get ready for such a possibility.

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  • Watch out!

    Watch out those steps while climbing the coliseum they are with big distance, and you could expect legs ache in the end of the day, even if you are sportive person.And be really careful if the time is winter when you visit Busra!As the steps and stones will be like oily and it is very easy to fall down.

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  • Sun Sun!

    Sun and again a danger warning to be under the sun for a long time at the summer!please remember this and remember our Ozone layer which protects us is already with a default and with a big hole!thank you Mr. Homo Sapien keep doing great to our mother Earth and destroy it with yourself more....you're doing great Mr. Homo ***ien!

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  • Guide

    The Guide is a very old and nice uncle!But his English is really bad!I mean the accent and vocabulary!But the things he could say are so valuable!So after you read what I wrote in this page!You don’t need him to understand what he says!But he is poor!Pay him some money and let him simply lead you to the sections and places!Like this I’m so fair...

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  • Sun

    Hot sun in the summer is my eternal warning to you my friends when you come to the Middle East!As it could reach crazy numbers like 45 in the shadows some times! Thanks God!Better to be simply ready for such a thing by looking to my Packing list tip in this page.

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  • Scorpions

    Must be careful of some deadly poison creatures like scorpions!It is really rare!But we heard one person had a bite of scorpion!In fact it was not deadly but hurtled him!So watch out!

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  • Watch out!

    The Fortress is full of secret passages and narrow ways and very narrow stairs to lead you up and down!If you have a claustrophobia please be careful as it could leads you to the ruins!Also do not forget to have a scout light as many ways or secret ways are really so dark!Rami “albateh” felt down twice trying to show me the way in the darkness!

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  • Wet August

    Could be the direct reason for a very heavy wet atmosphere!Well I should say Aleppo is a City far from the sea effects!In 1994 I tested this wet heavy air almost entering so slowly to breathe it!I had the worth impression that I am breathing water not air!It was horrible!I thought how horrible this could be to a person with Asthma! So if to go to...

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  • Medusas

    Watch out from Medusas!Some Years -thanks God its not every year- Medusas in big numbers are very close to the Beach!The organization of the seashore gives warning for all tourists and visitors not to swim in the very dangerous parts.Since 15 years I remember only twice they didn?t allowed to swim, as it was really dangerous!As I said luckily its a...

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