Syria Travel Advice and Travel Advisories

Syria Travel Vaccines and Advice

While traveling to Syria, please keep in mind some routine vaccines such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, etc.

According to legends, the Garden of Eden extended into Syria. Take a trip to this beautiful country where history, tradition and nature mingle to form interesting sights and attractions. With its archaeological sites, architectural remains, souks, palaces, seaside and desert, a change of scenery is guaranteed. If you enjoy mountain hikes, do not hesitate to climb the summits of nearly 2800 meters above sea level. You will also be impressed with the vast array of restaurants and cafes scattered around the cities. Make sure to taste local cold meats and fish, which are part of many local delicacies.

A view on Latakia, the northern part of Syria By Jadd Haidar – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Recommended travel vaccinations for Syria

VaccineDisease Transmission
Traveler’s diarrheaContaminated water/food
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis BContaminated body fluids
(blood, sex, razors, needles, etc.)
RabiesInfected Animals
InfluenzaAirborne Droplets

Recommended Medication for Travelling to Syria

MedicationAdditional Information
Acetazolamide or DexamethasoneRecommended for prevention of acute mountain sickness
Azithromycin or SupraxAntibiotic in case of traveler’s diarrhea

Current Weather in Syria


Medical Care in Syria

Syria provides an unsatisfactory health care system which fails to meet the western norm. Medical care is accessible in major cities, but not in other regions.

If you need to access medication, Al-Jahez and Ghada pharmacies are well-supplied with quality pharmaceuticals. However, it is important to remember to bring a first aid kit, especially if you are visiting remote regions. You will be able to access a sufficient ambulance service in Syria.

For public hospital emergency services, you must call 110. The Red Cross is also a great option. You can also request an ambulance service at Shami Private Hospital in Damascus. 

Is Syria Safe for Travel?

Safety and Security Descriptive
Crime High risk
Terrorism Risk present
Kidnapping High risk in the regions of Aleppo and Damascus
Road safety Dangerous road conditions
Women’s safety High risk of harassment
Health Polio warning
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Do I Need a Visa to Visit Syria?

Prior to travel, make sure you check with your transportation company about any passport requirements. This is important as in some cases their regulations on passport validity may be more strict than those of the destination country.

Both, a visa and a passport are required to enter Syria. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of departure.

Non-Arabs nationals may not acquire a visa upon entry; they must get it from a Syrian embassy or consulate before travelling.

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Embassy of Canada to Syria information

When travelling to another country, it is important to know where the Canadian embassy is located in the event of:

  • A legal problem
  • A lost passport
  • The need to report a crime

It is advisable to make a copy of your original passport in case you lose it.

Canadian Embassy to Lebanon (BEIRUT)
Street Address:
First Floor, Coolrite Building,
43 Jal El Dib Highway (seaside), Beirut, Lebanon

Tel.: 961 (4) 726-700
Fax: 961 (4) 726-702

Email: [email protected]

Please note that this is the website for the Canadian Embassy in Lebanon. There is no Canadian government office in Syria.

Click here to access the embassy’s website