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1. Posted by rurikmac (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y


I am new here, I am Douglas from Brazil and I am preparing a travel to go with my wife in next september to Syria.
I would like if someone here already was there and if it is cheap place for travel, security concerns and of course if is easy to travel from Damascus to Aleppo, South Turkey and Amman.
Also I read somewhere about we can´t have Israeli visa in passport, this is true or not ? It means I can´t go this way: Syria -> Jordan -> Israel -> Lebanon -> Syria tour ?



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2. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y

Hi - you can't get into Syria with an Israel stamp in your passport - they're still technically 'at war' over a few bits of land around the dead sea (not that there's been any actual fighting for some years).

It is a really interesting country to visit, but not easy to get around.

To visit all the countries you want to you'd have to go Syria-Lebanon-Syria-Jordan-Israel.

3. Posted by schept (Budding Member 16 posts) 11y

i asked the Israelian Embassy:

with stamps of Syria and libanon, you won't get permission to go into Israel as well

4. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y

Ah well, impossible then.

Still I would thoroughly recommend Syria - the crusader castles and Palmyra are just fascinating - and if you couldn't go to Israel you could fly in and out of Damascus!

5. Posted by mhammad (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

you can visit syria even if your passport bears a visa to Israel
syria doesnot permit the syrian persons to have a passport with a visa to Israel.
Syria is a very nice country and things are very cheap .Here in syria
you can spend wonseful time in the crusader castles and Palmyra and all
the Syrian cities, here is an album of Hama the city of waterwheels:

And you can visit me in Homs

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6. Posted by polonacs (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

Hi, I was there last year and it was perfect. people are very friendly and like to help (just get used to lots of soldiers around).
Besides Palmyra make sure not to miss Malula and other ancient villages were the oldest Christian churhes and Arameic is still spoken.

7. Posted by suztours (Full Member 34 posts) 11y

This reply is probably too late for the original poster, but even with stamps from Lebanon & Syria, you can come to Israel.

Frankly, we don't care where you've been or where you're from - we'd just be glad to see you here - as long as you don't intend us any harm.

So come on - Israel is a beautiful country to visit any time of year!


8. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y

Interestingly enough, one of me mates was saying the other day that it's possible to persuade the Israeli immigration people to stamp a seperate bit of paper clipped to your passport - you can then remove it after leaving Israel and go wherever you damn well want.

9. Posted by suztours (Full Member 34 posts) 11y

magykal1 - that's right - been that way a long time! Just remember to keep that piece of paper with you while you are in Israel as it's your official visa to be here! When you leave, you just give it to the passport control folks... easy!


10. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y

BTW re mhammad's post I just took this from the foreign office website:

"You require a visa for Syria. Whether or not you have a visa you should be aware that if your passport contains an Israeli stamp or stamps from other countries’ border crossing points with Israel, you will be refused entry to Syria."