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AREA : 185,180kms

POPULATION : 16,137,899 (1997 est.)

CAPITAL : Damascus 

PRINCIPAL CITIES:   Damascus, Aleppo, Homs, Hama and Lattakia 

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE : Arabic 

SECOND LANGUAGE : French & English 

RELIGION : Muslims 88% Christians 11%

TIME: GMT +02:00 - US EST +7 ( 6 hrs behind HK time ) 

ELECTRICITY : 220volts 50AC

CURRENCY : Syrian Pound 

INT’L DIALING CODE: 00 963

 

CURRENCY & EXCHANGE 

The currency of Syria is Syrian Pound (called Lira) - 1 US Dollar equals SL 49.7 (1 May 2001). One Lira is 100 piasters. 

Coin denominations are: 25, 50 piastres and 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 liras.

Paper denominations are: 1, 5, 10, 20, 25, 50, 100, 500 liras. 

Special tourist exchange rates have been put into operation so that the exchange rates at hotels are the same as those at the other exchange centres. Credit cards and Traveller Cheques are accepted at most hotels, car rental agencies, shops and restaurants. Major cards accepted are Master Card, Visa, Eurocard, AMEX and Diners Club

 

TRAVEL INFORMATION

It is the passengers responsibility to obtain all required travel documents, visas and permits, and for complying with the laws, regulations, orders, demands and other travel requirements of countries of origin, destination or transit. 

We strongly recommend that you go to the IATA Travel Centre website http://www.iatatravelcentre.com for more information.

 

CLIMATE

The most hospitable and pleasant climate in Syria is to be found near the coast where Mediterranean conditions give hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters, with average daily temperatures of 29oC (84.2 F) in summer and 10oC (50 F) in winter. Annual rainfall along the coast ranges from 750 to 1000mm (30 to 40 inches).

Moving inland from the coast, Syria's climate becomes increasingly drier and less welcoming. Temperatures in the plateau region average around 35oC (95 F) in summer and 12oC (53.6 F) in winter and annual rainfall varies from 250 to 500mm (10 to 20 inches). Winters in the northern interior can be cold, with temperatures often falling to below freezing. In the desert area, summer temperatures average 40oC (104 F), with frequent highs of around 46oC (114.8 F). Rainfall is extremely low.

 

VISA

All citizens entering Syria needed visa except some countries that LANDING visa can be grant on arrival either at airport or borders – approx at USD28.00, pre-application must be done by land operator in Syria and a copy of your passport needed to hand on arrival in the country. For more information please check with the Embassy in your country.  

Your passport or travel documents must have at least 6 months validity.

 

TIPPING

Tipping is a way of showing your satisfaction with a service rendered. Suggested for USD5.00 person per day to local guide in private tour and USD2.5 per day to local driver in group traveling.              

 

DEPARTURE TAX

Departure tax at Damascus airport or land border from at Syrian Pounds 500 or around USD35.00 per person

 

SIGHTSEEING 

Museums or Citadels are closed on Tuesdays. 

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE 

It’s absolutely essential to have adequate travel insurance covered, especially for the purposes of flight cancellation, delay or any other incidental cases occurred during the trip and to enjoy the journey with a peaceful mind.  

Take the travel insurance that meets your needs and understand its coverage 

 

YOUR TOUR ARRANGEMENTS

All land arrangements within Syria are solely at the discretion of our land operators who control the final scheduling of sightseeing programs based on current situation of the day or period like weather, flights schedule change, traffic condition etc…….   

Those situations are not under our control and cannot be held responsible for sudden changes.

Terms & Conditions are based on our website : www.f56.com/Terms&Conditions.pdf

 

HEALTH INFORMATION FOR TRAVELING ( FOR TRAVELLERS FROM HONGKONG )

http://www.travelhealth.gov.hk/eindex.html

 

OUTBOUND TRAVEL ALERT ( FOR TRAVELLERS FROM HONGKONG ) 

If you are traveling from Hongkong and would like to know more about the outbound

Travel alert please explore the website: http://www.sb.gov.hk/eng/ota/

If you are a Hongkong Resident holding a valid HKID card and have register a MyGovHK account, 

you can use the ROTI which is free of charge.  Or explore the website to register. http://www.gov.hk/en/residents/immigration/outsidehk/roti.htm