Visitors are not required to obtain an exit visa if
their stay does not exceed a period of 15 days.
ACCOMMODATION IN SYRIA:
More than 400 hotels provide a considerable choice
with regards to costs. There are International Hotels in Damascus
(Sheraton, Meridien, al-Cham, Ebla), Lattakia (Meridien) Palmyra
(al-Cham), Aleppo (Shahba al-Cham), and Deir al-Zor (Furat al-Cham).
Several youth hotels and are available during the
summer season in Damascus, Aleppo, and Lattakia.
Camping sites are also available on the outskirts
of some cities and at summer.
In the coastal region there are numerous camping
sites with full facilities, as well as hundreds of chalets of
various categories and prices.
Visitors to Syria will always find something to
their liking. Syrian cuisine is well-known for its variety.
Western cuisine is also available at hotels and restaurants
throughout the country.
Drinking water in Syria is perfectly safe, clean
and hygienic. It is derived from natural ground and mountain
springs and sources and is treated with the most advanced
techniques. Most notable, is the Ein al-Fijeh source which
supplies the city of Damascus with its drinking-water. Other
mineral water sources are renowned for their purity. Among these
are the Boukein and Dreikish spring water sources available in
bottles throughout the country.
OTHER ESSENTIAL INFORMATION:
There are no endemic or communicable diseases in
Urban crime which plagues most modern cities is
virtually non-existent in Syria.
Electric power :220 Volts/50 cycles.
Office hours: between 8 a.m and 2 p.m.
Friday is the weekly holiday.
Shops are open all day until 8 P.M in winter and
10 P.M in summer: some shops close for a few hours in the
The basic unit of Syrian currency is the piaster:
it is 1/100th of the Lira on which the money system is based.
Banknote denominations are as follows ( in Liras):
1, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100,200, 500,and 1000
1, 2, 5, 10, 25
TRANSPORT AND TRAVEL:
Inter-city travel in modern air-conditioned coaches
is organized by two major companies (Transtour and Karnak).
Service, taxi and trains run regularly between cities, and there
are internal flights by Syrianair between Damascus-Aleppo-Latakia-Qamishli
and Deir al-Zor.
In-town transport is made easy by taxi cabs. Yellow
cabs in Damascus charge fares indicated by meters; in other cities
fares are set by government departments.
Syria has a moderate Mediterranean climate, 4
distinct seasons, and cloudless blue skies for the greater part of
the year. Temperatures in autumn and spring range between 20 and
25 degrees centigrade, 30 degrees in summer, and 5 to 10 degrees
Winter is generally moderate but wet in the coastal
region and cold inland; summer is hot and dry inland, hot and
humid on the coast.
Winter clothing is recommended between October and
May, and summer clothing between May and September.
A considerable number of Syrians speak English or
French. Those who speak only Arabic are Helpful and hospitable and
always friendly to foreigners.
In Syria is an en less pleasure. Tourists enjoy
buying local products unique for their distinctive originality.
Favorite items with visitors are
- Silk brocade embroidered with gold and silver
thread, for which Damascus has always been famous.
- Hand-engraved brass with silver inlays of
different patterns and designs.
- Popular hand-printed cotton garments and cloth,
and the" Sarma " gold embroidery for which Hama is renowned.
- Pictures of epic and folk heroes painted on glass
- Mosaics inlaid with mother-of-pearl and tinted
- Hand-women rugs made of pure wool.
- Glass made as you-wait-and-watch; this is the
work of glass blowers using mud furnaces where liquid of glass is
turned into pretty beakers, plates, and lamps.
Delicious sweets filled with pistachios, preserved
fruit, and Turkish Delight.
RELIGIOUS SERVICES are held in mosques, Churches,
and other places worship throughout the country. Visitors are
expected to respect the sanctity of these places with regards to
dress and conduct as they would do elsewhere.
There are clean sand beaches stretching all along
the coast, and swimming pools are plentiful in all cities; in
sports compounds, large hotels, and the suburbs.
ARTISTIC AND CULTURAL events abound throughout the
year. Exhibitions, lectures, and cultural centres. Painting and
sculpture by local and foreign artists are exhibited in private
galleries throughout the country.
Radio and Television: Programs on radio are mainly
in Arabic but there are foreign programs .As for television, there
are two channels: one in Arabic and the other in English and
French. In addition to the Arabic press, there is a local daily in