Can US Citizens Travel to Syria?
Syria is, luckily, seemingly past the worst of its devastating civil war. Reconstruction efforts are well and truly underway and the country is set to once again become a centre for tourism in the Middle East over the next decade. Most foreign nationals can easily travel here — but can US citizens travel to Syria? Long story short — not right now.
To travel to Syria, you must attain a pre-approved security clearance from the government. In order to get this clearance, you must travel with a Syria tour operator like Rocky Road Travel, who will arrange this for you in advance. Historically, the chances of US citizens getting this clearance have been under 50%, especially when travelling alone. If Americans sign up for one of our Syria group tours, however, then chances are closer to 90% approval for the security clearance. Currently, however, since the reopening of the country post-Covid, no visas have been issued to US citizens.
How would I normally get a Syria visa?
Luckily, it’s quite straightforward for non-Americans (and Americans pre-Covid). Once your security clearance is issued, we will email it right over. You then simply print this off and show it at the border upon arrival. This allows you then to get stamped into Syria for a small fee. The Syrian tourist visa allows you to stay for up to 30 days in the country.
Where can I go & what can I see in Syria? There is much to be discovered in this beautiful, ancient land. Start in the capital and one of the oldest cities in the world — Damascus. Be sure to soak up the atmosphere of the winding, cobbled streets, visit the many mosques, bazaars, teahouses and more in the Old Town. Venture north to Homs and the medieval colossus of Krak Des Chevaliers. Continue on towards the second largest city of Aleppo. This place was more than 80% destroyed during the war, but thankfully, massive rebuilding efforts are currently underway to restore it to its former glory. Next, head east into the desert to discover the ancient city of Palmyra. Almost totally destroyed by ISIS, the UNESCO site is still a memorable experience.
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