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Official Name: Syrian Arab Republic
Official Languages: Arabic
Population: 17,064,854 (2014 estimate)
Currency: Syrian pound
Time Zone: EET (UTC+2)
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Syria is bordered by Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, and the Mediterranean Sea. The capital city is Damascus, which is the second-largest city in the country after Aleppo. Damascus is commonly known in Syria as ash-Sham, and is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advise against all travel to Syria.
Please check for updates to travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office here. Direct Travel Insurance are unable to provide cover for travel to areas or countries which the FCO have advised against travel to.
The situation in Syria is very serious, and British nationals in Syria are advised to leave by any practical means. Large areas of Syria are no longer under the control of the Syrian government, and are instead controlled by Daesh (also known as ISIS or ISIL). Military operations involving arms, tanks, aircraft, and artillery are ongoing throughout the country, and include fighting in the capital city of Damascus and its suburbs. Fighting in Syria has caused the suspension of commercial flights both to and from the country, as well as the closure of some border crossings.
There is a very high threat of terrorist activity and kidnapping. There are daily attacks across Syria, including in major cities. Areas visited by foreigners are at a high risk of being targeted.
The FCO is unable to provide consular services, and will not be able to aid your evacuation from the country should you choose to travel to Syria against their advice.