Travelling to Syria? Need Vaccinations?
The names of Syria’s legendary cities, Damascus, Aleppo, and Bosra, are almost larger than life, and although Syria is a major oil producer and exporter, the tale told by its long, multi-faceted history dominates. The culture and history of these ancient cities oozes from every mosque, souq, and monument, such as the Citadel and the Azem Palace. Marvel at the Umayyad Great Mosque, built on the site of a Roman temple, and visit the remains of a Roman wall and the temple of Jupiter. In Aleppo, a new wave of investors and entrepreneurs have contributed to the restoration of the old City, and hotels and restaurants bring in a thriving trade, while the ancient Citadel and its fortifications remain the most impressive landmark. Before you finalise preparations for your trip, set aside enough time for a visit to our Travel Health Clinic, to ensure that you are completely safe and up-to-date with the Vaccinations you need for Syria.
What Vaccinations do I need for Travel to Syria?
The following vaccinations are necessary for travel to Syria:
Please read the following carefully, since, depending upon the condition of your health, demands of your planned itinerary, lifestyle and any adventures which may carry some risk, you might also need the following Vaccinations before travelling to Syria.
For further information on vaccines for life in the UK, see the British National Vaccination Schedule. Please book an appointment at our Travel Clinic well in advance of your departure, for more information, and advice on the Vaccinations and precautions we advise for travel to Syria.
Further Travel Health Advice for Syria
Heat and Humidity
Syria experiences extreme heat throughout most of the year, and the mercury can rise into the 40’s. Be sure that your skin is protected, with light, loose clothing, and wear lots of sunblock, and headcovering. Drink plenty of water and juices.
As is the case with most destinations overseas, in Syria, it is risky to drink the local water, although it is provided through public taps at mosques, for example. Drink only bottled water, and also use bottled water for brushing your teeth, even in top hotels. Avoid ice cubes.
Food and Drink
Syrian food has won its way into the hearts of gourmets around the world, and you don’t have to eat Posh to eat well. From the popular mezze selection of grilled aubergine, cheese, yogurt, meats and vegetable dips, and up to 35 other succulent appetisers to the grilled or roasted meats cooked with a dizzying mix of spices and herbs, to the specialty dish of Aleppo, Kabab bil Karaz, meatballs cooked with sour cherries and spices, Syrian cuisine is an ongoing class in gastronomy. Coffee here is powerfully strong and is offered as a social custom. Fruit juice bars are everywhere you go, and offer a wide selection of fruits like mangos, grapefruit, pomegranates and oranges which you can combine. Lebanese and French wines are sold in major centres, as well as popular beers.
Seeking Treatment Abroad
The health care system in Syria is not always dependable, and it is recommended that in case you require treatment, you use only private clinics. If you require health care services consult your hotel first and if possible, use a clinic in Damascus or Aleppo. Arrange in advance to have enough money with you to pay for any health care you might need.
Travel and Health Insurance
Protect yourself, and your family, with adequate travel health insurance which will cover your intended itinerary and any unusual activities.