overview

Syrian Arab Republic

country information

Flag

Syria flag

capital

Damascus

DRIVING SIDE: Right

INTERNET CODE: .sy

TIME ZONE: UTC +3

COUNTRY TEL CODE: +963

COASTLINE: Borders on Mediterranean Sea (180 km)

Neighbours

Lebanon

Turkey

Iraq

Jordan

Israel

Population

population

19 million

Religion

religion

Islam 92.8%

Christianity 5.2%

Other <7%

President

president & parliament

Head of State: Bashar al-Assad

Prime Minister: Imad Khamis

Ruling Party: Baath Party

Groups

minority & majority groups

Arab (Sunni) (50%), Alawite (Shia) (15%), Kurd (10%), Levantine (10%), Other (incl. Druze, Ismaili, Imami, Nusairi, Assyrian, Turkoman, Armenian) (15%)

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LANGUAGE

       Syrian Arabic

           Hello: مرحبا Marhaba

           Yes: اي Ee

           No: لا La

          Thank you: شكرا Shukran

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C U R R E N C Y &
E X C H A N G E  R AT E

Syrian Pound (SYP)

1 USD = 515 SYP

1 ZAR = 29.25 SYP

Subject to change

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VACCINATIONS

No compulsory vaccinations

Recommended: Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid, Cholera, Yellow Fever, Rabies, Meningitis, Polio, Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR), Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis), Chickenpox, Shingles, Pneumonia & Influenza

 

ELECTRICITY

Voltage Requirements:

220 V

Standard Frequency:

50 Hz

Power plugs & sockets are of type C, type E and type L

Electricity not 24/7 everywhere

Frequent Load shedding

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TEMPERATURE

Winter: min. 8 °C – max. 16 °C

Summer: min. 21 °C – max. 30°C

DIPLOMATIC TIES / AIRPORTS / CARRIERS / NGO’S

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EMBASSY / CONSULAR PRESENCE

South Africa Embassy in Damascus, Syria

Al-Ghazaoui Street

7 Jadet Kouraish

West Mezzeh

PO. Box 9141

Damascus

Syria

Head of Mission:Mr S. E. Byneveldt, Ambassador

Refer to:

https://www.embassypages.com/southafrica-embassy-damascus-syria

(+963) 11 6135 1520

(+963) 11 6139 8910

[email protected]

MAIN AIRPORT(S)

Aleppo International Airport

Bassel Al-Assad International Airport

Damascus International Airport

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Valid Passport with min. 60 days remaining until expiry date with sufficient pages (minimum 2 blank pages) for entry and exit stamps

According to DIRCO (still to be tested) South Africans can now obtain a visa for Syria at any Syrian Embassy worldwide

Travellers with Israeli stamps in their passports will not be granted entry into Syria

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS & CARRIERS

Syria Air (http://syriaair.com/) had a fleet size of 15 aeroplanes, flying to 20 destinations.

Due to the war, flights were abandoned both internationally and domestically.  Flights are currently from Jordan, Egypt, Dubai and Qatar but the best option remains to fly to Lebanon and drive to Damascus (less than two hours).

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NGO’S OPERATING IN COUNTRY & CONTACT DETAILS

The following website lists 46 NGOs in Syria ranging from advocacy, animals, development to relief and education: www.arab.org 

SNA (http://www.syrianna.org/en) is another coalition of non-governmental Syrian organizations supporting and leading humanitarian activities inside Syria and neighboring countries.

 

 

 

 

Last Updated 18 May 2020