a VirtualTourist member from Hong Kong asked on Dec 17, 2014
Would it be unwise to visit even just Damascus at the moment?
I plan to go Jordan in Feb 2015, and would like to check if I can have a short visit to Damascus.
I cannot comment on the safety of visiting a country which is being devastated and its citizens greatly suffering in consequence, other than to say it is not something I would wish to do unless I could offer aid of some type.
But I would strongly suggest you check the official travel advice from your on government. It may be that it advises against all travel to Syria, in which case your travel insurance may well be invalidated.
Damascus was great city but now i think it not safe . but if the war end there are many thing to do
like Umayyad Mosque-Souq al-Hamidiyyeh-Old City-Omayad Mosque-Al Azem Palace- Umaiah Mosque-
Mount Qassioun & etc
Hi, no chance. The Damascus suburbs are a front-line battle ground in some places. The rebels lob rockets and mortars at the historical/central areas. Last year 16 were killed and 50 wounded when the train station was hit.
I stayed at a hotel around the corner and walked past the blast site 3-4 times a day.
Its a shame. An absolute tragedy. Don't try it.
All the best,
Unwise is an understatement. It is arguably one of the most dangerous cities on Earth.
Besides, there's no chance of getting a visa.
If you stay want visit Damascus travel by bus from Amman to Damascus . don,t came by private cars . also Damascus city center is safe but all around not too much so please count your choices . wish you all the best .
Thank you all for the most updated and useful factual information.
Good info already, avoid Damascus but you will have a great time in Jordan, so much to see.
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