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a VirtualTourist member from Lisbon asked on Nov 5, 2010


GPSr in Syria

Can someone give me a fresh and accurate update about the situation of GPSr's in Syria? I keep reading it's illegal to use a GPSr in Syria but at the same time I read reports of travelers who enter the country with GPSr and use them thoroughly during their trip. Any juicy data about this issue?

4 Answers

answered on 11/7/10 by
a VT member from Avellino

Honestly I didn't know about the GPS being illegal in Syria, so I brought mine there last September and used it openly during all my staying there without any kind of problem.


answered on 11/7/10 by
a VT member from Syria


It,s illegal to buy new mobiles with GPS , but you can used it if you have it in your mobile , route feature is not work but you can know where you are .
hope this be helpfull

best wishes

answered on 11/7/10 by
a VT member from Lisbon

Hello friends! Thank you for your posts. I have two additional question, one for each of you, in case you look at this thread again:

1) When you entered the country, was your luggage inspected, and the GPS unit got clearance, or it could happened that you enter the country with something illegal there which just passed through by pure chance?

2) So, what you are saying is that the commerce of equipment with GPS is illegal but not carrying it? Like in some countries being legal the usage of light drugs but not the selling itself? In my case, I have a dedicated GPSr unit which I use to keep track of my location and mark interesting points to return later and all that.

Meanwhile, this is the contradictory data I got researching online:

Especially the contents of the first link I'm about to post are kind of disturbing to me, as an eager GPS user I am. Look:

"It is also illegal in Syria to possess specific-use electronic devices including GPS"
Official information from the USA Government

"I don't know how true this is, but the consular advisory for Syria states that GPS systems are illegal in Syria."

"Today, only three countries in the world still ban the commercial use of GPS: Egypt, Syria and North Korea."

"Egypt is one of only three countries in the world, (the others are North Korea and Syria), that do not allow the possession of GPS devices without government permission. "

"Today, there are now just two countries in the world still ban the commercial use of GPS: Syria and North Korea"

answered on 11/7/10 by
a VT member from Syria


if the GPS is include your cell phone , so there isn,t any problem
but if you had big unit or some thing pro. so may be not allowed to enter it

best wishes

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