a VirtualTourist member asked on Feb 28, 2011
Hi there. I am a South African woman and I signed up to a study tour of Syria and Jordan a while ago. There are 28 of us in the group and we leave on the 28th of March. We will be based in Damascus for about a week of tour, and will have a local guide with us all the time. I see that there have been some protests and various embassies have ominous warnings about terrorists targeting tourist sites. I would appreciate some advice about whether I should still go on the trip, especially from people who live there or have travelled recently. Thanks!
demonstrations and subsequent chaos, much worse in Libya than Egypt were not counted upon. Both were thought to be safe countries for tourists..
I was very surprised to hear that there are demonstrations in Oman, another autocratic state in the region. When it comes to autocracy, you cannot beat Syria, so an eruption there is a probability and even a possibility. At this stage you cannot worry about it, since it is only four weeks away: anything and nothing may happen, but the Arab world is more than volatile at the moment: from Algerie et Maroc in the far west to Oman in the East and Yemen in the South!
Nowhere were the tourists targeted during demonstrations, in fact before the demonstrations there were tourist targeting in Egypt, but they took great care not to bother the tourists..
Keep your fingers crossed..
I would let your tour company make the decision as to whether to go or not. Tour companies are usually super-sensitive. I have no idea if you are going from South Africa or where; however, if you are using a UK based study tour, then they will be following the F&CO advice.
I hope this message finds you well. from my point of view, everything in syria safe and quiet. I am from Aleppo and i assure you that everything is great over there, no worries.
Came and enjoy your trip , this warnings don,t stop from few years .