a VirtualTourist member from Cairo asked on Jul 10, 2011
Was planning for an overland trip with our own cars from Cairo to Istanbul passing by jordan and syria via the old classical overland route, i had noticed that the borders were closed due to the situation in Syria. Anybody have any information about if it is opened or when will it be opened again.
Appreciate your help.
Syria is not somewhere I would be going near right now, really not safe at all. Most governments have strongly advised all their citizens to get out of Syria as soon as possible.
Been a while since we were there
Why not try an email to some of the locals
The email address of the hotel we stayed at in Damascus is
or the tour and driver company we used
I do think they would give you a straight up answer
They dealt with us pretty frankly and up front
Of course we would recommend them to stay at or travel with
we did and were happy with them
but at least why not ask them for some local info.
have a great trip where ever you do go
was thinking just pass through, i will check after i know about the borders if the route is safe or not
my intention was that you email them to see what the situation is in the region and borders - I really do think they would give you an honest appraisal
have a great trip
Thanks Don for your advice, i will certainly contact them.
The borders between Syria and Jordan are open.
We have had some friends cross over from Syria two days ago and they are planning to return to Syria in two more days.
I am also planning about going to Syria through the Turkey border in couple weeks on my own..I am not sure too about safety in that country.but now I guess it must be right time cause my family is living so close border of Turkey - Syria and I ll be back in twenty two of september to Çanakkale is a city which so expensive and far away to visit Syria..really need some wise advices!!!
You can only heed your own advice, but the situation in Syria is getting worse, and there appears to have been much more action near the borders.
With world pressure mounting on the regime, things could get a lot worse than they already are at the moment. Look at Libya.
Only you can make the decision, but if it were me, I would not be going anywhere near there right now.
firstly, thanks a lot for your response:) my family also completely agree with you..and it seems that they ll be so mad with me when they really see that I start to pack..really don't know why but there is something calling me in Syria..After the paying my school fees I'll be prepearing myself for an adventure to Syria..