Advice against all non essential travel

May 12, 2020

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is advising against all non-essential international travel at this time.

Existing advice for Syria remains in place:

The FCO advise against all travel to Syria. Nationals in Syria should leave by any practical means.

On 22 March, the Syrian authorities banned all flights to and from Syria.

Authorities across Syria have introduced lock-down measures in response to coronavirus.

The situation in Syria remains volatile and dangerous. The Syrian regime does not exercise control of parts of the country, notably in the north west where fighting has caused significant civilian casualties and displacement.

Daesh, formerly known as ISIL, continues to operate as an insurgency and conducts regular attacks, especially in north east Syria and other terrorist groups are also active. Throughout Syria, local security situations are fragile and can deteriorate into armed clashes without warning.

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Syria. Continued attacks across Syria including in major cities, have left large numbers of people dead or injured.

There is also a very high threat of kidnapping throughout Syria. There have been a number of kidnappings, including of British nationals and other Westerners, by Daesh and other groups.

 

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