Syria Travel Warning
Issued by US Department of State
Apr 08, 2002
The Department of State warns Americans to defer travel to Syria. There
have been numerous demonstrations in which protesters have expressed
anti-U.S. sentiments and in one case damaged property at another embassy in
Damascus. American Embassy dependents in Damascus have been authorized to
depart voluntarily as a result of increased tensions.
While Syrian authorities generally have acted to prevent demonstrations from
becoming violent, the potential for further protests remains high.
All American citizens in Syria are urged to consider their personal security
situations and to take those measures they deem appropriate to ensure their
security, including consideration of departure from the country.
Americans who despite this warning remain in or visit Syria should exercise
maximum caution and take prudent measures to maintain their security. These
measures include maintaining a strong security posture by being aware of
their surroundings, avoiding crowds and demonstrations, keeping a low
profile, varying times and routes for all required travel and contacting the
nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in case of any change in the local
security situation. U.S. consular personnel remain available to provide
emergency services to American citizens. The American Embassy in Damascus
can be reached at 011-963-11-333-1342 or, after hours, 011-963-11-333-3232.
This Travel Warning is being issued to alert Americans to increased security
concerns in Syria. For further information on travel to Syria, travelers
may consult the Department of State's latest Consular Information Sheet for
Syria. This additional important information is available on the Bureau of
Consular Affairs Internet home page at http://travel.state.gov.