Travel Vaccines and Advice for Syria
Syria is known for its mountains, deserts, and diverse ethnic and religious groups.
Due to recent violence, much has changed in Syria. The UK government and other organisations recommend against travel to the region.
Do I Need Vaccines for Syria?
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Syria. The National Travel Health Network and Centre and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Syria: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, rabies, polio and tetanus.
See the bullets below to learn more about some of these key immunisations:
- Hepatitis A –
Food & Water –
Recommended for most travellers to the region, especially if unvaccinated.
- Hepatitis B –
Blood & Body Fluids –
Accelerated schedule available
- Tetanus –
Wounds or Breaks in Skin –
Recommended for travelers to most regions, especially if not previously vaccinated.
- Typhoid –
Food & Water –
Jab lasts 3 years. Oral vaccine lasts 5 years, must be able to swallow pills. Oral doses must be kept in refrigerator.
- Rabies –
Saliva of Infected Animals –
High risk country. Vaccine recommended for long-stay travellers and those who may come in contact with animals.
- Polio –
Food & Water –
Required if arriving from a region with polio transmission. Multiple polio cases have been reported in the last year. Considered a routine vaccination for most travel itineraries. Single adult booster recommended.
See the tables below for more information:
Recommended Travel Vaccinations for Syria
|VACCINE||HOW DISEASE SPREADS||DETAILS|
|Hepatitis A||Food & Water||Recommended for most travellers to the region, especially if unvaccinated.|
|Hepatitis B||Blood & Body Fluids||Accelerated schedule available|
|Tetanus||Wounds or Breaks in Skin||Recommended for travelers to most regions, especially if not previously vaccinated.|
|Typhoid||Food & Water||Jab lasts 3 years. Oral vaccine lasts 5 years, must be able to swallow pills. Oral doses must be kept in refrigerator.|
|Rabies||Saliva of Infected Animals||High risk country. Vaccine recommended for long-stay travellers and those who may come in contact with animals.|
|Polio||Food & Water||Required if arriving from a region with polio transmission. Multiple polio cases have been reported in the last year. Considered a routine vaccination for most travel itineraries. Single adult booster recommended.|
Due to the ongoing conflicts in Syria, polio has made a resurgence. Ensure your vaccination is up-to-date.
Previously uncommon infections like measles and tetanus have rising case numbers in the region. Update any routine vaccinations you may need.
Do I Need a Visa for Syria?
Travel to Syria is not recommended at this time. If you choose to travel anyway, a visa will be required. Passports must have at least three months validity from the date of entry.
Syria Entry Requirements
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What is the Climate Like in Syria?
Syria has a Mediterranean influenced climate, characterized by long, hot and dry summers. Winters are wet and mild.
Summers are in the range of 25 to 30 degrees, whilst Syrian winter temperatures stay from below 10. Due to the desert climate, daily temperatures vary significantly from day to night.
The coastal region of Syria receives limited rainfall. The landlocked, desert regions see much less.
How Safe is Syria?
Due to internal conflict and violent radical groups, Syria is very unsafe. The UK government and other organisations highly recommend against travel to Syria.
Kidnappings, bombings, murder and terrorism are common throughout Syria. Some regions are active conflict zones.
Crime rates vary by regions, but most are generally unsafe.
Embassy of the United Kingdom in Syria
British embassy and consular services have been temporarily suspended in Syria. Travel at your own risk.
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