Syria

Latest update: - Authors: Mieke Croughs, Ula Maniewski-Kelner

COVID-19

Travelling to red countries outside the EU or Schengen area is not recommended.

Take a look at the general preventive measures related to COVID-19.

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This page contains the main health risks for travellers and general recommendations. Travel conditions are different for everyone and each patient's health condition varies. Discuss your trip during a travel consultation with your doctor or in a travel clinic, preferably six to eight weeks before departure.

Important health risks

Malaria

In the rural areas in the El Hasaka Governorate in the northeastern border area with Iraq there is a low malaria risk from May to October inclusive (exclusively due to P. vivax malaria; no malaria cases have been reported since 2005; but there has been no reports since 2010). We recommend the use of mosquito-repellent measures from dusk till morning. In case of fever during or after your journey, get tested for malaria as soon as possible. 

There is no malaria risk in the rest of the country.

Other insect-borne diseases

Insects can transmit diseases such as leishmaniasis.

Protect yourself against insects

Ticks

Ticks can transmit diseases.

Rabies

Dogs and other mammals can be infected with rabies.

Schistosomiasis

There is a risk of infection with schistosomiasis when swimming or bathing in lakes and rivers.

Altitude sickness

You may experience altitude sickness in areas above 2500 metres.

Other frequent health risks while travelling

Read these tips before you leave.

Vaccinations

Hepatitis A

Recommended

Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended for all travellers.

Update of basic vaccinations

Recommended

Polio

Recommended, sometimes mandatory

A single booster of polio vaccination is recommended for all travelers to Asia or Africa aged 16 years or older.

The polio vaccination is compulsory for travellers from certain countries where polio occurs.

Other vaccinations

Recommended for some travelers

Discuss with your doctor whether one of the following vaccinations is recommended for you:

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