Special Notice

March 2019

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all travel to Syria.

Introduction

Summary

Republic in the Middle East; known as the Syrian Arab Republic, bounded on the north by Turkey, on the east by Iraq, on the south by Jordan, and on the south-west by Lebanon and Israel.

Cities

Capital: Damascus

Principal Ports

Baniyas, Jablah, Latakia, Tartus

Population

18.2 million

International Country Code

SY

Language(s)

Arabic (official); Kurdish, Armenian, Aramaic, Circassian; French, English understood.

Weights and Measures

Metric system

Electricity Supply

220V, 50Hz

International Direct Dialling Code

00 963

Time

2 hours ahead of GMT.

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