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Travel Warning: Syria

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Consular Affairs issued a Travel Warning for Syria on August 1.  It reads as follows:

Syria

August 01, 2012

The United States continues to warn U.S. citizens against travel to Syria and strongly recommends that U.S. citizens remaining in Syria depart immediately.  Effective immediately, the Government of the Czech Republic serves as the protecting power for U.S. interests in Syria.  This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning dated July 27, 2012 to update information about a new protecting power in country.

U.S. citizens in Syria who are in need of emergency assistance should call 0969-333644 within Syria.  Callers outside Syria should dial +963-969-333644.  Callers in the United States and Canada can dial the toll free number 1-888-407-4747.  Callers outside the United States and Canada can dial 1-202-501-4444.  Please direct inquiries regarding U.S. citizens in Syria to SyriaEmergencyUSC@state.gov.

The Department of State urges those U.S. citizens who decide to remain in Syria despite this Travel Warning to provide their current contact information and next-of-kin information through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.travel.state.gov.

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Travel Warning: Syria

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Consular Affairs issued a Travel Warning for Syria on March 6th.  It reads as follows:

Syria

March 06, 2012

The United States continues to warn U.S. citizens against travel to Syria and recommends that U.S. citizens in Syria depart immediately. The Department urges those remaining in Syria to leave while it is still possible, as borders may become more difficult to cross or may close without warning. On February 6, the U.S. Embassy in Damascus suspended all operations in Syria, given ongoing violence and a deteriorating security situation. All official U.S. Embassy personnel and their family members have departed. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning dated February 6, 2012 to update information about border crossings, and provide updated new contact information for direct inquiries regarding U.S. citizens in Syria.The Department continues to reach out to U.S. citizens we believe remain in Syria.  Please direct inquiries regarding U.S. citizens in Syria to damaszek.usint@msz.gov.pl.  Callers in the United States and Canada may dial the toll free number 1-888-407-4747.  Callers outside the United States and Canada may dial 1-202-501-4444. Read the rest of this entry »

Travel Warning: Syria

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Consular Affairs issued a Travel Warning for Syria yesterday.  It reads as follows:

Syria

February 06, 2012

The United States warns U.S. citizens against travel to Syria and recommends that U.S. citizens in Syria depart immediately. The United States advised the Government of Syria that it has suspended all embassy operations effective February 6, 2012, given ongoing violence and a deteriorating security situation. All official U.S. embassy personnel and their family members have departed. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning dated January 11, 2012.

The Department continues to reach out to U.S. citizens we believe remain in Syria. Please direct inquiries regarding U.S. citizens in Syria to SyriaEmergencyUSC@state.gov. Callers in the United States and Canada may dial the toll free number 1-888-407-4747. Callers outside the United States and Canada may dial 1-202-501-4444.

The Department of State urges those U.S. citizens who decide to remain in Syria despite this Travel Warning to enroll their stay in Syria through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.travel.state.gov, and provide their current contact information and next-of-kin information.

Effective immediately, the United States and the Polish government have agreed that Poland will serve as the protecting power for U.S. interests in Syria. Neither U.S. passports nor visas to the United States are issued in Damascus. For emergency assistance, U.S. citizens should contact the U.S. Interests Section via telephone at 963 954 666 693 or e-mail damaszek.usint@msz.gov.pl.

Travel Warning: Syria

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Consular Affairs issued a Travel Warning for Syria on December 21.  It reads as follows:

Syria

December 21, 2011

This Travel Warning replaces the Travel Warning dated September 30, 2011, and is updated to reflect reduced staffing at the U.S. Embassy in Damascus and a possible reduction in consular services. U.S. citizens should not travel to Syria due to ongoing violence and civil unrest. The U.S. Department of State urges U.S. citizens currently in Syria to depart immediately while commercial transportation is available. The number of airlines serving Syria has decreased significantly since the summer months, and many of the remaining airlines have reduced their number of flights. U.S. citizens who must remain in Syria should limit nonessential travel within the country. For the time being, the Embassy continues to provide passport services, as well as other emergency services to U.S. citizens. However, staff levels at the Embassy are being further reduced. Visa services for immediate relatives of U.S. citizens may also be affected due to staffing levels. Our ability to assist U.S. citizens in an emergency is extremely limited and may be further constrained by the fluid security situation.  Read the rest of this entry »

Travel Warning: Syria

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Consular Affairs issued a Travel Warning for Syria yesterday.  It reads as follows:

Syria

September 30, 2011

The U.S. Department of State continues to urge U.S. citizens in Syria to depart immediately while commercial transportation is available.  Given the ongoing uncertainty and volatility of the current situation, U.S. citizens who must remain in Syria are advised to limit nonessential travel within the country.  U.S. citizens not in Syria should defer all travel to Syria at this time.  Effective September 29, 2011, the Department of State is lifting the Ordered Departure status for U.S. government employees at the U.S. Embassy in Damascus.  The Embassy continues to provide passport services, as well as other emergency services to U.S. citizens.  As staff levels at the Embassy remain restricted, our ability to assist U.S. citizens in an emergency is limited and may be further constrained by the fluid security situation.  This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning for Syria issued on September 15, 2011, to note the lifting of Ordered Departure status at the U.S. Embassy. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by OSB

01/10/2011 at 13:43

Travel Warning: Syria

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Consular Affairs issued a Travel Warning for Syria on Thursday.  It reads as follows:

Syria

September 15, 2011

The U.S. Department of State urges U.S. citizens in Syria to depart immediately while commercial transportation is available. Given the ongoing uncertainty and volatility of the current situation, U.S. citizens who must remain in Syria are advised to limit nonessential travel within the country. U.S. citizens not in Syria should defer all travel to Syria at this time. On August 18, the U.S. imposed additional sanctions against the Government of Syria restricting financial or material support by U.S. citizens or residents to the Government of Syria. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning for Syria issued on August 5, 2011, to provide updated information on the impact recent sanctions on Syria may have on U.S. citizens and residents conducting business in Syria, and to provide updated information on the security situation in Syria. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by OSB

17/09/2011 at 15:46

Travel Warning: Syria

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Consular Affairs issued a Travel Warning for Syria today (and a bit late, in my opinion…).  It reads as follows:

Syria

August 5, 2011

The U.S. Department of State urges U.S. citizens in Syria to depart immediately while commercial transportation is available. Given the ongoing uncertainty and volatility of the current situation, U.S. citizens who must remain in Syria are advised to limit nonessential travel within the country. U.S. citizens not in Syria should defer all travel to Syria at this time. The Department of State ordered all eligible family members of U.S. government employees as well as certain non-emergency personnel to depart Syria on April 25, 2011. Embassy operations continue to the extent possible under the constraints of an evolving security situation. The Embassy continues to provide passport services, as well as other emergency services to U.S. citizens; however visa services are limited. The Syrian government has also placed severe constraints upon the travel of diplomats within Syria, limiting the ability of consular officers to provide assistance to U.S. citizens outside the city of Damascus. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning for Syria issued on April 25, 2011, to provide updated information on violent confrontations at demonstrations, increased security measures, and to note new restrictions on travel for U.S. Embassy personnel. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by OSB

06/08/2011 at 08:52