How to travel to Syria?

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why would I want to travel to a country that is labeled as do not travel by the US Department of State that's what a lot of people are asking me well I have a long history of traveling to places that are considered unusual the short answer is that there's a special appeal to it I've had many unique and authentic cultural experiences by traveling to unusual places and it also helping you to open up your mind to open your eyes to new experiences which might help you break down some of the stereotypes that you might have had I found that many places in the world are not the way you imagined them to be if you look at them from afar and I've also made numerous lifelong friendships through this kind of travel seeing the news in the last year's I wouldn't have thought that I will go visit Syria but throughout 2018 I read that the Syrian government regained control over most of the country and at the same time I read more and more logs of Western travelers who went to Syria so I did my own assessment and reached the conclusion that it was now safe for me to go visit Damascus but let's not be naive there are certain risks of traveling to Syria there has been civil unrest and there has been terrorism Isis once controlled large parts of the country the visa situation is very confusing and could change on a day to day basis going to Syria you might have to worry about breaking international sanctions by going on this trip you might be questioned by your home country why did you go to Syria why did you travel there and also you might think about purchasing a war zone a vacuum in insurance which includes ransom payment in terms of or in case of kidnapping so I understand this is not everyone's idea of what a vacation should be like there were in the end two things that led to my decision to go one of the things that I read but secondly I have two longtime Syrian friends and both independently confirmed to me that I would not be putting myself in danger by going to Damascus many countries have lists where you can register your travel so that your government can reach you in case of emergency the services that most Western governments can provide in Syria are extremely limited I nevertheless registered my trip because if I ever get questioned by my government on why I went to Syria I can demonstrate that I was transparent about it and therefore probably don't have anything to hide in retrospect I I do believe I was overly cautionary but then it's better to to do more research than then less throughout my trip I I never once felt unsafe and always felt extremely welcomed one important point I want to make is that I am not making any political statement with my videos I simply like traveling and meeting new people and exposing myself to other cultures Damascus was not entirely spared from the conflict but there is only one area that I passed through where I could really see damage from the war a lot of people have been asking me about my visa how did I get into Syria and the only thing I can say about this is that you will find a lot of contradicting information on the Internet I called two different Syrian embassies I talked to the Syrian Department of Tourism and I searched the web and the problem is each one of them will give you a completely different answer in the end Facebook was the most reliable source of information for me there are some groups that specialize on this kind of travel where you can discuss with other travelers how they arrange their visa if you want more information please comment below and I will give you a link for me it came down to needing two things one the visa itself i as a EU citizen could get at the border on arrival but perhaps more importantly you do need a travel authorization letter from the Syrian Department of Interior and this can be a bit tricky to obtain luckily for me I have a friend Fouad in Syria was able to obtain it for me but if you need help in getting this letter then comment below and I can put you in contact with with the right people but one advice on this is to have a back-up plan so do not take my visa advice as the absolute truth it could change from day to day it could change from immigration officer to immigration officer so always have a back-up plan of what to do if you don't get admitted into Syria since I was already in Lebanon my lack of plan was to go to Mossad which is a beautiful town in the Lebanese mountains where you can do amazing hiking and skiing in the winter so had I not been admitted into Syria I would have enjoyed my time in Mossad sanctions is another thing that you don't typically think of when you're planning a vacation but when visiting Syria there are US and EU sanctions and you want to make sure that you are not in violation of these sanctions the food in Syria is fantastic it's pretty much the same as Lebanese food if you're Lebanese or Syrian and disagree with that statement please comment below let me know what are the differences between the two cuisines unlike other places in the Middle East there are no Western food chains in Syria so no McDonald's no Burger King no Pizza Hut no also don't have that way but I promise you you will not be longing for those chains when you're in Syria the people in Syria as I've said before were incredibly kind people waved at me said hello or if they couldn't speak English some of them could still say welcome people wanted to talk to me take pictures with me and and this added to the overall very positive impression I had in Syria people often ask me if I am Russian I don't understand why everybody think I Russian but for those people who ask me where are you from and I said I'm from Germany and the almani they said oh alhamdulillah welcome my friend now as I'm coming to the end of my for part 4 part series on Syria there's one point I want to reiterate which is I've learned how important it is to keep our mind open to challenge ourselves with the own stereotypes that we might have coming to Syria specifically we might have a very one-sided image of Syria which is that that we've seen on the news and TV and while this this side certainly isn't false I mean there's no denying that there was a conflict but perhaps still is in some parts of Syria I saw firsthand that there is this beautiful side also to Syria and people are warm and inhospitable and want to live there their daily life in peace and enjoy themselves with family and friends that's it for my series on traveling to Syria please subscribe to my channel and and share with your friends I would be very thankful for that and it would help me to make more videos of this kind thank you for watching my friends shukran mah assalamu


Tricky study IQ · July 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm

Fan from India🇮🇳🇮🇳📚📚

Travelflight · July 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm

Nice. A like from me🌹

Mohammed Yassen · July 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm

Your welcome 😇

yako emdo · July 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm

You should've visited Idlib

Dodong Dalisay · July 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm

Can you do vlog in tchad?

anticala · July 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm

We dont like german crazy tourist boys in Syria. Go to Mutti !

Versatilenetwork · July 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm

I found this vlog to be interesting that u visited Syria. I seen alot of great shots and wildlife. For me I will pass because I never want to visit anyplace I may not make it back from! Great video though! Happy u were safe and enjoyed. 👍

Nay's Days · July 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm

Love travel vloggers. Love that you bring us along and love how you are helping other people who want to go. Exploring that world must be amazing.

Kai ZK · July 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm

When are you visiting Libya🇱🇾,Venezuela🇻🇪,Afghanistan🇦🇫,Central african republic🇨🇫 and Chad🇹🇩?

Emon Balatucan · July 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm

Nice video. I feel like I'm part of the journey. And I love the humor towards the end of the video. It's just sad there's no Jollibee. 😂

Sheila Mae Armada · July 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm

No Jollibee?!?😂😂
Too bad!!
Nice video! keep up the good work!😊

R. A. · July 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm

The Syrian kitchen is the original in the middle east as Lebanon was a Syrian land till 1950 ..and the Syrian food has more variety and taste much better

Karim · July 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm

Hope you enjoyed your visit ❤️❤️
Did you like Syria ??

George Savva · July 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm

I saw your videos and looks like you had a fantastic time.
I am from the Koura District in North Lebanon and Syria is just one hour drive from my home. I visit every month during the summer and every two months in winter. Tartous, Wadi Nasarah and Homs City (I usually stay in the southern suburbs of Homs) are completely safe. So are the towns near Damascus and of course Damascus itself. My answer to your question is – yes Lebanese and Syrian food are similar but some of what is available in Lebanon is better and vice versa. Because the Syrians have less money to spend the quality of meat and some vegetables are not good in the cheaper restaurants in the bigger cities like Damascus, Homs and even Tartous. However, the seafood in Tartous is fantastic and cheaper than Lebanon. The rule of thumb is that if you want to eat really well in Syria you should stick to the smaller towns and villages and eat what is seasonally grown. You can get fantastic free range chicken, lamb, beef etc and organic, hormone free vegetables and fruits in the villages but almost never in the large cities.
In Lebanon as long as you know where to eat you will eat well but the price is of course double what you pay for similar quality in Syria (sometimes triple). Fresh and fantastic quality cheese is found everywhere in the villages in Syria and many women prepare pastries at home and we buy them and distribute to our friends (a cheap yet highly appreciated gift). Hope you enjoyed your stay and come visit to explore North Lebanon next time.

jaysondudas · July 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm

how can I contact you?

Hasan mesto · July 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm

Inşallah you will go to syria after finished war I think you will be happy there ☺

Mike vlogs · July 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm

One of best country in the world 🌍 🇸🇾🇸🇾🇸🇾🇸🇾❤️❤️❤️

Maxooo Dex · July 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm

Ich glaube das wetter in syrien ist wie in neapel und sizilien 🙂🙂

Yaroub Abboud · July 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm

Syria ❤🇸🇾

Bern jr · July 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm

You are very inspiring as always! Visit us!

TopsProduction · July 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm

Syria is truely the most beautiful country i have been to in my whole life.

Just Funny · July 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm

Syrian food is the best 🇸🇾

Kurt John · July 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm

This is awesome!

Mohammed Sajeed al saba · July 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm

nice bro love from India

Fang May · July 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm

Love your honest opinions about why you travelled there. I am glad you were able to record this and show that people are not always what they appear on the news. I think these exposures will definitely show a side of Syria that others might not be aware of. So happy to watch your series 🙂

Parmar Parsidhhkumar · July 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm

I think you have from Germany

SAMAR ART · July 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm

Noo there is KFC believe meee

Hanna Ramintas · July 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm

Well done Stephan! 😁👏👏

Milad Marivani · July 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm

At the beginning you show some pictures about other countries Kurdistan, Iran … but the video was only about Syria…!

Donna loves · July 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm

Ohh i thought you're russian… 🤔🤔🤔

Julien Deganis · July 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm

Gosia R Home Cooking · July 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm

Great video as always , You are very brave man . Thank You for sharing.

Lai Armada · July 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm

Nicely done!
Good choice of music and I love the creativity!
This is definitely my favourite part out of 4 😄 ✌️!
Looking forward for more videos😊

anass abedin himzawi · July 27, 2019 at 2:02 pm

I think you are russian guy

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