With the economy (still) in a funk, more and more travelers are looking for places where their dollars can stretch further. In that spirit, Lonely Planet just released a guide for budget travelers with recommendations for cheap places to go. Syria was on the top 10 list, so if you’re thinking about visiting the Middle East on the cheap, you may want to consider applying for a Syrian visa.
The Lonely Planet notes that street food in Syria is what street food should be: cheap and tasty. Transportation is also cheap: it’s quite possible to get from Aleppo on one side of the country to Damascus on the other for less than $5.00, and you can live quite well for $50 a day.
Digging a little deeper, Wandering Earl from Wanderingearl.com has found that it’s quite possible to travel in Syria for as little as 25 dollars a day if you’re thrifty, provided that you don’t mind sleeping on rooftops and hitching a ride on local buses (not as bad as it sounds, they even have movies!)
To visit Syria, you need to apply for a Syrian visa before leaving the US. To do so, you will need the following documents:
- A valid US passport
- 2 completed Syrian visa application forms
- 2 recent passport photos
- A copy of your airline tickets and your itinerary
Also, be aware that Syria will not admit foreign visitors who have traveled to Israel in the past. If your passport has an Israeli visa stamp or an Israeli entry/exit stamp you will be denied entry. The US Department of State also notes that “the absence of entry stamps from a country adjacent to Israel, which the traveler has just visited, will cause Syrian immigration officials to refuse admittance.” So, some passport jujitsu, like getting a second passport, may be necessary if you want to visit both countries.
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