Syria occupies the far east coast of the Mediterranean and covers 185,000 sq. kms. The country has three distinct areas: the western coastal strip which is intensely cultivated and densely populated, the interior mountain ranges, and the eastern regions of the Syrian Desert.

The climate is Mediterranean on the coast with dry summers and mild, moist winters. Rainfall increases in the mountainous interior but decreases again in the desert to the east. Summer temperatures in the desert region can reach 49°C, often with a hot wind. Temperatures in Damascus range from 7°C in January to 30°C in July.

Pre-travel Preparation Will Help Protect Your Health While You Are Away

Pre-travel preparation will help keep you safe and healthy while you are away. Please consult the Travel Doctor-TMVC before you travel overseas. We will provide specific recommendations tailored to your itinerary. Our doctors will assess and advise you on your risks, and recommend appropriate vaccination and medication to minimise your risk of becoming seriously unwell on your trip.

Safe Eating and Drinking Practices

One of the great pleasures of travel is sampling the local cuisine. However, contaminated food and beverages are a common cause of traveller’s diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal illnesses. Safe eating and drinking practices are essential in minimising your risk of contracting traveller’s diarrhoea.

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Warm Climates

Travellers invariably overindulge in ‘sunlust’ activities while traveling in warm climates. It is important to make sure you apply sunscreen regularly and stay hydrated as dehydration and heat stroke often go unrecognised.

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