During your stay
Once there, you should still be cautious as you could be exposed to other diseases.
The presence of diseases that could pose a risk to your health has been reported in the country.
The risk is related to the activities you choose to take part in as well as the areas you visit.
- Vaccination is recommended only for certain groups of travellers such as veterinarians, animal attendants, spelunkers or other at-risk groups. Vaccination is also recommended for travellers visiting regions where the virus is endemic and where it could be difficult to quickly get a post-exposure treatment and among travellers who will spend lots of time outdoors in rural areas. Vaccination is also recommended to children who will travel frequently or for long stays in a regions with risk, and which are too young to understand the precautions or to mention a bite.
- Schistosomiasis is present in certain areas of the country. Although the risk of transmission is low, avoiding all contact with fresh water is recommended (swimming, fishing, drinking untreated water).
The above vaccinations apply to all travellers. For a personalized protection program adapted to your
travelling and health needs, visit a travel medicine clinic.
Plan ahead: If you need several vaccines, you may need several weeks to complete the
Prior to your departure, you may want to consider registering for the Canadians Abroad Service.
Registering allows the service to contact and assist you if there is an emergency while you are abroad.
Visit the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada website for more information about this service and how to register.
If you have purchased travel insurance, your policy will likely include a 24/7 emergency assistance service to help you locate care and coordinate payment. Be sure to have their phone number with you at all times.
The Canadian Government also has several offices abroad that can provide you with numerous services when in a medical emergency. These services include, but are not limited to:
- Supplying names of local doctors and health facilities
- Visiting you in the hospital and providing basic translation services
- Arranging for medical evacuation if your required treatment is not available in the region (note: costs for this service will not be covered by the government, but may be covered by travel insurance)
If you need help when travelling in Syria, contact:
Syria - ALEPPO
Consulate of Canada
Address: Al Sabil Street No. 2, Al Rabat Avenue, Sector 12, Aleppo
Postal Address: P.O. Box 1250, AleppoSyria
Tel.: 963 (21) 268-4160
Fax: 963 (21) 268-4100
Syria - DAMASCUS
Embassy of Canada
Address: Lot 12, Mezzeh Autostrade, Damascus
Postal Address: P.O. Box 3394, DamascusSyria
Tel.: 963 (11) 611-6692, 611-6851, or 611-6870
Fax: 963 (11) 611-4000
While in Syria, you will be able to phone to Canada through a Canadian operator
by dialing a Canada-direct number:
Service is not available from pay phones.
Make sure that your passport is valid for the duration of your stay.
Many countries require that your passport be valid at least six months after the due date of your return.