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Old 28 Oct 2011
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We are on our way and planning on crossing on the 14th. UKtoSA and Michielvv please keep me updated with your plans. We will wait in Turkey until we hear that your are (or are not) coming. You both have my direct contact details.
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NOVEMBER 6-7-8-9 is the best chance...

NOVEMBER 6-7-8-9

KURBAN is the most important religious holiday for Islam countries..These are most safe,friendly days and time to help eachother more.

Its highly expected that nomore protests will be organised in Syria during these holy days and even relatives living in Turkey and Syrian side of the borders will be able to visit eachother without any passport.

So seems that will be the perfect timing and the chance to be at the right place at the right time to ride through Syria..

─░stanbul Bikers Club wish you all the best and safe rides...
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Overlanders,

We (a young couple from The Netherlands) were also doubting about crossing Syria. Yesterdag (Friday 28 October 2011) we crossed the border in Kilis and this morning we crossed the Jordan border. It took us 2 normal days and the most important thing: No problem at all!!. Due to the fact that we are travelling with 2 motorbikes, we didn't have so much space to hide our camera's, Garmin etc. When we entered Syria, they didn't even ask for it. Besides the customs were really very friendly and willing to help!

Also during the trip in Syria (highway to Damscus) no problems at all! Although it was friday (problem day?) we had no problems at all. Although there were different checkpoints, we only had to stop for one. Just before Damascus.

Also at the border with Jordan, the Syrian customs were friendly. Finally the asked if we had a camera. Guess what we said.... ;-). We had to pay for stamping the carnet and for an exit stamp but oke...

So, we are glad we made it and we did it this way. Before we were doubting about a (RORO) ferry to.... (which one), flying, sending our stuff (camera, navi, laptop) to an friend in Cairo. All very expensive and due to the fact that we are going to South Africa we did not want to have an Israelien stamp in our pasport/ carnet. We are also glad we did it just together. Big groups are maybe to much overwelming...?

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Thanks for a great report!
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We are currently in Prague (almost, as we are in Mcdonalds doing Wi-Fi on the motorway) and heading south. I'm still worried about the electronics as we have loads being in a car. Looks like we might be the next test to see if anything has changed !

Will keep this thread updated once we pass through.

@WillemenEsther. This is great news !
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Currently in Romania and on our way to Bulgaria and will be at the Killis border crossing around the 14th November. If anyone wants to buddy up we are meeting one other (possibly 2) and crossing Syria in one day. Thats if they let us in !

More the better.

We will post a comprehensive report once we get across and find a internet cafe in Jordan.
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We're catching you up. In Vienna now, moving to Sofia (hopefully) tomorrow. I've been getting some mixed reports on Syria, can anyone shed any light?
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How is everyone planning on getting back?

You may get through to Jordan o'k, but if things really kick-off before your return legs, who knows.............?


It's escalating.
BBC News - Syria defectors 'attack military base in Harasta'
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We got through easily but got stranded in Damascus (3 Days) as one of the cars broke down just outside Homms. They didn't seem interested in any of the electronics but i can say the situation is getting worse. The import and export fees on diesel vehicles is over $200 USD so be prepared.

Ronnie is the next one planning on coming through.

If your going through make sure you are full of fuel and just go for it all the way in one day. They are pretty helpfull but waking up to RPG and 50 caliber fire at 2am in the Land Rover dealer car park isn't nice......its pretty scary when its 4km away!!! We were near the communications base hit on Tuesday night/weds morning.

questions?? please ask,,,, but give me time to respond as we are wifi cafes from now on.
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Glad you made it through, Neill.
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Im super glad you made it through too - im heading through early december if anyone is around??
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Anybody crossed from Turkey in the last couple of days and can confirm that the border still open?
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Thanks all for the updates. We are currently in Egypt and looking to head north through Syria - we are planning to cross Syria in a day on around 19/20 Dec depending on the situation. Is anyone else planning on doing the same around that time who wants to go together?

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One of our friends just went North through Syria... here is his post...
Sticky post suggested: Syria travel warning - page 17 - Lonely Planet travel forum
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Urfa, Turkey into Syria

I just crossed into Syria two days ago at the Urfa border crossing.
I hid my camera in my socks, my laptop in my motorcycle jacket and after a complete search of all my gear and three hours later i was in.

I am a new zealander and was able to purchase a VOA because I do not have a syrian embassy in my country.

It cost 92$ for visa ($60) insurance ($25) customs payment ($7)

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

Exiting Syria, I hid everything again but didnt need too
They are really friendly at this end of the country and couldnt believe it when i camped the night 60km north of the Jordan border! lol
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