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Syria... again!

We are currently in Istanbul, Turkey in a 4x4.
We are looking for options to get to Jordan/Egypt.
We have tried contacting some shipping companies to look at shipping the vehicle (attended or unattended).

Has anyone done the Syrian crossing recently? I noticed the last update about Syria is now a few weeks old.

Anyone got any new info? Everyone seems to recommend avoiding this option.

What about the Iran/Kuwait/Saudi Arabia route? Is this an option?
If anyone is looking to convoy through Syria in the near future, also get in touch as we may look to dash accross if the news is positive.

thanks for any details...



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Hi Richard and Jo

you are travelling on a NewZealand passport, right?

That means you get a Visa at the border post, because in NZ is no embassy.

I would give it a try ....

Hide your electronic stuff (camera, GPS, laptop, etc.) and go for a 1 day run north - south.
It`s about 600km and stay on the main road, without a detour ....

I believe it`s getting much more worse in the future (civil war), so there is no point of waiting ...

The RoRo ferry from Mersin to Alexandria .... who knows, if and when ?

Keep us updated .... we will follow in Oktober, Inshallah

Thomas & Andrea

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NZ.citizens can get visa at the bordergate.
many tips available in blogs who has been to our club.Give them a selam from us when you get in touch.Good friends.

Motomonkey has done so 2- months ago..
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somewhere in mid africa now.

forget shipping to jordan Egypt.we recently sent a bike to Jordan and our friend henning has met a lot of problems.
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our club page
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wish you all the best and safe trips.
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Thanks for the input guys.
We are currently looking at the ferry from Athens
to Haifa.

It's not cheap, but it does avoid Syria.
If we hear good news about Syria, we might change our plans.
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Richard has just done it from greece to egypt..better get in touch with him with a selam from us..he was here a while before and now in egypt.

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000437103451

Some tips available in his blog also.
Cape to cape and further

such as...:
"The first day of this week I went to the office of Salamis shipping in Perieaus to fill in the papers and to pick a date for the transport of my bike. After ten minutes I had a place on the ferry for the next Thursday."


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We are considering driving through Syria in a few days/next week (our Syrian contacts told us that it should be possible in a safe manner). Indeed it seems to be better to do it in a convoy.

Anyone who is interested to join us: please contact me asap.

Best regards,
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Just a note for British passport holders, ....

BBC News - Hague: British Embassy in Damascus 'suspended'

Hague: British Embassy in Damascus 'suspended'

Foreign Secretary William Hague has withdrawn all diplomatic staff from the British Embassy in Syria and suspended its services.

Mr Hague said the embassy in Damascus had been retained "despite the violence" for communication purposes and to monitor events.

He said the deteriorating security situation put staff in danger.

The UN's rights council has passed a resolution condemning "systematic violations" against civilians.

Mr Hague revealed the decision in a written statement laid before Parliament.

He said the UK's ambassador and other diplomatic staff left Syria on 29 February and would shortly be returning to the UK.

He said: "British nationals who remain in Syria despite our longstanding and consistent message to leave the country should contact the embassy of any remaining European Union member state if they require consular assistance."

He said the UK remained committed to using diplomatic means to maintain pressure on President Bashar al-Assad's regime in a bid to stop the violence which has engulfed the country.
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Just a note for British passport holders, ....

BBC News - Hague: British Embassy in Damascus 'suspended'

Hague: British Embassy in Damascus 'suspended'

Foreign Secretary William Hague has withdrawn all diplomatic staff from the British Embassy in Syria and suspended its services.

Mr Hague said the embassy in Damascus had been retained "despite the violence" for communication purposes and to monitor events.

He said the deteriorating security situation put staff in danger.

The UN's rights council has passed a resolution condemning "systematic violations" against civilians.

Mr Hague revealed the decision in a written statement laid before Parliament.

He said the UK's ambassador and other diplomatic staff left Syria on 29 February and would shortly be returning to the UK.

He said: "British nationals who remain in Syria despite our longstanding and consistent message to leave the country should contact the embassy of any remaining European Union member state if they require consular assistance."

He said the UK remained committed to using diplomatic means to maintain pressure on President Bashar al-Assad's regime in a bid to stop the violence which has engulfed the country.
& yesterday, on a TV interview, the same man stated something on the lines of the UK Govn is to recognise the "freedom fighters" in Syria - or some similar terminology. I didn't try to remember the exact words because this has the same old theme of regime change by some means or another.
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Thanks for the input guys.
We are currently looking at the ferry from Athens
to Haifa.

It's not cheap, but it does avoid Syria.
If we hear good news about Syria, we might change our plans.
if you need help in athens, let me know )
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