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Old 30 Nov 2009
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Thanks for all the updates and camping info, very useful.

What's it like using a [visa type] debit card for cash at atm's or changing money/traveller's cheques in Syria and Jordan.
I have a card with a very low worldwide loading and 0% interest rate.
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I found a few places in Syria were I could use my (standerd) debit card, in Syria.
In Aleppo there was one in the biggest hotel (forgot the name) but it's in the centre. In Damascus you'll have no problem finding a bank were you can use your card.

Entering Jordan from Syria, there was a ATM I could use at the border. But there wasn't one on the way back at the Syrian border, 'don't ask me how I know' but it took me almost a whole day and the help of a verry nice Syrian border guy before I was across.
ATM's in Jordan were no problem at all.
What are you gona do about it?
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Originally Posted by Rinus View Post
I found a few places in Syria were I could use my (standerd) debit card, in Syria.
In Aleppo there was one in the biggest hotel (forgot the name) but it's in the centre.
Hotel Sheraton.

Sometimes, none of the ATMs will dispense cash to you (for no fault of yours or your bank or your account or your card) just becasue the machine decided not to !!! It happened to us with all 6 ATM machines in Aleppo.

So, always carry some cash in hand (USD or EURO preferred) for such times so you can atleast exchange it at the hotel etc, like we did.

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We are planning a round trip from Turkey to Jordan and back like Arow. What sort of time would that take? We would like to see many things in all 3 countries. Did you have the chance to get to Queneitra on the board with Golan Heights in Syria? Your trip looks great!
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hi all,

lots of useful stuff here, thanks. two small questions:

miguel: you mentioned go to israel and come back: no problem. is it possible to cross from israel into syria?

secondly: would camping be just as ok for women?

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