Syria Healthcare and Money

By | May 9, 2022

Health care


Vaccination needed receipt required
Eat Drink 3
malaria 2
Typhoid & Polio Yes
cholera no
yellow fever 1


Medical care in rural areas cannot be compared to Europe and is often problematic in terms of technology, equipment and/or hygiene. In many cases there is also a lack of European-trained English/French-speaking doctors. In the capital, on the other hand, there are a number of good specialists. Adequate health insurance coverage valid worldwide and reliable travel insurance are strongly recommended. An individual first-aid kit should be taken with you and cooled according to the temperatures on the way. Here, too, individual advice from a tropical doctor or travel doctor makes sense. Check findjobdescriptions for more information.

Notes vaccinations

[1] A vaccination certificate against yellow fever is required for all travelers arriving within 6 days of staying in the infected areas designated by the WHO. Excluded are travelers who have not left the transit area in the infected areas and transit passengers who do not leave the transit area in Syria. [2] Protection against the less dangerous malaria species Plasmodium vivax (Malaria tertiana) is required along the northern border from May to October. The other parts of the country are malaria-free. Sufficient protection consists of long-sleeved clothing and mosquito repellent. [3] Because of the risk of possible intestinal infections, care must be taken to ensure careful drinking water and food hygiene. Tap water is usually chlorinated and is considered safe. For the first few weeks of your stay, however, bottled water is recommended, which is available everywhere. Water outside urban areas is not always sanitized and should be either boiled or otherwise sterilized before use for drinking, brushing teeth, and making ice, or purchased pre-packaged. When buying bottled water, make sure that the original packaging is unopened. Pasteurized milk is available in all grocery stores. Only mix dry and canned milk with sterile water. Meat and fish dishes should only be well cooked and served hot. Eating raw salads and mayonnaise should be avoided. Vegetables should be boiled and fruits should be peeled.

Other risks

Schistosomiasis pathogens occur primarily in the upper reaches of the Euphrates and in some ponds and rivers in the north up to the Turkish border. Swimming and wading in inland waters should therefore be avoided. Well maintained swimming pools with chlorinated water are safe. Hepatitis A and hepatitis B occur. A hepatitis A vaccination is generally recommended. Vaccination against hepatitis B should be given during longer stays and close contact with the local population, as well as for children and young people in general. HIV/AIDS is a global problem and a threat to all who take the risk of infection. Arab countries like Syria are only now being delayed and are still relatively few affected in number. The well-known risks should also be avoided here. Leishmaniasis, transmitted by butterfly gnats, does occur and can be avoided with insect repellent. Rabies occurs nationwide. The main carriers are dogs, cats, forest animals and bats. Vaccination is recommended for backpackers, children, occupational risk groups and for longer stays. In the event of a bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Cats, forest animals and bats. Vaccination is recommended for backpackers, children, occupational risk groups and for longer stays. In the event of a bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Cats, forest animals and bats. Vaccination is recommended for backpackers, children, occupational risk groups and for longer stays. In the event of a bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

bird flu

Bird flu has also occurred in Syria. Travelers should stay away from poultry and avoid all contact with live and dead animals. The consumption of raw poultry dishes and eggs should be avoided. Well-cooked poultry dishes and eggs can be enjoyed without hesitation. Thorough cleaning of the hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand disinfectant solutions is generally recommended as a precautionary measure.

Health certificate

A health certificate and a negative HIV test in English are required for long-term stays, work stays and studies. It is advisable to have the HIV test performed by a WHO Collaborating Laboratory and have the certificate authenticated by the Syrian representation; however, this does not guarantee recognition. An obligatory follow-up test in the country must be expected.



1 Syrian pound / 1 Syrian lira = 100 piasters. Currency code: S£, SYP (ISO code). Banknotes are in denominations of S£1,000, 500, 200, 100 and 50; Coins in denominations of £25, £10, £5, £2 and £1. Piasters are no longer in use.

Credit cards

Currently no credit cards can be used in the country, purchases must be made with cash. Details from the issuer of the relevant credit card.


Foreign bank cards cannot currently be used in Syria.

Travelers cheques

Travelers checks are not accepted in Syria.

Bank opening hours

Counter: Sat-Thurs 09.00-12.00. The bank staff stands z. T. available a little longer.

Foreign exchange regulations

The import and export of the national currency is currently prohibited. Unlimited import of foreign currency; Mandatory declaration from an equivalent value of US$ 5,000. Export of foreign currencies up to the amount declared, minus the exchange amounts.

Currency Exchange

Money (Euros and US Dollars) can be exchanged at the airport, in banks and in authorized exchange offices. The local currency can i. Generally cannot be exchanged back into hard currencies. All banks are under government control, and there is at least one branch of the Syrian commercial bank in every major city. Many services have to be paid for by foreigners in foreign currency.


Code Symbol Exchange rates (no guarantee)
SYP 1 EUR = S£536.03
1 CHF = S£638.44
1 USD = S£515.43

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