Securing specialist Syria insurance should be central to preparations for visiting this war torn country. Due to the risks of widespread military and terrorist attacks and the specific targeting of foreign nationals for hostage, travel to Syria is strongly discouraged without expert advice, high-risk insurance and the strictest security precautions.

Syria insurance – quick facts

  • There is a high threat of military and terrorist attack Carefully consider your security arrangements before traveling to and around Syria
  • International health insurance in Syria is essential, along with cover for emergency evacuation
  • There is a high threat of kidnapping – consider kidnap and ransom insurance

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  • Specialist Syria insurance – can include protection for personnel, property, vehicles equipment, crews and equipment
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  • Due to the high risks to personal security, specialist Syria insurance is advised for visitors and expats
  • We can cover you for life, personal accident, personal disability, medical emergencies, evacuation and other specialist insurance needs, including kidnap and ransom cover

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Potential dangers in Syria

Since the uprisings of the 2011 Arab Spring, Syria has descended into all out civil war. Anyone considering travelling or working here will need high-risk specialist insurance in view of the multitude of threats to personal security.

Syria’s history has often been bloody. Through the ages in has known countless wars and occupations by countless invaders from the Romans to the Mongols, to the Turks. Consequently it has a diverse ethnic and religious population whose interests are often in conflict with one another.

Following independence from France in 1946 it underwent many periods of political instability until 1963 when a mainly Alawite military faction took control. Since then it has been ruled by an authoritarian Alawite elite, firstly under the presidency Hafez al-Assad, followed by his son, in 2000, Bashir al-Assad.

The current situation across Syria is as desperate as it is dangerous. The government has been waging war against much of it’s own population. The situation is further complicated by the many different groups opposing the Assad regime, among them Islamic State who have brutally gained control of large parts of the country. Vast numbers of people have died in both military and terrorist attacks across Syria.

Be aware that should you experience difficulty the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) won’t be able to help you or assist with your evacuation. Keep up to date with FCO advice and both the local and national security situation. Make sure that your travel documents are updated and be prepared to leave an area quickly or lock down for a few days should fighting start where you are.

Effective high-risk Syria insurance will need to cover you for war and terrorism. Kidnap and ransom cover may also be advised in view of the fact that kidnapping is highly prevalent and foreign nationals are a prized target. Most health and medical facilities are extremely limited, so global medical insurance is vital along with provision for emergency evacuation and repatriation.



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The FCO advise against all travel to Syria. There is widespread fighting throughout Syria and a high threat of terrorism and kidnapping. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

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