Travel to Syria

Due to serious safety concerns, travel to Syria for any purpose is strongly discouraged by the UK authorities. Anyone travelling there is in danger.


  • Syria is unsafe and foreigners are not welcome there.
  • You may not reach your destination
  • A number of people from the UK have been killed or injured in Syria.
  • There is a high risk of terrorism and kidnap.
  • There is little medical support.
  • There are regular disruptions to phone, internet, electricity and road networks.
  • You may not be able to access cash
  • It may become impossible to contact family and friends

We recognise that people may wish to demonstrate their support for the current crisis. Humanitarian efforts, coordinated by registered UK charities, are the best way to support the Syrian people. These charities are experienced providers of humanitarian aid in high risk and dangerous environments.

If you want to provide financial assistance to Syria, or any community overseas, it is important to make sure your money goes to a legitimate charity. The Charity Commission’s website www.charity-commission.gov.uk, should be used to check that a charity is registered and to ensure your donation will be used properly.

Want to know more?

  • What are the risks from terrorism?
  • What could going to Syria mean?
  • Could you be prosecuted for going to Syria?
  • What is the UK government doing to help?
  • How can you help people in Syria?
  • What about aid convoys?

For further information about travel to Syria, download this leaflet (PDF 2mb).

UK Police and Partners have launched a campaign to continue to raise awareness, and reach out to families, to help prevent young people travelling to Syria.

Working with mothers to prevent tragedies highlights the strong bond between a mother and daughter and how that relationship can have a powerful influence on a young woman and the decisions she makes.

Families are also encouraged to reach specially trained officers for help and advice by calling 101 or visiting www.preventtragedies.co.uk. This is a dedicated webpage, newly created as a one-stop-shop for concerned families to visit if they would like further information or advice around this issue. The website also provides links to a range to a range of further organisations working in this field.

If you have concerns about someone who is planning to travel to Syria, you should call your local police, or dial 101. They’ll talk with you in confidence.

To contact the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline, call 0800 789 321.

Call the confidential hotline on 0800 789 321
In an emergency, always dial 999