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Syria open for Americans

Our local partner has confirmed that as of now, American citizens can apply for a tourist visa for Syria again. This is great news for anyone who has been wanting to visit this beautiful and historic country. In the recent years Americans were not able to acquire a Syrian tourist visa, but recently this has been changed. Anybody from the United States (U.S.A.) can now apply for a Syrian tourist visa.

Turkmenistan Visa – update 2023

Great news for travelers looking to visit Turkmenistan in 2023! The State Migration Service of Turkmenistan has resumed accepting documents for issuing invitations (LOI) for tourist visas after a three-year pause, effective from March 13, 2023. This means that CultureRoad will start as of today with organizing tours again to Turkmenistan.

First Western travel agency to offer trips to Syria again

For the first time since the civil war, western travel companies are offering trips to Syria again. One of them is the Dutch travel agency CultureRoad, which is responding to an increasing demand for this special destination. Especially post-COVID, the numbers of inquiries to unique and unusual destinations are increasing at a rapid pace.

The wondrous architecture of Asmara

For true architecture lovers, the capital of Eritrea, Asmara, is a must-see destination in the Horn of Africa. This African capital consists of a unique combination of Art Deco architecture, ancient Orthodox churches and Roman aqueducts. As you stroll through the streets of the capital, you feel as if you are in Italy but 70 years ago. Highly recommended, according to the team at CultureRoad!

How to get a tourist visa for Syria

At first glance, it may seem like a daunting task. Getting a visa for travel to Syria. But (for many nationalities) it's less complicated than it seems. We'll help you on your way with this blog.

Syria open for tourism

After 1,5 year of closure, Syria has resumed tourist visa. Since this week tourist visas are issues again for most Western countries (including USA). While it’s still very recent news, several announcements have already been made about the new regulations.

UNESCO sites in Iraq

The cradle of civilization. Iraq’s famous nickname. And rightly so, the country is full of historic constructions that are reminiscent of a bygone era. Ancient Mesopotamia has always played a major role in our history. In that respect, old Iraq is not inferior to historically rich countries such as Greece, Egypt and Italy. The UNESCO World Heritage Organization also recognizes the importance of Iraq. Herewith, we present a list of all UNESCO sites in Iraq. Plus, we’ll tell you if it's open for visiting or not.

Afghanistan Update

In the last 5 years CultureRoad has been organizing numerous trips to Afghanistan. Every single traveller came back with fond memories of one of our most special destinations. However, in the last few weeks the security situation in Afghanistan has changed so rapidly that none of us would have thought possible, including a change of regime.

How do you travel to Socotra?

Socotra. But how do you get to Socotra? The easiest way to travel to Socotra is by plane. You can also travel by boat, but then you will have to find a cargo ship in the Omani coastal town of Salalah that you can sail on. There is no scheduled sailing route for passengers to Socotra.

Saudi Arabia opens up again for tourism

Saudi Arabia announced that it is allowing tourists in again from August 1, 2021 . The country stopped issuing tourist visas in March 2020, so they are starting it again almost 1.5 years later. An important moment for Saudi Arabia, as tourism is one of the most important projects the country is focusing on for the next 10 years.