Romanian nationals who are currently in Syria are advised by the Foreign Ministry (MAE), through an advisory posted on the MAE website, to leave the country ‘as soon as possible by all available means of transportation.’
‘Given that the situation across Syria has significantly deteriorated lately, the MAE is recommending that the Romanian citizens who are still in this country should leave it as soon as possible by the still operational means of transport,’ the MAE warns. The Romanian diplomacy explains that the opposition’s armed forces are concentrated in densely populated areas. ‘In the repression action, the governmental forces are also using heavy weapons and the military aviation. Amid the accelerated deterioration of the situation in terms of security, there are fears related to the possibility of extreme violence, even higher than the clashes occurred in Homs, Hama and Aleppo,’ the MAE warns.
According to the EU Council’s July 2012 Decision on entering state company ‘Syrian Airlines’ on the list of EU sanctions, the only evacuation routes of the Romanian citizens from Syria are the land ones, to neighboring countries, firstly to Lebanon, then to Jordan and Turkey, the cited source also informs. Currently there is no more any direct flight to Romania, the MAE informs. ‘Romanian citizens are warned that there is still the risk for major motorways (Tartous – Latakia, Latakia – Aleppo, Homs – Aleppo and Damascus – Jordan) to be temporarily closed. Communications in Syria may experience some interruptions or limitations. There is also the risk of terrorist attacks in public places. The Romanian citizens who are still in that state are advised to completely avoid traveling in the towns of Aleppo, Daraa, Deir Ezzour, Hama, Homs, Idleb and Damascus,’ adds the Romanian diplomacy. Romanians who choose to ignore the MAE warnings and go to the risk areas are cautioned that they do it ‘at their own risk’ and ‘will bear the consequences of such travels,’ given that, from case to case, the intervention possibilities of diplomatic missions and consular offices in emergencies may be limited, the advisory posted on the MAE website also reads. The Romanian nationals present in Syria are advised to contact the Romanian Embassy in Damascus (by phone, fax or Internet) to record their presence and send their coordinates, as well as those of their relatives, so that in the event of an emergency, they may benefit, upon request, by the Romanian state’s assistance.
The Consular Department operates the telephone line +40.21.319.21.37 that the Romanian nationals affected by the current situation in Syria can call 24/24, for assistance and consular information.