Terminal Drop-Off Charge

From 1 November 2021, a £5 charge will apply for vehicles dropping off passengers at the designated drop-off zones, located directly outside the terminals. Discounts and exemptions will apply. Free drop-off will be available at the Long Stay car parks.

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Changes to entering the UK using EU ID cards

From 1 October 2021, most EU, EEA and Swiss nationals will need to use a valid passport to travel to the UK. ID cards will no longer be accepted as a valid travel document to enter the UK, though some exemptions will apply. 

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    As one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Syria's capital brims with history and culture. Visitors usually gravitate towards Umayyad Mosque, the Roman walls and gates, as well as the city's biblical sites and bustling markets.

    The capital's historical sites date back to many different periods, with mosques, churches, the old city walls and ancient souks (covered markets) testifying to the occupation of Greeks and Romans, Persians, Christians, and the Islamic Umayyad Empire.

    Damascus was the capital of the Aramean Kingdom in the 11th century BC. It was also where the apostle Paul converted to Christianity and started the early church. However, the city's most glorious days were as the capital of the Umayyad Empire. The Umayyad Mosque, or Grand Mosque of Damascus, is one of the biggest in the world. Sadly, the Syrian Civil War has left the holy site in ruins, though it is still remarkable.

    Souks are a significant part of the Damascus experience. Travellers usually join locals in haggling over inlaid mosaic boxes, chessboards, jewellery and hookah (hubble-bubble) pipes.

    With the city reopening to tourism, travellers can once again visit this alluring, historically significant destination.

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    Damascus has a semi-arid climate with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters that often receive rain and snow. Winter months see average daytime highs of 11°C (52°F), and lows of 0 °C (32 °F), while average summer temperatures reach around 30°C (86°F). Most of Damascus' rain falls between October and March. Travellers visiting during these months should pack an umbrella.

    Damascus International Airport
    Location: The airport is situated 18 miles (29km) from the centre of Damascus.
    Time: GMT +2 (GMT +3 from March to October).
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