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Travel Warning WARNING: As of late 2018, Raqqa is controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). While a sense of normalcy together with former refugees are starting to return, the risk of a renewed conflict remains high. Incidents such as bombings are still commonplace and basic amnesties are lacking. Raqqa remains one of the most dangerous cities on Earth and is not safe for travel. If you must go, consult War zone safety and ensure you are well-protected.
(Information last updated Mar 2018)

Raqqa is a city in Syria, best known for serving as the headquarters of ISIS between 2014 and 2017.


Get in[edit]

As of 2018, the nearby border with Turkey remains closed, and all other routes remain extremely dangerous and are therefore strongly discouraged.

Get around[edit]


Ruins of the Qasr al-Banat castle. The ruins have mostly survived the civil war intact.
Caution Note: Extensive damage has been done to these places by ISIS and the ensuing battles. Do not assume that any of these sites still exist.
  • Baghdad Gate
  • 1 Ruins of Qasr al-Banat Castle. Qasr al-Banat (Q2121443) on Wikidata Qasr al-Banat on Wikipedia
  • Great Mosque
  • 2 Raqqa City Walls. Assyrian fortifications, survived the 2017 siege of the city except for a 25-m-long stretch that was demolished to allow Syrian Democratic Forces troops to enter the Old City.






Stay safe[edit]

See the warning in the Syria article.

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