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Several Thorn Tree members have had trouble in the past securing a visa to travel to Iran.
Our expert on Iran Andrew Burke has written an article with the most up to date information on how to get a visa to travel to Iran, please check it out before posting a question on Thorn Tree:
How to get an Iranian visa
We strongly advise travellers to do some research and consider carefully which agent they choose to go with and to allow enough time between the application and the time of the trip to avoid any risks.
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Crossing Syria from Jordan to Turkey: 20 & 21 Dec 2011 from poster bcfarley, post #272 in the previous thread (much appreciated btw), is the most recent on the ground report I noticed so for anyone not wishing to read through all the other posts...
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Within the previous 12 months the following three Visa Agents have received positive reviews from genuine travelling Thorn Tree members.
Persian Voyages www.persianvoyages.com
Pasargad Tours www.pasargad-tours.com
Touran Zamin www.touranzamin.com
My own positive experience in obtaining a visa authorisation code was with Pars Tourist www.key2persia.com
If everything is on schedule, I have 1 hour and 15 minutes between fights. I arrive in terminal 1 and depart from terminal 3. Is it reasonable to assume I am going to have enough time to take advantage of the free shower facilities? Any advice to optimize or not lose any time looking for terminal 3/the showers? I'm talking in and out in 5 minutes.
I was really excited to hear that there are showers there. I have 20 hours of travel time this saturday (Cairo-Abu Dhabi-Toronto) and it would be awesome to feel clean when I arrive home.
Could anybody give me the links to the websites of the three border crossings to Jordan?(I'm aware that there is no VOA via Allenby Bridge)
Thnx in advance!
I am heading over to Europe in mid August and have to fly through Dubai. Having never been I have decided to spend a quick 2 days to see the sights.
I am just wondering if there are any backpackers accommodation in Dubai or is it more of a hotel focus? I am having trouble finding dormitories or equally cheap beds.
I am hoping to keep it fairly cheap, so any suggestions would be greatly welcomed.
Thanks in advance.
Just wondering, are there any intersting mosques, castles, oases, etc to the far east of Amman, as in close to the Iraqi border?
I am looking to book a weekend on the Mediterranean in Israel when I am in that country and I would like it to be near the best beach for sea shelling (on shore, not scuba or snorkeling) Any thoughts welcome, and if you also can recommend a place to stay that would be wonderful!
Many Thanks, Oakleafhydrangea
I am planning on going on the Petra Nights tour on a Wednesday. I'm estimating to be done at about 10 p.m. I have a flight to catch at AMM at 6:00 a.m. the following morning. What's the best way of getting from Petra at night to AMM?
I'm thinking that a taxi from Petra to AMM at night might be the best option, but do they run that late at night? Do I need to make arrangements ahead of time?
I could also catch a few hours of sleep at Petra and take a taxi departing at 2:00 a.m., getting me to the airport at 4:00 (that would be my preferable option), but I'm not sure how difficult it would be to find a taxi at 2:00, and also whether I would be taking a risk in case the taxi would not be there and then I'd miss my flight. Thank you.
I'm sorry if this is a question that has been asked many times before but I would really like to spend a few days in Beirut. I met a Lebanese man recently who told me it is now perfectly safe but the British Foreign Office advises against all but essential travel there.
From some of the posts on here it seems that people are travelling there as tourists. I would like to go there with my cousin, who lived in Beirut as a child and remembers it as a vibrant, cosmopolitan city and would love to go back there.
I would be really grateful for your views and thoughts.
Many thanks and Happy Travels!
My friend and I are planning to visit Iran next month. Our plane will be arrived at 5 AM (Tue). I'm kind of an "internet freak", so I'm wondering, do Rightel sell 3G SIM card (nano SIM for iPhone 5) at the airport? And how's the cost and the network coverage?
How to look good in Iran: a rough guide to dress code in Iran
Generally western travellers are advised to dress conservatively when travelling through the Middle East, however dress code is a tricky thing when it comes to Iran. That is because of people’s perception from Iran, who have usually only seen the black “Chador” on International News channels.
This couldn’t be further from truth, Iranian women are very modest in choosing their Hijab or Veil, and you can’t see its equivalent anywhere in the Middle East. A lot of our clients are shocked by the way women dress in Iran once they arrive, they see local women who are typically stylish and take great care of how they look.
Although there is nothing wrong with the “Chador” and/or a covered veil, when most of our female customers land in Iranian airports they are the most covered people around. ... more »
What is life in Riyadh like? I've been looking around and have seen lots of writing about transit visas, big hotels and other buildings, museums and the like. What I want to know about - I may travel there this year - is about daily life. Social protocols. How people dress. What food is like. Saudi homes &'families.
We are planning to go to Iran in Oct / Nov this year and after obtaining authorization number, wish to pick up the visa in Istanbul.
Can anyone tell us how long it takes in Istanbul to obtain the visa ( eg: roughly 3 / 5 /7 working days ? ), so we can plan our flights and time in Turkey, before we leave on the Ankara train towards Tabriz.
Many thanks for any info
We´re going to UAE for 2 weekes in november and will book accommodation in Dubai and at Qsar al Arab in advance. We´ll hire a car and travel around, so I wonder if we have to prebook other accommodation or if it is easy to find a place to stay without prebooking other places in UAE ?
I am planning to travel to Iran at the end of August and early september this year. I am currently working on how much to budget. I am planning to spend about a month in Iran.
I carry a mexican passport so the Iranian visa for us is a piece of cake.
I plan to couchsurf mostly and taking public transportation. I have done a bit of research but I find its always better to ask closer to departure date for more accurate information :)
I know budget questions almost always annoying and hard to answer so I will give you more info about how i like to travel: I couchsurf as much as I can, take public transportation and have a couple of decent meals. Most of the time I eat at local places with the occasional splurge. I know alcohol is banned in iran so that will definitely help my budget.
Apart from that, do you think Iran will be excruciatingly hot?
I am a female an... more »
I'm going to stay in Dubai this summer and I wanted to know where is the best place to go for activities such as jet skiing, quad biking in the desert , etc .
I'm not sure if the hotel I'm staying in should help with such things or if its something I got to do on my own.
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Hi, sorry if this has been covered before but can anybody advise the distance between the point the Egged bus from Jerusalem stops (Qumran turn off) and the Qumran site.
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