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The countries covered by this FAQ are: Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel & the Palestinian Territories, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.
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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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I've been wondering of anyone had any experience with the iranian embassy in Spain.
I'm thinking about applying for a tourist visa there, however I'm not sure how long does it take usually to process a visa application (assuming that I had arranged the code with one of the tourist agency).
Would it be feasible to leave passports there and pick it up next day or in 2 days?
Thanks in advance!
I posted a link to my trip report from a recent visit to Yemen yesterday, but unfortunately the thread/post was deleted.
Here it is again.
If posting links to trip reports is prohibited or against forum rules, please let me know.
I will leave Amman on Dec 30th and intend to be in Petra in the late afternoon of Dec 31st. I will stop in many places throughout the road and will sleep in Karak. I cannot find a car rental with offices in Wadi Musa (Petra), so do you know of a car rental suitable for my needs or alternatively a guide who would take us on this 2-day trip?
Thanks and best regards!
I have one night stopover in Dubai the 2nd of January.
I would like to rest a few hours in a hotel. My flight arrives late night and departs early morning.
I have checked hotels in the airport zone and they are all over 100 euros night.
I'm looking for something cheaper but convenient.
Any cheaper hotel with transfer near the airport?
I've seen that hotels in ther center are cheaper but maybe the taxi won't be and I'll waste a lot of time.
Hello. I hold a US passport and I am planning to travel overland from Eilat to the Sinai in January.
1. Is it safe?
2. Is it easy?
3. Do I need a visa?
Then I plan to fly from Sharm el Shek to Cairo. Same questions.
Finally, I will fly out of Cairo to Tel Aviv.
Is there any issue with my coming into Egypt from Israel?
I'm an Italian-American dual citizen, but I was born in America, don't speak Italian and have to carry my American passport to leave and enter the USA. With this said, Italians, apparently, can get a visa upon arrival to Iran. Do you think I would have trouble using my Italian passport to enter Iran and purchase a visa? Or, potentially, would the Iranians, upon hearing my American English, question the validity of my EU passport and deny me entry/cause other issues? Thanks for your advice!
We'll be travelling Dubai and Oman in FEB for some 14 days by 4x4. Now my question:
can you recommend budget (but not shabby) places in these places, if possible with link to their website, if you remember? That would be awesome!
Our (per now) itinerary:
Mascat / Mutrah
a night in a Beduin camp
Mascat / somewhere else along the coast westbound
back to Dubai
Any ideas? Please, also do not hesitate to make any other remarks that might help us!
Thanks so much!
Regards from Germany,
I'v red the following sentence in a french novel called "Plonger":
"I won't die, I have a son."
The authors says it's an arab proverb (from Oman?)
Is it ?
Where is it quoted in arab litterauture?
As the title says, I'm looking for a one day 4x4 tour of the desert, with an included meal and overnight stay. I'm not looking for high end options as I'm a budget traveler, but I do understand it's not really cheap. This would be in late March. The food quality is not really that important to me, but I do want to see a lot of the desert sights. I'm interested in an approximate price of such a tour.
I'm also interested in the cheapest way to get to Amman from Wadi Rum the following day, and when a bus leaves from Petra to Aqaba and at which price.
Any info is greatly appreciated.
Edited by: roxunreal
and yet another question regarding my next travel...
What is the up to date situation about public transport to Ramallah?
I will be leaving from Nazareth to Ramallah. The obvious choice is to take a bus to Jerusalem and then get transport from the damascus gate to Ramallah.
It would be more interesting though, to cross Westbank from north (google maps shows roads nr 90 and nr 578 as an option).
Is this completely impossible with public transport? Or is it simply more complicated? Are tourists allowed to cross the borders in the north?
(I found an older post about this, where some people say it is impossible and someone else says it is possible..)
so what's the current situation?
Intend to do a spontaneous trip to Iran in about two week time for my sem break , going to travel for a month .
Just wondering if my itineraries is doable .
And is there train linking each of the city ?
Any suggestion would be highly appreciated !!!
Edited by: TheDannyBoy
Hello dear travellers!
In January that year i plan travel to Iran. One of my priority is railroad Andimeshk - Dorud. I will finish first partof my trip in Esfahan. After that I should go to Andimeshk. Did anyone know the most reasonable way there from Esfahan?
PS I'm sorry for my English... Hope you understand what I mean.
Hi, is there any place I can find information on tourist visas to iraq? I've read all over this forum and others that tourist visas are only issued to those traveling with a company but
1. I don't like tour groups
2. I only want to dip into baghdad for 2 days during my vacation in Kurdistan to visit the city and perhaps Babylon.
Is this possible? I can't find any information on visas from the Los Angeles Iraqi consulate's website. That would be my first step. Then I'd have to figure out how to make the trip actually possible...
I'm looking foward to get my Visa to UAE, and I know that are 3 ways to get it: By hotel, by Emirates and friend/family living in UAE.
In order to get a VISA, I made a hotel reservation(crowne plaza) in Abu dhabi and then asked for the VISA. I did it last year when i visited UAE and now i had some doubts about the information passed to me by the hotel mail.
1- Fisrt About the cost. She said 700 DRs for the visa....(????) Last year I paid 350 DRs, does anyone know anything about the regulation or where I can found that information about prices and types?
2- In some part of the email she said:
"__Please note that you have to stay at Crowne Plaza Yas Island the entire stay you will be inside UAE"__
(????) That's completely different what i did last year.... I stayed 2 days in Abu dhabi and I had 1 month visa to UAE, including visiting dubai for 5 days and Al i... more »
My mom is desperate to travel to Iran. She wants to go-but we are all grown, married with kids and can't go with her right now. She has been many times in the past. But she is getting older. We also have family that lives there-but I think she wants a special experience this time-she wants to go alone and not stay with family. I am afraid to send her alone because she is older-and doesn't speak great English (so on the airplane, navigating, etc). She does speak Farsi.
My question is-is there a women's travel agency, or a women's Hostel, or a fun place for women she can stay at? I am hoping for a place (in center of town in Tehran or another BIG city), where she can stay with other women who are alone, where she can make friends and get assistance with where things are. If there is an Amaam (bathhouse) where women go and meet and socialize, that sort of thing. Tea houses a... more »
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