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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 11, 2016
Tourist visa for Kuwait  (1 Answer)


I would like to ask you about possibility of getting tourist visa for Kwait for Serbian citizens?

Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 08, 2016

hello. how to apply for qatar tourist visa for philippine passport holder?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 19, 2015
Travelling to the countries close to Turkey  (7 Answers)

Hello everyone!I will be on erasmus on February and i am thinking after that to travel on the countries surrounding Turkey(of course apart from Syria).Are there any suggestions etc?Thanks in advance!!!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 27, 2015
Tourist Spots in Saudi Arabia  (1 Answer)

can anyone help me in finding famous tourist spots in Saudi Arabia?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 19, 2015
Bus or taxi from Amman airport to Allenby Bridge border  (5 Answers)

I will be arriving in Amman at 9:00 on a Friday and need to get to the Allenby Bridge border by 11:00. Does anyone have advice on bus or taxi from the airport to the border? I have not been able to find much except ads! Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 07, 2015
Work visa medical - chest x-ray  (1 Answer)

My chest x-ray has shown some white spots. I donot have the active symptoms of TB but my immigration doctor tells that it will not be good to migrate to GCC countries as they may regard it as tb and deport me back. What is the provision of latent tb in case of GCC countries. What is the case where there is no symptoms of TB but quantiferon TB gold in tube test shows positive which does not distinguish between active and latent TB.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 08, 2015
How's life now in Jordan?  (1 Answer)

Will be travelling there in a week.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 28, 2014
Dead Sea: Jordan or Israel?  (2 Answers)

I will be travelling to both countries. I need advice on the following that help me plan my itinerary:
1. Dead Sea: from which country should I visit dead sea? Heard it would be cheaper to go in Jordan? In Israel, I will mainly stay in Jerusalem.
2. Dead Sea product: Rivage from Jordan or Ahava from Israel?
3. If I buy Ahava from Jerusalem, do I only get tax refund at airport? I will be leaving Israel only via land boarder to Jordan.
4. For Rivage, I heard that the price is cheaper at the airport duty free shop as tax deducted? But can I get through custom as there is "water" in some products?
thanks advance for your information.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 07, 2014
One week trip, starting from Abu Dhabi  (5 Answers)

Hello Middle East experts

I'm intending to spend a week in the Middle East in late February 2015. So far I'm thinking Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Muscat and Doha.

Is this a reasonable itinerary for not wanting to travel too far (or spend too much money) and still get a reasonable middle eastern experience?

I've also noticed that there aren't a lot of public transportation options, so how would you recommend getting from one place to the other? I would rather my travel partner and I don't drive ourselves.

Thanks in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 10, 2013
JEDDAH Airport  (2 Answers)

I will be flying Saudi Air and transiting for 11 hours there. Are there any pay lounges that I can rest and eat?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 07, 2012
Ferry from Chios to Cesme and Bus to Selcuk?  (1 Answer)

Hi again!

We wil be travelling on the night ferry from Athens, arriving early morning in Chios.

From there take a ferry to Cesme and then a bus to Selcuk.

1) How long does the ferry take from Chios to Cesme? And will there be an early morning one and also, how frequent are they?

2) Will there be an early morning bus from Cesme to Selcuk via Izmir, and how long will the ride take Cesme - Izmir / Izmir - Selcuk?

Thank you for all your help.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 09, 2012
Travelling from kathmandu to Ireland  (1 Answer)

Hello, i am living in kathmandu, a single white femail and thinking in three months of trying to make it home through india pakistan iran turkey and then through europe to ireland. i want to spend some time with various charities along the way thus taking 6 months total. i was looking for anyone who has undertaken similar journeys, iv read about some people going the other way. was thinking delhi, karachi, shiraz, tehran, istanbul, then play it by ear through europe.
any ideas, advice, information etc??

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 01, 2012
DUBAI with young child  (2 Answers)

Hello,We have decided to discover Dubai, the town of light for a week with our two children aged 1 and 12.We will be staying in Dubai itself. We were wondering a few things though:Is it a problem having the youngest child with us?What parts of town our interesting to visit in Dubai?Do we have to buy tickets beforehand to visit the TowerOther important things:Is Abu dhabi worth a detour?Can anyone suggest what they would do if they only had a day in Dubai?Thank you for your tips

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 02, 2012
Bus from Cesme to Selcuk?  (4 Answers)

Hi again!
We will arrive in Cesme from Chios by ferry in June.
From Cesme we are going to Selcuk for 4 days.
Is it possible to get a direct bus from Cesme to Selcuk, or do we have to transfer in Izmir's Buyuk Otogar? Or Uckuyular Bus Terminal?
Thank you for all your help.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 03, 2011
a quite general question!  (19 Answers)

Hi again!I will be off to Istanbul in 2 weeks and i was considering a trip to the middle east. I was checking and i saw that Iran and Iraq are quite impossible to reach without serious planning SO i am thinking of going by bus or train to Syria, Lebanon and Israel(and maybe Jordan). Being a blonde(lol) woman in her mid 30s would you advise me to do or not to do?that is the question! I myself beleive that Israel, Syria and Damaskus are going to be rather ok but Lebanon i am a bit reluctant, though my favourite author is from there and id love SO much to visit! Thanks in advance!:)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 13, 2011
Car rental and border crossing, Israel + Jordan  (11 Answers)

Hello, fellow-travellers :)

We're planning to rent a car in Israel for local trips. And if possible try to visit Petra/Jordan, from Eilat.
I just wonder, would it cause possible problems (border crossing, or something alike; is that allowed btw?). Is that doable or it's better to take an organised tour (which I personally am not fan at all but if there is no other choice, we can do it) ?
We're supposed to be quite a big company (5 adults and a teenager).

And 1 more question. I read and heard a lot about those night shows in Petra, with fires. People say it's breathtaking. I'd like to see it, as far as I know it starts at about 20:30. If we stay there to see it, would the driving back to Eilat and border crossing an issue or it's quite easy to do ? Any possible issues related to border crossing at night ? And how long does it take, driving from Petra to the Jordan-Israel border, approximately?

Thank you in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 08, 2011
planning a trip!  (4 Answers)

Hi! I am planning a trip to Europe and the Middle East this summer (I know, worst time to go, but it's the only time I can!). I want to hit Istanbul, Cairo and Greece (Cyprus, hopefully). I love backpacking and budget travel -- nothing fancy! I'm just looking for general advice about what to see, where to go, places to stay, things to keep in mind, etc. etc. I'm on a tight budget.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 05, 2011
Oman day tours  (1 Answer)

Hi - is there anyone coming through Oman from the 9th - 13th September that might want to share the cost of a day tour or two? As a single traveller I have book a whole vehicle at the cost of approx350 per day for the tours.

I cant seem to find a cheaper way to see anything from Muscat.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 07, 2011
Old books "Lonely planet"  (6 Answers)

Are necessary to me itineraries from old books "Lonely planet" .
Namely from these books:
*Lonely Planet North Africa (1995)
*Lonely Planet Oman & the United Arab Emirates (2000)
*Lonely Planet Saudi Arabia (2004)
*Lonely Planet Yemen (1999)

I need only the itineraries!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 21, 2011
NEED HELP!!!!!  (5 Answers)

Hey guys this is my first ever post so I am a bit nervy about not getting any replies but i really would appreciate all the help I could get.

Basically me and my two mates are flying in to Jordan in june for two weeks and really need some help on how realistic our itinerary is:


Day 1: Arrive at 20.00 so just check in and relax

Day 2: Check out Amman.

Day 3: Go to petra for the day

Day 4: Head to Syria (Damascus) hopefully arrive by 12pm at the very latest.

Day 5:Check out Damascus

Day 6: GO to Lebanon Beirut. hopefully be here for 1pm

Day 7: Check out Beirut

Day 8: Make our way back to Amman

Day 9:Go to mount nebo, and mardaba and surrounding historical sites hopefully fit jerash in.

Day 10: Head to Israel (Jerusalem) . depending on how long the border checks last be here for hopefully afternoon

Day 11: Go to visit holy sites

Day 12: Come back to Amman and relax

Day 13:Go to the Dead Sea and to wadi mujib reserve

Day 14: Chill and anything not yet done

Day 15: Arrive back home flight is at 8pm

I have afew questions i really need help on:

1) I know everyone has their own views on the Syria situation at the moment, but me and my mates have decided to leave the decision to the last minute so will not make our decision on going to Syria once we are in Jordan and have spoken to locals and fellow tourists on how they feel how bad the situation is at that time.

However taking the situation as it is today is it still possible to obtain a syrian visa at the jordanian border. Me and my mates are all from england so have british passports. If we are able to obtain visas at the border how long will we have to wait for it to get processed.

However if the situation is really bad in Syria at the time we are planning on going we will instead spend more time in Jordan and Israel, possibly go to Wadi Rum and Tel Aviv.

2) Because we are still not sure as to which country we are going to be in on what date we still have not booked hotels yet. we are all in our early twenties so are on a budget so wouldnt mind roughing it abit but would it still be possible to get cheap accommodation while we are over in the Middle East or would it be better off if we booked the hotels while still in england.

3) The age old question regarding how long the Israeli border checks will last. Two out of three of us are muslims and considering the latest attacks by the Israeli forces on palestinians has it got even harder regarding the amount of time the Israelis will ask us questions for.

4) Regarding Amman we will be using this city as a base so where is the best place to go out at night and does anyone know any good shisha/hookah cafes in this region. Also can anyone recomend the best places to eat in the city.

Actually i would appreciate answers to this question for Damascus, Beirut and Jerusalem

I would also appreciate if people could also recommend any other places to see in this region. As you can see we will be rushing around alot so we will not be able to see everything but thats ok as long as we do not miss out anything too important. So are very open to add new sites in to the itinerary if they are worth seeing.

any help will be much appreciated thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 28, 2011
Friends car to Oman  (2 Answers)

I am travelling to Oman can i use my friends car

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 27, 2011
Best kept secret restaurants in the Middle East?  (2 Answers)

I'm on a foodie mission to track down the best unique 'secret' restaurants in the Middle East. Must be in remote hard to get to locations off the tourist track, in amazing surrounds, and boasting absolutely incredble food. All suggestions hugely welcome!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 21, 2011
2 nights in dubai - how much money?  (1 Answer)

Hi everyone,
I am off to Dubai for two nights, with a hotel already booked. (no board). I have no idea how much money to take and research hasn't helped! Am planning on being on a bit of a budget - I don't plan on buying any clothes or anything, just food (cheap market food) and perhaps going to the old city and doing a desert safari, which will be the big expensive one, again I don't know whether to book it ahead or when I am there, not sure which will be cheaper but have found an eveing one for about £50. These are the only ideas I have at the moment so any other cheap ones would be appreciated :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 24, 2011
Beirut Syria Jordan Egypt Israel  (11 Answers)

Hi Were planning a trip just short of 3 weeks flying in to Beirut then in short going to Damascus Petra Cairo then flying home from Israel sounds manic but i thinks its just about doable , we love to get some input from people and ideas about this trip, ie travel ,places to stay , places not to miss, places not worth going etc the itinerary at the moment is as follows

Beirut 2Nights
Syria 3 Nights
Jordan 5Nights
Egypt 4Nights
Israel 5 Nights

We know there's a lot of traveling but it will be worth it for the sights that we will see , All input will be gratefully received the time in each country is not set in stone as a lot depends on the replies we get from this forum so no pressure , we will reply to every one who is kind enough to help , many thanks in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 17, 2011
Bus information

Can I travel directly from Madaba to Karak by bus?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 27, 2011
Eastern Turkey  (4 Answers)

Entering Turkey from Syria, crossing via Akcakale to spend first 2 nights in Sanliurfa (Urfa). Interested in travelling east through Mardin, Diyarbakir, Van and Dogubeyazit. Are they worth the effort? Does anyone recommend Kars or Erzurum. I am travelling in the area in eaarly to mid April before heading to Cappadocia and up the eastern seaboard from Seluk to Istanbul. I expect the east to be cold but will I encounter snow? Am I able to travel to Mt Ararat- heard I need to apply for a permit!!! Will spend more time in Syria if there is not much to see in the east of Turkey.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 20, 2011
Jerusalem->Wadi Rum->Petra->Red Sea->Luxor->Cairo With Children?  (1 Answer)

Is this feasible or mad travelling independently in 25 days with two boys 6 & 8?

Any comments or suggestions would be great.



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 17, 2011
Syria. Travel companions to share car trip Palmyra and Euphrates

Australian teacher arriving in Syria 26 March for 2 weeks. Anyone interested in sharing the cost of a car over 2-4 days to see Palmyra (1/2 day) and then onto the Euphrates to see Qasr al-Heir as Sharqi, Rasafa, Qala'at Ja'abar, Halabiyya, Zalabiyya and Deir ez- Zur? I was going to use local mini buses and hitch hike but I think I would use up a lot of time just hanging around.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 23, 2010
bus from ashdod to airport ben gourion  (1 Answer)

Please can i get the time departures in respect of the buses 330 and 251 .
Many thanks in advance !

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 20, 2010
COMPANIONS NEEDED: Turkey>Iran>Pakistan>India, overland in February!  (5 Answers)

Hello all,

I am looking for fellow-travellers to join me on a longhaul bus/train trek across the breadth of the near East. I'll be starting in Turkey in mid-February. If this sounds like your cup of tea, let's make it pot of tea for two or three, accompanied by cheap, overpowering cigarettes. You'll need Visas for Turkey Iran, Pakistan and India.

Drop me a line - this is going to be one hell of a mission.


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