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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 12, 2015
on way to bethlehem  (1 Answer)

Hi, I am hoping to meet some people in Bethlehem on 27 March and will be making the crossing from Jordan at Allenby Bridge. What is the easiest way to get to Bethlehem from there?
Also, will there be a problem with a visa from Iran in my American passport?
Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 24, 2014
Car rental

My boyfriend and I will be travelling to Jerusalem and the West Bank in 1 week and we're planning on hiring a car to drive around the West Bank in. Can anyone suggest a car rental company that offers insurance for both Israel and Palestinian Controlled Areas? I have heard Greenpeace does but I'm wondering if there are any other options?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 11, 2013
Amman to Bethlehem and Jerusalem  (4 Answers)

I'm spending a few weeks in Jordan starting December 21. Given the proximity to Christmas, I'm interested in going to Bethlehem and Jerusalem from December 24-26 or so just to see the festivities. I'll be in Amman from December 21-24. Will it be difficult to get from Amman to Bethlehem on December 24, stay there the night, head to Jerusalem on December 25, stay the day there, then return to Amman on December 26?

My specific questions are:
(1) Will the border crossings be worse than normal around this time of year?
(2) Will it be harder than normal to book bus travel this time of year? What buses are the best to use?
(3) Best time of day to leave and return?
(4) Any other tips?

Thanks very much in advance and sorry if these questions have been answered before, but I couldn't find anything specific to the Christmas holiday time period.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 13, 2013
American woman in West Bank  (3 Answers)

I've talked to several people and seem to get varing answers. I have the opportunity to work in Ramallah for a month, however as a very western looking american female I'm converned about safety issues. Is Ramallah a safe place for a single female? How are other areas of the West Bank with regards to the acceptance of a professional female? I have been told not to go out alone at night, but day light hours are ok. Also, would I need to wear a head scarf? How to locals react to single american females?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 03, 2009
Volunteer work in Ramallah  (2 Answers)


I will be attending Birzeit University in Ramallah, and so I have a few questions:

1. What development-oriented volunteer work is there available in Ramallah (preferable close to the Birzeit area)? I am looking for something involving development or human rights type stuff.

2. I will be there for one year, what is involved (and what are your suggestions) in terms of getting a Visa?

3. What are good areas to live near Birzeit University (by good I do not want to be isolated from real palestinian people)?

4. What is there to do for fun in Ramallah? Where can I meet a lot of Palestinian people? Where can I meet university-aged palestinians? and lastly what is there in terms of a nightlife in Ramallah?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 05, 2008
West Bank interpreters  (3 Answers)


I'm a US graduate student who will be traveling to the West Bank this summer to do some interviews for my dissertation research. My Arabic isn't great--and it's MSA, anyway--so I'll likely need an interpreter at least part-time. Can anyone give me a rough estimate as to the daily pay for an interpreter? (or even better, some leads/contact info for interpreters?)

Ideally, I'd be looking for a Palestinian university student who was fluent or near-fluent in English. Now that I think a bit more, an Israeli student might be a good idea, as I worry a bit about travel restrictions within the West Bank.

I'll be staying in Ramallah, but I anticipate that my plans can change.

thanks in advance!

Joseph (aka Yusuf)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 20, 2007
Safety  (4 Answers)

Maybe next year i will visit Israel and West Bank.

I need special visa for enter west bank i want visit Bethelem, Ramallah and another cities?

Is safe going to west bank and return back.

What is the best city to know and talk whit the Palestinian people.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 26, 2007
Travel from Haifa to Nablus  (1 Answer)

Hi, I am an American currently living near Haifa, and I'd like to travel to Mt. Gerazim for the Samaritan Passover on Monday. Does anyone know how I can do this via public transport? I know there is a little Jewish settlement called Beracha near there, which Egged might go to, but I can't find anything on their website. Anyway, I'd appreciate any help you could offer. Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 16, 2006
Is Public Transport reliable, cheap, and safe?  (2 Answers)

The news of local buses being blown up in Israel and West Bank worries me, but I'm thinking that there may be a lull in this excitement with Fatah-Hamas rivalries occupying the political agenda. Can I skip the tour bus or rental car and simply climb aboard the local bus without too much worry? What complexities are there in finding a bus, particularly one that goes through check points in the West Bank area. Also, are there alternative versions of public transport--bus, minivan (non-tourist), or metro trolley? I've heard that diplomatic employees aren't recommended to use the local bus, but maybe I as a spontaneous tourist may be safer. I'm black haired, tanned, and don't talk a lot.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 20, 2005
Many questions  (1 Answer)

I am a us citizen as are my children. My inlaws live in Palestine I want to take my children there in september I want to stay about a week and leave them for about 6 months - 2 children ages 3 and 2. How do I go about this

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 13, 2004
visiting Ramallah from Jerusalem  (5 Answers)

I am a Japanese national (female, age 32)living in England. I'm planning to visit Jerusalem in May with a friend who has a friend there. I have a very good friend who lives in Hebron and works in Ramallah, and I like to visit him if possible. He says it's not impossible to meet him in Ramallah, although it all depends on the circumstances. However, he does not seem to know much about how things are processed on the Israeli side. The Israeli Embassy homepage mentioned permit for crossing Jordanian/ Egyptian boders, but had no reference to entering West Bank. On the other hand, I get an impression from the letters posted toVirtual Tourist as well as from my Israeli hosts that I should not seek for permission in advance. What I'm thinking of doing now is to negotiate with the taxi driver and see what heppens at the checkpoint. I will be cooperative and will give up if I'm refused passage. What I'm uncertain about is that, provided I make it to Ramallah, will there be difficulties coming back to Jerusalem? Will I be able to find a taxi back, and will I be able to pass the checkpoint? I don't want to cause trouble either to my Palestinian friend or my Israeli hosts. Any advice will be appreciated. Cheers

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 05, 2003
travelling to Ramallah  (3 Answers)

My husband, child and I are Canadian citizens, although both Palestinian (husband born there, has West bank ID card). We are hoping to get into Ramallah from Amman sometime next spring to see his family and I am terrified. I lived in P in the late 90s, but am aware of the danger (from Israeli soldiers) in travelling around these days. Wondering if anyone has any tips for getting around. For example, would it be better to rent a car with yellow plates to try to go from Amman to Ramallah and Jenin (to see family), or to take a service taxi? Any tips much appreciated.

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