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1. Posted by Bo86 (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

Can anyone give me any advice on how easy/ safe it is for a woman to travel alone in Jordan? While I have travelled to Islamic countries in the past and so I am well aware of etiquette regarding dress etc, I have always been accompanied by a male friend which has made things a little easier. I am 23, very blonde, very pale and blue-eyed i.e. there is no chance of me blending in, and I hope to be travelling in Jordan/ Israel in August 2010.

Also, Can anyone tell me whether it is possible to cross the border into Israel from Jordan without getting either a Jordanian exit or Israeli entry stamp in my passport (and the same on the way back across the border to Jordan)? And where is the best place to try to do this?

Any advice would be much appreciated!

2. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 6y

Not sure about the passport issue. I have heard you can get the Israli stamp on a piece of paper but not sure about the Jordan exit stamp.

As far as women travellers I met a few solo travellers while I was out there and then did not seem to have any issues. Covering your head as in any muslim country will definately help. If you are very considered then just meet up with another solo traveller, guy or girl, and you will be fine. The people in Jordan are great. Enjoy your trip.

3. Posted by d03mm (Budding Member 67 posts) 6y

Hi Bo86,

I was thinking of a similar trip. Was thinking of going in July? Would be going on my own and although been on my own before, i think i would like to do jordan etc with somebody!!

4. Posted by d03mm (Budding Member 67 posts) 6y

Hi Bo86,

I was thinking of a similar trip. Was thinking of going in July? Would be going on my own and although been on my own before, i think i would like to do jordan etc with somebody!!

5. Posted by omran67 (Budding Member 9 posts) 6y


friend BO86
a bout woman travel alone in jordan
u have to know jordan is safe country
and yes jordan is mislem country but that not mean all the lady in jordan Covering THE head
..maybe you will be surprise a bout the modern fashion in jordan now .
we have in jordan many Foreign they life and work in jordan and they feel free to wear what they like .
and if you look to my photo u will see how the Tourists wear.
and a bout the stamp in your passport i dont know but if u like i can ask the Tourists i meet them in jordan .
take care and dont worry

[ Edit: Edited on 11-Mar-2010, at 16:51 by omran67 ]

6. Posted by jfa325 (Budding Member 8 posts) 6y

Where in Jordan are you traveling? I'm guessing Petra? Maybe Amman? After maybe a day or two at Petra, and maybe a day in Amman, there really isn't much of anything in Jordan, and I wouldn't really recommend Amman or Jordan really. Petra is amazing, Jordan though is just all desert, but the bedouin people are very nice. I wouldn't be worried, but keep a low profile (ie, covering your head, anywhere in the Muslim world a Westerner is a target).

Israel though is phenomenal. There is so much to do I'd highly recommend spending 95% of your trip in Israel.

With regards to the stamp issue, it really depends. Israel does allow you to have your stamp on a separate paper, but I had a friend who requested this at the airport, and with the traditional Israeli aggression (which is quite odd for a first timer in Israel, but you'll get used to it, and you'll grow to love Israelis) the woman at the stamp office said no. He asked for it, she asked why, and he didn't have a good answer so she didn't allow it. Make sure you say you do business in UAE or some lie, they may allow it but it really varies on the person at the desk. They may not believe you. I have no idea about the Jordanian side because they took our passports of all the people on the tour, but it may be possible.

7. Posted by omran67 (Budding Member 9 posts) 6y

Dear Bo86
after i read what ( jfa325 ) write it here i will stay silent and plz after you finish your travel in jordan plz back again her and answer he or she .
and if u need any kind of help in jordan ( you or any 1 of your friends ) just write to me and i will do my best .
with my best wish to u to enjoy your time in jordan

8. Posted by Bo86 (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

Thanks for all your advice!

d03mm thanks for the offer, but I now have a couple of friends who are keen on coming with me and I also can only go in August as I will be in Lebanon up until then.

I think I will wait until I get there to make a decision on whether to try to get across to Israel. It is something I really want to do because I have heard Israel is a fantastic country, but I can't risk not being allowed back into Lebanon or Syria because there is evidence of my having visited Israel in my passport. So if anyone else has any experience of doing this then I would love to hear about it because I am really keen to give it a go!

Thanks again!

9. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 6y

Not sure about the passport issue. I have heard you can get the Israli stamp on a piece of paper but not sure about the Jordan exit stamp.

AFAIK you do not get stamped out of Jordan if you leave by King Hussein/Allenby Bridge. The Jordanians consider the West Bank to be part of Jordan. There are several reports by people who entered and exited Israel via that crossing and then got their Israeli entry and exit stamps on a piece of paper. Since there is no exit or entry stamp for Jordan at this point this keeps the passport clean.

http://www.kinghussein.gov.jo/facts2.html

I can't risk not being allowed back into Lebanon or Syria because there is evidence of my having visited Israel in my passport.

Then don't. Even if you manage to get the entry stamp on a piece of paper when you enter Israel there is no guarantee that some jerk won't stamp your passport on exit.

The best way to deal with the Israeli passport stamp problem is to travel with a passport that is about to expire. Have the Israelis stamp it, then go back home and get a new passport that you can use for your next trip to Syria etc.

While I have travelled to Islamic countries in the past and so I am well aware of etiquette regarding dress etc,

If this is true then you do not need to worry.

After maybe a day or two at Petra, and maybe a day in Amman, there really isn't much of anything in Jordan, and I wouldn't really recommend Amman or Jordan really.

I would like to argue that. Wadi Rum is spectacular and the desert castles are definitely worth seeing, particularly if you are into Arab history, culture and art.