Q. If the political/safety climate changes for any reason, What does postponement look like?
First and foremost, our tour company partner has never had a situation to cancel+postpone a trip other than once during COVID-19 lock down.
If postponement is needed/recommended, the MTC team will provide a postponement announcement 30 days prior to retreat dates.
Q. Is it safe to travel to Israel, Jordan, and Palestine? Any protocols to be aware of?
We have partnered with an acclaimed and respectable tour company operating for decades that has certified guides to make sure their guests are well taken care of.
We have been reassured that on our journey route, there is a small percentage of crime, tourists are never the target and it is safe to travel.
You may have to wear conservative clothing in certain areas of the journey such as a church (we will let you know ahead of time to prepare.
We do encourage you to be aware of your surroundings, be respectful to the land & people we encounter, and know how to "get out of the way" when required.
Q. I plan to be or will be Pregnant during the retreat, are there any health parameters to be aware of?
There are no concerns at the initial stage of pregnancy
Please note that Jordan & Palestine do not have as good of health care as Israel
We highly recommend having travel health insurance - make sure it covers West Bank and Jordan
Q. What are the COVID-19 Protocols?
Currently (March 2023) there are no COVID-19 restrictions or requirements to enter into Palestine,Jordan, or Israel
No vaccinations required at the moment (March 2023)
Guidelines if you get sick on the trip:
Test yourself as soon as you begin feeling symptoms
If test is positive - we will ask you to quarantine in a hotel for 5 days (You will need to test again on the 4th+5th day of your quarantine)
If test is negative continue to quarantine for 7 more days
*Make sure to check with your travel insurance if proctored or self test is required, do you need to provide an invoice from hotel or local tour company to prove quarantine costs*
All countries (Israel, Jordan, Palestine) require travel insurance to cover COVID-19 - make sure it covers West Bank and Jordan
We recommend to have a spare mask with you just in case the health climate changes during the trip
Q. Do I need travel or medical insurance?
A. Although it's not a legal requirement to get travel medical insurance before embarking on a trip to the West Bank, it remains vital and HIGHLY recommended.
Medical facilities are expensive in Palestine. You will need to get travel medical insurance to secure you financially during your stay.
Also, check that your medical insurance provides coverage for emergencies, evacuations, and repatriations if the need arises. Cancellation and delaying of trips are likely to occur. You can also get trip cancellation insurance to cover you when the need arises.
If there is instability in the area, some insurers may exclude cover, so it is important to check that your insurance is valid at the time of your trip.
A. Visa's are not required for stays of 90 days or fewer for US Citizens to Israel and Palestine.
Visa's are required for entry to Jordan. (Our tour company will handle our Visa's for crossing into Jordan)
Q. Do I need a Passport for this trip?
A. Yes! A US passport with a validity of at least six months is required for this entire trip.
Q. I plan to bring my infant/child. Any parameters or information important to know?
Babies/Infants have walked the path in the past. But encourage the parents to use their best judgment and discretion.
Strollers are not recommended on the path due to rough terrain
Q. Logistical Day to Day Information
Typical days can be as long as 8 am to 6 pm with a mix of walking and riding the bus (at most we will have 6 hours of straight walking)
We will make sure everyone in the group is accommodated during the journey and will make stops/breaks where appropriate throughout the day.
Make sure to bring very comfortable walking shoes as well as wear layers of comfortable clothing
It is pertinent to bring a water bottle to stay hydrated during our walks
Q. What type of clothing should I wear?
A. You should dress conservatively, especially in rural areas and religious places of worship. A general guide is to wear loose-fitted clothes. Avoid shorts and T-shirts as well; cover your knees and shoulders while going out. Women should cover their heads with a headscarf before entering a mosque.