Get baptized where Jesus was baptized!

For those following in the footsteps of Jesus, you can now get baptized at the official Jesus baptism site, Qasr al-Yahud, on the Jordan River. The site is currently open only until May 22 (from 9am-3pm daily, free entry) but there is no longer a need to coordinate your visit in advance, despite its location in a closed military zone. The site is planned to be permanently open later in the year, once 7 million shekels worth of preservation work is finally complete.

Qasr al-Yahud is the original baptism site that was once teeming with tourists and Christian pilgrims. The 1967 Six Day War meant the site got cut off strategically and the more commonly known site on the Jordan River, known as Yardenit, next to the Sea of Galilee, was started as an alternative.

The Israel Nature and Parks Authority and the Civil Administration were prompted to open up accessibility to Qasr al-Yahud due to the numbers of Christian pilgrims that accompanied Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the Holy Land this past week. The Qasr al-Yahud site is the third most sacred place for Christians, after the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City. Christians believe that Jesus’ spiritual birth took place at Qasr al-Yahud, after his physical birth in Bethlehem.

How to get there: The site is located north of the Dead Sea. Take Highway 1 (East) to the Jericho bypass road, then turn north on Highway 90, drive approximately 2.5 km (1.5 miles) until you reach a grove, and then turn east in the direction of a sign that says Qasr al-Yahud.

The clip below will give you an idea of what it’s like to be baptized in the Jordan River (at the alternative Yardenit site), close to the site where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.

60 Comments

  1. Moshe Z.

    May 19, 2009 at 10:31 am

    If you only were aware how dirty the water is in the Jordan…..

  2. Ashley

    May 19, 2009 at 10:56 am

    You’re right, it’s not in a good state but I don’t think that will ever stop the pilgrims from coming.
    This is a good read for those interested: http://www.savethejordan.org/About_the_Jordan_River.asp

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  4. Elma

    January 19, 2014 at 2:02 am

    I don’t care how dirty the water is. I want to be baptized in the same water that JESUS was baptized in.

    • Jo cross

      April 3, 2014 at 6:24 pm

      Want to baptized in Jordan river be there starting 20th may want some one to take to doit

      • darren

        May 11, 2014 at 9:00 am

        please can you help me with info, my wife and I want to be baptized and where better than Israel.. we want to go but know nothing about how to do it.

        • Ashley

          May 11, 2014 at 10:03 am

          Sent you an email Darren :-)

          • April

            May 22, 2014 at 6:40 pm

            could you send me an email about getting baptized in the Jordan river too!

          • Ashley

            May 22, 2014 at 8:03 pm

            Sent!

          • Minas

            May 26, 2014 at 2:44 pm

            Hi Ashley, would you mind forwarding the email to me as well? Thank you and God bless.

          • Ashley

            May 26, 2014 at 7:17 pm

            Done!

          • Kelli Speer

            June 30, 2014 at 4:24 pm

            Can you send me the email also?
            Thanks!

          • Joanna

            November 20, 2014 at 3:59 pm

            I would love more information on it as well.

          • Christina Santana-Smith

            September 9, 2015 at 5:29 pm

            Could you email me the information also? Do you know whether it is still up to date?

          • Robert Scott

            March 1, 2016 at 12:27 am

            Please send me the email on how and where to be Baptised in the Jordan River .
            Thank You Kindly.

            God Bless You,
            RB

          • Itzel

            April 13, 2016 at 7:17 pm

            Hi ashley I am more than interested in how to get baptized in the Jordan river!

          • Felix

            April 14, 2016 at 12:02 am

            Hi, I would like to be baptised in Jordan river, can you send me some info how.
            thanks

          • shauna

            April 17, 2016 at 6:38 pm

            Hey Ashley, would you please send me the email too? Would love to be baptised in the river!! Thanks!

          • Ashley

            April 17, 2016 at 7:38 pm

            Sent!

    • Christian

      May 4, 2016 at 11:02 am

      Amen!

  5. Angel hendry

    June 6, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Hi there I want to get babtised here but I have no idea how to go about it can someone let me know ?! Thanks godbless x

    • Ashley

      June 8, 2014 at 6:42 am

      It’s very possible, I actually live fairly close to one of the official baptism sites on the Jordan River. If it is only you and your partner, I think you can go pretty much anytime, you shouldn’t have to book in advance. It’s fairly cheap to do, though I believe there is no minister on site and you have to get one locally (the site can give you numbers of local ministers). The website: http://www.yardenit.com/

      If you feel you need a tour guide to help you, I know a number of great tour guides who specialize in the Christian sites of the Holy Land. It could take your experience to another level. If you do fancy hiring a guide, let me know and I’ll point you in the direction of some guides.

      • Robert Repousse

        September 11, 2015 at 3:15 pm

        There is a false belief that you need a trained clergyman in order to be baptized. Any Christian can baptize another into Christianity. (Consider:who baptized John the Baptist? What school of theology did he graduate from when he baptized Jesus?)

        • Rachel

          February 8, 2016 at 1:52 am

          PREACH.

      • Christiana

        April 20, 2016 at 5:03 am

        Hi Ashley, would you mind sending me the info on how to get baptized while in Israel too? Thanks so much!!

  6. Desmond

    June 22, 2014 at 5:28 am

    I would love to receive the information on being baptized in the Jordan River if you would thanks! God bless!

  7. lundie

    November 30, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    id like the info on the babtism in the jordan river in the spot jesus was aswell im coming from kc and ideas on how i even begin to plan a trip like that>>>>> anyone please advise thanks

  8. Andrew Beckford

    February 18, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    I want to be baptized there. Can someone please email me at beckfordandrew@yahoo.co.uk and tell me how I can arrange to be baptized there. Praises be to Yahweh.

  9. Santos

    March 22, 2015 at 12:20 am

    Hi I would like to get baptized in Jordan can someone email me some information please! I live in Ireland.

  10. rana

    April 16, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    Hi iwant to get baptised in Jordan river. I dont have a church here . Im wondering how would i find a pastor there. Thanks

  11. Bruce

    June 2, 2015 at 7:38 am

    I would like some information about baptism in the Jordan as well as tour guides for the holy sites. Thank you!

    • Ashley

      June 3, 2015 at 8:16 pm

      I have sent you an email.

      • Rachel

        February 8, 2016 at 1:53 am

        Would you send me the information as well? We are going there May 2016! Thanks!

        • Ashley

          February 8, 2016 at 11:25 am

          Sent!

          • Michelle

            February 10, 2016 at 10:57 pm

            Hello,
            I would love to have my children baptized at this holy site. We are looking to visit next month. Can you please email me some information on the process. Thank you!

          • Ashley

            February 11, 2016 at 11:29 am

            Email sent!

      • Glenda

        March 25, 2016 at 12:30 am

        Hi Ashley,

        Could you email info about getting baptised in the Jordan river please? I am hoping to go to Israel in mid July I am still trying to work out details with tour companies as yet. Thank you.

        • Barbara

          April 3, 2016 at 10:18 am

          I just arrived home Monday from a wonderful tour. I would not change a thing. Our guide Yair was excellent as was our bus driver . Baptism in the Jordan River was more than I anticipated. I can highly recommend this experience of a lifetime. We left Atlanta on the March 18th and returned on the 28th 2016. We stayed in 5 star hotels. I also felt very safe.

      • Christiana

        April 20, 2016 at 5:04 am

        Hi Ashley, would you mind sending me the info on how to get baptized while in Israel too? Thanks so much!!

      • Jana

        April 21, 2016 at 6:41 pm

        can you please send me the information for the baptism at the River Jordan? I am a travel agent, and just helped a client of mine book his trip to Israel May 2016. Can he get there from Jerusalem?

  12. mary

    July 15, 2015 at 2:28 am

    Hi I need some info on being baptized and vacation info I would like to be baptized on my 33rd birthday in september can someone please send me some info I would like to book my flight soon thank u

  13. John

    September 8, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    can someone send me info please. Thanks

  14. Emma

    October 27, 2015 at 3:07 am

    I would love some information on how to set up getting baptized in the Jordan River and some other information on tours of the holy sites if possible! Thank you! God bless!

    • Christiana

      April 20, 2016 at 5:05 am

      Me too please!

  15. Mark Phillips

    January 7, 2016 at 6:52 am

    I want to be baptized in the Jordan river in 2016, I need some info please.

  16. Tammy

    January 31, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Can someone send me info as to what airport I need to use. Coming from USA. I’d love to be baptized in the jordon river.

    • Jana

      April 21, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      Hi Tammy did you already take your trip? I was told to book to Tel Aviv (Ben Gurion).

  17. Alice

    February 25, 2016 at 12:33 am

    Hi all, I want to be baptise in the river where Jesus was baptised, I have no idea where to start and will love to do this through a travel/tour operator as I have never been to that part of the world. Can any one help.? and also when is best time of year to visit? If any one have info that can point me in right direction please email me. Thank you.

    • Barbara

      April 3, 2016 at 10:41 am

      I just arrived home from a fantastic trip to Israel. We left Atlanta on March 18, 2016 and arrived home this past Monday, March 28th. Our tour guide Yair was very knowledgeable. We traveled by bus each day being picked up at the front door of our 5-star hotels. Our breakfast and dinners were included in the price. The highlight was baptism in the Jordan River.

  18. Mel

    February 28, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    I really would love to be baptised here. If like a tour with other Christians as if be travelling on my own. Please could someone email me if they have any recommendations please

  19. Daniel

    March 13, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    Hi there

    I would love to receive information in being baptised in the river Jordan. I have recently gave my heart to the Lord and feel so blessed and loved I am hoping to go in May.

    Thank you

  20. ANSLEE B

    March 30, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Traveling to Israel in May. My husband and I would love to be baptized in the Jordan. Please email information. Thank You!

  21. ANSLEE

    March 30, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    My husband and I would love to be baptized here. Please send information.

  22. Mayra castro

    March 31, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    Hello i would also like some info.about getting baptized on the jordan river and trveling there. Thank you god bless.

  23. Rebecca

    April 2, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Please could you email me with information too! Thank you :)

  24. Sunny

    April 6, 2016 at 10:42 am

    I’d like to know more details how to baptised in Jordon River and when is best time to go etc. Do I have church contacts? Many thanks.

  25. Jana

    April 21, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Can I have info for baptism in River Jordan as well as tour guides? Thanks!

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