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.


  1. Moshe Z.

    May 19, 2009 at 10:31 am

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

    • Mishelle

      May 4, 2017 at 11:10 pm

      Who the hell cares

  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:

    • Greg

      February 6, 2017 at 7:57 pm

      Hello Ashley , me and my sons would like to be baptised here in the river Jordan, we would be great full for any information you can help us with many thanks Greg

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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


          • 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


          • Kelli Speer

            June 30, 2014 at 4:24 pm

            Can you send me the email also?

          • 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,

          • 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.

          • 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


          • Mishelle

            May 1, 2017 at 6:25 pm

            Hello Ashley please let me know how me and my 11 year old can be baptized in the JORDEN ?? Thanks

        • Nina

          June 10, 2016 at 3:27 am

          Hi Ashley, do you mind emailing me more info for getting baptized in the Jordan river, id really appreciate it! thank you.

    • Christian

      May 4, 2016 at 11:02 am


    • Rachel

      October 7, 2016 at 11:26 pm

      amen I dont care either! I will bathe in that water…drink it too

    • Andrea

      December 17, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      Amen me too

    • Princilim

      May 21, 2017 at 3:43 am

      That’s all that matters. Don’t let others stop you from growing closer to our Lord and savior. He would be honored and lifted by the fact that you want to be baptized in the same place as he was. Don’t let Satan detour you…..FIND A WAY AND GO!!!….BE SAFE AND PRAY.

  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:

      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


      • 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!!

      • Cassidy Dansberry

        June 16, 2016 at 4:51 am

        Hello Ashley,

        I hope all is well and that you’re still monitoring this post. I was hoping that you would send me the email on how to get baptized in the Jordan river and info on tour guides on Christian sites in the Holy Land? I have just begun planning my trip and am so excited to know that I could possibly be baptized in the very waters that my Lord and Saviour was baptized. :)

        Warm Regards,

        Cassidy D.

        • Ashley

          June 16, 2016 at 5:55 am

          Email sent!

          • Mildred

            January 3, 2017 at 10:26 pm

            Hello Ashley can you kindly send me the email as well.

          • Ilissa

            March 21, 2017 at 5:54 pm

            Hi, I want to baptize my son. Can you please send me info as well.
            thank you

          • janis watkins

            May 2, 2017 at 5:43 pm

            Could I also please have the information? Thank you so much!

      • Danielle Brown

        June 7, 2017 at 7:49 am

        Hi Ashley, if you were willing to give out information I would love any and all info that you have on being baptized in the Jordan river. Thank you so much!

        • Bethani

          August 16, 2017 at 3:33 am

          Hi Ashley, I would also like more information on how to get baptized in the Jordan river. Are there any tours available that take you to the site? Do you suggest renting a car and driving to the site? Thanks!!!

  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!

    • Ashley

      June 22, 2014 at 8:17 am

      Hi Desmond,
      See my comments from last week (above) – if you need any further help, feel free to contact me:

      • Christian Asamoah

        July 27, 2016 at 10:05 pm

        Hi Ashley, I´m planning to get baptised in the river jordan around the last week of August. Can you kindly send me some details? Thanks in advance

  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 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


          • Michelle

            February 10, 2016 at 10:57 pm

            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.

          • Celia Partlow

            February 13, 2017 at 5:11 am

            who was your travel planner? Did you travel into Jordan?

      • 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?

      • Dana

        January 8, 2017 at 5:57 am

        Please email me the information on baptism and guide information and pricing

    • Dora Kok

      June 17, 2017 at 10:32 am

      Hi, I’m from Malaysia and a Christian and I would like to be baptized in the Jordan River where my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was baptized. Please send me particulars how to get there and accommodation as well.

  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!

    • Ashley

      March 30, 2016 at 6:26 pm


      • Jarrod

        September 7, 2016 at 10:55 pm


        My wife and I will be in Tel Aviv for a week later this month. She would like to be baptized in the Jordan River. Preferably, we would like to tie it in with any other great footsteps of Christ tour. Could you please send me an email of any information you have for the baptism and any other Christianity tours. Thanks in advance!

  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!

  26. Billy Teakell

    June 21, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    Please send me the me the info on Jordan River Baptisms.

    Thank You.

  27. Ad Am

    July 11, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    Ashley, please send me the info regarding Jordan River Batpisms

  28. Shuli

    July 14, 2016 at 2:29 am

    Hello Ashley, would you send me the information about being baptized in Jordan River and local guide information? Many many thanks!

  29. Mary Sunberg

    July 14, 2016 at 10:41 pm


    I would also like some info about getting baptized
    on the Jordan river and traveling there.

    Thank you God bless

  30. Daniel

    August 13, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Hi Ashley please send me an email about how I can get baptised in the river Jordan, thank you x

  31. NubiaO

    August 21, 2016 at 4:08 am

    Hi, can I please get information and steps on getting baptized at the Jordan.

  32. Adinkrah Maureen

    September 25, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Please I’ll love my family to be baptized in Israel, but we have no one or ideas there any help please?

  33. Rose Ann

    November 6, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    My husband and I want to be baptized where Jesus wS baptized, but need all information, who would be baptizing us, lots of questions.
    Please we need help.

    Thank you in advance for more information.

    Rose Ann

  34. Sulynn

    December 8, 2016 at 5:41 am

    Hi Ashley, I as well would like information on being baptized in the Jordan river, as well as tours of Christian sites on the Holy Land. Thank you.

  35. Carrie

    January 15, 2017 at 5:16 am

    Hello Ashley, can you send me the information on getting baptized in the Jordan please.

  36. Terri

    February 12, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Hi everyone. Could anyone please send me some information on getting baptised in the Jordan river. I would be so appreciative, thank you. I live in the UK.

  37. Doreen Boakye

    February 19, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    Hi There ,
    I am about to go to Israel on the 7th April this year , can anyone help me with information on how to get baptiise in the Jordan river , where JESUS was baptised please ,
    I am coming from UK , thanks

    • Ashley

      February 20, 2017 at 6:10 am

      Email sent!

    • Paul

      April 15, 2017 at 10:05 pm

      I wish to travel to get baptised where Jesus
      My Lord and saviour did. I will travel from England. Please send me

  38. KW Henley

    March 12, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    My son has accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior. I want to come to Israel and baptize him in the Jordan River. Please email me any information that would help me with our travel arrangements. Thanks!

  39. Nthabiseng

    March 18, 2017 at 12:23 am

    Good day Ashley, please forward me the details on how to get baptised in River Jordan for my son, my mom and myself. Please recommend a minister that perform the baptism. I will be in Jerusalem from the 2-7 of April 2017.

    thank you in advance.

    from Nthabiseng in Johannesburg South Africa

  40. Monica

    March 23, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    We will be in Jerusalem from April 12th – April 16th 2017. There are three of us. Please send me information about getting baptized in the Jordan River. This is on all our to do lists.

  41. Jane

    March 26, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Hi could you sent me the email. I would love to be babtized in the river jorden

  42. Pattie

    March 31, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Hello can you give me information on how to be babtized in the Jordan river?
    Thank you

  43. Sam

    March 31, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Hi Ashley my wife would like to be baptised in the Jorden River in 2018. We are planning the trip. Please can you send me details of baptism and tour guides.

  44. Desiree

    April 27, 2017 at 4:46 am

    Hello Ashley, I hope that with all the emails you must have sent in the past that this won’t be a burden. I was hoping you could send me an email regarding baptism in the river where Jesus was baptized. My fiancé and I wish to be married through a catholic ceremony, but he has never been baptized and would like to do so at this location. I would deeply appreciate it. Thank you and have a blessed day!

  45. Brian

    April 28, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    HI Ashley. I am looking for a tour to the Holy Land that is reasonably priced. A 7 to 10 day tour. I see there are a few out of the US but nothing from Canada. Can you please send me any information if possible. I would be looking for something within the next 3 to 4 months. Bless you for helping everyone on here. I am single and could also just join another tour group that needs more people. I am very open.

  46. Carol warren

    May 3, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Hi Ashely, my husband and I are planning on going to Israel and want to be baptized in the Jordan river can you send me information on reasonable tour prices. We are planning on going in October for 8 to 10 days. Thank you have a blessed day!

  47. Dora

    June 17, 2017 at 10:53 am

    I want to be baptized in the Jordan River, the place where John the Baptist baptized Jesus Christ. Please send me the tour info. Thank you.

  48. David

    June 28, 2017 at 12:47 am

    Hi, I would like to get baptized in the Jordan, can you send me a giude or contact
    Plan to travel in July. Thanks.

  49. Angie

    July 24, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Please can I also have as much information you could provide us including any recommendation of a tour guide

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