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Old Friday 6th September 2019, 19:55   #26
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A bit more dsicussion here: https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=379886
Some friends of mine went, and their companion had his big camera retained til departure.
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Old Saturday 7th September 2019, 08:45   #27
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A bit more dsicussion here: https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=379886
Some friends of mine went, and their companion had his big camera retained til departure.
Thanks. Think Ill settle for bins and bridge camera. Just not worth the risk. Will report back in late October. Flights just booked.
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Old Monday 30th September 2019, 18:55   #28
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anyone know if this is still an issue in Jordan. Have heard it is now in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, so maybe spreading as a problem.
For Morocco, the case happened recently was just one of those very rare incidents, no more. There is no new law or something similar. For more details please read this blog-post: Are birding optics banned from entry in Morocco?. Google it here or see this thread (scroll down to post #12) where I already linked to it.
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We have just returned from a standard tour but having heard about trouble getting in with scope and large SLR we took just our compact binoculars and a small zoom camera for incidental birding.

We had no trouble getting into Aqaba but had three lots of security checks with camera and small bins being examined and swabbed three times and us held up for about an hour when getting out.

Not sure if it is due to heightened security - American peace plan being announced and possible unrest forecast had anything to do with the change from getting in v out.
Really glad we did what we did although my photos Rosefinch and Wheatear are pretty rubbish on the little Lumix.

One guy with only 300mm lens and SLR took even more time to get through security on the way out but again didn't get stopped on arrival.
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