There are three border crossings between Jordan and Israel.
- The Allenby/King Hussein Bridge, 57km away from Amman, is located in the southern Jordan Valley and is open Sun–Thurs 08:00hrs – 20:00hrs for arrivals and 8:00 to 14:00 for departures, and Fri-Sat 08:00hrs – 13:00hrs
Prior visas must be arranged and cannot be obtained at the border. (There is a Jordanian embassy in Ramat Gan and in Ramallah – Palestine ) . Private cars and tour buses cannot cross – travelers must change vehicles upon crossing or use the other two border crossings. On the Israeli side, you pass through an airport-style security terminal Lines for crossing from Israel into Jordan tend to be very long.
- Useful information
The Allenby Border Crossing is open from Sunday to Thursday between 08:00 and 20:00, and Friday and Saturday between 08:00 and 13:00. It is closed on Yom Kippur and the first day of the Muslim Feast of Sacrifice. If crossing into Jordan, travelers are also required to pay an exit fee of 178 NIS. If crossing the opposite way, Jordan’s exit fee is 8 JD.
Transport at the crossing
- You will have to take a 15-20 minute bus ride from the Israeli side of the crossing to the Jordanian side. The bus costs 5 JD and 1.5 JD per bag
- On the Jordan side, a taxi journey from the border to Amman takes about an hour and costs 25-35JD
- There are also buses and minibuses available to Abdali Station in Amman
2. Sheikh Hussein crossing /North Border : is 90km away from Amman. It is located in the north, close to Lake Tiberias (Sea of Galilee), open Sunday – Thursday: 08:00hrs – 22:00hrs and Friday – Saturday: 09:00hrs – 20:00hrs. It is closed on Yom Kippur and the first day of the Muslim New Year. If crossing into Jordan, travelers are also required to pay an exit fee of 105 NIS. If crossing the opposite way, Jordan’s exit fee is 8 JD.
visas for most nationalities can be obtained at the border; prior permits are not needed except for restricted nationalities
Transport at the crossing
- There are very few transportation options from this crossing
- Taxi – A taxi to the city of Irbid costs about 20 JD. There are buses to Amman from this location. You can take a taxi directly to Amman, but the price tends to be extremely high because the driver knows you may not have any other options
3. Wadi Araba Crossing/South Border : located in the south, 324km away from Amman, connecting the two Red Sea resorts of Eilat and Aqaba. These are open Sun–Thurs 06:30hrs – 20:00hrs and Fri – Sat 0800hrs – 20:00hrs.
Kindly note that starting 1st of January 2016, entry visas will no longer be issued at the Wadi Araba Border Crossing. The only exceptions are Israeli tour groups and others carrying proper entry documentation entering Jordan for tourism purposes. Moreover, israeli tourists and those carrying proper entry documents, who have bought the 90JOD entrance ticket to the Petra Archeological Site, will be exempt from the obligatory 24 hour stay in Jordan under the conditions that:
They should submit manifest lists and travel documents pertaining to the tour group to the Tourism and Marketing Directorate of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority at a minimum of 24 hour prior to the group’s arrival to the country, so that visas and clearances can be issued smoothly in accordance with laws and procedures.
- Local tour operators should submit necessary insurances that guarantees that all members of the touristic group will leave through the Wadi Araba Border Crossing and not through any order point of departure.
- All member of the original submitted manifest are present upon departure; permissions for departure will not be granted to groups in which members included on the original manifest are not present.
- No visa will be issued for any other nationality through the Wadi Araba Crossing and entrance will only be granted to those who have obtained an entry visa to Jordan through Jordanian Embassies abroad prior to their arrival at the border crossing.
- Wadi Araba Crossing closes on Islamic New Year day and Yom Kippur.
These hours and regulations are all subject to change. For up-to-date details and information on which nationalities cannot obtain visas, contact a travel agent in Jordan.
The Wadi Araba Border Crossing is open from Sunday to Thursday between 06:30 and 20:00, and Friday and Saturday between 08:00 and 20:00. It is closed on Yom Kippur and the first day of the Muslim New Year. If crossing into Jordan, travelers are also required to pay an exit fee of 105 NIS. If crossing the opposite way, Jordan’s exit fee is 10 JD.
Transport at the crossing
- To Aqaba – A taxi ride to Aqaba costs about 10 JD
- To Petra – A taxi ride directly to Petra costs around 70 JD one-way. But, if you take a taxi to Aqaba, taxis from there only costs about 30 JD to Petra. There is also a minibus to Petra from the Aqaba bus station for 5 JD and the trip takes about 1.5 hours
Please note that from January 1, 2016 crossing via the Arava Crossing is only possible for independent travelers who have pre-arranged a visa in their country ($60).