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Travel by Land

Land entry into Israel is possible through Egypt and Jordan with whom Israel has peaceful relations.  Border crossings are under the jurisdiction of the Israel Airports Authority.​​​

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From Jord​an

 

Jordan is on Israel’s eastern border, and the border crossings between the two countries have been open since the 1994 Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty, with three crossing points currently in operation.

 

 

 

The Yitzhak Rabin Border Terminal

 

P.O.B. 1095

 

Eilat 88110

 

Telephone:  972-8-630-0555 

 

The Yitzhak Rabin Border Terminal, formerly known as the Arava Terminal, was the first border crossing to be opened between Jordan and Israel.  Located about three kilometers north of Eilat, it serves those interested in short visits between the two countries.  It is used by tourists and Israelis, as well as for cargo.  There is no public transportation, but Eilat can be reached from the terminal via taxi or private vehicle.

 

 

 

The Allenby Border Terminal

 

P.O.B. 21

 

Ma’ale Adumim 98100

 

Telephone:  972-2-548-2600

 

 

 

The Allenby Border Terminal is the southernmost Jordan River crossing.  Located in the Jordan Valley, east of Jericho (Yerikho), it is about an hour’s drive from Jerusalem in Israel and from Amman in Jordan, and is the shortest route between Amman and the cities in Israel’s center.  The terminal also serves the Palestinian Authority, and is permitted for use by Palestinians and foreign tourists.  It is also a cargo crossing point between Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan.  There is a bus stop near the entrance to the terminal with busses traveling to Jerusalem and Kiryat Shmona.  Private- and shared-taxi services to all areas of Israel also operate from the terminal.



 


May 12, 2013

Regarding tourism groups departing Israel and heading to Jordan:

  
1.     Between Sundays and Thursdays, tourism groups departing to Jordan from Israel will be accepted no later than 20:00.
 
2.     On Fridays and Saturdays, tourism groups departing to Jordan from Israel will be accepted no later than 12:00.
 
3.     It is recommended to notify in advance the arrival of tourism groups to Israel through the Allenby Bridge Crossing to the following mail: Allenby-info@iaa.gov.il  and IditB@tourism.gov.il . Ms. Edith Ben Ari can be contacted directly at 050 6214070.
 
For additional information please contact Nancy Shedlaz, Ministry of Tourism Facilitation: Tel: 02-6664365 Mobile: 050-6214127 Nancys@tourism.gov.il .

 

 

The Jordan River Border Terminal


July 2, 2013

 

during the month of Ramadan (July 9th until August 7th), the Jordan River Crossing will operate on weekends until 18:30 only.​​

 

P.O.B. 5250

Telephone:  972-4-609-3400
 

Located near the town of Beit She’an and the Beit She’an Valley kibbutzim, the Jordan River Border Terminal is the northernmost Jordan River crossing.  It is relatively near Amman, Haifa and northern Israel, and serves Israelis and foreign tourists.  Busses and taxis to Beit She’an are available at the terminal.

  

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From Eg​ypt

After the signing of the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty in 1979 and Israel’s withdrawal from the Sinai Peninsula in 1982, the border crossings between the two countries were opened, with the Taba Border Terminal as the primary crossing point.

 

The Taba Border Terminal

P.O.B. 635

Eilat 88105

Telephone:  972-8-636-0999

 

Located about ten kilometers south of Eilat, the Taba Border Terminal is the main border crossing between Israel and Egypt and operates 24 hours a day, except for Yom Kippur and the Muslim Feast of Sacrifice (Eid el-Adha.) The terminal is open to Israelis and foreign tourists, but not to Palestinians.  It is an important crossing point for pilgrims visiting the holy sites of St. Catherine’s Monastery in Sinai; Jerusalem and Nazareth in Israel; and Bethlehem in the Palestinian Authority.  One may drive or walk through the border terminal and then take a bus or taxi to Eilat where there are busses to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa.  There are duty free shops on both sides of the border.



* Please note that changes do occur and it is best to verify opening hours at the Gateways, and rates of passage fees in advance. Agents are requested to notify the Operations Director at the land Gateway ahead of time regarding group arrival.

 

 

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​Tips for Passengers

 

  • Opening hours for the different Gateways vary seasonally. In addition, they vary between the different Gateways.
  • Ensure the value of goods purchased at the duty free shop up is up to the amount permitted by Customs Regulations (the Regulations appear on the signboard at the Terminal).
  • Should any problem arise during the crossing process, you may request the assistance of the Duty Manager.
  • Comply with the instructions of the ushers and the broadcasts over the public address system at the terminal
  • Ensure that you comply with all the regulations of the Ministry of Agriculture (appearing on signboards at the Terminal) and refrain from bringing in contraband goods such as: Food, animals, plants etc.).
  • Recommendations for Individual Travelers
  • Check the validity of your passport - it must be valid for at least 6 months.
  • You may pay the exit Passage Fee at the bank at the Terminal or at some Post office Bank branches.
  • Ensure that your driving license is valid and that your vehicle is not attached or under lien (For those departing in private vehicles).
  • For passengers in private vehicles, it is recommended to return to Israel early – around noontime.
  • Visiting Israel through Israel's Land Gateways
  • Tourists can obtain a 3 months visa at the Crossings, with the exception of the citizens of countries from which Israel requires the issuing of the visa in advance.
  • Tourists traveling from Jordan can attain information at the Israel Embassy in Jordan,   Tel:  962 6696511. 
  • Tourists traveling from Egypt can attain information at the Israel Embassy in Egypt: 202 3610528/545.

 

 

​General Information for Preparation In Advance:

Passage fee certificates may be purchased:

 

  • Through the website of Change Place Co.: https://www.cpl.co.il   (Hebrew and English).
  • At the Terminal.
  • At the following Post Office branches:
    • Jerusalem - 23 Jaffa Street
    • Tel Aviv - 7 Mikveh Israel Street
    • Haifa - 19 Pal Yam Street
    • Beersheba - 9 HaNessiim Blvd.
    • Eilat - HaTmarim Blvd.
    • Beit Shean - HaHistadrut Street, the Local Council Building

 

​Information for Passengers with Special Needs

The border terminals were planned to be accessible to passengers with Special Needs , taking into consideration and providing solutions for the unique needs of assisted travelers, so as to enable them to receive services in person and independently.

As part of the service, passengers may apply to the terminal’s personnel for assistance and help in advance.  Passage through the terminal, both on departure and on arrival, is uncomplicated, accessible to the disabled and unimpeded in all directions.

Special parking places have been marked for the disabled in the parking lots. These are near the terminal building and easily accessible.

Wheelchairs may be obtained free of charge in the terminal. The wheelchairs remain at the disposal of those who need them until they leave the terminal.

Public toilets in the terminal are accessible and adapted to wheelchairs.

Within the framework of improving services to all those passing through the terminals, the Airports Authority has completed a process of checking the accessibility to persons with disabilities at the border.


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