Wadi Araba border 2018-07-24T12:30:58+00:00

How to cross the southern border

(Eilat – Wadi Araba border) from Israel to Jordan

More and more people visit Jordan when they are traveling in Israel or they even take a flight to the airport in Tel Aviv or the Eilat Ovda International airport as a starting point to visit Jordan. I get more questions about how to cross this border and how it works with the visa. So to make it easy for you, I collected the latest information and put it together in this overview.

1 How to get from airport Eilat Ovda to Eilat or the Wadi Araba border and back

1a By bus You can take the Egged bus No. 282 from Eilat Ovda to Eilat. This bus leaves one hour after the arrival time of the airplane. You need to be at the bus stop at least 20 minutes prior to the departure time. You can buy the ticket, 21,5 Shekels (nis), inside the airport, next to a baggage carousel at special point. You can pay cash in nis or by creditcard. You can also buy the ticket from the driver, only cash in Shekels.

The bus will go to Eilat and stop at the different hotels (see the table at the Egged website). The last stop will be at the bus station in Eilat.

To get to the Wadi Araba border you can take a taxi from this bus station. The price will be around 50 shekel when you are with two people with 2 suitcases.

When you want to take the bus back from Eilat to airport Eilat Ovda you need to be at the bus station in Eilat 3,5 hour prior to the the flight’s scheduled departure.

Please note: changes in the airplane departure times will bring about corresponding changes in the bus departure times from the bus terminal and intermediate stops.

Later in 2018 the Eilat Ovda airport will close and from October 2018 the international flights will arrive at Ramon Airport.

1b By taxi There will be taxi’s at the airport to bring you to Eilat or immediately to the border but you could also arrange a taxi to be picked up. The price I’ve heard from guests is 60 euro for the one way transfer with taxi driver Hector. You can reach him via +972 54-621-3456.

2 How to get from Tel Aviv to Eilat or the Eilat border

From Tel Aviv you can take the Egged bus 390 from Tel Aviv New Bus station; Ha-Hagana Train Station or the Egged bus 394 evening and night bus from Tel Aviv New Bus station: Ha-Hagana Train. The transfer will take about 5 to 5 and a half hour to bring you to Eilat CBS, Central Bus Station.

Eilat Wadi Araba border

To get to the Wadi Araba border you can take a taxi from this bus station. The price will be around 50 shekel when you are with two people with 2 suitcases.

Another option is to get out at the Eilot Junction and walk to the border.

Please make your reservation for the bus at your requested  time to be sure of a seat. Especially in the high season (March, April, May, September, October and November) it’s possible that the busses are fully booked.

3 Crossing the border

After you’ve paid your departure tax (105 shekel) with credit card or cash on the Israeli side you just walk to Jordan.

 

4 Getting your visa at the Wadi Araba border

You can get a visa upon arrival if you come from a country (that is: have a passport of a country) on the list of countries who get a visa upon arrival.

Be aware that when you have an Israeli passport you need a special manifest to cross the border! You can arrange this, before crossing this border, via a travel agent. If you are working in Israel and you want to cross this border your working permit should still be valid!

They will give you a document that you need to fill in, the manifest. You have to keep this with you and have it stamped when you visit Petra. When you leave Jordan via the same border you have to show the manifest again so they can see how many days you stayed and that you’ve visited Petra.

It depends of the amount of nights you stay in Jordan and the exit point whether you have to pay for your visa. This will be checked when you leave the country via this border. So no payment needed when you enter Jordan!

Leaving Jordan via the Eilat/Aqaba border:

1) 3 nights or more. If you leave via the same crossing and stayed 3 nights or more in Jordan, you don’t need to pay for the visa and you don’t need to pay the exit fee.

2) 2 nights. If you leave via the same crossing and stayed 2 nights you only pay the exit fee (of 10 JOD) when you leave Jordan via the Wadi Araba border back to Israel.

3) 1 night. If you leave via the same crossing and stay only 1 night in Jordan, you will pay the normal amount of 40 JOD for the visa and the exit fee (is 10 JOD) when you leave Jordan via the Wadi Araba border back to Israel.

Leaving Jordan via another border then the Eilat/Aqaba border:

4) if you leave via another exit point (border or airport) you will pay the normal amount of 40 JOD for the visa and exit fee (if you fly out this exit fee is usually included in your ticket). Although in practise the cost for the visa is often waived as I understood from former guests.

5) if you leave via another exit point and you have the Jordan Pass you will pay nothing, except the exit fee.

5 How to get from the Wadi Araba border to Wadi Musa|Petra

5a by bus You can take a taxi to Aqaba to go to the local bus station in Aqaba to take the local bus to Wadi Musa. The taxi will be 10 to 15 JOD. There is no time table for the bus so ask for the bus to Wadi Musa

Petra and the driver will tell you around what time he will leave. He will wait until the bus is full. In about 2,5 hours the bus will take you to the bus station in Wadi Musa. From there you can walk to your hotel in town or take a taxi.

5b by taxi You can take a taxi from the border. There are set prices written on a sign.

I can also arrange a taxi for you to wait for you at the border and bring you in 2 hours to Wadi Musa

Petra. The price for this transfer is 55 JOD. (To be picked up at the border cost more than to be dropped at the border). Just send me a message and I will arrange your pick up.

Many guest who enter Jordan via the Wadi Araba border visit both Petra and Wadi Rum. So here you can see the prices for these transfers by taxi.

Wadi Araba border to Wadi Musa 55 JOD
Wadi Musa to Wadi Rum 40 JOD
Wadi Rum to Wadi Araba border 30 JOD

Total

125 JOD
Wadi Araba border to Wadi Rum 40 JOD
Wadi Rum to Wadi Musa 40 JOD
Wadi Musa to Wadi Araba border 45 JOD

Total

125 JOD

Ahlan wa sahlan, have a very nice stay in Jordan!

Updated 24-7-2018