Crossing the Wadi Araba border from Israel to Jordan via the Wadi Araba border
More and more people combine their tour and visit Jordan by crossing the Wadi Araba border from Eilat to Aqaba. Or they even take a flight to the airport in Tel Aviv (Ben Gurion International airport) or the newly opened Ilan and Asaf Ramon International Airport (IATA: ETM) for instance to use as a starting point to visit Jordan by. From there they travel south to the Eilat/Wadi Araba border to cross to Jordan.
Because I get more and more questions about how to cross this border and how it works with the visa, I collected the latest information and put it together in this overview. And as you are reading this, you are probably searching for this information.
How to get from Ramon airport by bus to Eilat
The Ramon airport is only 20 km from the city centre of Eilat. You can take the Egged bus No. 30 from Ramon Airport to Eilat. Look up the departure times on the Egged website.* The bus is outside of the arrivals terminal. You can buy the ticket, 4,5 Shekels (NIS) from the bus driver. The bus will bring you, with a few stops on the way, within half an hour to the bus station in Eilat.
*In addition, when you are in Jordan and you want to check the Egged bus website you need a VPN because the website is blocked for Jordanian ip addresses.
How to get from Ramon airport by bus to the Wadi Araba border
First of all you take bus 30 from Ramon Airport. Either you alight at the Eilat Yitzhak Rabin Border Terminal bus stop and walk the 1500 meter to the Border Terminal.
Or go the the bus station in Eilat and take a taxi** from there to the border crossing. For two people with suitcases the price will be around 10 USD.
For four people with suitcases the price will be around 15 USD. As they add for the third and fourth person and for additional suitcases as well.
How to get from Ramon airport to the Wadi Araba border by taxi
For sure there will be taxi’s at the airport but you can also arrange a taxi by sending a Whatsapp message to taxi driver Hector**. You can reach him via +972 54-621-3456. The price for two persons, with two suitcases who make an early booking is 25 USD. For four persons with an early booking and 4 suitcases, the price is 30 USD.
How to get from Tel Aviv to Eilat or the Wadi Araba 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. In addition, when you want to go direct to the border crossing alight at the Eilat Yitzhak Rabin Border Terminal bus stop and walk the 1500 meter to the Border Terminal.
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.
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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.
Opening hours of the border are:
- Sunday to Thursday from 6:30 am to 8:00 pm
- Friday and Saturday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Wadi Araba Crossing closes on Islamic New Years day and Yom Kippur. Islamic New Year 2019 in Jordan will begin in the evening of Friday, August 30 and ends in the evening of Saturday, August 31. Yom Kippur 2019 will begin in the evening of Tuesday, October 8 and ends in the evening of Wednesday, October 9.
Getting your Jordanian 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:
- Three nights or more. If you leave via the same crossing and stayed three nights or more in Jordan, you don’t need to pay for the visa and you don’t need to pay the exit fee.
- Two nights. If you leave via the same crossing and stayed two nights you only pay the exit fee (of 10 JOD) when you leave Jordan via the Wadi Araba border back to Israel.
- One night. If you leave via the same crossing and stay only one 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:
If you leave via another exit point (border or airport) the procedures of the departing border will be applied. Practically this means that you don’t pay for your visa neither for your exit fee as I understood from my guests.
By bus from the Wadi Araba border to Wadi Musa|Petra
At the border is a sign with the taxi prices. The taxi to Aqaba city will be 11 JOD. From there take the local bus to Wadi Musa. There are no time tables for the busses so ask for the bus to Wadi Musa|Petra and the driver will tell you around what time he will leave. The bus driver will wait until the bus is full before he departs. The last bus will leave Aqaba around 15.30 or 16.00. After about 2,5 hours you’ll arrive at the bus station in Wadi Musa. Walk to your hotel in town or take a taxi.
By taxi from the Wadi Araba border to Wadi Musa|Petra
You can arrange a taxi to wait for you at the border and bring you intwo 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).
Taxi fares for the Golden Triangle
- Wadi Araba border to Wadi Musa 55 JOD
- Wadi Musa to Wadi Rum 40 JOD
- Wadi Rum to Wadi Araba border 30 JOD
- Total price transfers 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 price transfers 125 JOD
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Get in touch with Saleh Helalat. Via his Facebookpage or his number +962 7 7926 7640 on Whatsapp.
Saleh does all the transfers of my guests to their great satisfaction. He speaks English and loves to tell you about his beloved Jordan.He will arrange your transfer from the Wadi Araba border to the bed and breakfast, to Wadi Rum or any other transfer in Jordan.
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