Crossing the border from Israel into Jordan via Eilat/Aqaba

Israel Jordan Eilat Border

I just finished a week-long trip in Israel and to continue touring this part of the Middle East, I wanted to combine it with the best of Jordan, namely Petra and Wadi Rum. So I decided to cross into Jordan at the southern border, spending a few nights relaxing in Aqaba before continuing to Petra. There’s a lot of outdate information about the border crossing from Israel into Jordan and hope to elucidate the vagueness surrounding this crossing.

Highlights

  • The border is between the cities of Eilat, Israel and Aqaba, Jordan
  • The Israeli border is also named the Yitzhak Rabin Terminal
  • The Jordanian border is also named Wadi Araba
  • Taxi from Eilat to the border is 35 NIS
  • Israeli Exit Fee is 101 NIS + 5 NIS service charge
  • They take credit card and other foreign currency
  • Jordanian Visa is free due to the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority
  • Takes about 45 minutes from entry to exit
  • Taxi from the Jordanian border to Aqaba downtown is 11 JOD. Beware, the taxi rate sign is not honored by the taxi mafia on the Jordan border.

Walk-through in pictures

Israel Exit gate

Entrance gate to leave Israel. We paid 101 x 2 + 5 = 207 NIS total for the Israeli Exit Fee.

The long walk to Jordan.

Walk to Jordan

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