Israel – Jordan Border Crossing: Your Complete Guide for 2020

The Israel-Jordan border is crossed by thousands of tourists every year. This is one of just a few Middle Eastern overland borders that you can cross by land. 

Crossing land borders may sound intimidating. However, the process is much more straight-forward than you may imagine. 

Crossing the Israel-Jordan Border 

Crossing the Israel – Jordan border

There are several crossing points where you can get from Israel to Jordan (and vice versa). Not all land borders are created equal however, and some points are easier to cross than others. 

The specific process varies between crossing points. Things are also subject to change in the future. 

Israel and Jordan do not have the most amicable of bonds. However the Hashemite Kingdom and nearby Egypt are the only two countries that have open borders with Israel. 

Israel-Jordan Border Crossing Points 

Crossing the Israel - Jordan border
Crossing the Israel – Jordan border

There are three different Israel-Jordan border crossing points. These are: 

  • Beit She’an/Sheikh Hussein

  • Allenby Bridge/King Hussein Bridge

  • Eilat/Aqaba 

It is only the Beit She’an/Sheikh Hussein and Eilat/Aqaba crossings that offer a Jordanian visa on arrival. The Beit She’an border is perhaps the best one to use. This border is the closest to both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Additionally, it is the border that is most frequented by tourists. 

About This Israel-Jordan Border Crossing Guide 

The Israel – Jordan border crossing

This Israel-Jordan border crossing guide will discuss the process for crossing the border from Israel to Jordan, and from Jordan to Israel. It provides you with the information that you need to cross every single land border. This guide is updated periodically and it was last updated on the 6th June 2020

Middle Eastern border crossing guides do not necessarily make the most exciting reading (!) Feel free to use the Table of Contents to skip to the most relevant sections. 

The 3 Israel-Jordan Land Borders and How to Cross Them
(From Israel to Jordan)

The crumbling ruins of Jerash
The crumbling ruins of Jerash

A step by step guide for each of the Israel-Jordan land borders is provided here. To reiterate, the Beit She’an/Sheikh Hussein Crossing is arguably the easiest to cross. This is also referred to as the “Jordan River crossing” 

The Beit She’An/Sheikh Hussein Border Crossing

  1. Take an Egged bus from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. The #16 bus drops you close to the border crossing. You then need to take a cab for the last 5 miles
  2. Arrive at the Israeli immigration side of the border
  3. Pay the 105 shekel departure tax and walk through the turnstile on the left. Israeli Immigration Officers will check your passport
  4. Important: Ask the Immigration Officer to stamp your blue entry paper instead of your passport. This way you can avoid the dreaded Israeli passport stamp
  5. Walk across to the Jordan side of the border and pay the 40JD visa fee
  6. Travel on to your destination in Jordan. A cab from Sheikh Hussein to Amman costs around 20-25JD. Be prepared to haggle on the price. 


The Allenby Bridge/King Hussein Border Crossing

You cannot get a Jordanian visa on arrival at the Beit She’An crossing. You need to have acquired a Jordanian visa in advance or be in possession of a multiple-entry Jordanian visa if you want to cross here. 

There is a Jordanian embassy in Ramallah. If you are travelling in Israel and then you decide that you want to visit Jordan, you can apply for a visa here. However you must make an appointment in advance.

The process for crossing the Israel-Jordan border at the Allenby Bridge/King Hussein crossing is as follows: 

  1. Take a yellow shared cab from Damascus Gate in Jerusalem to Allenby Bridge
  2. Pay the Israeli exit fee (slightly more expensive here at 170 shekels)
  3. Show your passport to the Israeli Immigration Officers and then walk into Jordan
  4. Present your visa and passport to the Jordanian Border Guards and go through the necessary security checks
  5. Travel onwards in Jordan. Cabs from here to Amman are around 20-25JD

The Eilat/Aqaba Border Crossing 

The Eilat/Aqaba border crossing may be the easiest choice for you if your last point of call in Israel is the sunny resort town of Eilat. This crossing is often referred to as the “Wadi Araba” crossing. 

  1. Take bus #30 to the Eilat Yitzhak Rabin Border Terminal bus
  2. Walk 1500m to the Eilat border crossing
  3. Pay the 105 shekel Israeli departure tax and cross the border into Jordan
  4. Pay the 40JD visa fee and go through the security checks in Jordan
  5. Take a cab to Aqaba (10JD) or a bus onwards to your next destination 

Whispers of a Free Jordanian Visa at Eilat 

Several sources report that you can get a free ASEZA sponsored visa at the Eilat/Aqaba border. This is supposedly free for tourists that intend to stay in Jordan for a minimum of two nights and a maximum of two weeks. However, this seems to be something of a gray area and various different things have been reported. 

Some travellers have received the visa with no problem. However others have reported that they did have to pay the 40JD visa fee as usual. Meanwhile other travellers have advised that they were charged a 60JD exit fee when departing Jordan after travelling on this visa. 

The 3 Israel-Jordan Land Borders and How to Cross Them
(From Jordan to Israel) 

Israel - Jordan border crossing: Jerash, Jordan
Jerash, Jordan

The border crossing process is slightly different if you are travelling from Jordan to Israel. This section discusses how to cross the three different Israel-Jordan borders in reverse. (I’m sure you’re on the edge of your seat with this riveting reading, eh?) 

Jordan to Israel:
King Hussein/Allenby Bridge Crossing

The King Hussein crossing point is the closest border crossing to Amman. It is easy to get to Jerusalem from here. 

The process for crossing from Jordan to Israel at King Hussein is as follows:

  1. Take the JETT bus from Amman to the King Hussein bridge (8JD). A taxi should cost around 20-25JD.
  2. Present your passport to the Jordanian border control staff. A departure tax of 10JD is due if you have been in Jordan for more than 2 days.
  3. Take the shuttle across to the Israeli side of the border. Tickets are 7.5JD per person and 1.5 JD per bag.
  4. Be prepared for questioning and queues at the Israeli side of the border. Sometimes the lines move slowly here.
  5. Take a yellow shared airport taxi from Allenby Bridge to Damascus Gate in Jerusalem (45 shekels). You can then take the light rail from Jerusalem if you are travelling onwards to Tel Aviv.

Border Opening Times

There is conflicting information online about the times that this border is open. The information on the Jordanian tourist website is not frequently updated.

 Officially, the border ought to be open daily from 8.00 am until 8.30 pm daily, with the exception of Fridays and Saturdays. On Fridays and Saturdays, the border crossing closes at 2.30 pm due to religious celebrations. 

Jordan to Israel:
Sheikh Hussein/Beit She’an Crossing 

The Sheikh Hussein/Beit She’an crossing can be a convenient place for crossing from Jordan to Israel if you are ending your Jordan itinerary in Jerash. 

The process for getting from Jordan to Israel via Sheikh Hussein is as follows: 

  1. Take a bus or cab from Jerash to the Sheikh Hussein border crossing
  2. Pay the 10 JD departure tax if you have been in Jordan for 2 days or more
  3. Pass through Jordanian and Israeli immigration
  4. Take the egged bus from the Beit She’an crossing to Tel Aviv or take a shared cab with other travellers 

Jordan to Israel:
Aqaba to Eilat Crossing 

The Aqaba to Eilat border crossing (Wadi Araba) is perhaps the most convenient option if you end your Jordan trip at the Dead Sea or the resorts of scenic Aqaba. 

There is unfortunately no public transport that runs between Aqaba and the Aqaba border so you need to take a cab. You should be prepared to haggle on the price. You can also ask your hotel to organise the transfer for you. 

  1. Take a cab from Eilat to the Eilat border
  2. Pass through Jordanian immigration and security checks and pay the 10JD departure fee.
  3. Cross the border into Israel and go through any necessary questioning and security checks.
  4. Take Egged bus #30 from the Wadi Araba border to the resort town of Eilat.
  5. Take a bus onwards to Tel Aviv or Jerusalem as required 

Things to Know Before Crossing the Israel-Jordan Border 

Israel - Jorder border crossing: Visit the Crusader Castles in Jordan
Crusader Castles of Jordan

There are a few things to keep in mind before you attempt to cross the Israel-Jordan border in either direction. Firstly, check your government travel advice to ensure that you are eligible for a visa on arrival. Secondly, make sure that you have all the necessary documentation with you, and check the border opening times to ensure a smooth crossing. 

Check Your Israel Visa Requirements

Many nationalities are entitled to a “visa upon arrival” when travelling to Israel. This includes British, American, and Australian citizens. However, thus is not the case with everyone so make sure that you check your local government travel advice before you travel. 

Clarify Whether You Can Get a Jordanian Visa on Arrival

Most nationalities can get a visa on arrival for traveling to Jordan. However you should check your government travel advice, or speak to your local Jordanian embassy before travel. 

Reconsider Crossing the Border with an Israeli Vehicle 

Israel and Jordan allow travel between each other’s countries. However, there is some anti-Israeli sentiment among some Jordanians. You may want to think twice before driving across the border with Israeli license plates. 

Review Your Transit Options at Each Side of the Border 

You should consider in advance how you plan on getting to and from the cities on either side of the border. Jordan has limited public transport options. This is even the case with buses to popular tourist destinations such as Petra

You can always find cab drivers waiting at the border crossings. However you should prepare to haggle on the prices. If you decide to hire a private driver for your trip, you can organise for them to collect you from the border. 

Be Prepared for Questions at the Border

When you arrive in Israel, you may be asked a number of questions about your previous travels. This is a relatively standard process and is nothing to be overly concerned about. The security procedures are there for everybody’s safety. 

If you have stamps in your passport from previous travels in the Middle East, you may be asked what you were doing in each country. This is particularly the case if you have been to places that have less than amicable relations with Israel. For example, Iran, Lebanon, etc. 

Double and Triple Check the Border Crossing Times 

The Israel – Jordan border crossing is generally always open. However, it is prudent to double check the opening times before you make your way to the border. The schedule may differ on certain Jewish or Islamic holidays. 

Crossing the Borders Alone 

I travelled to Jordan as a solo female and had nothing but positive experiences. Crossing Middle Eastern borders alone sounds intimidating. However, solo travellers are a more common sight here than you may realise. Solo female travel in Israel is also very safe.

Changing Currency at the Border 

Do not change currency at the Jordan – Israel border crossings if you can help it. This is just like exchanging currency at an airport or a hotel and you will not get a competitive rate. If you find yourself with no currency whatsoever, just change a small amount to get you by until you arrive in the next city. 

Try to Avoid the Israel Passport Stamp

An Israel passport stamp can be a problem for onward travels in the Middle East. Certain countries, including Lebanon, Iran, and Iraq, do not allow you to enter if you have an Israel stamp in your passport. 

Israeli Border Officers now issue a blue slip of paper that acts as an entry stamp instead of physically stamping your passport. However, if your passport gets stamped at either side of the Israel – Jordan border, it acts as evidence that you have been to Israel. This is even the case if the Jordanian Officers stamp your passport. 

You should ask the Immigration Officers on both sides of the border crossing not to stamp your passport. Ask this before handing over your passport. They are not obligated to comply. However, they generally do. 

Be Mindful of What Information You Trust 

Official sources of information provided by the Israeli and Jordanian authorities are often outdated and not always up to date. It is better to consult other travellers or blogs. This page is updated periodically.

Do you have any additional questions or concerns about crossing the Israel – Jordan border? I have travelled extensively around the Middle East and have visited both countries several times. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you need anything. I will do my best to get back to you ASAP. Safe travels, Melissa xo 


Melissa Douglas

Melissa Douglas is a British Travel Writer and Blogger based in Athens, Greece. She writes for numerous high profile travel publications across the globe - including Forbes Travel Guide, Matador Network, The Times of Israel and The Huffington Post.

8 thoughts on “Israel – Jordan Border Crossing: Your Complete Guide for 2020”

  1. for a group on 6 staying at tel-aviv with a rental car, is it cheaper to get a place in eilat for a night then cross in the morning? is there a place to leave our car at the border since rental cars are not allowed to cross the border

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  2. Hi Melissa
    Thanks for all the advice – really helpful!

    My husband and I live in the UAE and when we leave we plan driving our old Range Rover from Abu Dhabi to France and we’re looking for advice on how to negotiate the Saudi-Jordan-Israel route. Do you have any info on problems that might arise for a couple driving a private car with UAE number plates?

    Thanks!
    Maggie x

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  3. So I think I will be doing the Jordan River Crossing from Israel (mainly because of you excellent information and my lack of a pre-arranged Jordan Visa). In the details above you say “be prepared to haggle” for the last 5 miles by taxi – what do you think would be a good rate? This will be my first any only taxi experience in Israel…

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