Did you know you can cross to Jordan from Israel without a Jordanian VISA? Besides flying to Amman, Jordan from Israel, which is an expensive option, the only way you can cross over from Israel to Jordan is through one of the three borders.
You can get a VISA to enter Jordan from the Jordanian embassy in both Tel-Aviv or Jerusalem but the process is lengthy and a hassle. Your other option is to get the VISA from your home country prior to traveling to Israel.
However, if for some reason you are unable or forget to obtain a Jordanian VISA prior to traveling to Israel, you still have one more option.
After inquiring in the hostel we were staying at, we discovered there is another way for tourists to enter Jordan without having to get a VISA. You can purchase the Jordan pass through the website: Jordanpass.jo. The Jordan pass allows you to visit the country for up to two weeks without a Jordanian VISA.
There are three types of passes available for purchase if you don’t have a Jordanian VISA:
- Wanderer for 70 JOD (99 USD) – includes 1 day visit to Petra and free entry to over 40 attractions
- Explorer for 75 JOD (106 USD) – includes 2 day visit to the Petra and free entry to over 40 attractions
- Expert for 80 JOD (113 USD) – includes 3 day visit to the Petra and free entry to over 40 attractions
In order for the pass to be valid, you must stay a minimum of three nights in Jordan.
We purchased the “Jordan Wanderer” pass, and decided to stay three nights in Jordan: two nights spent in Petra, and one at the Wadi Rum Bedouin camp.
The Jordan pass; however, is not acceptable at all borders. When we attempted to cross Allenby Bridge/ King Hussein Bridge, the border closest to Jerusalem, we were denied.
Our group ended up crossing from the Southern bridge, Eilat/ Aqaba but you can also cross from the Northern bridge, Beit She’ab/ Sheikh Hussen should you wish. Both Eilat / Aqaba and Beit She’ab / Sheikh Hussen allow entry using the Jordan Pass.
The Journey to the Eilat / Aqaba border is long
The main reason we crossed from Eilat / Aqaba rather than Beit She’ab was mainly due to its closer proximity to Petra. However, if you plan on visiting Amman first, you may want to cross from Beit She’ab / Sheikh Hussen, instead.
The cost of taxi for the five hour drive from Jerusalem to Eilat was 1300 Shekels ($434 CDN). We split the cost four ways and paid $108 CDN per person for this long taxi ride.
Make sure you have your Israel entry card ready when you cross the border, as you will be denied entry without it. The Israeli border will also issue you an exit card which needs to be presented at the Jordanian border. Don’t lose it!
The Jordanian border was strict when we tried crossing and our belongings was thoroughly searched before they let us through. Make sure you don’t bring anything illegal across the border to make your border crossing smooth and hassle free.
Good luck and have fun in your travel between Israel and Jordan!