I can appreciate how niche this article is but I just have to write about it because after desperately searching for the information myself – I couldn’t find anything. So for anyone out there hoping to cross this border - this is for you.
If you are still stressin’ – drop me an email at email@example.com or DM me on Instagram. I promise to get back to you as soon as possible. At the end of the day, the safest thing you can do is to call your local Jordanian embassy.
We’ve got an important update for you!
We are continually updating this article with the most accurate information we have been able to find. It seems this information is changing all the time which makes crossing this border frustrating.
We got in touch with Jordan Pass to get the latest update in regards to border crossings from Israel to Jordan and to confirm the access a Jordan pass will get you.
Our latest correspondence with Jordan Pass is below. They now say that the Jordan pass is accepted to cross the border.
So - there is now (at the moment) a clear confirmation that you can use the Jordan pass to cross the border from Israel to Jordan via The Allenby bridge. We will continue to keep you updated as best we can but we always recommend dropping Jordan pass an email for your own personal confirmation as we are aware in the past it changes suddenly. Their email is firstname.lastname@example.org
We highly recommend the Jordan pass - it allows you easy access to all the sites in Jordan as well as waives your visa fees at the borders.
If you have pre-arranged a visa with the Jordanian embassy then you will also be able to cross at the Allenby Bridge border.
If you don’t have a pre-arranged visa or a Jordan pass you will need to cross at either The Sheikh Hussein or Wadi Araba border crossings. The Sheikh Hussein border is in the North and closer to Amman, the Wadi Araba border crossing is very close to Eilat (Israel) Wadi Rum, and Aqaba (Jordan). As it really depends on your particular travel plans both borders are good and it’s very easy to obtain a visa for a small fee.
If I was to plan my trip again and not be able to cross at the Allenby bridge then I would cross from Israel at the Wadi Araba border and explore the red sea (Aqaba) before heading to Wadi Rum and Petra then eventually up to Amman.
crossing the Allenby bridge
WITH A jordan pass (or pre-arranged visa)
Jordan WOW I love you, what a country. From all my research it seemed very common for tourists to cross the border into Jordan (mainly for Petra or Wadi Rum) when visiting Israel. There are endless tour companies that can pick you up at 3 am (ew), drive you to the appropriate border and herd you over into Jordan. I spent months searching for the right company that would help prioritise time when only having 2 days to explore. I also didn’t want to be herded onto a bus with a thousand other people yet I was looking for a good price. I don’t ever work with big budgets, but I also am not trying to explore on zero. If I’m going to go to Jordan then I’m going to enjoy it. This usually comes down to limiting stress intake and time proficiency for exploration and rest. Amen.
When I found Experience Jordan Adventures – I couldn’t believe how the price they quoted me was so competitive with all the other companies I had come across – and the other companies had very average reviews and going with any of them would’ve felt like a slight risk. Not only was their price affordable for us but the customer service was flawless. During my in-depth research barely any of the tour companies responded to me quickly (I don’t like this) so one of the big reasons for choosing Experience Jordan Adventures was that Anji replied to every single email of mine no matter how stupid it was and very quickly. I appreciated this because I needed constant reassurance. I like being prepared for everything and I was the tour organiser for all 4 people traveling – I didn’t wanna let anyone down.
So after settling on a 2-day itinerary including transfers, Anji tells me that we will be crossing at the Allenby Bridge. Now, after some googling previously it had seemed that most tourists cross at two borders – The Yitzhak Rabin/Wadi Araba Border or the Jordan River/Sheikh Hussein Border. At these borders, you can obtain a visa upon arrival for quite a small fee. Both of these borders are at opposite ends of the country and have different benefits due to their location. The Southern border is closer to Wadi Rum and the Northern Border is closer to Amman. We were staying in Jerusalem and both of these borders would’ve been quite a drive. This is why most companies pick you up at 3 am so you can get to the border in time to have a faster crossing.
The Allenby Bridge/King Hussein Border is on the Jordan River and closest to Jericho. It’s only a 40-minute drive from Jerusalem where we were staying so it made it so much easier for us. Anji picked the best border to maximise our time! Which is why I love her.
The Allenby Bridge states very clearly on its website that you cannot obtain a visa here for Jordan. It also charges a slightly higher passenger fee. 164NIS ($55USD) The Allenby Bridge / King Hussein Border is a crossing for military, Palestinians, and tourists with pre-arranged visas (or Jordan passes). Israelis are not allowed to use this border. After some research it came up a lot that this crossing is ‘Not an official border’ - I found this weird and honestly, a little concerning.
So it’s happening and I need a visa – for all four of us. How difficult was that going to be? Turns out, difficult. I would need to fill out the appropriate forms and go to my local Jordanian embassy for a significant amount of time before my trip so it would get approved and be ready to go. I asked Anji if there was another way and she suggested The Jordan Pass. This was a seamless way to cross as they use the Jordan pass as your visa on arrival and stamp it instead of your passport. Do not lose it as you will need it to leave Jordan. This is of course, you should decide to use the Jordan Pass with the new information above.
The Jordan Pass
The Jordan Pass is amazing. It includes all your entrance fees for Jordan’s sites and probably the most important ones you are likely to be visiting would be Wadi Rum & Petra. You can buy it online, entering all passport details of the people you are traveling with, then it comes to your email and you can print it out and keep it on your phone. The Jordan pass also qualifies as an ‘entrance’ to Jordan. Now – this is where it gets confusing. The pass states VERY CLEARLY that ‘THIS IS NOT A VISA’ even on their website it is very clearly written that it's not a visa. At the The Sheikh Hussein or Wadi Araba border crossing the Jordan Pass will waive your visa fee, and you are also able to use this pass to cross at the Allenby Bridge (hurrah!)
Here’s how it works crossing the Allenby Bridge / King Hussein
From Israel to Jordan
We had a driver collect us from Jerusalem and drive us 40 minutes to the crossing. We arrived at 7:40am – 20 minutes before the border opens. I would recommend getting there at opening time. You’ll get through quicker. I observed busloads of people going through the first checkpoint before us since we were made to wait until 8 am. I had read reviews about how long it takes and Israelis had told me it’s going to be ‘interesting’ crossing the border and just freaking me out.
Finally, our driver was allowed through the first checkpoint and drove us to the terminal. Immediately border staff takes your luggage, labels it, gives you a luggage ticket and tells you to go inside the terminal. They also ask you for tips, don’t feel obliged or just be prepared so you don’t waste time.
Once inside the terminal (this is where we went wrong) You have to go to the counter that says CHANGE ATM – on the far left side of the sign it says Passenger fee that’s where you pay the passenger fee which leaving Israel in December 2019 was 164NIS (or $55USD) they give you a ticket for this and then you go through passport control. You then go through another checkpoint and show them your entry card from Israel which was just given to you at passport control and your proof of the paid passenger fee. Just to clarify, your passport does NOT get stamped. Israel issue paper tickets, so don’t lose it! and Jordan stamped our Jordan pass as our visa. Please double check this if you are concerned but Israel is very good at this and have a paper system.
Once outside again at the bus, collect your luggage from the left with your luggage ticket and you’ll find one of the shuttle buses waiting. You put your luggage underneath the bus and get a seat on the bus. Then you WAIT. It wasn’t too long for us, but we did sit there for a while. They wait until the bus is full.
The bus then takes you across the border to the Jordanian terminal – a 10-minute drive. Before you get off the bus, a Jordanian official checks your passports and charges you in cash, the bus and luggage fees (Shuttle bus is 7JOD per person and it’s 1.50JOD per piece of luggage)
They alsoKEEP YOUR PASSPORTduring this moment.Don’t panic. This is all part of their system.
When you finally make it to the terminal and get off the bus you have to go inside to get your visa stamped/confirmed and PASSPORT BACK. At this point, I had someone from Experience Jordan Adventures waiting for us to help us. They call this ‘Border Assist’ I recommend doing it this way. We put our bags through a security screener and then we watched as our guide got our Jordan Pass stamped and our passports back. Obviously, do not lose any paperwork they give you as you may need it when you leave Jordan. They did NOT stamp our passports at this border which is a good thing depending on the countries you want to travel to within the life of that passport.
If you don’t have border assist then you have to go over to the arrivals window and do the process yourself. It’s all very unofficial looking but just ask someone. It’s not as organised as the Israeli side, and although that can make you feel nervous it’s fine. Jordan is the best.
Crossing at The Alleny Bridge/King Hussein terminal was surprisingly all very easy.
Fast forward 36 hours and we’re returning to Israel.
From Jordan to Israel
We arrived at the Jordan terminal around 5 pm on a Sunday. When departing from Jordan you go through the same hall that you arrived at. You need to find the departures desk and fill out a departure form. You also have to find the desk to pay your passenger fee (10JOD per person) then both the departure form and passenger fee payment receipt goes in your passport along with your visa/Jordan pass. You hand all this in again to departures or whoever they’re pointing at and theyKEEP YOUR PASSPORTagain. You then wait around and eventually, everyone starts shuffling out to get on the shuttle bus. We put our bags under the bus again and then waited in our seat. This time we waited quite a long time. Finally, an official gets on the bus, goes through and returns every passport, and takes payment for the shuttle bus and luggage in the hold (7JOD pp and 1.50JOD per bag)
The shuttle bus drives across the border and pulls up at the Israeli terminal – arrivals side. This was quite an official process. From memory I had to show my passport three or four times so don’t put it away, just keep it on you. You’ll go through a much more in-depth luggage screening and finally, come out on the other side. We had a driver booked through Experience Jordan Adventures that took us back to Jaffa in Tel Aviv.
Things to remember1. GET CASH
You need Jordanian cash – JOD – and you need it returning to Israel so save what you need for the border crossing. If you are American, USD is also good to have on hand.
2. GET A JORDAN PASS (or a pre-arranged visa)
I think this border is one of the best to cross due to its location and the fact that it’s not a regular border. It was kind of thrilling.
Go with Experience Jordan Adventures. They were amazing.
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Can you use Jordan pass at Allenby Bridge? ›
At the The Sheikh Hussein or Wadi Araba border crossing the Jordan Pass will waive your visa fee and they'll let you cross with a pass there easily, but the Allenby bridge no longer accepts this.How long does it take to cross the Allenby Bridge? ›
You will need to wait on the shuttle until all the seats are filled; they do not leave at designated times. The trip from the Allenby Bridge border to just outside the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City is around 45 minutes.How much does it cost to get out of Israel at Allenby Bridge? ›
Crossing the border at Allenby Bridge
You need to pay the departure fee of 175 NIS and proceed to immigration. NIS and USD are accepted on the Israeli side.
Crossing Israel border by land is possible through Jordan River Crossing in Irbid / Beit She'an or Wadi Araba Crossing in Aqaba / Eilat. Travelers can use public transportation, tourist busses, internal shuttles or private cars.What is not allowed in Jordan? ›
Like most Muslim countries, homosexuality, the possession of pornographic material (even in the privacy of one's home), and the consumption of alcohol outside of approved venues is not exactly celebrated in Jordan.Do you need to print Jordan pass? ›
How does Jordan pass work? Once you buy the pass, we email it to you as a pdf version and as an image, you should show it printed-out to the passport's officer since the QR code might be unreadable through your cell phone, this applies to the visa office and all touristic sites.How much does it cost to cross the border from Israel to Jordan? ›
If crossing into Jordan, travelers must pay a fee of 105 NIS. If crossing the opposite way, Jordan's fee is 8 JD. Please note border crossing time may change due to covid regulation.What is the best border crossing from Jordan to Israel? ›
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.What time does Allenby border open? ›
On Sundays through Thursdays, 08:00-23:30. On Fridays and Saturdays, 08:00-15:30.Do I need a Covid test to enter Israel? ›
Currently there is no need to fill out the Israel Entry Form, and there is no need to present a recovery or vaccination certificate in order to enter Israel. However, these are the standards set by the Israeli Ministry of Health, you should also check the instructions of the relevant airline or cruise line.
Do the buses in Israel take cash? ›
Once you have a rav kav, you can either load cash, or purchase contracts for certain regions or bus companies. Rav Kav Service Center. Make sure to bring your passport for this!What time does the King Hussein border close? ›
There are three border crossings between Jordan and Israel. The Allenby/King Hussein Bridge, 57km away from Amman, is located in the southern Jordan Valley and is open Sun–Thurs 08:00hrs – 21:00hrs, and Fri-Sat 08:00hrs – 12:00hrs.What do I need to enter Jordan from Israel? ›
Documents required for crossing:
- A passport, valid for at least 6 months. - A paid crossing toll. - An entry visa into Jordan – issued at the Jordanian terminal. - An approval of advance registration on the VISIT JORDAN website and a negative COVID-19 test conducted within the 72 hours prior to the time of crossing.
A tourist visa is required for U.S. and Canadian passport holders for entry into Jordan. There are currently two options available as outlined below. Note: Travellers entering Jordan from Israel by land via the Allenby Bridge must obtain a visa stamp prior to departure.Can US citizen enter Jordan? ›
Yes. Jordan issues single entry visas to U.S. citizens upon arrival at Queen Alia International Airport and most international land border crossings.What is considered rude in Jordan? ›
If it's possible to generalize, the three things that most annoy local people about foreign tourists in Jordan are immodest dress, public displays of affection and lack of social respect.Is it OK to wear shorts in Jordan? ›
You will rarely see a local Jordanian wearing shorts, unless they are in Aqaba at the beach. With that being said, men can get away with shorts in Jordan. Tourists, in reality, can wear whatever they want, but if you are looking to respect the local culture, then opt for pants and tshirts in most situations.Can you wear jeans in Jordan? ›
Can you wear jeans in Jordan? Definitely! Jeans are perfect for covering up, although I wouldn't want to attract any unnecessary attention by wearing jeans that were tight around my bum. But that's just personal preference!Do I need to carry my passport in Jordan? ›
Always carry your passport on you: you'll need it to check into hotels and to ease your way through any checkpoints.Do I need cash for Jordan? ›
Jordan is a cash society. In most places (other than top-end hotels and restaurants) the only acceptable method of payment is cash dinars. Dollars and other foreign currencies are generally not accepted. Jordan is also very safe; crime is exceptionally low, and you do not need to worry about carrying cash with you.
Can you hold hands in public in Jordan? ›
Furthermore, even public displays of affection such as holding hands, caressing, or kissing in public are frowned upon. If they're construed as being overtly sexual in any way, you could be charged with public indecency or worse.Who can cross Allenby Bridge? ›
The Allenby Bridge Crossing serves as a passage point for travelers and goods between the Yehuda and Shomron region and Jordan and between the Palestinian Authority and Jordan. Palestinian residents and tourists only may use the Crossing; Israelis are not allowed to cross.Can Israelis cross at Allenby? ›
Passage of goods through the terminal is between Jordan and the Palestinian Authority; Israeli citizens may not cross via the terminal.Can you cross the border between Jordan and Saudi Arabia? ›
Visitors can travel to Jordan by road from Iraq through Al-Karamah Border Crossing, which is 331km away from Amman and is open 24/7 throughout the year. Saudi Arabia: - There are three border crossings with Saudi Arabia from the east: - Umari Border Crossing: 155km away from Amman and open 24/7 throughout the year.Is Jerash included in Jordan pass? ›
Why should you get the Jordan pass ? Petra, Jerash, Wadi Rum, and much more. entry visa is included in the pass. covering all of Jordan's tourist attractions.How much are Israel border fees? ›
There is an Israel departure fee which varies between 150-185 Shekels (approx. US $40-51). This fee is collected by your Tour Manager and must be paid in Israeli New Shekels. There is an Israel departure fee of approximately $65.