Jordan – A Side Trip during your tour of Israel
- It is possible to reserve a private guide with a van or a bus tour to Jordan for 2-3 days to see the main tourist attractions – Petra, Garash/Jarash , Mount Nebo, the mosaic floor at the Madabah Church, Karek fortress, ancient Philadelphia (Amman), Wadi Ram, Aquaba and the Dana nature reserve.
- There is also a one day bus tour or private tour to Petra from Eilat. It is also possible to join this tour through a flight connection to and from Tel-Aviv/Jerusalem.
- These tours can be organized thru your Israeli tour-person.
- Crossing the border to Jordan at the Arava crossing north of Eilat, and the Sheik Hussein Bridge near Tiberius is possible without a pre-arranged visa. A visa will be issued to you on the spot. To cross at the Allenby Bridge, near Jericho, you will need a visa acquired in your country before you leave. You passport should be valid for at least six months after your arrival in Jordan.
- To the price quoted for your tour you will generally have to add border taxes and visa cost, and of course some meals, refreshments and tips.
Important – Visas for Jordan from 1st January 2016 – The Jordanian authorities are making changes to their visa policies on the Eilat border from 1st Jan 2016.
Visitors who have an embassy issued entry visa to Jordan stamped in their passport prior to arriving at the border can disregard the following points and book their tour as usual.
Visitors to Petra and Jordan without visas must provide their passport details at least 48 hours before departure so an entry visa can be arranged in time for their tour. For Petra trips the visa is issued at a cost of $60 per person which is payable at the border on the day of the tour.
Visitors remaining 2 nights or more in Jordan are exempt from the visa fee but must still send their passport details at least 48 hours before departure.
The amount to be paid in cash at the border will be $62 for the border taxes and tips + $60 for the visa.
We hope that the Jordanian authorities will reconsider the restrictions on the Eilat-Aqaba border and once again allow the free flow of tourists that have been such a consistent and positive part of the tourism industry of Petra, Wadi Rum and Aqaba. Until then we shall continue to provide the best service we can with the continued support of our Jordanian partners and friends.