cross borders israel/jordan/egypt
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Oct 16, 2012 6:57 PM Last Post By: 1Backpacker
Aug 15, 2012 6:50 AM
We go in september to Israel/jordan and Egypt.
We would like to know if it's possible to cross the border from Israel to Jordan at Hussein Bridge on a saturday or sunday?
To cross the border from Jordan to Egypt, can we go from Aqaba to Taba or do we have to go Aqaba - Eliat and Eliat - Taba. After that we would like to go to Luxor. We were wondering if there is a ferry going from either Taba or Sharm-el-Sheik to Hurghada. Or is it possible to go directly from Aqaba to Hurghada with a ferry?
An en Inge
Aug 15, 2012 10:11 AM
Did you read FAQ #52 about Jewish holidays in Israel in September?
Egypt and Jordan do not share a land border - Israel is between them.
You can only go directly between Jordan and Egypt via ferry (Nuweiba - Aqaba). However, it makes no sense to use the ferry unless you want to avoid Israel evidence in your passport or you must get an Israel visa in advance to enter the country.
Aug 24, 2012 6:30 PM
2Why does it make no sense to take the Aqaba to Nuweiba ferry? Is it that expensive or does it take as long as the overland route via Eilat and Taba crossing? I'm not concerned about the stamp since I'll be flying into Tel Aviv, but the overland route seems more roundabout and involves several bus transfers (every border crossing) as well as entry/exit fees and delays for the border crossings. I am planning on doing a similar route as the OP, Jerusalem to Dead Sea to Amman via Allenby crossing, to Petra to Aqaba to Dahab to Sharm to Nile.
Also is there enough time to make a stop on the Dead Sea (Kalya Beach on the NW shore) for a few hours on the way from Jerusalem to Amman?
Lastly, can I get a Jordan visa in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem if I fill out and bring paperwork ahead of time? It is recommended to get an Egyptian visa (and I assume Jordan visa as well) in advance of my trip since I'm entering both by land or ferry, but I don't think I have time to get both since I'm departing in less than a month and don't want to risk my passport not getting back in time in the mail.
Aug 25, 2012 7:26 AM
3The overland route is much cheaper and faster (as has been noted on a parallel thread). It may be longer in kilometers, but what counts is the time, not the distance. The overland route between Jordan and Egypt is always the preferable route, with 2 exceptions (1) one wants to avoid 'Israel evidence' in one's passport, OR (2) one's passport requires a visa in advance for Israel. There one other thing you should be aware of: To go to Egypt proper via the Taba crossing (as opposed to eastern Sinai only), one needs an Egyptian visa in advance. This may be obtained at any Egyptian consulate worldwide, so it's best to get it before you start traveling. However, one may also get it at the Egyptian consulate in Eilat - quite straightforward and takes half a day. I assume (but don't know for sure) that you can get it at the consulate in Aqaba as well, or anywhere along the way. Of course, this is irrelevant when going in the other direction, namely, Egypt to Jordan.
Aug 25, 2012 7:33 AM
The short answer is NO, since there isn't time and it's not on the way.
In Tel Aviv, yes. There is no Jordanian consulate in Jerusalem.
If you go via the ferry you from Aqaba to Nuweiba, you do not need an Egyptian visa in advance. If you go overland (recommended), you do - if you want to continue to Egypt proper.
Aug 26, 2012 3:58 AM
5Are there Egyptian consulates in Tel Aviv and/or Jerusalem? I think I will have some free time in Tel Aviv as there isn't much to see there and will try and get both Jordan and Egypt visas there.
Sounds like I should maybe spend an extra day/night in Jerusalem and make a day trip from there to the Dead Sea before departing and proceeding on to Amman and Petra.
Aug 26, 2012 10:51 PM
Sep 10, 2012 1:46 PM
7Oops - I booked my flight to Tel Aviv on a Saturday night to avoid the Sabbath, but I don't suppose the embassies are open on Sunday. So I have to extend my stay until Monday or perhaps try to get my visas in Ankara since I plan to be there around midweek a few days before. Do you happen to know the addresses of the embassies in Ankara? Thanks.
Sep 10, 2012 10:21 PM
Sep 10, 2012 10:28 PM
9Just checked further.
The Jordanian embassy is listed as being open 9am-3pm, Sunday-Thursday.
I can't find the hours of the Egyptian embassy, but you can call them Sunday morning. Also advisable to call Jordanian embassy to verify exact hours they are open.
Sep 11, 2012 12:37 AM
A1, when it comes to consulates I think it makes a difference which country's consulate it is. For example, the US consulate in Jerusalem works Mondays-Fridays - at least for the US citizens' services department. And they take off US holidays, etc. So it makes sense that the Jordanian consulate is open during the standard Middle East work week, but that may not hold true for all consulates. Not particularly relevant to this question, but as a general principle I thought it was worth mentioning.
Sep 11, 2012 1:53 AM
Sep 11, 2012 3:29 PM
12If Israel and the Muslims countries both consider F-Sa the weekend, then that works out perfect. Also of note, I've noticed that museums, palaces, and archaeological sites all seem to close on Mondays throughout Europe and the Middle East as well. While I'm traveling 7 days a week, I tend to forget when the weekend is as it all becomes a blur and have to plan ahead to make sure I'm not in one location only on a Monday, etc. I made the mistake of traveling to Venice on May Day weekend (I wondered why the train isles were full of people sitting on their luggage and it was hard to move in a sea of people on that tiny island) and to Florence on a Monday. If I have time in Ankara, I'll try to get my visas there as I hate leaving things to the last minute and risking loosing days or blowing my itinerary if I'm unable to visit Jordan or Egypt as scheduled.
Oct 16, 2012 6:57 PM
13Can someone recommend stores in Ankara or Tel Aviv that will take passport photos? I stopped by the Egyptian embassy in Athens and found out that my color photos printed on paper are not acceptable. I don't supose they'll use a digital image either as I had to use the copier to reduce to passport size. Also they wanted to keep my passport for 5 business days!
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