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Round trip starting from Israel to Jordan and back again

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Round trip starting from Israel to Jordan and back again

Hello,

A bunch of friends (10 of us!) are planning to travel to Tel Aviv at the end of Jan 2013. We plan to tour Jerusalem for a day or two, drive over to Jordan to visit the Dead Sea, Petra, Wadi Rum and Aqaba. I have visited Jordan before but not Israel, and wondered logistically how things work.

I have read other topics but could not find what i'm looking for, can you help?

1. Is it possible to rent a car in Tel Aviv, take it over to Jordan via Jerusalem and Amman crossing (i'm hearing a lot of Eilat, however we would like to travel via Amman) and return it back to Tel Aviv?

2. If it's a problem driving an Israeli plate car in Jordan, is it feasible to drop of the car near the Jericho and hire a car that we can drive into Jordan?

3. Is it possible to arrive during Friday night or Saturday in TLV to pick up the car? How strict are they with regards to the Sabbath?

4. Any ideas how long it takes to cross the borders?

5. Any other tips on passport stamps, dos and don'ts?

Thank you in advance,

Missy.

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1. Re: Round trip starting from Israel to Jordan and back again

To answer your questions

1. No - you cannot rent a car in Israel and take it across the border.

2. You can't drop the car near Jericho - only at one of the offices of the company you use - and again - you can't rent a car on the west side of the Jordan river to take across the border

3. It is possible to drive in Tel Aviv on Shabbat - and for that matter almost everywhere in Israel, the exception would be a few ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods and small, observant communities. You can only rent a car on the Sabbath at the airport - all other rental offices will be closed starting around noon or 1 pm on Friday - will re-open only Sunday morning.

4. How long it takes to cross the border is a function of how busy they are, how long the lines are, and which border crossing you use. The Allenby Bridge crossing will usually take the longest - plus you cannot get a Jordanian visa there - you will have to arrange for one before you leave home.

5. You can request not to have Israeli stamps in your passport if you are considering future travel to countries that will ban your entry if you've been to Israel. However, the minute you have a Jordanian stamp from a land crossing with Israel it will be obvious where you have been.

BTW - you can visit the Dead Sea in Israel as well, no need to go to Jordan for that.

It seems that what you are most interested in for Jordan is Petra, Wadi Rum and Aqaba - for that you really are better off using the Arava border crossing which is near Eilat and near your destinations in Jordan.

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2. Re: Round trip starting from Israel to Jordan and back again

Oreets, thanks very much for your post. Most interesting. Will have to get back to the drawing board with my friends. Thanks again!

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3. Re: Round trip starting from Israel to Jordan and back again

For 10 adults, you will need 2 cars. It may be more cost-effective, and more efficient too, to hire a minibus and driver. You'll need jeeps and a guide to see Wadi Rum properly - parts of it have no roads at all. You can put a guided tour together either with an Israeli company like Desert Eco Tours or a Jordanian outfit (post on the Jordanian forum).

You don't need (or want) a car in Jerusalem.

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