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Confirm some crossing details - Rabin (Arava)

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Confirm some crossing details - Rabin (Arava)

Good Day,

From what I can gather a US citizen should be able to cross from Jordan to Israel near Eilat at the Rabin (Arava) crossing on a Friday from 8:00AM to 8:00PM, and that an entry visa can be obtained at that time. Is all this correct? Is this a busy crossing at some periods of the day? It would be nice to see sunset at Wadi Rum before sprinting for the crossing.

mfa.gov.il/MFA/…Crossing_points.aspx

We are seeking to take an Egged bus from Eilat a couple of days later, on Sunday, and it appears that route 444 is the right choice. Are reservations required? The Egged web site does not show dates more than a week out. Perhaps we should call from Petra..

An alternative would be to bus first to Masada and then on to Jerusalem. Is this realistic or a stretch?

Many thanks for your advice!

Marty

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1. Re: Confirm some crossing details - Rabin (Arava)

Yes, you can get a Jordanian visa on arrival at that crossing.

Yes, the bus from Eilat to Jerusalem is route 444. You should reserve in advance to be sure of getting on the bus. Online reservations are possible only in Hebrew, but you can reserve by telephone in English, from two weeks before you want to travel up till about two hours before. (Egged needs to know approximately how many people are travelling and therefore how many buses to put on - sometimes two or more buses travel in convoy.)

It's true that all the bus timetables are shown for only one week in advance, updated daily, but you can assume they won't change. The timetable for Eilat to Jerusalem has been the same for as long as I can remember, although some extra buses are put on in July and August (if that's relevant).

You can, if you like, take the same bus to Masada and continue from there to Jerusalem on a later bus. There are more buses from Masada, which start from Neveh Zohar (at the southern end of the Dead Sea).

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2. Re: Confirm some crossing details - Rabin (Arava)

To avoid any confusion - an American citizen can get a tourist visa to Israel at any border crossing upon arrival.

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3. Re: Confirm some crossing details - Rabin (Arava)

Oops, yes, that's true. I misread the OP as wanting a Jordanian visa.

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4. Re: Confirm some crossing details - Rabin (Arava)

Shuffaluff and Oreets, You two are just the best! Thanks for the quick and very detailed response. Looks like I'll need to learn Hebrew quickly here to get this bus booked.

Regards, Marty

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5. Re: Confirm some crossing details - Rabin (Arava)

You can always call Egged and speak with someone in English.

Chana

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