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.
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!