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Day Trip from Aqaba to Eilat

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Day Trip from Aqaba to Eilat

Is it possible to cross the border and do a day trip to Eilat from Aqaba? If so, do you need a special visa? Also how far is it and what transport would we need?

We are touring Jordan and flying in and out of Amman, but it might be fun to do a day trip on our stay in Aqaba.

Thanks a lot for your responses!

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1. Re: Day Trip from Aqaba to Eilat

Hello Babsbaby and welcome to TripAdvisor!

I'll answer the Israeli part of your question:

I see that you are from the United Kingdom. UK Passports holders get tourist visa on entry to Israel, no pre-arrangements needed.

Please check in advance the opening times of the Arava border crossing, which is named after Yitzhak Rabin on its Israeli side. Official website (Israeli side) - www.iaa.gov.il/Rashat/en-US/Borders/Arava/

Once crossing into Israel, you can take a taxi or a shared taxi (a taxi van with 10 seats, cheaper than a taxi but waits till it's full) to Eilat. Currency exchange (in Israel we use New Israeli Shekel (NIS) or Shekel for short) are available at the border or everywhere in Eilat.

Eilat official tourism website: http://www.redseaeilat.com/

Enjoy your vacation in Jordan and Eilat!

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2. Re: Day Trip from Aqaba to Eilat

Hi Guest,

Welcome to Jordan.

Yes it possible to cross the border and do a day trip to Eilat from Aqaba, very easy!

From Aqaba city to Arava border -/+15 minutes, taxi cost approx 8JOD (One way).

Exit fees 10JD per person.

Amos, is there a departure tax when they back from Eilat to Aqaba??

Enjoy

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3. Re: Day Trip from Aqaba to Eilat

Yes, there is a departure fee - 100 NIS (20 euro).

The passenger must pay for it before clearing customs. The process:

Departure fee (paid at the Change Place LTD desk) -> Customs -> Immigration -> Exit to Jordanian terminal.

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4. Re: Day Trip from Aqaba to Eilat

Thank you both for your kind help. I am looking forward to my vacation!

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5. Re: Day Trip from Aqaba to Eilat

We paid 98 NIS departure tax + 5 NIS commission upon leaving Israel in November, so altogether it was 103 NIS.

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6. Re: Day Trip from Aqaba to Eilat

Yes, it was 98 NIS, but as of 1.1.2013, the departure fee is now 100 NIS.

You pay the commision only if you do it at the border terminal itself (where you would pay 105 NIS total, per person).

If you pay the departure fee at Eilat post office - you don't pay the 5 NIS commision.

Eilat post office is on the "Red Mall", just behind "Shalom center" - in front of Eilat's airport terminal. Map (post office marked with "A"): http://goo.gl/maps/UQO0s

Opening hours of Eilat post office: Sun, Mon, Tue, Thu: 08:00-18:00; Wed 08:00-13:30; Fri 08:00-12:00. Closed on saturdays.

Edited: 08 February 2013, 16:07
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7. Re: Day Trip from Aqaba to Eilat

Thanks for the info about the Post Office! Next time we might do it this way. :))

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