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You must have a valid passport that does not have an expiration date within 6 months of your planned visit. The easiest way to get to Petra from Israel is via the Eilat/Aqaba Crossing. First take an Israel taxi from Eilat to the border (officially around NIS 35, although many drivers will demand a higher rate). Pack lightly, or carry a bag on wheels, as you will have to walk from the Israeli border across a no man’s land of approximately .8km ( 1/2 mile). At press time, there was a NIS 100 departure tax you must pay at the Israel border. Travelers from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand entering Jordan overland from Israel can get a 15-day single entry visa for JD 20 (approximately $30) at the Eilat/Aqaba Crossing (also known as the Yitzhak Rabin Crossing). When leaving Jordan to reenter Israel, there is a Jordanian exit fee of JD 5.

Important: If you entered Jordan via the Eilat/Aqaba Crossing, you can reenter Israel at the Eilat/Aqaba crossing or at the Sheik Hussein crossing in northern Jordan near the Israeli town of Beit She'an, but you cannot reenter Israel via the Allenby Bridge/King Hussein Crossing into the West Bank near Jericho. No entry visas are issued at the Allenby Bridge Crossing from the West Bank into Jordan; if you plan to use this route, you must obtain your Jordanian visa ahead of time from a Jordanian Consulate or Embassy. If you have your Jordanian visa ahead of time, and you exited Israel via the Allenby/King Hussein Bridge (not to be confused with the Sheik Hussein Bridge in the north), then you can reenter Israel via the Allenby Bridge. Note: The Allenby Bridge Crossing involves travel through the currently unstable West Bank, and can involve very long delays at the Allenby Bridge due to security. We don’t recommend using this route. All border crossings are closed on Yom Kippur and on Eid al Adha.

Good travel agents and reputable tour companies can generally handle the arrangements for their clients’ visas. To find the nearest Jordanian diplomatic mission to your location, go to the Jordanian Foreign Ministry website at www.mfa.gov.jo.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.