Travelling to Palestine

Due to the ongoing Israeli occupation, Palestine does not have control over its border or points of entry and exit. The Yasser Arafat International Airport in Gaza which was officially opened on November 24th 1998 Airport has been severely destroyed and shut down by the Israeli Authorities since late 2000. Therefore, in order to travel to Palestine you must pass through Israel. There are multiple entry options to enter Israel and consequently reach destination Palestine.

Visitors to Jordan and Egypt can also easily visit Palestine through traveling through some of the below crossings points.

By Air:

Ben Gurion International Airport located between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Most international airlines operate flights to Israel. Furthermore, there are also daily flights between Israel and Jordan’s Queen Ali International Airport in Amman.

By Sea:

There are several shipping lines offering cruises that stop in Israel. The three main ports are Haifa, Ashdod and Eilat which are all within driving distance from Jerusalem, Jericho and other Palestinian cities.

By Land:

Currently, Israel only has diplomatic ties with Jordan and Egypt. Land crossings include:

To and from Jordan

The Allenby-King Hussein Bridge border crossing

Crossing between Israel / Jordan:
Israeli Side:
Tel # (02) 548-2600
Jordanian Side:
Border Commander Office Tel : 962-5-358-1030

This border crossing is the closest to the Amman airport and closest to Jerusalem on the other side of the border (around 30km).
Days & Hours of Operation
The Terminal is open for business at the times stated below, 7 days a week, all year round, with the exception of Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) and the first day of the Muslim Feast of Sacrifice, when the Palestinian Wing is closed.

Days & Hours of Operation
Sunday to Thursday – 08:00 – 00:24
Friday and Saturday – 08:00 – 15:00

Rates & Passage Fees
The border-crossing fee is NIS 171 per traveler. The fee is quoted in NIS and is updated once a year.

Getting to and from the Crossing:
Travelers at the terminal can use the following travel options:

  • Special fare taxis to anywhere in Israel.
  • Taxi service to East Jerusalem.
  • Bus service of the Abdul Hai Shahin company of Jericho.
  • Taxis from anywhere in the country
Crossing between Israel and Jordan
Tel # 04 – 6093400
Jordanian Side:
Border Commander Office Tel 962-2-655-0524/3

Days & Hours of Operation
Sunday to Thursday: 06:30 – 21:00 Friday and Saturday: 08:00 – 20:00
The terminal operates throughout the year, with the exception of Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) and the Muslim New Year – Id el Hijara

Rates & Passage Fees
The border-crossing fee is NIS 98 per traveler. The fee is quoted in NIS and is updated once a year.

Getting to and from the Crossing:

  • Taxis
    Private vehicles – it is possible to cross over to Jordan with the vehicle or to park it at the parking lot adjacent to the Terminal – for a fee.
Crossing between Eilat/Israel and Aqaba /Jordan:
Tel # 08-6300555
Jordanian Side:
Border Commander Office Tel 962-3-201-6851
Customs office: tel 962-3-201-9721 or 962-3-2411

Days & Hours of Operation
Sunday to Thursday – 06:30 – 00:20
Friday and Saturday – 08:00 – 20:00
The Passenger Terminal is open for business at these times 7 days a week, all year round, with the exception of Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) and the Muslim New Year (Id il Hajira).

Rates & Passage Fees
The border-crossing fee is NIS 98 per traveler. The fee is quoted in NIS and is updated once a year.

Getting to and from the Crossing:
The Terminal can be reached by taxi, shared service taxi from Eilat, or by private vehicle.
Travelers by car can continue to Jordan by car or park the vehicle in the parking lot adjacent to the Terminal.

Arriving from Jordan:
Arrivals at Aqaba, either through the port, the airport or at the crossing from Israel, are granted a free visa to Jordan. There is no obligation associated with this visa, provided that they leave the country within 1 month of arrival, and that they do not need to renew their visa

To & From Egypt

Crossing between Sinai/Egypt and Eilat/Israel
Tel # 08-6360999

Days / Hours of Operation
The Terminal is open for business 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round, with the exception of Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) and the Muslim Feast of the Sacrifice, when the Terminal is closed.
On Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) and the Muslim Feast of the Sacrifice, it is advisable to follow announcements in the media in order to find out the exact hours of operation.

Rates & Passage Fees
All travelers to Egypt must pay a border-crossing fee before leaving Israel.
The border-crossing fee is NIS 98 per traveler. The fee is quoted in NIS and is updated once a year.

Getting to and from the Crossing:

  • By taxi from Eilat
  • Egged bus 15 – from the Eilat Central Bus Station
  • Tourist Companies buses

Denied Entry into Israel:

There have been some instances where visitors to Palestine were not allowed entry into Palestine. If for some reason you are denied entry, please make sure you visit http://www.righttoenter.ps/etemplate.php?id=70 for updated information on what to do and who to contact.

Entry into Gaza

Exiting Gaza via the Erez crossing into Israel, which is tightly restricted by the Government of Israel, is nearly impossible. Exit through the Rafah border crossing into Egypt is unpredictable and can involve significant expense.

Relevant to Palestinian ID holders:

  • Palestinian Authority Areas-Only Stamp. Anyone indicating at the Allenby Bridge-King Hussein border crossing that he or she has connections to the West Bank or plans to travel to the West Bank may be given an entry stamp that permits travel only in Palestinian Authority-controlled areas of the West Bank. This stamp does not permit such travelers to enter Jerusalem or Israel. Travelers who have received such a stamp may file an appeal with the Israeli military’s district coordination offices in the West Bank, but appeals are rarely approved.
  • Palestinian ID holders Must Enter Through the Allenby Border Crossing. The Government of Israel does not currently permit foreign citizens with Palestinian nationality (or even, in some cases, the claim to it) to enter Israel via Ben Gurion International Airport. Many travelers have been sent back to their home country upon arrival. Others have been allowed to enter Israel but told they cannot depart Israel via Ben Gurion without special permission, which is rarely granted. Some families have been separated as a result, and other travelers have forfeited expensive airline tickets. If you believe that you may be affected by this rule, confirm with your local Israeli embassy before departure that you will be able to enter and depart through Ben Gurion. You may prefer to alter your travel plans to enter via the Allenby-King Hussein border crossing.

Useful Links:

Right to Enter www.righttoenter.ps
Jordan Tourism Board (http://www.visitjordan.com/visitjordan_cms/Default.aspx?tabid=61)
Israel Airport Authority (http://www.iaa.gov.il/ )
Palestinian Ministry of Tourism & Antiquities www.travelpalestine.ps
US Consulate General http://jerusalem.usconsulate.gov/border-crossings.html

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