Taba Border Crossing
|Taba Border Crossing|
The Egyptian border terminal
|Official name||Taba Border Crossing
|Carries||Pedestrians, Vehicles, Containers|
|Crosses||Border between Egypt and Israel|
|Locale|| Taba, Egypt
|Maintained by|| Arab Republic of Egypt
Israel Airports Authority
|Total length||200 metres (Israeli side)|
|Width||45 metres (Israeli side)|
|Opened||26 April 1982|
|Toll||LE £75.00 (Inbound Egypt)
NIS ₪96.00 (Outbound Israel)
|Daily traffic||2,147 pedestrians in 2005
74 vehicles in 2005
Opened on April 26, 1982 it is currently the only entry/exit point between the two countries that handles tourists. The site is at the bottom of Mount Tallul and was close to Raffi Nelson's Nelson Village and the Sonesta Hotel which both closed due to the handing over of the Sinai to Egyptian control in exchange for normalization of relations. Under terms of the deal, Israelis would be able to visit the Red Sea coast from Taba to Sharm el-Sheikh (and Saint Catherine's Monastery) visa free for visits up to fourteen days. In 1999, the terminal handled a record amount of 1,038,828 tourists and 89,422 vehicles.
In February 2014, a coach taking tourists to Saint Catherine's Monastery in Sinai exploded in Taba shortly before crossing the border to Israel. Three South Korean nationals and one Egyptian national were killed, while 14 South Koreans were injured; the blast was blamed on terrorists.
The Israeli border terminal was opened in September 1995 at a cost of US $3 million.
Services within the terminal
- Drive in stations for those traveling by car
- Change Place stand offering a money exchange
- James Richardson duty-free shop
Transportation to and from the terminal
The Israeli border terminal can be reached from within Israel via Egged bus number 15 from Eilat's central bus station. Privately owned Israeli cars and rental cars may cross through the terminal. But rental cars from Israel may only stay in the confines of the Egyptian border terminal (this includes the parking lots of the Hilton Taba and Mövenpick Taba Resort) while privately owned Israeli cars may travel within the Sinai after a change of license plates, registration and the payment of a tax.
All travelers to Egypt must pay a border-crossing fee before leaving Israel. The border-crossing fee is NIS 100 (February 2013) per traveler. The fee is quoted in NIS and is updated once a year (on January 1) linked to the Consumer Price Index. It is also payable by credit card for an additional Service charge of 5 NIS.
- Eilat Airport
- Eilat Ashkelon Pipeline Company
- Eilot (kibbutz)
- Operation Ovda
- Ovda International Airport
- Port of Eilat
- Yotvata Airfield
Entry stamp to Israel from Taba in an Israeli passport.
Entry stamp to Egypt from Eilat in a US passport.
An Israeli "entry denied" stamp from the Taba Border Crossing. Note an English misspelling: entery denied. Also there is a spelling difference with a sample of 2005 from the same crossing
- "Sinai attacks: Deadly bombing hits Egypt tour bus". BBC NEWS. 16 February 2014.
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