Jordan River Crossing

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Jordan River Crossing
מסוף נהר ירדן
معبر نهر الأردن
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Coordinates 32°29′49″N 35°34′32″E / 32.49694°N 35.57556°E / 32.49694; 35.57556Coordinates: 32°29′49″N 35°34′32″E / 32.49694°N 35.57556°E / 32.49694; 35.57556
Carries Pedestrians, Vehicles, Containers
Crosses Jordan River
Locale Israel Beit She'an, Israel
Jordan Irbid, Jordan
Official name Jordan River Crossing
מסוף נהר ירדן
معبر نهر الأردن
Maintained by Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Israel Airports Authority
Website www.iaa.gov.il (English)
History
Opened November 1994
Statistics
Daily traffic 1,044 pedestrians in 2005
103 vehicles in 2005
Toll JD10.00 (Outbound Jordan)
101.00 (Outbound Israel)
Jordan River Crossing is located in Israel
Jordan River Crossing
Jordan River Crossing
Location of the Jordan River Crossing at Israel-Jordan border

The Jordan River Crossing (Hebrew: מסוף נהר ירדן‎‎, Arabic: معبر نهر الأردن‎‎) or Sheikh Hussein Bridge is an international border crossing between Irbid, Jordan and Beit She'an, Israel. Opened in November 1994, it is currently one of three entry/exit points between the two countries that handles tourists.

Operation[edit]

The crossing is open for individuals (incl. tourists and private cars)

  • Sunday-Thursday: 07:00 AM to 8:30 PM
  • Friday and Saturday: 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM

Cargo terminal operating hours

  • Sunday-Thursday: 07:00 AM to 8:00 PM
  • Friday and Saturday: cargo terminal is closed to any activity.

Entrance to the departure hall with private vehicles for those departing from Israel to Jordan is be possible on weekends until 18:00. The terminal operates throughout the year, excluding Yom Kippur and Islamic New Year.

Transportation[edit]

There is no public transportation to the terminal, though private buses can cross the border (like the bus from Nazareth to Amman). Passengers may pass between the Israeli and Jordanian terminal by foot, still a bus service is available every 25 minutes that runs between the two terminals. Rental cars may be left in the parking lot, which has a per day fee.

From the Jordanian terminal to the Israeli terminal, one must travel by car or bus. Passing from Israel to Jordan by motorbike or bicycle is forbidden, but passengers are allowed to transit from Jordan to Israel with a motorbike.

Privately owned Israeli cars may cross through the Israeli terminal and travel within Jordan after a change of license plates, registration and the payment of a tax at Jordan customs. For Drivers entering with a private car – International driver's license – can be issued at the MEMSI branch at the Israeli terminal.

Visa[edit]

To use the Jordan River Crossing, all passports are required to be valid for at least 6 months. Jordanian visa is available on arrival to Israeli citizens, issued at the Jordanian terminal and costs JD14. Jordanian visa to citizens of other countries costs JD40 for single entry valid two months and JD120 for multiple entry valid six months.

Israeli visa exemption applies to citizens of over 90 countries, who do not require a visa to enter Israel for a maximum stay of 3 months for tourism only. A person who does not wish to receive Israeli entry/exit stamps on their passport can request to get the stamp on a separate card. Whereas Jordanian citizens must have an Israeli visa before arrival and confirmation to travel from the Israeli government is most likely required.

Currency exchange[edit]

There are no ATMs at Israeli and Jordanian terminals. Exchange is available at the local banks at both the terminals after exit.

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