Passing the land borders makes it easy for visitors to access Israel via Jordan. King Hussein Bridge (Allenby) Terminal is one of the border crossings where travelers can access Israel from Jordan, however, it is usually advised to travel through Yitzhak Rabin/Wadi Arava Crossing.
How to get to the King Hussein Bridge (Allenby) Terminal Crossing
The King Hussein Bridge (Allenby) Border crossing terminal is located approximately 57 km from the capital city of Amman and is the closest border to the city. It is easy to arrange taxis directly with most hotels in Amman or take a shared taxi with other travelers directly to the Israeli-Jordanian border. There is a shared taxi service at Tabarbor Mujamaa Shamali. You can also take the JETT bus from Abdali at 7:00 am daily, the cost is 10 JOD. Another option is to join a group tour to help you cross from Jordan into Israel.
Process for crossing the King Hussein Bridge (Allenby) Terminal Crossing
Some sites or sources will say that the King Hussein Bridge (Allenby) Terminal Crossing is not open to tourists, however, this is not the case. Tourists may cross at this border however it is important to check official border sites for updates in the event of a closure. You will enter a window and proceed through customs as the immigration officers will check your passport. You may need to pay a departure tax depending on when you entered Jordan. Most likely it will be the 10 JOD exit fee and you will receive an exit stamp in your passport. The immigration officers will take your passport as you cross from Jordan into Israel and will bring your passports over as you wait on the shuttle once the passports are processed. You will then take a shuttle to the Israeli side of the border where your bags will be searched, and you will go through questioning and processing with Israeli immigration.
Advantages of crossing from Jordan to Israel with a Tour Group
Although it is possible to cross through the Allenby crossing as a tourist it is much easier to join an organized group tour. This can make the border crossing procedure more efficient and much easier with assistance. One of our most popular tours from Amman to Jerusalem crosses through Allenby with assistance. Read up on how to cross from Amman to Jerusalem.
Times to Cross from Jordan to Israel at King Hussein Bridge
The King Hussein Bridge (Allenby) Terminal Crossing Border Crossing is open 7 days a week with the exception of Yom Kippur and the Muslim New year in which there will be border closures.
Sunday-Thursday open 07:30 – 22:00
Friday and Saturday open 07:30 – 13:00
Passport Requirements for King Hussein Bridge (Allenby) Terminal Crossing
Always make sure you have six months of passport validity in order to enter from Jordan into Israel, as well as a blank page which is required for the entry stamp. You can obtain a 3-month visa upon arrival for Israel through Sheikh Hussein Crossing – however, it is important to check depending on your specific nationality as some travelers may require a visa for Israel.
Exit Stamps When Exiting Jordan to Enter Israel
If your first point of entry into Jordan is from Queen Alia International Airport you will have an entry stamp to Jordan in your passport. If you plan to cross into Israel and do not intend on returning to Jordan you will not have an exit stamp from Jordan which can sometimes seem suspicious of how you exited Jordan and shows that you entered Israel. In order to avoid this, you can tell the airport staff when you arrive that you plan to cross into Israel and ask for your visa on an additional piece of paper rather than inside your passport. This is not guaranteed and the airport security at the airport may not approve this request but you can ask.
Israeli Stamping Procedure at King Hussein Bridge (Allenby) Terminal
In general, at the King Hussein Bridge (Allenby) crossing the Israeli border control will stamp passports. You can always kindly ask them not to stamp inside your passport but make sure you are very clear when you are requesting this. Keep in mind it is not a guarantee, but if you ask clearly they will likely not stamp your passport. Rather than receiving a stamp, you will get a piece of paper where the stamp will show proof of entry and exit for Israel.
Exit fees to cross from Jordan to Israel at King Hussein Bridge (Allenby) Terminal
Upon exiting Jordan to Israel the tax will be approximately 108 NIS (approx $32 USD – subject to change).
Currency at the Jordanian-Israeli Border
Both JOD and USD are accepted at Allenby Crossing. There is an ATM available on the Israeli side of the border if you want to take out money.
Bathrooms and Food Services at King Hussein Bridge (Allenby) Terminal
There is a restaurant in the passenger hall on the Israeli side of King Hussein Bridge (Allenby) Terminal and bathrooms.
Getting around once you’ve crossed from Jordan to Israel
After you have crossed the border from Jordan into Israel, depending on where you plan to travel there are public buses available or a taxi to your destination. It is helpful to join an organized tour group which will not only offer border assistance but will provide transportation directly where you want to go once in Israel, for example to Jerusalem. This 1 day Jerusalem tour from Amman includes all transportation, guiding and border assistance and make much easier travel between Jordan and Israel.