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How To Travel To Israel

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By plane

Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport (IATA: TLV) is Israel’s major international airport, serving both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. It is about 40 kilometers from Jerusalem and 12 kilometers from downtown Tel Aviv. This airport is where the majority of tourists visiting Israel arrive. The entire description may be found in the article.

Ovda (IATA: VDA) is Israel’s second international airport (used mainly by charter airlines) and serves the south of the country, mostly Eilat.

By boat

Traveling to Israel by water is quite tough. Louis Cruises and Salamis Cruises are the major operators on the route from Limassol, Cyprus, to Haifa, Israel. These are cruise services, so they don’t promote one-way prices. However, if you’re persistent and they have room, they may be prepared to transport you for about €150-170 if you show up at the port office on the day of departure. Both businesses seem to start and discontinue cruises on short notice, so check with your local travel agent.

Israel’s main maritime ports are Haifa and Ashdod, assuming you can get a ride on a ship. Marinas at Herzliya (north of Tel Aviv), Ashkelon (south of Ashdod), Haifa, and Tel Aviv are used by private yachts.

By road

There are land routes to Israel from both Egypt and Jordan. Due to the ongoing conflicts between Syria and Lebanon, there are no land access between these nations. Border crossings feature comparable security procedures as airports.

Jordan has three border crossings with Israel: the Allenby/King Hussein Bridge (the quickest and busiest route between Amman and Jerusalem); the Jordan River (in the north); and the Arava/Yitshak Rabin Bridge (in the south) (2 km from Eilat). If you respectfully ask the immigration officials (both Jordanian and Israeli) to stamp a separate piece of paper, they will generally do so. Using a succession of buses, it’s pretty simple to cross. You will not be issued an exit stamp for Jordan if you cross the King Hussein Bridge, and you will not be stamped upon re-entry if you want to return. You may enter Israel with no proof on your passport if you seek your Israeli stamp on a different piece of paper and get that document stamped on the way out. However, requesting no permanent stamp in your passport is a “red flag” for immigration officials, and you may be held and questioned at long at the border. If pressed, explain your request by stating that you want to go to a non-Arab country with Israel limitations, such as Malaysia. Mentioning West Bank locations in your schedule will also raise suspicion; it’s better not to mention Palestine at all when traveling across the border.

The Taba Border Terminal, in Eilat, is where you may cross the border from Egypt. Take bus number 15 or a cab from the terminal to Eilat. With the exception of Jewish Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) and Muslim Eid al-Adha, the terminal is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week (Feast of the Sacrifice).

For insurance reasons, Israeli rental vehicles are not usually allowed across borders; furthermore, it may not be wise to travel through Arab nations while displaying an Israeli license plate.

By bus

The King Hussein bridge connects Amman with Tel Aviv, Haifa, and Nazareth on a daily basis. For further information, call (+972 4 657-3984). If you don’t have a group, you may take a cab from Amman’s north bus station (JOD5 apiece for four people sharing; if you don’t have a group, either wait for one or pay JOD20 and travel alone). After passing Jordanian customs, a separate JETT bus will transport you over the border to Israeli customs for a nominal charge, after which a Palestinian bus operator will transport you to Jericho and Ramallah. A shared cab will transport you to Jerusalem from Ramallah.

If you have more money to spend, Matzada tours (Tel +972 2 623-5777) and Aviv tours (Tel +972 36 041811) provide buses from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to Cairo (USD95–110 one trip). At the border, you’ll still have to change buses.

(Note: Matzada excursions should only be used at your own risk! They outsource the Egyptian leg of the trip and do nothing to assist if anything goes wrong. Because the Israeli business failed to pay the Egyptian corporation, at least one Matzada group from Tel Aviv/Jerusalem was allegedly detained for 7 hours at the Taba Border – Egyptian side.)

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