To get from Amman to Jerusalem, we decided to cross the border at the King Hussein/Allenby Bridge. Because of the given history, crossing from Amman to Jerusalem might take a long time. We heard and read reports that they sometimes take you to separate rooms and interrogate you for hours at the Israeli border, even as a tourist. Luckily, our questioning “only” took about 15 min and we got from Amman to Jerusalem in about four hours. Here is a short summary of how it went down:
First, you have to get from Amman to the King Hussein/Allenby Bridge, which is around a 45 min drive west. You can either take a bus or a cab. We went very early in the morning, so we decided to take a taxi in order to beat the crowd. Once at the border from Amman to Jerusalem, you have to go through a passport and luggage check by the Jordanian authorities and pay an exit fee (20 JOD, if I recall correctly). If there are not a lot of people, this goes fast. After that, you board a bus (for which you have to buy a ticket, 5 JOD per person, 1.5 JOD per baggage) that crosses the border and drops you off in front of the Israeli border check point. The thing with the bus is: it only leaves when it’s full. So we sat in the bus for 45 minutes before it started its engines.
On the Israeli side, you have four different check points. The first is a passport and luggage check (you leave your luggage there and collect it at the very end of the process again). The second is a passport check. The third is a body scan and passport check combined. And the last one is a passport check and thorough personal questioning. While the first three check points are not a big deal (depending on how crowded it is and how comfortable you feel standing around a lot of armed soldiers), the fourth one can take a while. I would say they take around ten minutes on average per person, so if there are a lot of people you’ll be there for a while. Luckily, we could already pass through after some questions. The guy next to me had to go back and “take a seat” while the Israeli authorities “processed his documents”. They asked us some basic questions along with weird stuff like how we know each other and what our parents’ names are. If you haven’t been too often in the neighboring countries and answer all questions convincingly, you should be good to pass quickly.
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If you plan on traveling from Amman to Jerusalem by taking the King Hussein/Allenby Bridge, keep these things in mind to make it as smooth as possible:
Even if you follow these tips, they can hold you there for a longer interrogation. So make sure you plan around six to seven hours in total for the route from Amman to Jerusalem via King Hussein/Allenby Bridge – just in case. When all goes well, it will take you less than three hours, but it’s good to have an additional three to four hours buffer for unforeseen events.
When getting from Amman to Jerusalem, we surely recommend taking the King Hussein/Allenby Bridge, as it is a unique experience in itself and worth the “hassle”.
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