Israel

On 14 May 1948, the Jewish community proclaimed the independent state of Israel, much has happened in the country since then. Israel currently has 9 million inhabitants and borders Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. Unfortunately, Israel and Palestine are at odds in the Holy Land. Palestine consisting of the Gaza Strip and West Bank is not part of Israel. The country of Israel is particularly beautiful, well-known places are Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and the fascinating Dead Sea.

The largest airports are in close proximity to the Mediterranean Sea (Tel Aviv) and Red Sea (Eilat). The airport of Tel Aviv is named after the first prime minister of the country: David Ben-Gurion. Eilat Ramon Airport was officially opened on 21 January 2019 as the modern replacement for Eilat Ovda Airport and Eilat J. Hozman Airport. The national airline of Israel is El Al; they carry 25% of the total number of passengers at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport. Other lesser-known airlines from Israel are Arkia, Israir Airlines and Sun d’Or.

What is the quickest and easiest border crossing between Israel and Jordan?

There are three border crossings between Israel and Jordan, from north to south Jordan River Border Crossing, King Hussein Bridge Border Crossing / Allenby Bridge between Jerusalem and Amman and Yitzhak Rabin Terminal / South Wadi Araba Border between Eilat and Aqaba. We recommend that travellers to make use of the border crossing between Eilat and Aqaba, as you can quickly travel from one country to another here. Under normal circumstances, it will take you half an hour. At the other two border crossings. The same procedure takes some hours or more. After entering the country, you will receive a free “visa on arrival” for one month (Jordan) or three months (Israel). Exit fees sometimes have to be paid and sometimes not.

A taxi from the border to Aqaba costs 11 JD, a taxi from the border to Eilat costs 30 NIS + 3.70 NIS per suitcase. In general, a taxi to the border is cheaper than a taxi to the city. Public transportation is not available.

Practical information about Israel:

Time zone: UTC+2 / UTC+3 (summer time)
Currency: New shekel
National Day: The day preceding Independence Day (14 May)
Airport: נמל תעופה

What are the busiest airports in Israel?

Airport IATA Passengers
Eilat Ramon Airport ETM
Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport TLV

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