Crossing the Border from Israel to Jordan to visit Petra

Petra city - the churchThe best way to visit Petra, Jordan from Israel is with an organized tour. If you take an organized tour you will be safer, better protected and will not have to deal with any logistics, officials at the border crossing or transport arrangements. The tour company will take care of all the small and annoying details while you sit back and relax in an air-conditioned vehicle all the way to the ancient city of Petra in Jordan.
There are three crossing points between Jordan and Israel. The Allenby Bridge Crossing Point is intended for Palestinian travelers, residents of Eastern Jerusalem and foreigners. It is located near the city of Jericho and connects the West Bank with the East Bank of the River Jordan in the Kingdom of Jordan. Crossing at the Allenby Bridge requires you to arrange a travel visa ahead of time at the Jordanian Embassy where as at the other crossings a visa can be attained at the boarder crossing. The Jordan River Crossing Point or Sheikh Hussein Crossing Point is used by Israelis and foreigners. It connects Irbid, Jordan to the Beit She’an area.
The Arava Crossing Point (now called the Rabin Crossing Point) is located near Eilat in southern Israel and crosses over Jordan near the Jordanian port city of Aqaba. This is the crossing point used by tours going to Petra. The Arava Crossing Point is the most convenient and closest crossing point to Petra so that tours can reach the ancient city as quickly and conveniently as possible. It is also the most hassle-free crossing point. The crossing is intended for Israeli and foreign citizens and operates Sunday to Thursday 06:30 to 20:00 and Friday and Saturday 08:00 to 20:00.
Petra by nightIsraelis and foreigners can enter Jordan with no problem. There has been a peace treaty between Israel and Jordan since 1994 and relations between the two countries are good. A visa for entry into Jordan is obtained at the border and the whole process of crossing into Jordan can take between 10 minutes and a few hours depending on traffic. You will need to bring your passport (valid for at least 6 months from date of entry into Jordan) and extra passport photos. The price of the travel visa is included in the price of your tour and is approximately 102ILS. To cross into Jordan at the Arava Crossing you will need to first get to Eilat. There are tours from Tel-Aviv to Petra where the tour company arranges your transport to Eilat and then on to Jordan. So whether you are based in Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv or if you are in Eilat you can still join an organized tour to Petra, Jordan.