Wadi Araba CrossingEdit profile
Coordinates: 29°34′30″N 34°58′41″E / 29.575°N 34.97806°E / 29.575; 34.97806 The Wadi Araba Border Crossing (Arabic: تقاطع وادي عربة, Hebrew: מעבר-גבול ערבה) is an international border crossing between Aqaba, Jordan and Eilat, Israel. Opened on August 8, 1994, it is currently one of three entry/exit points between the two countries that handles tourists.
In February 2006, the Israelis renamed their border terminal to Yitzhak Rabin Terminal (Hebrew: מסוף יצחק רבין), after the late Prime Minister.
The terminal is open from 6:30 to 20:00, Sunday through Thursday, and from 8:00 to 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays, every day of the year except for the holidays of the Islamic New Year and Yom Kippur.
In 2010, 465,059 people and 8,007 vehicles had crossed the border.Israeli terminal
Transport to and from the terminal
There is no public transport to the terminal, but it can be reached by a 5 minute taxi ride from Eilat. Only privately-owned Israeli cars may cross through the terminal and travel within Jordan after a change of license plates, registration and the payment of a tax.
Route 109 runs east from Eilot interchange at Highway 90 to the border crossing. It is 1.5 km long.Jordanian terminal
Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority
Visitors from most countries receive a special employment/residency visa from the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority. The visa is affixed to the passport, generally next to the visa stamp granting the passport holder one month in The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Anyone who wishes to overstay their visa, must register with the Jordanian Police.
Some 85,172 Jordanian workers coming to work in southern Israel crossed into Israel through the Yitzhak Rabin crossing, as opposed to 81,016 in 2006, marking a 5.8 percent increase.