The journey from Jerusalem to Amman, Jordan overland is only about 50 miles (80km) but the experience is a long one, taking three or four hours by way of the Allenby/King Hussein Bridge that spans the Jordan River between Israel and Jordan.

In Israel, coming and going, there are at least three checkpoints and numerous passport control points.
In Jordan there are about the same; passing through can take an unpredictable amount of time as documents and visas are inspected. Each country has a terminal building for passport and baggage inspection with a shuttle bus that runs back and forth between the two terminals. Although the distance between terminals is less than a kilometer the trip consumes an hour–sometimes more, sometimes less.But because it is the most direct crossing it’s used mostly by Arab merchants and families. As one Israeli security agent said after an hour (with a smile): "if you want good security, you have to be patient."



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Note: The Allenby/Hussein Bridge is one of three border crossing points and is the one least recommended to tourists because of the long delays. The other 2 crossings, designed for Jordanians, Israeli and other tourists are called the Sheik Hussein/Jordan River crossing located near Beit Shean (in the north) and the Arava/Yitzhak Rabin crossing located at Eilat (in the south). These are the 2 ‘official’ border crossings between Israel and Jordan. As far as the Jordanians are concerned, the Allenby/King Hussein crossing is between the east and west bank of Palestine; that’s why no flag flies on their side, no passport stamp on their side, and you cannot purchase a visa to Jordan at this crossing.

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Shuttle buses on the Israeli side run between Jerusalem and ...
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A security checkpoint is just outside Jerusalem, near the se...
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Leaving the outskirts of Jerusalem...
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Far outskirts of eastern Jerusalem (possibly a settlement)...
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Leaving the outskirts of Jerusalem...
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Leaving the outskirts of Jerusalem...
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Leaving the outskirts of Jerusalem...
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Leaving the outskirts of Jerusalem...
Leaving the outskirts of
Leaving the outskirts of Jerusalem...
Souvenir pottery stands along
Souvenir pottery stands along the road in Israel...
A camel
A camel...
Israel - Jordan via Allenby/ K. Hussein Bridge
Israel - Jordan via Allenby/ K. Hussein Bridge...
Road widening along the
Road widening along the highway in Israel (near a settlement...
Israel - Jordan via Allenby/ K. Hussein Bridge
Israel - Jordan via Allenby/ K. Hussein Bridge...
Road widening along the
Road widening along the highway in Israel (near a settlement...
A settlement being built in the West Bank east of
A settlement being built in the West Bank east of Jerusalem...
A settlement being built
A settlement being built in the West Bank east of Jerusalem...
A settlement being built
A settlement being built in the West Bank east of Jerusalem...
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Bedouin shepherd village on Israeli side...
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Bedouin shepherd and goat flock...
Rough and squalid Bedouin
Rough and squalid Bedouin habitation within view of a new up...
Roads towards the Allenby checkpoint
Roads towards the Allenby checkpoint...
Roads towards the Allenby checkpoint
Roads towards the Allenby checkpoint...
Roads towards the Allenby checkpoint
Roads towards the Allenby checkpoint...
Roads towards the Allenby checkpoint
Roads towards the Allenby checkpoint...
Roads towards the Allenby checkpoint
Roads towards the Allenby checkpoint...
Roads towards the Allenby checkpoint
Roads towards the Allenby checkpoint...
Roads towards the Allenby checkpoint
Roads towards the Allenby checkpoint...
Roads towards the Allenby checkpoint
Roads towards the Allenby checkpoint...
Pre/Post - Allenby checkpoint
Pre/Post - Allenby checkpoint...
Pre/Post - Allenby checkpoint
Pre/Post - Allenby checkpoint...
Israeli military outpost overlooking
Israeli military outpost overlooking Allenby checkpoint, sur...
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Approaching Alleby Bridge checkpoint, surrounded by electric...
Approaching Alleby Bridge checkpoint,
Approaching Alleby Bridge checkpoint, surrounded by electric...
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Electric fence on Israeli side by Allenby checkpoint...
Allenby checkpoint
Allenby checkpoint...
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Immigration terminal on Israeli side...
Immigration terminal on Israeli
Immigration terminal on Israeli side...
Immigration terminal on Israeli
Immigration terminal on Israeli side...
Immigration terminal on Israeli
Immigration terminal on Israeli side...
Shuttle bus between Israeli
Shuttle bus between Israeli and Jordanian border terminals -...
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Riding the shuttle bus through 'no man's land' between Israe...
The "Bridge", known on
The "Bridge", known on the Israeli side as Allenby...
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Crossing over the River Jordan today is not quite as inspiri...
The 'famous' River Jordan
The 'famous' River Jordan hardly lives up to its historical ...
Sign for King Hussein Bridge
Sign for King Hussein Bridge...
Israel - Jordan via Allenby/ K. Hussein Bridge
Israel - Jordan via Allenby/ K. Hussein Bridge...
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Bridge customs...
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Jordanian immigration officer checks each passport (slowly) ...
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The immigration terminal on the Jordanian side, with shuttle...
The immigration terminal on
The immigration terminal on the Jordanian side, with shuttle...
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At the Jordanian terminal
At the Jordanian terminal arriving passengers rush to get a ...
At the Jordanian terminal
At the Jordanian terminal arriving passengers rush to get a ...
The immigration terminal on
The immigration terminal on the Jordanian side, with shuttle...
The immigration terminal on
The immigration terminal on the Jordanian side, with shuttle...
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At the Jordanian terminal arriving passengers rush to get a ...
At the Jordanian terminal
At the Jordanian terminal arriving passengers rush to get a ...
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Aboard the public bus from the immigration checkpoint to dow...
Aboard the public bus
Aboard the public bus from the immigration checkpoint to dow...
Immigration signpost on Jordanian side
Immigration signpost on Jordanian side...
The Jordanian border village
The Jordanian border village closest to the bridge, with a ...
Jordanian landscape between Amman
Jordanian landscape between Amman and the King Hussein Bridg...
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Along the road between Amman and the King Hussein Bridge...
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Along the road between Amman and the King Hussein Bridge...
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Along the road between Amman and the King Hussein Bridge...
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Along the road between Amman and the King Hussein Bridge...
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Along the road between Amman and the King Hussein Bridge...
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Along the road between Amman and the King Hussein Bridge...
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Tea/coffee stop on the road between Amman and King Hussein B...
Tea/coffee stop on the
Tea/coffee stop on the road between Amman and King Hussein B...
Tea/coffee stop on the
Tea/coffee stop on the road between Amman and King Hussein B...
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Along the road between Amman and the King Hussein Bridge...
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Along the road between Amman and the King Hussein Bridge...
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Along the road between Amman and the King Hussein Bridge...