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Old 22 Oct 2012
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No motorcycles allowed in Jordan without prior permission

We wanted to enter Jordan yesterday from Israel and got a paper at the border from the Israel staff that said no motorcycles are allowed into Jordan without prior authorisation at least two week before the time.
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At which border are you trying to enter Jordan?
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Dear Michnus,

If I read your mail correctly, the problem was on the Israeli side. Is that correct? I would be surprised if the problem had been on the Jordanian side: Many bikers have crossed Jordan, either coming from Syria or from Egypt without any problems. And which border did you try to cross? Allenby (King Hussein on the Jordanian side) is very different from the Northern Border (Sheikh Hussein) or the Elat - Aqaba crossing!

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We wanted to get in to Jordan from Newiba in Egypt via ferry. Then spoke to people and it is way cheaper going through Taba into Israel and then cross into Jordan.
We stopped at the Hussein border post and got issued with a paper stating that no motorcycles are allowed in to Jordan. That was still on the Israel side.

We did not even get through the first gates. The security people said its been like that for a while. And if we wanted to enter Jordan we had to ask permission 2 weeks in advance.

Needless to say we rode up now to the Dead sea and will miss Petra and Wadi Rum. a Tour operator in Eilat tried to arrange for us but he could not manage.

We really are a bit sad that we will not see Jordan now.
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Hi Michnus,

That is indeed very sad! Motorcycles are allowed in Jordan, nowadays even for locals. I have had a few of them coming through here and I know of at least one German biker who crossed the border between Aqaba and Elat (so in the opposite direction) without any problems (except that the Israelis buried the bike in the inspection pit )!

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It is a Jordanian issue

I meet here at Ein Gedi - Dead sea, all those poeple trying to cross the border from Egypt-Eilat_Akaba. The Jordenians do not allow them to cross : one bike if not with an orgenaized group , or papers not fixed ahead. The Israelies do them all a favore, telling them the problem when still at this side.Then they have no choise but crossing Israel (here i do meet them) and take the ferry to Cyprus or Greece. (i have the details ). David
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