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North South Syria to Jordan Route Entry and Exit points.

Can anyone tell me the best entry and exit points for the quick dash through between Turkey and Jordan on our way to Africa. Syrian embassy seem to want this on the Visa application. So i'd like the name of the two suitable border crossings please.

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well i've gone for REYHANLI and NASIB. Hopefully its all OK.
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Nasib is the Syrian Side of Jabber (jabir etc etc), no probs Jordanian side only on the syrian side. Now though, you should not be trying.

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Syria...let's keep messages under same thread..

Hi Neill,

If you will be in the area on Sept.20-25, a grouped biker will enter Syria via Turkey Ak├žakale bordergate on the way to SA. through Jordan and Egypt.
Exit border will be by ferry from Al Aqabah to Egypt.
http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...pe-to-sa-58985

The situation is very critical in the area at the present.Hope it will be more clear or over until the end of next week.

In these days, up to date information about Syria is very important for bikers.
Thats why I think it will be better to keep replies under 1 thread if possible.

Hope noone tries to be a hero by biking alone through Syria.

wish you all the best.
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Hey Neill,

As the previous post, we are at the club in Istanbul and hope to ride trough Turkey for two weeks. After that two other Dutch guys will join us during the crossing trough Syria. If your are able to make it you are welcome to join.

Cheers Richard
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Hi guys,

Good info. (Solo biker on SA to UK trip on UK passport) I'm in Jordan trying to get into Syria to no avail. Tried Syrian Embassy in Aman and Cairo. Went to the border post(Jordan Syria) and got as far as paying for the visa before being refused. Then had to pay import custom taxes again to get back into Jordan.

I can't find any ferries which takes bikes leaving from Israel, Lebanon or Egypt to Turkey or Europe. If any one knows any different I'd love to hear about it.

Probably last resort time. Heard it was possible to ship bike all way back to UK/North Europe from Egypt and then travel separately. Currently searching for details of this...if any knows them, again, I'd be very grateful

Thanks in advance

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No vehicle ferries currently from Israel only passenger to Europe.

It is possible to take a ferry from Aqaba to Egypt or drive across Sinai via Israel.

A colleague altered his plans and instead of travelling through Syria took a ferry from Alexandria.

You should be able to get a ferry to Cypress or Greece/Turkey as well (possibly via Cypress though).

Don't try Syria at the moment, and certainly not if a Brit.

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Thanks Alan.

So in short, scrap Syria idea. Get to Alexandria and get a car ferry to Greece\ Turkey.

Any contact numbers for this ferry around?

Is it OK to drive through Israel to Egypt as I've already done the Aqaba ferry?

Very grateful

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As far as I know 2 ferries that I was aware of have suspended the routes to Egypt due to the situation in the country.
I will try to make a call tomorrow and see if there is something available.
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Hi
I heard about ferry Mersin (TR) to Tripoli (LEB) going few times evey week.
Company is Fergun shipping, my turkisch friend called them yesterday and maked reservation for me for next thursday from Mersin to Tripoli.
Hope that it is going as they telling.

My question;
How it is going with border crossing lebanon-israel and israel- jordan.???
I do have second pasport to cross Israel.

I'm now in Olympos Turkey, go see start Transanatolia next tuesday in Antalia, and then to Mersin for ferry to tripoli.

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T Bone,

I am in Jordan, if you would like to meet up then e mail me your telephone etc on leealanr at aol.com, no spaces of course!

A mate has recently driven from Cairo to Amman across Sinai. It was OK but the crossing's into Israel can be time consuming.

Nothing new to an overlander, keep smiling and be patient, quite likely they will search your vehicle......thoroughly! (he spent 51/2 hours at the border).

Equally with a number of Egyptian military killed in a fire fight with the Israeli's recently there may well be an increase in tension in the area that can only be assessed when there. I am unsighted on it from here sorry to say.

Lorenso,

You cannot buy a Jordanian visa at the King Hussein crossing, you can at the southern and Northern (Shiekh Hussein) crossing points, cost is 20 JD in cash (legal sum, not a corrupt one). And you will need to buy local 3rd party insurance.

Equally, only buses and Dip plated vehicles are allowed across the KH bridge (also known as the Allenby Bridge), this is the closest crossing from Jerusalem to Amman. There are however no issues crossing from Israel into Jordan.

Little knowledge of Lebanon border.

Apologies for misspelling CypRUS and telling you about a tree!

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So Dutch still get Syrian visa at the border with Turkey. Or do you have to organise visa in advance?
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because of diesel shortage in syria (my friends about 3 weeks ago had big problem to buy diesel, most petrol stations didn't have) I wonder how much I need to fast go through. How many kilometers (aprox) is from north to south using main highway ?
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Thanks for the information guys very helpful!

Its been tricky organising a way out of ME with only very slow internet connection and no phone, but part of the challenge/fun????

Decided to drive through Israel, no problems at the Jordan/Israel border (just 5 hours of bike inspection and questioning!). They were very understanding about not stamping passport so you shouldn't need two passports.

Re: Israel - Lebannon border :firmly closed. I drove up to it and heavy military presence, military vehicles only etc. 5 or 6 explosions in the mountains nearby which the locals told me were shells. No other evidence of fighting though.

If anyone else is heading out of ME I understand the vehicle ferry from Alexandria to Salerno (Italy) is still running. I plan to put my bike on this on the 15th and fly to meet it in Italy. Plan B is to fly the bike to Europe. Quotes from Jordan and Egypt around 600 Euros

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Hello chaps!

Hi guys,

I am in Cyprus at the moment and will be here for another 10 days, straight after I would like to head into Syria...

To Richard - So you made it to Istanbul - we must have missed eachother the whole way! ... When are you thinking of entering Syria approx as I think it would be a good idea to go in as part of your group ... if you'd have me
Are you Dutch dudes planning on going into Damascus, Aleppo and so on or a straight run through?
Im happy to hang lose in Turkey until you guys get to the border... im in no rush and can be there sooner than ten days if your nearly there

To Istanbul Biskelet
Im sorry I missed you in Istanbul and thank you to Adil for looking after us, I am also sorry for the hard time you were going through when i turned up. I hope all is well for you. Thank you to both of you

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