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Ferry Nuweiba to Aqaba, Israeli borders crossing

Hi,

I ride a motorcycle from Cape Town to Europe and I need some help pls. Haw is the current situation with:

1. Nuweiba-Aqaba ferry:

- Do they operate regularly?

- Does any timetable exist (officially 12.00 on the webside)?

- What is the price for motorcycle?

- Do you have any contact to fixer helping at the Egypt border?

- Any other information?

2. Crossing border Egypt-Israel in Taba-Eljat

- Is it open for foreigners?

- Is it possible for foreigners to drive vehicle with non Israeli licence plate?

- Do you have any contact to fixer helping at the Egypt border?

3. Crossing border Jardan-Israel

- Is Beit She'an (Nehar ha-Yarden) border open in current situation?

Thanks for any information

Best regards

Rafael
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Dear Rafael,

So many questions - let's try:


1. Nuweiba-Aqaba ferry:

- Do they operate regularly?

The ferry operates as regularly as possible in the Middle East, usually daily. The fast ferry does only operate in peak seasons. So count approx. 3 hrs for the normal ferry.

- Does any timetable exist (officially 12.00 on the webside)?

Yes, but it will be necessary to inquire upon arrival in Nuweiba. If the ferry departs in the afternoon, you should be there in the morning in order to complete all the paperwork in time.

- What is the price for motorcycle?

Don't know

- Do you have any contact to fixer helping at the Egypt border?

There should be somebody from the tourist police who helps. He would certainly not refuse a little tip.

- Any other information?

2. Crossing border Egypt-Israel in Taba-Eljat

- Is it open for foreigners?

Border is open for foreigners. Expect to have your luggage checked extensively - and the bike as well!

- Is it possible for foreigners to drive vehicle with non Israeli licence plate?

Yes - you need an insurance, though, even if you only cross the 15 kilometers to the Elat - Aqaba border!

- Do you have any contact to fixer helping at the Egypt border?

I do not think you need it there. Very small border, hardly any traffic except for busses.

3. Crossing border Jordan-Israel

- Is Beit She'an (Nehar ha-Yarden) border open in current situation?

Yes, all borders are open. This one is fairly easy. But bike and luggage check again

More information on Elat / Taba and Beat Shean / Jordan River crossing here:

Taba - Taba Home Page

Jordan River - Nehar Yarden

Greetings,
Achim
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Many, many, many thanks for all infos.

Best regards
Rafael
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Hi,
I’m Europe now and I wish to share my experience with border crossing. I considered two options:
1. Egypt-Jordan-Israel-Turkey
2. Egypt-Israel-Turkey
Because of lack of time I’ve chosen second option.

1. I was crossing border at Taba-Eljat
At the Egypt side it was easy. You don’t need any fixer for doing all procedure with traffic police or customs. Border staff was helpful.
At the Israel side wasn’t so easy. I spent there more than 5 hours on detailed control of motorbike and me.
Finally, after 7 hours, I could enter Israel.

2. Riding the motorbike from Eljat to Hajfa was safe. I’ve chosen road number: 90, 25, 40 - Beer Sheva direction, 40, 7, 4, 2 – Telaviv/Hajfa direction.

3. Being in Hajfa I was sleeping at Port Inn Hotel - 34 Jaffa (Yafo) Road, Haifa. Location of hotel is very good. Very close to harbor (gate no. 5) and railway station.
Accommodation in Haifa | Port Inn

4. Shipping motorbike from Hajfa to Iskenderun Turkey was organized by Tiran Shipping Agency Tiran
Contact person: Oren Golani - Tiran Shipping, Mobile: +972-54-6718805, e-mail: OGolani@tiran.co.il

5. Loading motorbike to vessel was fully supported by Tiran Shipping. There was dedicated person as a fixer. Easy to do.
Costs: 200$ - motorbike, 100$ - Tiran fee, 250ILS – port tax
Tiran Shipping sent all details of motorbike shipping to Turman Shipping Iskenderun Turkey. [url=http://www.turman.com.tr]

turman@turman.com.tr
mehmet@turman.com.tr
+90 (326) 613 43 74 – 75
+90 (326) 614 20 57 – 58
+90 0 532 590 32 78
There’s no option for travelling as passenger on vessel.

6. Next day I was travelling from Hajfa to Iskenderun Turkey like this:
07.50: Train Hajfa – Telaviv Airport – easy, many options
11.55: Flight from Telaviv to Adana Turkey (by Istambul), Adana - 17.35
Adana Airport to Adana Bus Terminal – taxi
18.30: Bus from Adana to Iskenderun, Iskenderun 20.30
Costs: 41ILS – train to Telaviv Airport, 140$ - flight to Adana, 25TRY – taxi to bus terminal, 21TRY – bus to Iskenderun

7. Finally, on the next day, dedicated person from Turman Agency supports me with receiving my motorbike back.
Costs: 100$ - Turman fee.

I hope that all information will be helpful.

Regards - Rafael

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