As Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula shares a land border with Israel and a maritime border with Jordan, many travelers to Egypt take the opportunity to explore these nearby Middle Eastern countries during their stay.
Egypt’s land border with Israel is located close to the Taba Red Sea resort, and within driving distance of the other popular resorts on the Sinai Peninsula, including Dahab, Nuweiba, and Sharm El Sheikh.
Travelers who wish to visit Jordan during their stay are able to either cross through Israel from Egypt, or alternatively take a ferry from Nuweiba in Egypt to Aqaba in Egypt.
Read on to find out the best routes and visa requirements to travel to Egypt and Jordan from Israel.
Where Can You Cross the Border from Israel to Egypt?
The only border point which currently permits travel to Egypt and Israel for tourists is the Taba border crossing in north of Egypt with Eilat, Israel’s southernmost city.
Previously, there was another border crossing open to tourist travel between the two countries, the Nitzana border checkpoint with Abu Ujaylah, Egypt. However, this is now only open for commercial trade between the two nations.
The Taba border crossing is also known as the Menachem Begin crossing, named for the sixth Prime Minister of Israel, who signed a peace treaty between the two countries. The Taba terminal is open 24 hours a day and every day except the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur and the Islamic holiday of Eid ul-Adha.
All travelers crossing into Egypt through Taba are required to pay a border fee of NIS 106 (US $30) before leaving Israel. It is advisable to bring cash to the terminal to pay the fee. It is also possible to pay the crossing fee using a credit card, but this requires an extra 5 NIS service charge.
Those traveling to within 1km of the border on the Egyptian side are not required to pay the crossing fee, provided they can provide a printed hotel reservation for one of the following Taba resorts: the Hilton Taba Resort Hotel, the Mövenpick Resort, or the Radisson Blue Resort Taba.
Those who plan to travel to Jordan and Israel and Egypt during their stay in the Middle East are able to use the Taba border crossing as well as one of the following crossings between Jordan and Israel:
- Allenby Border Crossing
- Yitzhak Rabin/Wadi Araba Border Crossing
- Jordan River Border/Sheikh Hussein Crossing
Do I Need a Visa to Travel to Egypt from Israel?
Those planning to travel to Egypt from Israel and Jordan should first check Egypt visa requirements to see if they need to obtain a travel document in advance.
Citizens of all European Union countries, the United States, and Israel (through Taba Border Crossing) do not require a visa to travel to the Sinai Peninsula resorts for up to 14 days, as they are granted a free entry permission upon arrival.
Other foreign nationalities traveling to the Sinai resorts, as well as all foreign citizens not visa-exempt for mainland Egypt, are required to have a visa to travel to Egypt.
Citizens of 46 nationalities are able now able to obtain a tourist visa for Egypt through a simple online application, which only takes a few minutes to complete.
Applicants are required to fill in basic personal, passport, and travel information, and answer a few questions related to health and security matters to submit the form and receive an approved eVisa via email.
Those traveling from Egypt to Israel may not require a visa, as a number of nationalities are able to enter Israel for up to 90 days visa-free for purposes of tourism. Other foreign citizens are required to apply for a visa from an Israeli consulate in advance.
Although some Arab countries do not grant access to foreign citizens with evidence of prior travel to Israel in their passport, those entering Egypt with an Israeli entry/exit stamp should not have any problems.
What Is the Best Time to Travel to Egypt and Israel?
The best time to go to Egypt, Israel, and Jordan will be dependant on what the traveler wants to get out of their trip. However, it is worth keeping the following advice in mind when planning an itinerary:
- The best time to visit Egypt for lower temperatures is during fall, winter, or early spring (October to April)
- Likewise, the mildest temperatures in Israel are generally found between April to May, and September to October
- Peak season in Egypt, when the biggest crowds flock to tourist attractions like Luxor and the Pyramids of Giza, is between December to January
- June, July, and August are the peak season months in Israel, and prices for transportation and accomodation are usually the highest during this period.
- The cheapest prices for accommodation in Egypt can usually be found during March.
No matter when they decide to travel to Egypt and Israel, foreign citizens should ensure they have the correct travel documents to cross the border before departure.Apply for eVisa