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Yitzhak Rabin - About

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The Yitzhak Rabin Crossing (formerly the “Arava” Crossing), is the southernmost border crossing connecting Israel and Jordan, and is situated some 3 km north of the city of Eilat. The crossing serves Israeli residents and foreign tourists crossing on foot or by vehicle. The crossing is also used for transporting merchandise between states. Large groups of tourists and tourists using the crossing for day trips to Petra. Likewise, Jordan’s open areas are witnessing a burgeoning culture of tourism by Jeep.
The declaration of Petra as one of the Seven Wonders of the World and the substantial change that has occurred in recent years in Aqaba, Jordan, which is investing unlimited resources into tourism, with major momentum in the construction of new hotels, the development of diving sites, and the expansion of touristic services in the city; these data points will influence the growth in the tourist travel via the crossing.

The Yitzhak Rabin Crossing was the first border crossing opened between Israel and Jordan.
1994 - The Declaration of Intent between Israel and Jordan was signed in Washington and it was determined that a terrestrial border crossing between the two nations would be opened in two weeks. During those two weeks, the IDF and the Airports
Authority, as well as additional stakeholders, cleared and paved an access road to a temporary crossing to open the border crossing on time.
1994 - Two weeks after the Declaration of Intent, the opening ceremony was held for the “Arava” Border Crossing.
October 1994 - The peace agreement between Israel and Jordan was signed in an impressive and well-attended ceremony at the Crossing in the presence of top-level representatives of the Israeli and Jordanian regimes as well as visiting VIPs such as US President Bill Clinton.
September 1995 - the new crossing is inaugurated.
June 1996 - Inauguration of the cargo crossing and start of cargo transport between Israel, Jordan, and other countries.
February 2002 - The Arava Crossing was renamed in honor of the late Yitzhak Rabin, Prime Minister and Minister of Defense.

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    • On foot
    • By vehicle


    For the attention of passengers crossing by vehicle
    – the terminal is open for vehicles until 19:00.
       We recommend advancing departure / entry from/to Israel.

    - Make sure you have a valid driving license.

    - The driving license must be translated into English. It can be issued at the Financial Services Operator (Milgam) branch at the terminal. The service entails a charge.

    - Passage is possible with a vehicle registered in name of the passenger. If the driver is not the vehicle owner, a notarized Power of Attorney translated into English is required.

    - In Jordan passengers are required to purchase third party insurance. The insurance indemnification in Jordan is lower than in Israel and it is recommended to purchase a supplementary insurance in Israel. Available at the terminal’s Milgam branch.

    - Passage of rental cars and taxis between countries is forbidden.

    - Passage with a seized or mortgaged vehicle is not possible.

    - Entry into Jordan with a motorbike or bicycle – is forbidden.

    - It is permitted to enter Israel from Jordan on a motorbike.

  • "Milgam" franchisee
    Operating hours – in compliance with the terminal operating hours.
    Telephone: 072-2457350
    Fax: 08-8530783

    Bank and currency exchange services
    Money withdrawal by credit card
    Sale of transit fees for departing passengers – via the website.
    Purchase of truck insurance
    Payment of vehicle insurance
    Translation of vehicle licenses to English
    Commission payments
    Customs Payments
    Tourist Tax Returns

  • The Taba taxi station operates in the terminal
    Tel: 08-63333333

  • The Duty-Free Shop:
    Telephone: 03-6643770
    Products can be purchased in the shop according to customs laws.
    The purchased products can be reserved according to customs guidelines.

    Public telephones
    Post box
    Self-service carts – at the entrance and exit of the terminal hall, free of charge.
    Automatic vending machines for hot and cold drinks and snacks
    Forklifts for transporting goods
    Weighing – scale for weighing up to 80 tons
    Airconditioned waiting halls for drivers

  • The terminal is accessible to for mobility assisted passengers. Passages were widened and traffic passes through without hindrance.
    Dedicated handicapped parking spaces in the terminal parking lots.
    Wheelchairs are available for passengers with mobility issues, free of charge.
    As part of the service, assistance is available from the terminal staff at Telephone: 08-6300555
    Accessibility for the hearing and sight impaired through an audio system - HearRight app - for navigation and orientation using a mobile phone.
    The system supports the languages: Hebrew, Arabic and English and is available for all passengers that wish to facilitate orientation.

    Useful Links:
    Access Israel
    Ministry of Tourism – Accessible Tourism
    Access Unlimited
    Ezer Mizion
    Yad Sara

  • ​For service regarding – form 395 –
    Importer's / customs agent's liability.
    Israeli tax authority

  • There is no public transportation available to and from the terminal.
    Arrival is possible by taxi, organized transport or private car.
    By car, the terminal is accessible from Eilat or the Arava Road via Highway 90 direction Rabin Terminal.

  • The gravel lot adjacent to the terminal is an open lot that is not under jurisdiction of the Airport Authority and parking there is at the car owner’s cognizance only.