Durra border crossing Jordan/Saudi Arabia | Customs and Immigration

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(Dutch citizens without a Carnet De Passage.)

Exiting Saudi Arabia:
Very friendly, fun staff and easy.
You have to drive all the way to the end(alot of buildings left and right but just follow the road straight ahead).
No need to get out of the car, there are two different 'ticket windows' you have to drive by where they take your passports and check your car papers and you're ready to go.

Entering Jordan:
One of the more intense bordercrossings we had.
First of all they didn't seem to trust us being Dutch as we 'don't look Dutch' and kept our passport for more than 30 minutes while asking us all about our real nationality, our first nationality, our parents' nationality. It was ridiculous.

We ordered 'Jordan Passes' via internet, so we had to go to a separate window to get our passes checked and stamped in. Afterwards we had to head back to immigration where they asked if we could prove what we said our jobs were. After yet another 30 minutes of waiting they let us through.
Next up was customs: first a very very very thorough check of the car was done. After this we received a receipt with which we had to go get insurance(can be found in containers around the corner, as well as money exchangers): one month car insurance costed us JD.36,-
With the insurance papers we headed back to customs to get our TIP for JD.20,-

After this we were finished.

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From KSA to Jordan, two motorbikes, Dutch passports.
Took 1 hour and 15 minutes for the whole crossing, Saturday morning. Friendly and easy. Fairly extensive luggage check.
We let them stamp the CdP in Jordan. They struggled and we had to go back because they made a mistake.
TIP was 20 JOD per motorbike (cash only, exchange with fair rate just around the corner), insurance 27 each (cash or card).

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1:30 total very efficient crossing on a Friday morning with our MAN truck.
Exit saudi : nothing special.
Entry Jordan : no visa paid and nothing asked like a Jordan pass. Check of the vehicle : quick even if he entered and first time since beginning of trip the custom guy climbed on the roof to check :)
Fees : 102 for insurance (truck) and 20 for TIP.

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Saudi>Jordan
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- insurance 82 JOD for a small van, 84 if you pay with card
- you need 20 JOD cash for the TIP car paper. Two exchange offices are right at the border. We changed USD into JOD for the official rate online.
- sim cards available but we got better rates in town (smallest data package 40 GB for 13,6 JOD or 120GB for 16,5 JOD)
- signes that drones are forbidden, they didn't find ours (checked the car and our bags for 5 minutes)

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Saudi > Jordan
I tried to cross the border on my skate scooter, but the supervisor didn't allow me to do it. After 10 minutes of talking with the nice border officer, he told me to get into the first taxi for free, which was at that moment crossing the border and it took me to the Jordan side (of course taxi driver wanted to scam me and demanded a lot of money, but after I repeated 10 times that I have no money, he laughed and agreed for a short ride for free). Got a quick stamp out of Saudi and proceeded to the Jordan border. Everything took like 20 minutes.
The Jordan border was extremely quick. With EU passport I got ESAZA visa on arrival for free (didn't even ask, they just stamped my passport) and entered Jordan without problems in few minutes.

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Leaving Saudi entering Jordan on a motorcycle:
Saudi was super easy as always.
In Jordan I got one month visa for free (US passport), very fast process. Then I got quickly checked by customs and sent to get insurance. 27 dinars for one month; that’s the shortest.
Then I went back to customs where they told me I needed the carnet. I argued with them for a bit because one of my friends crossed this border 3 weeks ago with a car and he didn’t need carnet. My carnet expired like week ago so I just told them I didn’t have one. I didn’t want them to stamp expired carnet.
They told me that bikes need carnet and cars don’t. At the end they issued 3 days TIP and told me it can be extended for 15JOD/week. It feels like a money making thing.

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Exit Jordan is easy, just have to pay 10jod per person and 25jod for the car.

Enter Saudi also "easy", just follow each steps : with evisa, passport check fingerprints and photo of each person. Vehicle inspection with a dog. X-ray and you have to take a vehicle insurance

!! If you are traveling with a dog : few days before crossing, ask for animal import permit on naama.sa website (complicated but free). And you need a veterinary health check valid only 3 days, and your dog passport.
With all of papers ready, we took 2 hours to enter Saudi.

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From Saudi to Jordan.
Took us about 1 hour in total. Easy border crossing.
Saudi side: show passport and car papers. They will take 1finger print from every person.
Jordan side: show passport and car papers, then quick customs check. Then park the car and go to the insurance office (one of the container offices nearby). Buy car insurance and go back to customs office. There we had to pay the customs fee of 25JD. After that you‘re ready to go.
Note: the 1 month car insurance is 36JD for a regular car, about 70JD for a pickup with 2 doors and 92JD for a Pickup with 4 doors. For a caravan it‘s about 100JD.
At the container offices you can find a money exchange and a Zain shop too. At Zain you can buy a jordan SIM card (120gb for 22JD).

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Entered Saudi Arabia today without Evisa! According to the website visitsaudi.com -US, UK and EU passport holders are eligible for visa on arrival. So we went for it… Noone of the border guards knew about it and confusion was perfect. After some back and forward and showing / comparing the paragraph on the website in english/arabic we received our visa on arrival! :) cost 480SAR p.P.
Rest was perfectly organized, drive through border. Registration. We got insurance for our 12ton truck as private car -460SAR for 3 months.
All in all it took us around 1h 45mins for both sides together.

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We (3 Germans - 2 females, 1 male) crossed the border from Jordan to KSA with one of these white taxis with the green square on their side. When exiting Jordan we had to pay 10 JD exit fee per person and proceed to passport control (no questions asked, just iris scan and that was it). On KSA side we had to go to the 'Fingerprint Hall', show them our printed tourist eVisa and they asked a few questions like date of birth. After that we had to give our fingerprints, they took a photo (that later appeared in Tawakkalna app) and we got our stamp. Also they wrote a number on our Visa which is needed for exiting KSA or entering again another time. Everything very calm and polite. Make sure to bring your eVisa printed on paper though. After that we had to proceed to baggage control where they used K9s and x-rays to check baggage and cars. And that was it. Easy border crossing in our eyes.

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The Jordanian side: The border corridor is not easy, there are many procedures.
Saudi side: takes no more than 3 minutes, easy and friendly stuff.

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Entry/visa to Jordan was free. Insurance for Moto 27jod for a month. I got TIP but guy said it was an exception and carnet is the norm. Cost 20jod. Also a friend with carnet had to pay same 20jod.

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Successfull crossing with 2 Motorcycles with the new E-visa(took us 30 min to complete and receive inline). Took us both, Jordan and Saudi Border togerher a bit more than 3 Hours. very helpfull and friendly people. No additional costs so far except the e-visa. Take a print out with you, but it also might be possible with a visa on arrival we would say.

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Dutch citizens without a Carnet De Passage.

Exiting Saudi Arabia:
Very friendly, fun staff and easy.
You have to drive all the way to the end(alot of buildings left and right but just follow the road straight ahead).
No need to get out of the car, there are two different 'ticket windows' you have to drive by where they take your passports and check your car papers and you're ready to go.

Entering Jordan:
One of the more intense bordercrossings we had.
First of all they didn't seem to trust us being Dutch as we 'don't look Dutch' and kept our passport for more than 30 minutes while asking us all about our real nationality, our first nationality, our parents' nationality. It was ridiculous.

We ordered 'Jordan Passes' via internet, so we had to go to a separate window to get our passes checked and stamped in. Afterwards we had to head back to immigration where they asked if we could prove what we said our jobs were. After yet another 30 minutes of waiting they let us through.
Next up was customs: first a very very very thorough check of the car was done. After this we received a receipt with which we had to go get insurance(can be found in containers around the corner, as well as money exchangers): one month car insurance costed us JD.36,-
With the insurance papers we headed back to customs to get our TIP for JD.20,-

After this we were finished.

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