You can travel from Egypt to Israel by air or by road. Flying from Cairo to Tel Aviv is the quickest and most convenient option, but buses are cheaper and remain a very popular option.
Can You Travel from Egypt to Israel?
As of the time of writing, Air Sinai was the only airline company offering reliable non-stop flights between Cairo International Airport, Egypt and Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel. Egypt Air has also recently started direct non-stop flights between Sharm El-Sheikh and Tel Aviv.
Although it is common to see flights being offered for as little as US$150, there are usually several conditions, In reality, expect to pay US$200+ for a one way trip, or at least US$350 for a round trip.
If you manage to find and book a direct flight from Cairo to Tel Aviv, expect your flight to last for about 1h 40m. The most popular flights tend to be one stop flights, with a duration times ranging from 3h15 to 7h 30m.
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Can you Travel from Egypt to Israel by Bus?
Yes, there are several bus services operating between Egypt and Israel. There are multiple border crossings between Egypt and Israel, but the only one which is almost always open for tourism is the Menachem Begin Crossing. This is the ever popular crossing from Taba in Egypt to Eilat in Israel. Other land border crossings are a bit of a gamble if you are hoping to cross as a tourist.
Be aware that if you cross from Israel into Egypt, you will need to pay an Israeli exit fee of around US$30 on the Israeli side of the border before you leave Israel. As a general rule of thumb, credit card payment is not accepted.
While Israelis need a valid visa to visit Egypt, they can visit Egypt’s South Sinai Peninsula for up to 14 days without a visa. Because of this, many Israelis use the Taba border crossing to enjoy a weekend break in Taba or a short vacation in one of Sinai Peninsula’s resort towns like Sharm El-Sheikh.
Many travellers who visit Israel from Egypt make the journey by bus just for the experience and for the sake of sightseeing. Unfortunately, many governments are now advising their citizens to avoid travel in the Sinai Peninsula, and especially areas near to Egypt’s border with Israel due to the threat of terrorism and ongoing military operations.
Despite safety warnings, the Taba border crossing remains very popular among local tourists as well as international tourists who want to visit Jerusalem after spending some time in Egypt.
If you are considering traveling from Egypt to Israel by bus, we would strongly recommend booking a seat on a tour bus. Alternatively, if you only want to visit Jerusalem, then you should consider traveling to Israel via Jordan. There are several companies that offer day trips to Jerusalem from Amman in Jordan. In fact, several of our own Egypt and Jordan tour packages include a day trip to Jerusalem.
At the time of this post being written, bus tickets from Cairo to Jerusalem were starting from around US$45, with the average journey taking from 15 to 20 hours, including stops. Once again, if you want to visit Israel from Egypt, your best and most hassle-free option would be to arrange your travel plans through a well-established travel agent.
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Israel Visa Requirements
Can you travel from Egypt to Israel with an Egyptian passport? Yes, but as with nearly all nationalities, Egyptian citizens need to have a valid entry visa in order to visit Israel. However, Egyptian passport holders can enter Israel for up to 14 days via the Taba border crossing and can travel as far as Beershiba without a visa.
People traveling on American, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand passports can enter Israel for up to three months without a visa, as can the citizens of all European Union member states and the United Kingdom.
If you are going to be traveling from Egypt to Israel and back to Egypt, you will need to pay the Israeli exit fee of around US$30, and you will need to get another entry visa Egypt if you don’t have a multi-entry visa. If you are only going to be visiting the southern-most part of South Sinai you can re-enter Egypt for up to 14 days without a visa.
If you are from a country whose citizens are able to get a visa on arrival in Egypt, it is possible to get a visa on arrival at the Taba border crossing, but you will most likely need a letter from a tour company guaranteeing your stay in Egypt.
Covid-19 Travel Restrictions
Can I travel from Egypt to Israel if I have not had my Covid-19 vaccine series? As of the time of writing, there were no Covid-19 travel restrictions in Egypt and/or Israel. Proof of vaccination or proof of a negative Covid-19 test was not required. However, anyone who wants to visit Israel must have health insurance that covers the cost of Covid treatment should it be required.
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So, can you travel from Egypt to Israel? Yes, but since many countries are advising their citizens to avoid travel to or near the Egypt/Israel border, we strongly recommend flying from Cairo to Tel Aviv. Alternatively, you could consider flying from Cairo to Amman to spend a few days in Jordan, and then heading to Israel from there.
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