/ Problems crossing from Israel to Jordan with climbing kit?

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Iggy_B - on 04 Feb 2013
A few of us are off to Wadi Rum in April and I planned to fly in through Tel Aviv with one of the budget airlines. Spoke to a couple of climbers from Israel about doing some climbing there when one mentioned that he had heard of problems at the border with climbing equipment being confiscated by Jordanian authorities. Does anyone have any experience of this? Google draws a blank.

Cheers,
I.
Kemics - on 04 Feb 2013
In reply to Iggy_B:

I'm considering a trip out early this year. Would be interested in hearing any tips you've got for planning. Though why not fly direct into Amman? I've found some really cheap flights. London to Amman 200 return
lumu_tit - on 04 Feb 2013
In reply to Iggy_B: We did a trip to Wadi Rum with a cheap flight to Sharm el Sheikh. Lots of problems trying to cross from Egypt to Isreal (they kept us for 6 hours) but none at the Isreal-Jordan Border.
sebrider - on 04 Feb 2013
In reply to Iggy_B: We took the ferry to Aqaba from Egypt, they looked through our bags on the Jordanian side and asked us about all the metal. We took out our biggest cam and said it was climbing equipment. The usual interest generated with cams and how they work and we were on our way :) I found folk most polite and friendly in Jordan including all officials we dealt with. Have a great trip.
In reply to Iggy_B: I have crossed from Israel to Jordan on a climbing trip in around 2001.

Wasn't a major problem, but was a bit of a faff. No climbing gear was confiscated. Water and food was taken off us though.

Would be a lot easier to fly direct to Jordan I would say.

Hope you have a good trip.

J
richparry - on 04 Feb 2013
In reply to Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor:

They took batteries from mobile phones on one of my trips there.

I found i had more trouble getting back into israel from jordan but had crossed the border several times in a couple of months.
Iggy_B - on 04 Feb 2013
In reply to richparry: Thanks for the replies all. We e-mailed the embassy and are hoping to have it in writing. I have a sneaky suspicion that it might just have been an Isreali-Jordanian problem.

The reason for going to Israel first? Partly country bagging and partly not wanting to miss the opportunity of knowing some climbers there and so having a look around!

If anyone is interested in joining we're there 18-28 April, the others all climb sub HVS so I'd be keen for someone with loftier ambitions!

Cheers,
i.

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