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Crossing the border from Syria to Jordan

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From Palmira We follow the route in the direction of Jordan. We planned to sleep in Jordan already crossing the frontier. In Damascus it took us almost two hours to find the good road in the south direction. The bad indication on the road and a policeman who gave us a bad address made us nervous trying to find the way to the next country on our route.


We did not expect to have too many problems. There were very few people and we expected to cross the border with minimum time. We were really very wrong. An officer asked us for an authorization paper from the car master to cross the border and that was neither in the car papers nor in the car rental office they had mentioned anything about this issue. Apparently, to cross the border from Syria to Jordan with a rented car you need a certificate from the car master and signed by the government authorizing that the vehicle can pass the border. We hadn't asked about it in the Sixt office thinking it wouldn't be necessary.

We discussed a good time. There was no luck and we had to park the car on the Syrian side of the border and we found a taxi driver who offered to leave us in Ibrid for £ 500.

It took us his time to leave Syria. Foreigners have to pay a fee of 500 pounds to leave the country. In between the two countries there is a huge duty free store. A perfect place to smuggle tobacco, alcohol, etc.

We finally passed the Jordanian side and again the passport groped for a good while. We change the fair money and pay the visa to Jordan that leaves for 10 Jordanian dinars (about 10 euros). We go from the multiplication table from 7 to the easiest of all; that of the one.

We arrived at Ibrid in about an hour. The taxi driver worked with a friend of his who spoke English. You could tell they did this tour with tourists frequently. They knew everyone at the border. They seemed suspicious but as always in Syria or Jordan, one cannot get sick at the start of these people. They helped us look for a hostel, they even called from their own mobile a couple of times.

It was one o'clock in the morning. We found a triple Spartan at the Al-Ameen Al-Kabeer hostel in the center of Ibrid. We slept for four euros per beard and found some pizzas in an open place in the same corner.

The hostel is located in the center of the city. Talking to its owner - very friendly, by the way - we met with the tirade of deciding whether we rented another car in Jordan or used public transport. We saw that the options by coach were scarce and - especially in December - we would lose days in doing the tours of the Dead Sea, surroundings and Petra. On the other hand, in Ibrid there were a couple of car rental locations and as the owner of the hostel told us a car could leave for about 25 pounds every day.

It was late and we left the final decision for the next day.

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