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Israel and Jordan Authorities Permit Tourists to Cross Frontiers

The Israel National Tourist Center here announced today that in the future it will be possible to combine visits to Israel with visits to all the Arab countries without difficulty. Tourists will now be able to enter and leave the Arab countries through the Mandelbaum Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem, which constitutes the only point where the frontier between Israel and her neighbors can be crossed.

“The normal procedure to follow for tourists wishing to cross and recross the border in any direction, is to apply locally through their travel agent a few days in advance of the crossing,” the announcement said. “These agents-both those in the Jewish part of Jerusalem and those in the Arab part-have good connections with the local authorities and will normally be able to arrange for the crossing permits within two to three days. Visas to Israel or Jordan, respectively, are also required, but if tourists have no such visas, these can also be procured at the frontier.”

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