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There are two main ways to obtain a visa for visiting Jordan: a visa upon arrival or a visa requested in advance via one of the Jordanian Embassies abroad. Which method you are eligible for largely depends on what country you are a citizen of. Another factor to consider is your method of travel. It matters whether you will enter Jordan by plane or via a land border crossing, as visas cannot be issued on all land border crossings. Please make sure to read the additional requirements in force due to Covid-19 at the end of this article.
Visas Upon Arrival
Arriving by Plane
The most common method for obtaining a visa for Jordan is to do so on arrival. You simply arrive at the Queen Alia International Airport and pay a fee at the customs gate. The fee is JOD 40 and is payable cash in the local currency, the Jordanian Dinar (JOD). Visas issued upon arrival are single-entry visas valid for four weeks. Whether you are eligible to obtain a visa upon arrival depends on your nationality. Citizens from the US, Canada, European Union (EU) as well as the UK, Australia and India are among those who are eligible for a visa on arrival.
Arriving via a Land Border Crossing
Please note that visas cannot be issues at some land border crossings (King Hussein/Allenby Bridge or Wadi Araba/South Border). The only land border crossing that currently issues visas on arrival is the Sheik Hussein/North Border. However, keep in mind that requirements and opening times are subject to change without prior notice. If you intent to enter Jordan through a land border crossing, we recommend that you arrange a visa in advance through one of the Jordanian embassies abroad.List of all nationalities that can obtain a visa on arrival.
Visas in Advance
Some nationalities will need to obtain a visa in advance, or perhaps you prefer to do so ahead of time to simply your travel. This can be done at your nearest Jordanian Embassy. For many nationalities (including Americans and EU citizens) the Jordan Pass is a great choice to save the visa fees. The pass costs between JOD 70 and 80 (depending on how many days you want to stay at Petra). It waives the visa fees of JOD 40 and includes free entry to numerous sites across Jordan, including the world-famous Petra (regular ticket JOD 50!). You must stay 3 nights in the country to obtain the visa fee waiver. Additionally, you must be from a country eligible for a visa upon arrival.
Single Entry vs. Multiple Entry
There are different types of visa for Jordan depending on how often you are planning to visit the country. Most tourists opt for the single entry visa, which is valid for one entry. If you want to extend your stay, you will need to register at a Jordanian police station before the expiration date of your visa. If you leave the country before the four weeks are over and come back, you will have to purchase a new visa. A single entry visa costs JOD 40 and can be obtained at the airport as well as at selected land border crossings.
Frequent travelers can go for a multiple entry visa, which allows you to leave and re-enter Jordan multiple times. Multiple entry visas cost JOD 60 (2 entries), or JOD 120 (3 entries). Please note that this visa type cannot be obtained on arrival, but must be requested at a Jordanian embassy abroad prior to your arrival to Jordan. The multi-entry visas allow you to stay in Jordan for 30 consecutive days. If you would like to stay longer holding a multiple entry visa, you too can extend your visa at a Jordanian police station.
To enter Jordan, you will need an international passport with a validity of 6 months or more upon your date of arrival. One empty page is required for the entry stamp. If your passport has expired, has a duration of less than 6 months at the date of arrival or does not have any blank pages left, you will have to request a new passport for your trip. Please note that ID cards, driving licences etc. are not considered valid travel documents.
Travel Requirements Jordan amid Covid-19
Jordan was assigned the Safe Travel Stamp, a stamp for exceptional health protocols issued by the WTTC. The government has announced strict rules and measures in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19. After the reopening of borders on August 5th, only visitors from the so-called green countries will be allowed to visit Jordan. Furthermore, a health declaration, testing and travel health insurance are mandatory for all visitors. For detailed information on the green countries and the new entry requirements during the Covid-19 pandemic please refer to our article Jordan reopening borders.
Last update: August 2020
Sources: Jordan Tourism Board, Jordan Ministery of Health, Jordan Ministery of Transport