If you are planning to travel to Jordan, you will most likely have to apply for a visa. The Jordan visa policy is quite lenient, however, and most can just obtain a visa on arrival.

Jordan may be a small country, but there is an abundance of things to do and see. The city of Petra is the most popular tourist attraction and on most people’s bucket list when planning their trip, but Jordan is truly a treat for anyone who wants to feel as if they have just stepped back in time. There are countless ancient ruins leftover from the many civilizations who lived in Jordan through the millennia.

Although, if you’re looking for how to apply for a Jordan visa, you’re likely already mesmerized by its charm, so here is a detailed description of Jordan’s visa policy.

Do I Need a Visa for Jordan?

Yes, most people will need a visa to travel to Jordan, except citizens of:

  • Bahrain (for up to 3 months)
  • Egypt (for up to 1 month)
  • Israel (for up to 1 month)
  • Kuwait (for up to 3 months)
  • Lebanon (for up to 3 months)
  • Oman (for up to 3 months)
  • Palestinian Authority (for up to 1 month)
  • Qatar (for up to 3 months)
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Turkey (for up to 3 months)
  • Tunisia (for up to 2 months)
  • United Arab Emirates

Who Can Get a Jordan Visa on Arrival?

If you are from one of the following countries, you can apply for a Jordan Visa on Arrival:

  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Estonia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Germany
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Holland
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kosovo
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxemburg
  • Macau
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Nauru
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • North Korea
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Palestine
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Salvador
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syria
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunis
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu
  • UAE
  • Ukraine
  • United
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican
  • Venezuela
  • Zimbabwe

Applying for a Jordan Visa on Arrival

You can apply for a Jordan Visa on Arrival at the Aqaba Airport and Queen Alia International Airport, as well as most border crossings except King Hussein/Allenby Bridge. You don’t need to do anything else beforehand. Once you arrive at the airport/entry port:

  • Approach the Visa on Arrival counters. There are usually two immigration officers present. One will ask you questions regarding your trip, whereas the other will verify your documents and stamp your visa.
  • Hand in your passport, return-trip ticket, hotel reservation, and pay the Jordan Visa on Arrival fee (JOD40). Make sure you have the cash for the fee ready.
    • They may also ask to see whether you have enough funds to sustain yourself, so you might want to take your bank statements with you.
  • Once your visa is stamped, you can enter Jordan.

Duration of a Jordan Visa on Arrival

A Jordan Visa on Arrival is issued for a maximum of 30 days, and for a single entry. If you want to stay longer, you have to apply for an Embassy visa, which can be issued for double-, and multiple entries and allows a stay of up to six months.

Jordan Visa on Arrival Cost

A Jordan Visa on Arrival for a single entry costs JOD 40, which is approximately US$56.

Who Needs to Apply for a Visa at an Embassy of Jordan?

If you are from one of the following countries, you have to apply for a Jordan visa at an Embassy before you travel:

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Angola
  • Bangladesh
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bissau
  • Botswana
  • Brazzaville
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • The Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Colombia
  • Columbia
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Cuba
  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • The Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Lagos
  • Laos
  • Liberia
  • Macedonia
  • Madagascar
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Uganda
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen
  • Zaire
  • Zambia
  • India

You should also apply for an Embassy visa if you are eligible for a Visa on Arrival but intend to stay for longer than a month, or you need to make multiple entries into Jordan. A VOA only allows you a single-entry, whereas, with an Embassy visa, you can enter multiple times, provided you applied for a multiple entry visa.

Applying for a Jordan Visa at an Embassy

If you are from one of the countries not eligible for a Jordan visa on arrival, you have to apply for your visa at the nearest Jordan Embassy/Consulate. See a list of Jordanian diplomatic missions abroad here, as well as their address and contact information.

  1. Call or email the Embassy/Consulate to inquire about visa application requirements.
  2. Collect the documents, and either submit them in person at the Embassy/Consulate or mail them, as per the requirements.
  3. Wait for the visa to be processed, and go pick it up. If you applied by mail, it will be mailed back to you.
  4. You can travel to Jordan within the validity period of the visa.

Jordan Visa Requirements

To get a Jordan visa, you will need the following documents:

  • A passport, which is valid for at least another six months and has at least two blank pages.
  • Proof of an onward travel ticket
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Proof of sufficient financial means to sustain yourself during your stay
  • Enough money to pay for the visa fee
  • If staying for longer than 30 days: Proof of negative HIV test
  • If applying at an Embassy, you will also need any documents that they ask for, depending on your reason for travel. E.g.
    • Business letter, if travelling for business purposes
    • Proof of academic and work experience, if applying for a work visa
    • Proof of enrollment in a Jordan university, if applying for a student visa

Do I Need a Visa to Transit in Jordan?

You do not need a visa to transit in Jordan if you are departing within 48 hours, don’t leave the international area of the airport, and you have all the supporting documents required for your final destination.

If you have to pass through border control in order to catch a connecting flight, then you have to get an entry visa, such as a VOA.

Can You Extend a Jordan Visa?

If you want to stay longer than your visa’s validity in Jordan, you have to register at a Jordanian police station before the visa expires. If you have a Visa on Arrival, you will likely receive a 60-day extension. If you have an Embassy visa, you can extend your stay for another six months maximum.

If you do not register with the Jordanian police, and instead just overstay your visa you will have to pay a fee during departure. The fee is calculated based on the number of days you have overstayed – approximately US$2 per day.

Can I Get a Jordan Visa Online?

You cannot apply for a Jordan Visa online, only a Jordan Pass, which is sort of like a visa, in the sense that it will waive the visa on arrival requirement. The Jordan Pass is more expensive than a Visa on Arrival, but it will let you enter without a fee at multiple tourist attractions in Jordan, which ends up paying for itself.

Should I Apply for a Jordan Pass?

You should apply for the Jordan Pass if you intend to stay in Jordan for longer than three nights and visit multiple tourist sites. In these cases, it will end up saving you quite a bit of cash, because you won’t have to pay an entry fee at sites like the city of Petra.

What is the Jordan Pass?

The Jordan Pass is a combined ticket for more than 30 of the most popular tourist attractions in Jordan. If you spend longer than three nights in the country, it will also waive the fee for the Visa on Arrival , which is about US$56!

So, in a nutshell, if you purchase the Jordan Pass before you travel, you can visit any of the locations included in the Pass (36 of them), without having to pay anything else for entrance. You also save an additional US$56 if you stay more than three nights.

However, the Jordan pass is only available for citizens of countries eligible for a Visa on Arrival. See at the end of this article for who can get the Jordan Pass.

How Much Does the Jordan Pass Cost?

There are three types of Jordan Passes, and the price changes depending on how long you want to stay in the city of Petra:

  • Jordan Wanderer (1-day visit to Petra): 70 JOD (US$99)
  • Jordan Explorer (2-day visit to Petra): 75 JOD (US$106)
  • Jordan Expert (3-day visit to Petra): 80 JOD (US$113)

Is the Jordan Pass Worth It?

When deciding on whether you should pay for the Jordan Pass, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you staying longer than three nights? The visa fee is only waived if you will stay in Jordan for longer than three nights, otherwise, you have to pay the fee on departure either way.
  • Will you be visiting Petra? The entrance fee for Petra is around JOD 50 (appx. US$70) for a one-day trip, JOD 55 (UD$78) for a two-day trip, and JOD 60 (US$85) for three days. Now add to that the price of the Visa on Arrival (US$56), you will notice that even if you visit only Petra and go nowhere else, you are still getting your money’s worth (and saving about twenty-eight dollars too).
  • How many tourist attractions do you plan to visit? With the Jordan Pass, you can enter for free to more than 30 different locations (see below). If you don’t plan to go to any of them, not even Petra, it is not worth getting the Pass.
  • Are you travelling as part of an organized tour? If you are, then the price of the Visa on Arrival is often included within the tour package, so you are already paying for the visa. In this case, it may not be worth getting the pass as well.

When you calculate all your expenses (visa and entrance fees), if they add up to more than the price of the Jordan Pass, which it likely will, then it is a no-brainer that it’s well worth it.

Should I Get the Jordan Pass for My Children?

Children under twelve years old who are accompanied by their parents can enter for free in most popular tourist destinations in Jordan. So, only get the Jordan Pass for your children if they are over 12 years old.

What Locations Can I Visit With a Jordan Pass?

If you purchase the Jordan Pass, you will get free access to all of these tourist attractions, many of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites:

  1. Petra*
  2. Quseir Amra*
  3. Wadi Rum*
  4. Umm Ar-Rasas*
  5. Ajloun Castle
  6. AlHallabat
  7. Al-Hamimah
  8. Amman Citadel
  9. Aqaba Castle
  10. Aqaba Museum
  11. As-Salt Historical Museum
  12. As-Salt Museum
  13. Burnt Palace – Madaba
  14. Church of the Apostles
  15. Dar Al-Saraya Museum – Irbid
  16. Iraq Al-Amir
  17. Jerash
  18. Jordan Archaeological Museum
  19. Karak Castle
  20. Karak Museum
  21. Lowest Place on Earth Museum
  22. Madaba Archaeological Museum
  23. Madaba Archaeological Park
  24. Museum of Popular Traditions – Amman
  25. Pella
  26. Qasr Al-Azraq
  27. Qasr Al-Kharranah
  28. Qasr Al-Mushatta
  29. Qasr Hamman Al-Sarh
  30. Rehab / Al-Mafraq
  31. Roman Theatre Amman
  32. Shobak Castle
  33. St. Elijah’s Hill (Tal Mar Elias)
  34. Umm al-Jimmal
  35. Umm Qays
  36. Umm Qays Museum

*UNESCO World Heritage site.

How Can I Get the Jordan Pass?

You can purchase the Jordan Pass online before you travel, through the official Jordan Pass website (here). You have to pay with a credit/debit card. You will receive the Jordan Pass in PDF format, which you can print out, as well as in an electronic copy to save on your phone. Show the Pass, in either format, anytime you enter a new attraction.

There are also private companies which can help you apply for the Pass, but they will charge an extra service fee. If you choose to apply through a private company, make sure it is a reputable one.

How to Use the Jordan Pass?

When you arrive at a tourist destination, just show the print-out or the electronic copy of the Jordan Pass at the entrance. They will scan it and wave you through the line.

Moreover, show the Jordan Pass to the Immigration officers at the airport when getting your Visa on Arrival. Since you have bought the Pass, you don’t have to pay the Visa on Arrival fee – provided you plan to stay more than three nights.

If you don’t spend at least three nights in Jordan, you will have to pay the visa fee when you depart. The Immigration officers will check.

How Long Is the Jordan Pass Valid?

The Jordan Pass is valid for two weeks, starting from the time you first use it to gain entrance into a tourist attraction. From the day you purchase it, you have 12 months to use it.

Not to be confused with the Jordan Visa on Arrival, which is valid for 30 days.

Who Can Get the Jordan Pass?

You can buy a Jordan Pass if you are from one of these countries:

  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Estonia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Germany
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Holland
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kosovo
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxemburg
  • Macau
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Nauru
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • North Korea
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Palestine
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Salvador
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syria
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunis
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu
  • UAE
  • Ukraine
  • United
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican
  • Venezuela
  • Zimbabwe