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Jordan Visa Guide

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November 25, 2020
Travelers from most countries, including the United States, need a visa in order to visit Jordan—and often the best option is to get a visa when you arrive in the country.

Note that this guide does not take into account any additional, temporary requirements in place during the Covid pandemic. For the most up-to-date Covid requirements, visit the Jordan embassy website

  • Visa needed for US citizens: Yes
  • Visa types for US citizens: Single-entry, double-entry, or multiple-entry visa, or a Jordan Pass
  • Visa application: Single-entry can be applied for upon arrival; others are online or via mail 
  • Visa issued: Single-entry can be issued in person upon arrival; others are online or via mail 
  • Cost: ~$60 to $190
  • Timing: 2+ weeks in advance for mail or online options
  • Length of validity: 60 days for single-entry, 90 days for double-entry, 6 months or 5 years for multiple-entry
  • Max length of stay: 30 days

Who Needs a Visa to Visit Jordan?

Travelers from most foreign countries, including the United States, need a visa in order to enter Jordan. If your travel plans have you just passing through (but not leaving) Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, you don’t need a visa.

Note that Jordan imposes a departure tax of 5 JOD at all border crossings, but not at airports.

What Types of Tourist Visas are Available for US Citizens? 

  • Single Entry: Tourist visa valid for two months; for stays of 30 days or less
  • Double Entry: Tourist visa valid for three months; for stays of 30 days or less
  • Multiple Entry: Tourist visa valid for six months or five years
  • Jordan Pass: This pass waives the entry fees at dozens of popular attractions and waives the cost of a single-entry visa on arrival. 

Note that all visa fees must be paid in cash in the local currency (Jordanian Dinar, if applying in person). If you need to extend your visa while you’re in Jordan, you must register at any Jordanian police station for an extension.

How to Apply for a Jordan Visa 

Travelers from a long list of countries, including the United States, are eligible to obtain a tourist visa upon arrival at almost every port of entry to Jordan—and for the majority of people, this is the most straightforward option. (The King Hussein/Allenby Bridge, connecting Jordan with the West Bank, is the only border crossing where on-arrival visas are not given.) You can check on the current border crossing visa information here.

Visitors can also apply ahead of time online or by mail through the Jordanian Embassy in Washington DC. The online application process isn’t as user-friendly as you’d hope, though there’s a user manual available (it’s a PDF you need to download; click the “User Manual” link on the Ministry of Interior E-Services homepage). Online processing takes at least two weeks, so it’s not particularly fast, either.

Getting a visa by mail is easy, though it requires you to send your passport to the embassy.

Required Documents and Information

You’ll need: 

  • US Passport with at least six months of validity past the anticipated date of departure from Jordan and one full blank page for the visa
  • Confirmed airline ticket for leaving Jordan 
  • A recent color passport photo (2” square)
  • Visa application (if applying online or by mail)
  • Credit or debit card (to apply online), money order (to apply by mail), or Jordanian Dinar (to apply upon arrival)
  • Prepaid return envelope (to apply by mail)
  • Valid email address and mobile phone number (to apply online)

Cost

  • Single Entry: 48 JOD (about $67.50)
  • Double Entry: 70 JOD (about $97.50)
  • 6-Month Multiple Entry: 133 JOD (about $187.50)
  • 5-Year Multiple Entry: $160
  • Jordan Pass: $99-$113 (depending on number of days you want to visit Petra)

Timing

  • On-Arrival Visa: These are processed upon arrival at designated ports of entry
  • E-Visa: Allow at least two weeks for processing
  • Visa by Mail: Allow at least five days for processing once the package has reached the embassy

Process of Applying for a Jordan Visa

While getting a visa upon arrival is the easiest option for most travelers, only single-entry visas are available with this method. If you need a multiple-entry visa, you must apply for that ahead of time from outside Jordan.

Application steps for on-arrival single-entry tourist visa:

  1. Arrive at a designated port of entry to Jordan (all airports and land border crossings except the King Hussein/Allenby Bridge) and go to the immigration desk
  2. Provide the required documents (passport, photo, onward ticket)
  3. Pay the fee in local currency, in cash

Application steps for tourist visa obtained by mail: 

  1. Go to the visas page on the Jordanian Embassy website
  2. Print and complete the application 
  3. Send the required documents (completed application, passport, photo, payment, prepaid return envelope) to the embassy address listed on this page
  4. You’ll receive the passport in the prepaid envelope you provided with the visa stamp (if approved)
  5. You can contact the embassy via phone or email to check on the status or find out why your application was rejected (if your passport comes back without the stamp)

Application steps for tourist visa obtained online: 

  1. Read the information on the visas page on the Jordanian Embassy website
  2. Create an account on the Ministry of Interior E-Services website
  3. Complete your online profile and create a visa application through the online system
  4. You’ll see a message on the site (and via email and text message) when your application has been submitted successfully
  5. You’ll be notified via email and text message about the status of your application, or you can view the status of applications by logging into your account

Application steps for Jordan Pass: 

The Jordan pass is not a visa. It only waives the visa fees if you stay a minimum of three nights (4 days) in Jordan. You can buy the Jordan pass online, but you should not apply for a visa online as the Jordan pass only waives fees for visas obtained upon arrival. Once you buy the pass, you’ll get a PDF version to show the passport officer. The Jordan pass waives the visa fees of only a single entry visa to Jordan.

Last Updated 
November 24, 2020
Jordan Visa Guide
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