Saturday, September 18, 2021

Visa & Passport Requirements for Jordan

AsiaJordanVisa & Passport Requirements for Jordan
  • Jordan is one of only three countries in the Middle East that tolerate Israeli citizens in their country. Therefore, entry into Jordan is not a problem for holders of an Israeli passport.
  • Visitors from most countries require a visa to enter Jordan, which is readily available on arrival at almost all border crossings. Some nationalities may require a visa prior to arrival; check with your local Jordanian embassy or consulate before you arrive. An important exception is the crossing from the West Bank at the King Hussein Bridge (“Allenby”), where you will need a visa in advance. Visas are available at all other land crossings into Jordan and at all sea and air crossings.
  • Visa prices are standardised for non-Arabs and are JOD 40 (as of March 2015) for single entry, JOD 60 for multiple entry. Regular visa fees are waived if you have purchased a Jordan Passport from the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and are staying in Jordan for at least three consecutive nights. The pass costs between 70 and 80 JOD and includes a 1-3 day pass to Petra and free entry to many historical sites within a two-week period. Another new initiative by the Jordanian government is the reduction of visa fees from JOD40 to JOD10 for tourists who want to enter Jordan by land and stay at least three consecutive nights.
  • Alternatively, you can get a free one-month ASEZA (Aqaba Economic Zone) visa if you arrive in Aqaba by land (from Saudi Arabia), by sea (ferry from Egypt in Nuweiba) or by air (landing at Aqaba International Airport). As of 2016, Jordan issues visas at the border crossing between Eilat and Aqaba only to organised tour groups or Jordan passport holders.
  • If you obtain an ASEZA visa, you must leave the country through the same entry point. With the ASEZA visa, you can travel freely throughout Jordan. There is no fee for leaving the Aqaba Economic Zone and entering the rest of the country. There are road checks when leaving ASEZA, but these are not a problem for foreigners. Usually the check is waived or minimal for tourists (just show your passport; if you are driving, also show your driving licence and vehicle registration and open the boot). If you want to enter via Aqaba and do not want to get the ASEZA visa, you have to ask the customs officer to put the normal vsa in your passport and pay the normal visa fee.
  • The free ASEZA visa can also be obtained at almost all other border crossings (except the King Hussein “Allenby” Bridge) if you indicate that you are travelling to Aqaba. There is no fee of 40 JOD for the entry visa, but you are required to enter Aqaba within a maximum of 48 hours and obtain a stamp from a police station in Aqaba or from ASEZA Headquarters. If the stamp for late arrival in Aqaba is not in your passport, you will have to pay the JOD40 fee for the entry visa plus a fine of JOD1.50/day for each unregistered day when you leave (the day you entered Jordan is counted as day 1, even if you entered at 23:59).
  • The visa can be extended for three months at any police station. This extension can be granted twice. The ASEZA visa cannot be extended.
  • There is an exit tax of 10 JOD (as of March 2015), which is charged at all land and sea crossings. The exit tax of 30 JOD (as of March 2015) for leaving Jordan by air is usually included in the air ticket.
  • If you leave via the King Hussein ‘Allenby’ Bridge, you can return to Jordan via the same crossing point with the same visa you received on entry, provided it has not expired. The ASEZA visa cannot be used in this way, as you must leave Jordan via the same exit point in Aqaba through which you entered.
  • The King Hussein “Allenby” Bridge is the only border crossing where entry into Jordan with an Israeli passport is not allowed.