There is a long list of reasons to visit Jordan. There are the wonders of Petra, Wadi Rum, and Mount Nebo, as well as the urban wonderlands of Amman and Aqaba. But before you can consider any tours in Jordan, there’s one important question to ask yourself. And that’s ‘Do I Need a Visa to Visit Jordan’? Thankfully for you, we’ve collated all the latest information, so that you have nothing more to do than keep reading. Then, check out what to do in Jordan.
Who Needs a Visa to Visit Jordan?
The vast majority of nationalities will require a visa to visit Jordan. At present citizens of twelve countries can visit Jordan without a visa. They are all territories in the region around Jordan – the six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Lebanon, Egypt, Israel, the Palestinian territories, Tunisia and Turkey. The members of the GCC are Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Nationals of these countries can visit Jordan without a visa for one to three months in a six-month period. If this includes you, you will simply need a valid passport with two full blank pages and a non-refundable return ticket home.
The citizens of a further 120 nations are able to obtain a visa on arrival in Jordan. They include most countries in Europe and the Americas, as well as Australasia, India, and South Africa. Other nationals will need to apply for a visa from their nearest Jordanian mission before traveling.
Obtaining a Visa on Arrival
Getting a visa on arrival in Jordan is a simple process. They’re a fixed fee of around 40 Jordanian dinars ($56). These visas allow for stays of up to two months for most permitted passports. However, those from Algeria, Hong Kong, Japan, India, Morocco, South Africa, and South Korea are permitted stays of only 30 days under the scheme. These visas also offer only a single entry. Multiple entry visas are only available at embassies and missions abroad. However long you decide to stay, be sure to consult our guide to Jordanian culture and customs first.
Visas on arrival are available at Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport and Aqaba Airport. It’s also available at the Sheikh Hussein/Jordan River border crossing between Jordan and Israel (but not other overland borders). Centrally-located Amman has plenty of cultural experiences to consider, while Aqaba is an excellent choice for Wadi Rum jeep safari tours, and day trips to Petra.
Visitors do not need to show evidence of a return ticket or any Jordan hotel bookings, but their passports should be valid for at least six months after the date of entry. Extending a tourist visa is also normally a stress-free process. You can request extensions at police stations.
Do I Need a Visa to Transit Through Jordan?
Travelers do not require a visa to transit through the country to another nation within 24 hours. Such travelers will need to provide proof of onward travel. Transit visas are only granted at airports.
Applying for a Visa to Jordan at an Embassy
Apply for a visa to Jordan at a Jordanian embassy in good time and before you make any travel plans. It takes four or five working days to process visas this way. Those making applications by post should expect the process to take at least two weeks. Also, remember that an application does not guarantee a visa.
The following nationals must apply for a visa from a mission before traveling:
Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chad, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, DR Congo, Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Cuba, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Laos, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar (Burma), Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, and Zambia.
If your home country doesn’t appear in the list above, you should be able to apply for a visa on arrival.
More Jordan Travel Tips
Entering the country is, of course, only the start of any adventure in Jordan. Having successfully determined if you need a visa to visit Jordan, you are free to fully explore this country’s wonders. If you’re not sure exactly where to start, why not check out our 7 day Jordan itinerary? Our spa and wellness guide also has some great suggestions for those looking for a little R&R.
Petra is a must-see for any visitor to Jordan, and we’ve got the lowdown on the best hotels and tours available in the area. Our 1-day tours and 2-day tours with a stop in Wadi Rum, which depart from either Amman or the Dead Sea, are an easy and fun way to experience the iconic world wonder. Amman is a great place to make as a base for the duration of your stay – check out what to do as well as our curated list of hotels there.
Tour packages are a great way to experience the whole of Jordan and combine it with tours of neighboring countries. Go on a windswept desert adventure with the 10-Day Secrets of the United Arab Emirates & Jordan Tour Package. Or, opt for an all-out two-week exploration of neighbors Jordan, Israel and Egypt. Tours and packages help people from eligible countries with visas on arrival, making the whole experience stress-free and utterly enjoyable.