There are so many places to visit throughout the world, and many people will ask “why one place over another?” When considering the myriad options available to you, Jordan should definitely be at the top of the list.
Why? There are many reasons to consider this incredibly historic and scenic spot. And while the fact that it is home to the world’s oldest inhabited city, stunning natural sites, and a diversity of climates and cultures, it is also a place where travelers face minimal “red tape” and some of the easiest visa requirements.
The Ease of Jordan Visa Requirements
Generally speaking, citizens of many different countries need only their valid passport (it must have six months or more of validity remaining) to obtain their visa upon arrival at the country’s main airports, sea or land crossings.
This list includes
- Almost all European nations,
- South American nations,
- The U.S., the UK, New Zealand, Australia and Canada.
The air arrivals and departures are typically via Queen Alia International Airport as it is the main airport, but there is also the King Hussein International Airport in Aqaba as well as the smaller Marka International Airport in East Amman.
Those entering through one of the land-based border crossings (typically those from Israel and Palestinian Territories and from Saudi Arabia) or those arriving via the port at Aqaba, will need the same visa documentation as air arrivals.
If you are not from one of the nations for which a passport serves to obtain a visa, you may be required to present a tour itinerary. However, for almost all travelers, Jordan visa requirements are simple and straightforward.
The Jordan visa requirements for nationals from Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the UAE have no need for a visa and may be given from one to six month visas based on their country of origin. All other new arrivals are able to get a visa for a maximum stay in Jordan of two, three or six months. Fees for visas vary based on length of stay.
If you are staying two to three days and are hosting a registered Jordanian tour guide, you may be able to waive the visa fees, but not the requirement. Those who purchase the Jordan Pass before arriving will find that their visa fees are built into the cost of the pass.
Exceptions or special provisions for Jordan visa requirements exist for those from Hong Kong, India, Iraq, Morocco, Myanamar, Sri Lanka and Yemen. Additionally, a long list of countries have more demanding Jordan visa requirements and will require an application for a visa before travel as well as a Security Approval prior to departure.
An Example of Typical Jordan Visa Requirements
It is helpful for almost any traveler to make note that, unless they are a citizen of Lebanon able to visit Jordan with only their national ID, everyone else needs a valid passport. It must be, as noted, six months ahead of expiration or longer and have room for the entry and exit stamps.
If you are a traveler from the United States, as an example, you can enter with your American passport. If you are part of tour, you will not have to worry about any issues with obtaining the visa and pay only the fee that is part of all Jordan visa requirements. You will be given a one month visa, ideal for traveling throughout the country and entering all of the most popular sites.
In fact, if you are a passport holding citizen of any of the 120+ “non-restricted” countries, you need only wait until you arrive in Jordan and then obtain the visa. The fees are always the same, and so those traveling from almost all European nations, South American nations, the U.S., the UK, New Zealand, Australia or Canada will be able to easily enter Jordan.
Those from the “restricted” countries will have far more Jordan visa requirements to meet, and in many instances it may be necessary to show a return ticket, also called “proof of onward travel” or visit a Jordanian Embassy in their home country prior to departure.
A Few Words on Fees and Jordan Visa Requirements
As already noted, the fees for the visas will vary based on the anticipated length of stay. However, it is possible to avoid paying the entry fees if you are part of a tour package and purchase that Jordan Pass already mentioned.
As an example, you might be traveling from the United States and set aside the money for the fee that is part of your Jordan visa requirements. However, if you went ahead and bought the Jordan Pass before you depart, it enables you to enter the country without paying the visa fee at the airport of your arrival. If you are staying in the country for three nights, and have the fee, you can enter without paying.
The Jordan Pass is something you can do online and you the price includes the visa fee plus it enables you to enter more than 40 of the country’s leading destinations – including Petra.
However, you may not even need to buy the Jordan Pass to see the fee waived. This is because anyone who is part of a pre-arranged tour of five or more people organized through a Jordanian tour operator, and one that extends beyond two nights, will not need to pay the fee.
It may be a surprise to discover that in addition to Jordan’s appeal as a travel destination for its amazing range of sites and destinations, it is also a wildly tourist-friendly locale. By booking with a Jordanian registered tour operator, like Egypt Tours Plus, you will be able to meet all of the Jordan visa requirements and enter without any additional fees.
Of course, you also get the amazing benefits of knowledgeable guides who ensure that your itinerary meets your every need. Whether it is a group tour, a private tour of five or more, or a custom tour for your family of five or more, you’ll enter without paying any sort of visa fee, but still meeting all of the Jordan visa requirements.
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