Jordan Visa Process and Jordan Pass

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The majority of the Middle Eastern countries seem to be the grey area for Indian Passport holders, all the more because of the increasing sociopolitical tension. I recently visited Jordan and was bombarded with tonnes of questions. The two most asked questions were: ‘Is it safe for tourists?’ and ‘Is it difficult for Indians to get a visa?’. Here I am addressing the second most asked question.

A lot of travellers have expressed the difficulty in obtaining a Jordanian visa, the blog will tell you the requirements and my experience of obtaining a visa on arrival for Jordan. But before I jump on to that, I would like to write a bit about Jordan Pass – A must if you are planning to visit Petra.

How does the Jordan Pass work?

Are you ready to unlock the wonders of Jordan? Say hello to your new travel buddy, the Jordan Pass! This tourist pass is your all-access ticket to some of the most incredible attractions in the country. Here’s everything you need to know about how it works:

  • What is the Jordan Pass? The Jordan Pass is a digital pass that grants you entry to a variety of attractions in Jordan, including historical sites, museums, and natural wonders. It’s a convenient and cost-effective way to explore the country’s rich heritage.
  • Where can I buy the Jordan Pass? Getting your hands on this gem is as easy as pie. Simply head over to the official Jordan Pass website and purchase it online. You’ll receive a digital pass that you can download to your smartphone or print out if you prefer the old-school approach.
  • Jordan Pass Validity: Once you get your hands on the Jordan Pass, you have a whole year of potential adventure ahead of you. Yep, you heard right! It’s valid for a whopping 12 months from the date of purchase. But, it will expire within 2 weeks of the first scan at any attraction. 

How much does the Jordan Pass cost?

  1. Wanderer: Cost 70 JD- Includes entry to over 40 attractions in Jordan and 1-day entry to Petra. 
  2. Jordan Explorer: Cost 75 JD- Includes entry to over 40 attractions in Jordan and 2-day entry to Petra.
  3. Jordan Expert: Cost 80 JD- Includes entry to over 40 attractions in Jordan and 3-day entry to Petra.

Here’s a taste of some of the top attractions in Jordan and the potential savings by using the Jordan Pass.

  1. Petra: The crown jewel of Jordan’s historical sites. Entry cost:  $70.
  2. Jerash: Step back in time to this Roman city. Entry cost: $12.
  3. Wadi Rum: Dive into the mesmerizing beauty of the desert. Entry cost: $7.
  4. The Dead Sea: Float effortlessly in the lowest point on Earth.Entry cost: $20.
  5. Amman Citadel: Discover ancient ruins and stunning views of the city. Entry cost: $10.
  6. Madaba: Explore the famous mosaic map of the Holy Land. Entry cost: $2.

The pass does not only help save a lot of money on Petra’s admission fee. Another big saving is the Tourist Visa fee is waived off if you are staying in Jordan for more than 3 nights. I saved a total of 60 JD by purchasing the Jordan Pass. 

What are the benefits of getting a Jordan Pass?

  • Free entry to top attractions: With the Jordan Pass in your pocket, you can skip the ticket lines and enjoy free entry to iconic sites such as Petra, Jerash, Wadi Rum, and more.
  • Cost savings: The Jordan Pass includes the entrance fees for the covered attractions, which means you’ll save some serious dough. Imagine not having to worry about individual ticket prices and making the most of your budget.
  • Convenience and time-saving: No need to scramble for cash or stand in long queues. The Jordan Pass simplifies the entry process, allowing you to breeze through and make the most of your precious time in Jordan.

What are the requirements for obtaining a Jordan visa?

Figuring out the Jordan visa process in 2017 was extremely difficult. The internet was a highly confusing space. Some Indian passport holders had their Jordan visa on arrival rejected! While others had an easy time obtaining one. Some were asked to produce USD 1000 in cash while others were not asked for it. Here’s my experience and the documents that I carried while visiting Jordan. 

I applied for a visa on arrival in Jordan along with the Jordan pass, and received one without a hassle.

Can Indians get a visa on arrival in Jordan?

Indian passport holders are eligible for a visa on arrival to Jordan provided they carry all the necessary documentation.

  • Passport with at least 6 months validity
  • Print out of Jordan Pass receipt
  • Confirmed Return Flight Tickets
  • Hotel bookings for the duration of the entire trip
  • Cash or Traveller Cheques worth at least USD 1000 per person. If you intend to stay for 14 days, you should show USD 2000 per person. 

In addition, it is safe to mention that you are carrying International debit and credit cards to substantiate your financial sufficiency.
Fees: No additional charge (if you do not have a Jordan Pass, the cost is JD 40)
Jordan visa validity: Stay of 14 days in Jordan

How do I apply for a Jordan visa at the Embassy?

This is the safest option to get a tourist visa to Jordan, especially if you have it all planned and have enough time in hand. Go to the nearest embassy along with the following documents, to submit your Jordan visa application.

  • Duly completed and signed application form
  • One passport-size photograph with white background
  • Passport with at least 6 months validity
  • Photocopy of your passport’s front and back pages
  • Confirmed Return Flight Tickets
  • Hotel bookings for the duration of the trip
  • Tour Itinerary
  • Original bank statement for 6 months

Fees: 124 JD
Jordan visa validity: Stay of 14 days in Jordan
Processing Time: 3 to 5 working days

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