We are often asked about the protocols for visas and entry into Jordan. Citizens of most Western countries do not require a prearranged visa to enter Jordan and will simply be issued a tourist visa at the border when crossing into Jordan. This is easiest at the southern border crossing between Eilat and Aqaba (Yitzhak Rabin/Arava Border) or the northern border crossing at Beit Shean (Sheik Hussein Border). You will be required to pay a border tax in order to receive a visa.
At the Allenby Bridge (between Jerusalem and Amman), no visas are issued, but if you have a prearranged visa issued in your country of origin then it is possible to cross here. However, it is recommended to cross at either the southern or northern borders because the waiting time and experience is generally better and easier. All of our tours cross through these two borders.
Below is a comprehensive list of countries that require a prearranged visa to enter Jordan. If your country requires prior visa clearance and you would like to join a tour to Petra or Jordan, please contact us. In most cases, it is possible to arrange the visa as part of your tour reservation, which we would be glad to assist you with. You may also take care of the prior visa approval on your own. Whether you require prior visa clearance or not, you will still be required to pay the $60 visa fee at the border.
Countries THAT REQUIRE Prior Visa Clearance to enter Jordan
Passport holders from the following countries will need to obtain a visa from the Jordanian Embassy in order to enter Jordan. If you hold a passport from any one of these countries and would like to book one of our tours to Petra, please contact us to arrange it on your behalf for a fee of $100. We require a copy of your passport to be sent to us at least one month in advance in order to ensure enough time for approval. We will then bring your visa clearance letter and present it, along with the passport that you bring with you, at the border. You will still be required to pay the $60 visa fee at the border. If you are going on a tour with us, you will also be required to pay the $65 border fee.
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Iran, Iraq, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan, Vietnam.
Belize, Colombia (contact us), Cuba, India.
Countries that are NOT required to produce Prior Visa Clearance
Tourists traveling on passports from the following countries do not require prior visa clearance to enter Jordan and can simply arrive at the border on the day of the tour. You will need to pay a $60 visa fee at the border and, if you are on one of our tours, you will also need to pay a $65 border fee.
Algeria, Cape Verde, Egypt, Lesotho, Libya, Malawi, Mauritius, Montenegro, Namibia, São Tomé and Príncipe, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tunisia, Zimbabwe.
Bahrain, Bhutan, Brunei, Burma, China, China (Taiwan), Hong Kong, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kurdistan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, North Korea, Oman, Palestine/ PNA Passport Holders, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Belarus, Yemen.
Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominica, Ecuador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Salvador, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela.
Please note: This information is updated as regularly as possible, however, changes to the regulations may be made without warning. It is highly recommended you check your country’s visa status with us when booking your tour.