Jordan Visa For Indians

Jordan Visa for Indians with the Jordan Pass

Traveling on an Indian passport can be restrictive at times with all the visa requirements and their onerous application processes. However, Jordan is one of the countries that offers visa on arrival for a 2 week stay to Indians. The requirements that are outlined to get a visa on arrival are quite unique and might be problematic for some.
The general requirements for a visa on arrival are:
- Confirmed flight tickets out of Jordan within two weeks
- Confirmed hotel reservations for the full duration of your stay
- 1000 USD cash per person (or equivalent in EUR, GBP or another major currency)
- 40 JD visa fees
It is the cash requirement above that seems to be most problematic. Most travelers do not want to carry 1000 USD cash with them. Also, for those whose native currency is not the USD, they perhaps don’t want to pay a 3% spread on two conversions. However, it’s not really as bad as it seems since you can use the 1000 USD for your expenses in Jordan. The JD is pegged to the USD so you will receive very good exchange rates on cash. The rates will most likely be far better than your bank since most banks charge 2-3% on currency conversions for international withdrawals. So bring the 1000 USD and use it for all your expenses. Please note that you should exchange your money into JD in the city since the airport currency exchanges carry a surcharge. Since the USD is pegged to the JD, the exchange spread is very low (around 0.20%) so you can get about 70.8 JD for every 100 USD in the city.

Amman's homogeneous cityspace

Amman's homogeneous cityspace


The Jordan Pass is a new scheme that has been launched by Jordan Tourism. The Jordan Pass costs 70 JD and grants you entry into Petra for one day and several other sites around Jordan. If you pay for a more expensive pass, you can get multiple days in Petra. The key factor however is that if you hold a Jordan Pass, your entry visa fees are waived. Since a one day entry to Petra is 50JD and the visa costs 40JD, you effectively save about 20 JD if you get a one day Jordan pass (70JD) and are hence not required to pay for an entry visa. This only applies, of course, if you are going to visit Petra. You can buy the Jordan Pass online with a credit card before you arrive in Jordan. In fact, to have your visa fees waived, you MUST buy your pass before you arrive in Jordan.

So armed with a print out of the Jordan Pass, and all the requirements above (except for the 40JD fee since that is supposed to be waived), I arrived in Jordan. For those who might not want to carry money, or want to carry a different currency, there is an ATM and a currency exchange before immigration at Queen Alia Airport (Amman airport).

The process for those holding a Jordan Pass is slightly different. You go to the “Tourist Voucher” counter, where the officer will look at your Jordan Pass and write something in Arabic in your passport. Then, you go to another counter and the immigration officer will stamp you in. It appears that the Jordan Pass is processed as a group visit type of visa since the stamp says “Tourist Collective”.

Although I was carrying all the documents and required cash, the officers did not ask me any questions or ask for any documents or cash. They just went about their business with the print out of the Jordan Pass that I showed them. The whole process took less than 5 minutes.

Once we were through immigration we collected our bags and were on our way to a new adventure in Jordan!

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  • Anshul Chaurasia Says

    Thanks for the tip regarding Jordan pass. This could be quite useful for me visiting Jordan next time.

    I had a very strange experience entering Jordan just for a day (to visit Petra) from Egypt Sinai side. I came to Egypt on a single entry visa, go around everywhere for 10 days then was able to leave Egypt, get stamped out, visit Jordan and then re-enter Egypt again! Apparently if you re-enter from the same border post you left you are allowed to do that. Although this was very risky and whole day I was worried about getting back into Egypt it paid off well. Costed around 200 USD for the whole thing.

  • David Says

    We just finished up a press trip in Jordan. The visas were easy, you have to love a visas on arrival! Jordan should be on the top of all travelers list to visit. There’s so much to see, it’s safe and the people are friendly!

  • erohsikavuy Says

    VOA permits how many days?

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  • Ankit Says

    hi..Is Visa On arrival really available for Indians in Jordan cause of their tourist site they mention India in the category of countries which require visa prior to travel.

    please clarify my doubts…and will i be allowed to board the flight to Jordan without a visa

  • Rashmi Says

    Me and my husband started travelling few countries for a while. We travelled to Dubai and Abu Dhabi to start with and now have arrived in Jordan. As suggested by you we had already purchased the Jordan pass online. We came today morning to Jordan and has no problem getting the visa stamped. However there is something written in Arabic which we don’t understand. The visa validity date is not anywhere mentioned while stamping on the passports. Could you please let me know what would be the ideal visa validity time for Indian passport holders(I know it is 15days, but a bit confused as it is mentioned on the stamping done by them as “please contact the nearest police station within 1 month”. So we are not sure if it is 15days or 1 month)

    • Ashray Says

      Your stay should be lesser than 15 days if you are an Indian national. If you have residence in some OECD countries, that might be extended to 30 but the Jordan rules are quite difficult to know so I’d recommend to keep your stay under 15 days. If you go over, you will have to pay a small fine when you leave.

      • Rashmi Says

        Thanks a lot for answering the question.Just curious if your visa stamping also had mentioned “please contact the nearest police station within one month”?
        And we both are Indian nationals and do not have residence permit from anywhere else.

        • Ashray Says

          I don’t have any such message on my stamp. I would guess though that you would only need to do the police registration if you plan to stay longer than one month.

          • Rose Says

            Hi I’m rose I’m just asking how to give visa to my friend he want to visit from jordan but the problem he in india so what should I do can u pls help me thanks

  • sudip Says

    Is visa on arrival allowed for visiting jordan for indian citizens..?

  • Ahmad Faraz Says

    Hi Ashray,

    Can you tell me whether Visa on Arrival to Jordan still exists for Indian Passports.?



    • Ashray Says

      Yes, it still exists but make sure you carry all the documents and money they ask for because they may need to take a look.

  • hi,me and my friend are going to visit jordan from 24th september to 28th september,2016.i learned about jordan pass recently online.can we buy the same as individual tourist?we have all the booking done.curious about visa on arrival as we have not travelled by air before.kindly guide.

  • Gautam Says

    I am an Indian citizen living in India. I am travelling to Jordan on a Business visa which states that the maximum stay from entry is 14 days. Is it possible to extend the visa since many of the websites state that it can be extended but those posts are very old.

  • Crisel Says

    Hi there!
    Did you by any chance encountered Filipinos with residency in Kuwait getting a visa on arrival in Queen Alia airport? I understand, Indians and Filipinos with GCC residency can avail of the VOA but I haven’t met/encountered Filipino residents of Kuwait who have tried it.
    I’d be happy to hear if you know something about it as I’m travelling to Jordan soon. Thanks a lot!

    • Ashray Says

      The tripadvisor Jordan forum has quite a few accounts from filipinos entering Jordan with a GCC residency. So I don’t think it’s going to be much of an issue.

  • Kshitiz Says

    I am going to jordan next month with my wife. Do we have to carry 2000 USD (1000 USD/Person) ??

    • Ashray Says

      If you have a pre-arranged visa, then no. If you are going for visa on arrival, then they may ask you to show them the money. They didn’t ask me but they do sometimes ask. So it’s always better to have the cash on you.

  • Bhupesh Says

    Hello Ashray,
    Thanks for this valuable information:)
    I am planning to visit Jordan in the month of February with a group of 4 friends.

    As mentioned above I will buy Jordan Pass in advance and will stay for 3 nights in Amman, so with this I should get 40 attractions free entry and visa fees free entry.

    My question is, I would like to visit Israel and Egypt along with Jordan and will be exiting Jordan to Jerusalem by road. Will there be any problem of exiting in this way. I can see that Jordan has some 8JD of exit fees at these border crossings and that should be ok.

    Also below is my trip plan and do let me know if this is doable:
    Day1: Mumbai to Amman, reach Amman afternoon and overnight stay with some local sightseeing
    Day2: Petra and Wadi Rum visit and stay in Amman
    Day3: Jerash and Dead Sea visit, stay in Amman
    Day4: Cross the border in the morning and half day visit to Jerusalem (will apply Israel visa in advance), stay at Jerusalem
    Day5: Jerusalem and Bethlehem visit, stay at Tel Aviv
    Day6: Haifa, Acre, Rosh Hanikara visit, stay at Tel Aviv
    Day7: Tel Aviv sightseeing and evening flight to Cairo via Athens
    Day8: Full day in Cairo (will apply Egypt visa in advance)
    Day9: half day in Cairo and evening flight to Aswan
    Day10: Early morning tour to Abu Simbel from Aswan, travel back to Luxor and stay
    Day11: Full day Luxor sightseeing and evening flight back to LuxorCairo-Mumbai

    • Bhupesh Says

      Also as per my above itenary, I will not have return flight ticket to India and I would like to exit from Jordan to Jerusalem by road. Will there be any problem to get on arrival visa in this case?

      • Ashray Says

        I don’t know. You could book a refundable flight out and then cancel it once you are in Jordan.

        • Shyamaladevi S Says

          Hi. This is a very useful infn. I have one clarification. Am planning to visit Jordan next month and to apply for VOA. Also i m going to book a package in on the go tours. This is the first entry in my passport. Will there be any issue in obtaining visa?

  • Hanh Pham Says

    Thank you so much for your information.

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