Getting to Jordan
For North American travelers, visas can be obtained when arriving in Jordan at the airport or any border crossing (except the King Hussein/Allenby Bridge). Visas are free of charge for groups of five or more provided that they have booked their tour with a Jordanian ground operator and staying a minimum of 48 hours. Visitors are required to have a valid passport with an expiration date no less than six months from their time of travel and may obtain a visa at any Jordanian embassy, consulate, or legation abroad. Certain nationalities are required to obtain a visa from a consulate prior to departure. For more detailed information please visit www.jordanembassyus.org.
Single Entry - JD 40 (approx. USD $56), valid for two months
Double Entry - JD 70 (approx. USD $97.50), valid for three months
Multiple Entry - JD 133 (approx. USD $187.50), valid for six months
Visas must be paid in the local currency and can be extended at any police station. A departure tax of 5 JD is paid at any border crossing except the airports.
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The Jordan Pass
The Jordan pass is the ultimate sightseeing package that has been especially tailor-made for visitors to the country. It gives pass holders the ability to make the most out of their trip visiting top sights and attractions whilst saving time, money and stress.
- Hassle-free prepaid entry at a reduced rate to over 40 attractions in Jordan.
- Free downloadable digital brochures covering all of Jordan’s tourist attractions.
- Waiving of tourist entry visa fees if you purchase the Jordan Pass before arrival to Jordan and stay a minimum of three nights.
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ROYAL JORDANIAN (RJ)
Royal Jordanian Airlines is the national carrier of Jordan with direct non-stop flights to Amman from JFK, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto and Montreal. RJ is part of the OneWorld Alliance.
United Airlines is the only American carrier with direct non-stop flights to Amman from Washington, Dulles IAD. United is member of the Star Alliance.
All major international carriers and Alliances/code-share fly into Jordan including Lufthansa, British Airways, Emirates, Etihad, Turkish, and many more. (OneWorld, Star Alliance, Sky Team)
QUEEN ALIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Queen Alia International Airport is Jordan’s main international gateway, located about 20 miles south of Amman—about half an hour by car. A bus service leaves the airport every half hour to Amman’s bus station, but the easiest way to get to the city is by taxi.
KING HUSSEIN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
King Hussein International Airport is located in Aqaba, about 20 minutes from the town center and offers daily flights to/from Amman and the region.
Ports/Cruises: Aqaba receives numerous major international cruise ships sailing on the Red Sea daily and hosts its own special cruising port.
Land Border Crossings
ENTERING JORDAN FROM EGYPT
By Air: There are regular flights between Egypt and Aqaba or Amman.
ENTERING JORDAN FROM ISRAEL
There are two border points between Jordan and Israel and one crossing point. They are:
- Sheikh Hussein Bridge: North Border, 56 miles from Amman, located in the north close to Lake Tiberias (Sea of Galilee); open 24/7 throughout the year.
- Wadi Araba:South Border, located in the Gulf of Aqaba connecting the two Red Sea resorts of Eilat and Aqaba, 201 miles from Amman.
- Hours of Operation: Sunday to Thursday, 6:30 am to 10 pm; Friday to Saturday, 8 am to 10 pm.
- Visas for most nationalities can be obtained at these borders; prior permits are not needed except for restricted nationalities.
- *PLEASE NOTE: These hours and regulations are all subject to change and may be closed on certain holidays. Please confirm hours of operation before traveling. For up-to-date details and information on which nationalities cannot obtain visas, contact the nearest consulate.
- The King Hussein Bridge (Allenby): A crossing point and is not an official border. Travelers cannot obtain a visa at this bridge. Private cars and tour buses cannot cross; travelers must change vehicles upon crossing or use the other two border crossings. The King Hussein Bridge is 35 miles from Amman, located in the southern Jordan Valley
- Hours of Operation: Sunday to Thursday 8 am to 10 pm for arrivals and 8 am to 2 pm for departures; Friday and Saturday 8 am to 1 pm.