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Friday, May 20, 2016

Jordan Visa for Indians: Visa On Arrival, Collective Visa and Visa at Consulate

Jordan is a gem in the Middle East. Apart from being the cradle of three modern religions, it is home to stunning natural and man made wonders such as the Dead Sea, Wadi Rum, Petra and the Red Sea. In between, there are a ton of things to do and experience in this diverse country right from food and culture to religion and adventure.

We Indians need a Jordanian visa if we wish to visit this amazing country. Now, the interesting thing is that there are 3 different ways in which we Indian Passport holders can apply for a tourist visa to Jordan. I recently visited Jordan and hence the below is based on first hand information either through personal experience or through the immigration officers.

1) Tourists Visa from Jordan Embassy in India

Jordan Visa for Indians

This is the easiest and the safest option to get a tourist visa to Jordan. You can do this yourself by going to your nearest Jordan embassy in India or through an authorized travel agent. The process is as below

Documentation Required

1) Duly completed and signed application form

2) One passport size photograph with white background

3) Passport with at least 6 months validity

4) Photocopy of your passport front and back pages

5) Confirmed Return Flight Tickets

6) Hotel bookings for the duration of the trip

7) Tour Itinerary

8) Original bank statement for 6 months

Fees: INR 8,100

Validity of Visa: Stay of 14 days inside Jordan

Time taken to process the visa: 3 to 5 working days

2) Tourist Collective Visa

Jordan Tourist Collective Visa for Indians

You will get a tourist collective visa at the point of entry in Amman (either Amman or Aqaba airport) if you are going as part of a tour group of more than 5 people with a tour operator authorized by Jordan Tourism. Your tour operator will take care of the logistics and process. The detailed process is given below:
Documentation Required

1) Tour Itinerary provided by authorized tour operator along with hotel bookings

2) One passport size photograph with white background

3) Passport with at least 6 months validity

4) Confirmed Return Flight Tickets

Fees: The visa is free

Validity of Visa: Stay of 7 or 14 days inside Jordan depending on your tour itinerary

Time taken to process the visa: 5 minutes
 
3) Visa on Arrival

Most Indian citizens are confused about the visa on arrival option for Jordan. Their confusion is justified as the internet is filled with conflicting statements. I checked about this directly with the immigration officers at the Amman airport in Jordan and hence this is the accurate information as of today. Things might change in the future, but till then, you can safely follow this.

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

Documentation Required


1) Passport with at least 6 months validity

2) 1 Passport size photograph with white background along with completed visa on arrival form

5) Confirmed Return Flight Tickets

6) Hotel bookings for the duration of the entire trip

7) Tour Itinerary

8) 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: JOD 40

Validity of Visa: Stay of 14 days inside Jordan

Time taken to process the visa: 5 to 10 minutes

If you are planning to avail the visa on arrival option while traveling to Jordan, be prepared to get grilled by the immigration officers at your point of exit in India. This is common practice and hence it is best to carry all the right documentation with you along with a printout that states that Indian Passport holders are eligible for visa on arrival while traveling to Jordan. While I was being grilled by the immigration officers at Bangalore, I playfully asked why all the grilling when Jordan offers a visa on arrival to Indians and I received the answer that this is protocol especially for countries that offer visa on arrival facility to Indians.



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