On Arrival Visas
Many countries have single entry 30 day on arrival visas for Jordan, including USA, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, and generally most western European countries. Some nationalities outside of these areas do need a visa prior to entry and you should consult the embassy for instructions. Visa cost is 40JD (~60 USD).
Entry into Aqaba (Special Economic Zone) either through the port or airport qualify for a free visa, however you must exit through the same port and within 30days.
There are 6 month multi-entry visas for 120JD (~170USD) that must be obtained outside of Jordan. Most of the same nationalities are eligible for the 6 month visa (however I have heard of some variation by countries). This is the case I know with US, UK, Canada, and Australia however and Western European countries as well. Outside of those regions please consult your embassy for information.
For visas and stays over 30 days you must register at the local police station. Most extensions require you to be finger printed as well (they will do this at the police station).
Thirty day visas can be extended. These visa extensions require a reason for you to extend your time within Jordan (work, classes, etc) and you will need to provide a letter from them as well as your lodging information for your time there. Generally even if you just have a apartment you can get extended with a letter from them explaining your lease, etc. If you are taking private classes for instance and don’t have a school, you might be able to get a letter from your teacher or bring them along (local Arabic info is very helpful) to assist with the extension. You need to get finger printed as well and you will need to bring your lease, letter from you school, work, etc, and copies of your passport information page and visa page. They generally give you the extension for two additional months.
Visas extensions from 3 months to 6 months
After you get your first visa extension you can get a second visa extension up to 6 months at the Immigration office. In Amman this is located in Khelda. At the office you need to fill out an application, provide copies of your passport and visa page, and pay a fee of 1JD. After submitting your application need to return in 2 weeks to see if your extension was approved.
Overstaying your Visa
If you happen to overstay your visa, you will need to pay a fine for 1.5 JD per day (~2USD). You will have to pay this either when extending your visa or upon exit from Jordan.
At certain ports there are exit fees. Land and Sea borders from Aqaba require a fee of 8JD per person and 5 JD per vehicle. Exiting from Jordan to Israel requires a exit cost of 10JD. Note: If you leave through the King Hussein/Allenby bridge and you plan to return to Jordan through the same border, you must return within two weeks (and before you visa expires) as visas to Jordan are not issued at this border crossing.
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