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Many iqama holders of Saudi Arabia (especially Pakistani and Filipinos) coming from Riyadh, Jeddah and other cities want to know if they can get get a Jordan visa if they are crossing the border by road.
I wanted to visit Jordan for a long time but didn’t know how to get a Jordan visa for Iqama holders from Saudi Arabia. A reader of this blog, a Pakistani iqama holder of Saudi Arabia who crossed the Jordan border coming from Riyadh by road has shared his experience of getting Jordan visa below.
If you are an iqama holder (irrespective of your nationality either be Pakistani or Filipino), coming from Riyadh, Jeddah or any other city of Saudi Arabia and intending to cross the border of Jordan by road, you will get an on-arrival visa of Jordan. You will have to follow the below-mentioned procedure. Recommended: How to get Bahrain on-arrival visa?
Select the Route
Either you are coming by road from Riyadh, Jeddah or any other city of Saudi Arabia, every iqama holder has to cross Jordan border from one of the following three borders to get a visa. We have explained about each of them below;
- Durra Border Crossing
If you are coming from Jeddah or the western side of Saudi Arabia by road, you will most probably cross the Jordan border through Durra border crossing. Many iqama holders of Saudi Arabia have shared their experiences that it took them a long time (2-3 hours) at this border to get a Jordan visa.
However, the immigration authorities do not charge any visa fee to enter Jordan from Iqama holders of Saudi Arabia through this border.
- Al Mudawara Border
If you are coming from Jeddah or the western side of Saudi Arabia by road, you will most probably cross the Jordan border through Al Mudawara Border. You can use Al Mudawara Border to enter Jordan from Riyadh as well, but you will have to drive a long way for that.
Many iqama holders of Saudi Arabia have given positive reviews about the services provided at this border and commented that it didn’t take them a long time to get a Jordan visa here.
- Al Omari Border Crossing
If you are coming from Riyadh or the central or eastern side of Saudi Arabia by road, you will most probably cross the Jordan border through Al Omari border crossing. This is probably the best border to enter Jordan as the Iqama holders of Saudi Arabia have given very positive reviews about the service provided here.
The fee for Jordan Visa for Iqama holders of Saudi Arabia
The Jordan visa for Iqama holders of Saudi Arabia at the border costs JD 40 per person. If you are entering Jordan through Durra border crossing, there is no fee for the visa as it is an economic free zone.
You can pay the Jordan visa fee either in Saudi riyals or Jordanian Dinar, both currencies are accepted there.
Required documents to get a Jordan Visa
Iqama holders of Saudi Arabia are required to take the following documents with them which are required to get a Jordan visa.
- Make sure you have a confirmed hotel reservation in any Hotels of Jordan covering the period of your stay. The booking made through Agoda.com is considered confirmed by the Jordanian authorities.
- Take your original iqama
- Take your original passport
The validity of the Jordan Visa
The validity of the Jordan visa issued to iqama holders of Saudi Arabia will be 2 weeks or one month depending on the duration of stay which you are telling to Visa officer. After obtaining a visa you have to proceed to arrival stamping section and you have to submit the passport.
Just give your passport and in 2 mins they will give you the passport with Jordan Visa. Then go to Jordan Immigration and they will stamp Entry.
If you are going to Jordan by road, you have two choices either to cross the border on your car or park your car in Saudi Arabia and enter Jordan on a taxi. Just Before the Saudi border, you can see Jordan taxis taking you to Jordan.
If you decide to use your car to enter Jordan by road, when you reach the border, there is a petrol pump just 2 mins before the border. Make sure you fill your car from there. Petrol in Jordan is 3 times expensive than Saudi Arabia.
Once Entry is done; you will find the currency exchange counter on the right side. You can exchange your Saudi Riyals into Jordanian Dinars from there. 5.50 SR = 1 JD
The next counter is car insurance; you need to ensure your car for one month for JD 36 and you will also have to pay for a car permit amounting to JD 20.
Once tour in Jordan is finished, you need to get back to the office from where you took the insurance for the clearance paper. In case somebody has violated any traffic rule while driving in Jordan, he will have to pay for a fine here. The fine for wrong parking in Jordan is JD 10.
After getting the clearance paper, you need to visit the same office which you visited to get the car permit. Here you need to pay exit Tax fee of JD 10 per person and immigration will stamp exit on your passport.
Then go to the Saudi side, they will scan your car to ensure that you are not bringing anything bad to the country. Once the scanning is done they will issue a paper to take to the Immigration and they will stamp entry on your passport.
Jordan visa for Saudi Iqama holder traveling by Air
If an Iqama holder of Saudi Arabia is traveling to Jordan by Air, he will get an on arrival visa at the airport. However, the dependents of the Iqama holders must be accompanied by their sponsor to get the visa.