FIRST ISRAEL & JORDAN SERIES POST
Nothing is ever easy.
Obtaining a Jordan visa, for example. I’m flying to Israel this spring, visiting Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, then crossing over to Jordan and working my way down with stops at the Dead Sea, Dana Biosphere Reserve, Petra, Wadi Rum and Aqaba.
My options for entering Jordan from Israel by land are:
- The Nahar HaYarden (Israeli name)/Sheikh Hussein (Jordanian name) crossing, which would put me 90 miles north of Amman
- The Allenby/King Hussein Bridge just above the Dead Sea
- The Yitzhak Rabin Terminal/Wadi Araba Border Crossing connecting Eilat and Aqaba at the southern tip of both countries
As I’ll be departing from Jerusalem and my destination is the Jordan Valley (the area near the Dead Sea), the Allenby/King Hussein Bridge makes the most sense.
Of course, the Allenby/King Hussein Bridge is the only crossing of the three that does not issue visas upon entry into Jordan, and procuring an advance Jordan visa is a pain in the ass consisting of:
- Completing a Jordan visa application
- Digging up (or taking) a passport photo
- Running to the bank for a money order ($37.50)
- Purchasing a return shipping label (UPS — NOT Fedex — per the instructions), and
- Sending everything, along with my precious passport, to the Embassy of the Royal Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in Washington, D.C.
Anything that can possibly go wrong, does. - Murphy
The whole Jordan visa deal makes me nervous. I’ve lived long enough to know that either UPS will lose the package, the Embassy will misplace it (WE WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOSS THAT MAY OCCUR DURING PROCESSING reads the Jordan visa application form ominously), the money order will contain an error or the return postage will have been miscalculated.
That’s just how The Universe works.
GETTING A JORDAN VISA
Jordan visa application (U.S. citizens)
Jordan visa requirements from the Jordan Tourism Board